HERE'S WHAT'S BUZZIN'
BUZZING NEW SHOW DESIGN
A new city, a new show format! Calling it the Total Experience , the new layout will feature the exhibits education, theater and all the action right on the show floor. With everyone and everything moving at a faster pace, this format lends to greater efficiency of your time. The new floor plan includes a larger directional aisle, making it easier to navigate and find the exhibitors you want to see and partake in the Learning Centers’ educational offerings. Everything’s included in one place and at one price.
NFL STAR WILL KEYNOTE AT METALCON
Steve Smith, considered one of the NFL’s most productive wide receivers in the 21st century, will provide the Day 2 Keynote address on Thursday, October 11 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. As the Carolina Panthers’ all-time leader in total touchdowns, receptions, and receiving yards, Steve retired as a 16-year NFL veteran, five-team Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro. In 2013, he and his wife, Angie, founded the Steve Smith Family Foundation , which champions for families affected by domestic violence and promotes child health and wellness. METALCON has selected Steve Smith’s Foundation as this year’s “giving back” organization and will be fundraising at The Deck. Attendees will have the chance to meet Steve, take a photo with him and enter for a chance to win a signed football with a donation to his foundation.
MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS TODAY
METALCON hotel reservations opened on May 1.  Globetrotter Travel is METALCON's ONLY OFFICIAL housing company. Do not be fooled by “impostor” housing companies that are soliciting your business to book a hotel room for the show. If you book your hotel room with any other travel company, your reservation is at risk of not being guaranteed. 
GET YOUR ROOFING CERTIFICATION AT METALCON
For the third consecutive year, top experts in the metal roofing industry will lead a two-day, eight-hour certification program based on MCA’s Metal Roof Installation Manual. Experience quality face-time with industry experts on substrates, safety, sealants, flashing's, panel types and connections, tools, fasteners, maintenance and more. Upon successful completion of the training program, a qualified individual will be presented with MCA’s Metal Roofing Certificate of Completion. This year’s course will take place Tuesday afternoon, October 9, from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm and Wednesday, October 10, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (including 2 hours on the show floor).
FIVE FOR FIVE - 5 MONTH COUNTDOWN TO CHARLOTTE!
There are 5 months until METALCON convenes in Charlotte, North Carolina for the first time, so here are the top 5 things (plus a bonus) to do while in the “Queen’s City!” Appropriately named for its 325 foot peak, conquer the twists, turns and drops aboard Fury 325 , the world’s tallest and fastest giga roller roaster located at Carowinds . Just steps away from the convention center, the heart of racing beats at the NASCAR Hall of Fame . If water is your thing, head to the U . S . National Whitewater Center (USNWC) , home of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river and an official Olympic Training Site. You can pay your respects to the late Reverend Billy Graham at The Billy Graham Library . Born in Charlotte in 1918, the renowned evangelist was raised on his family’s dairy farm, just miles away from Charlotte’s Airport.