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SEAA Joins Industry Stakeholders Endorsing Workforce Development 
The Steel Erectors Association of America has joined other industry stakeholders in publicly supporting seven policy recommendations to make the United States the world leader in workforce development.

RT 335, issued this month, tackles the topic: "Restoring the Dignity of Work: Transforming the U.S. Workforce Development System into a World Leader." This advocacy document is meant to educate local, state, and federal legislators on why reforming our workforce system is critical. It outlines seven policies that can be implemented in less than three years that will positively impact workforce development. MORE
New Officers Take Helm of SEAA Board of Directors
(L-R) Legnon, Phillips, Gulajan, Schulz, and Kress.
Four new officers were elected to the Steel Erectors Association of America's Board of Directors during the July Board Meeting held in Orlando, Fla. 

The meeting was led by incoming President Dave Schulz, who took office last April during the 46th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Greensboro, N.C. MORE
Training Grant Goes to CSE Inc.
The Steel Erectors Association of America announces that CSE Inc., which provides erecting, rigging, crane, and industrial contracting services from its Madison Heights, Va., headquarters, was selected to receive the 2018 SEAA Craft Training Grant.

Designated for member companies who are newly implementing SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Training and Assessment programs, the grant covers initial setup, training for administrators, instructors, and coordinators, and custom training materials for Ironworker Levels 1-3 or similar curriculum. MORE
Upcoming Events
Discounts for Golf Tournament Registration ends July 30
Save $25 per player for the Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament if you sign up by July 30. Funds raised support the development of new steel erection training programs sponsored by the SEAA Safety and Education Committee. 

The annual touranment takes place Oct. 19 at Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina Sate University. REGISTER NOW
Plan for Safe + Sound Week Aug. 13-19
Webinar: Three Core Elements of an Effective Safety and Health Program
The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) is a proud Partner of OSHA's national Safe + Sound Campaign, Aug. 13-19, 2018.

SEAA collaborated with OSHA in the development of a fact sheet for structural steel and precast concrete contractors.  Download the Structural Steel and Precast Concrete Contractors Hazard Information Fact Sheet.

Additional resources are available on the Safe + Sound website, including webinars, best practices, surveys, and safety climate assessment tools. 
Find a SteelDay Event Near You
The 2018 SteelDay, to be held Sept. 28, is the 10th annual celebration of the structural steel industry sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction. Events  include tours of project sites, structural steel mills, service centers and fabrication shops, and webinars for structural engineers and architects. Your participation helps promote structural steel construction to the next generation of workers. FIND AN EVENT
2019 Convention Set for April 24-26 in Charlotte, NC
Check out SEAA's Photo Gallery from 2018 Convention, Tradeshow and Projects of the Year, then make plans to join us in 2019. PHOTO GALLERY

The 47th Annual Convention & Tradeshow will be held at the Embassy Suites Golf Course & Spa in Charlotte/Concord, N.C., April 24-26, 2019. Who Attends? Owners, Managers, and Field Personnel representing erectors, fabricators, and general contractors. SEAA CONVENTION
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On the Cover

A retail distribution center and cathedral are honored as SEAA Projects of the Year. 


Also Inside

AESS Sophisticated but Complicated

Making the Best Use of Welding Expertise

2018 Convention Review and Tradeshow Highlights 


Industry Reports
Structural Steel Stats from AISC
Did you know that one American job is created for every 45 tons of structural steel produced, fabricated and erected in the U.S.? At the current rate of 7.2 million tons per year, that's a total of 160,000 jobs! These workers provide structural steel for more than 8,000 projects annually across the country. MORE

eBook from Trimble: Construction Trends for Project Managers
Get 10 trends being driven by the proliferation of technology, an evolving workforce, and lean construction. MORE

Construction Employment & Market Reports
Two recent reports indicate continuing job and employment growth in the construction sector, but warn that labor shortages, tariffs, rising costs of materials could impede future progress. Read Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's 2018-2019 Vertical Market Report on Construction and Associated General Contractors' May 2018 State Construction Employment Report.

New Standard to Prevent Dropped Objects
The American National Standards Institute approved in early July the publication of a new standard to address the need for dropped object prevention and tool tethering. ANSI/ISEA 121-2018: American National Standard for Dropped Object Prevention Solutions was developed by safety equipment manufacturers working with the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA). ISEA 121 will establish minimum design, performance/testing and labeling require ments for dropped object prevention solutions including tool and anchor attachments, tool tethers and containers that transport tools and equipment to and from at-heights work zones.  MORE
Member News
Meet New Members
Maya Erectors LLC Houston, Texas Erector
Head's Steel Service Inc. Portland, Tenn. Erector

See all members in the Member Directory.
Orlando Meet & Greet a Success
Close to 50 people attended the Meet & Greet Reception following the July Board of Directors meeting in Orlando, Fla., held July 19 at the Grand Bohemian  Erectors, fabricators, reinforcing ironworkers, and suppliers from the area were present.

Tim Eldridge delivered an overview of SEAA's Craft Training & Apprenticeship programs, and special guest, Steve Greene, vice president of NCCER, shared the latest statistics on attrition rates for qualified workers in construction. The reception was sponsored by Hilti.

SEAA Members Among Biggest Crane Owners
Several SEAA members made the 2018 list of top crane companies. Presented by American Cranes & Transport, the index is calculated by
adding together the maximum lifting capacities in U.S. tons of all crawler cranes and mobile cranes in a company's fleet. The full list is found in the  June 2018 issue of ACT on page 47.  MORE

The crane divisions of SEAA member companies and their rank included:
#1 Maxim Crane Works
#8 Buckner HeavyLift Cranes
#9 W.O. Grubb Inc.
#24 H&E Equipment Services
#37 Big B Crane
#69 JPW Companies
#71 G.A. West & Co.
#74 Alliance Riggers & Constructors
Shelby Erectors Invests in Mobile Training Trailer
Shelby Erectors Inc., Davie, Fla., which is an approved SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Training Unit, recently invested in a mobile training trailer. The mobile classroom is equipped for up to 10 students and an instructor.  Dubbed Rebar U, the trailer will be used to deliver NCCER Core and Reinforcing Ironworker training and certification to Shelby Erectors' employees on the job site.  MORE
Safety Award for RK Mechanical
RK Mechanical  received an award for Outstanding Safety Programs from the Associated Builders and Contractors for the following categories: Subcontractors, Over 1 million man-hours, and a Platinum Level STEP award.  They were recognized at an ABC Rocky Mountain Chapter luncheon. MORE
Bass Tops Out Surgery Center
Bass Mechanical Inc. recently topped out W ellspan Health and Surgery Center project in Hanover, Pa. Bass worked with Stewart Amos Steel for the structural steel installation portion of this project which consisted of erecting 650 tons of steel. MORE
Airport Expansion for JPW Companies
JPW Companies is working on the Rochester, N.Y. International Airport expansion project. A recent news report mentions the truss installation, which will be part of the new terminal entrance canopy. MORE
New Cutting Tool Lube
Hougen Manufacturing Inc. announces RotaGel Cutting Lube, an industrial lubricant that protects cutting tools in hard, high torque machining applications. F ormulated with a Hougen blue color, it allows the operator to consistently gauge where the lubricant is applied and visually assures thorough coverage.  MORE
New Welder Simplifies Fabrication
Lincoln Electric introduces the POWER MIG® 260 for  MIG and Flux-Cored welding in light industrial shop fabrication, maintenance and repair work. 
Lincoln Electric's patented ArcFX™ technology provides instant graphical feedback on the user interface, illustrating how Wire Feed Speed and Voltage affect the weld outcome. The memory capability enables users to load and save weld settings.  MORE
BIM Product Library from JLG
JLG Industries has launched a BIM compatible product library to help contractors and architects anticipate jobsite challenges, and to assist rental companies with identifying the right equipment and transportation needs for the job. MORE
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