SFNE News | March 2021
Buy American Fabricated
Campaign Update
For the past several months, SFNE has engaged in a Buy American Fabricated Educational and Public Relations Campaign to increase awareness of New England public construction jobs awarded to foreign companies.

SFNE sent letters to public officials and local media to activate public awareness. The campaign's goal is to get in front of public officials at the outset of a construction project to promote the benefits of supporting American companies. These letters have emphasized that the selection of an American company is better for the local economy. Ideally, these stakeholders will learn that if they award a project to a foreign steel fabricator, they may be getting a lower price for their project but are hurting their local community and the regional economy.

During this campaign, SFNE has learned that local authorities are following the procurement process in accordance prescribed by state regulations, which essentially means that they are awarding contracts to the lowest bidder. No provision in state law requires that public project contracts be awarded to domestic companies.

Given this knowledge, the SFNE Buy American Fabricated Task Force is considering legislative solutions to stipulate that public works projects contain a provision that would require that a domestic company supply the steel (or other trade products).

Legislative initiatives are under consideration in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
It’s Time to Register!
Structural Steel:
An Industry Overview and
Economic Forecast Webinar
March 24, 2021
9:00 am – 10:00 am
The Steel Fabricators of New England (SFNE) is pleased to invite you to attend Structural Steel: An Industry Overview and Economic Forecast Webinar on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

Brian Raff, Vice President of Market Development for the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), will review current market conditions in the construction industry and talk about the challenges and opportunities for steel fabricators as we move beyond COVID-19.
 
During the Webinar, you will have an opportunity to ask questions. Attendees will also receive any shareable presentation materials as well as the recording of the Webinar.
Board of Directors
Election Results
SFNE is pleased to announce that the membership has elected a new Board of Directors. Given the ongoing pandemic, this year’s election took place electronically. New terms for officers and directors elected began on January 1, 2021.
Officers elected include:

President
Rick Coughlin, Quinn Brothers of Essex
 
Vice President
David Orlando, Berlin Steel Construction
 
Secretary
James McBrady, James McBrady, Inc.
 
Treasurer
Peter Fusini, Berkshire Bridge & Iron
 
Immediate Past President 
Rens Hayes, Rens Welding & Fabricating
Directors elected include:

Randy Cameron, Gerdau North America
Kris Kraft, EDM Construction
Glenn Salamone, QSR Steel
Mike Sams, Kenney & Sams
 
Directors continuing service through 2021 include:

Stephen Capone, Capone Iron Corporation
Lori Chasse, S.L. Chasse
David Cronin, Jr., D. Cronin’s Welding Service
John Roy, Connecticut Galvanizing
Colleen Wiesbrock, Infra-Metals Corporation
SFNE is Pleased to Introduce the Newly Elected Board Members!
Randy Cameron is currently an Outside Sales Rep for Gerdau North America and works in the Construction and Fabricator Sales Division. 
 
His territory covers the Eastern Atlantic states including New England. Randy has been in the steel and construction industries for more than 35 years in sales and management positions. 
 
While he is new to his New England sales territory, Randy has had some local exposure while his company worked on construction projects with ADP Marshall and Fluor. Randy started his career in the industry at Vulcraft-SC in 1989. Prior to joining Gerdau, Randy was with Valley Joist in Atlanta, GA for 5 years as a Regional Sales Manager and Purchasing Manager. 
Michael P. Sams is a founding member and shareholder of Kenney & Sams, PC.

He is a twenty-six year trial lawyer and focusses his practice on construction law; handling contract drafting and negotiating, arbitrations, litigation, bid protests and trials.
 
Mike is also a member of SFNE’s Education Committee.

Mike has received an AV Rating, the highest rating for legal ability and professional ethics, from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

He has been rated one of the top 100 lawyers in New England by Boston Magazine and a New England Super Lawyer since 2005. 
The Annual Golf Classic is Back!
Mark Your Calendar!
September 24, 2021
Red Tail Golf Club, Devens, MA
The Tournament brings SFNE friends and colleagues in the New England steel industry together for a great networking event. The Scramble Format Tournament will start with a shotgun at 9:00 am, and includes breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner, a “Have Fun” packet, golf and cart, and a made in the USA golf gift.
 
We are looking forward to seeing you on September 24th!
 
More information coming soon!
NASCC:
The Steel Conference

April 12 – 16, 2021
NASCC: The Steel Conference is the premier educational and networking event for the structural steel industry, bringing together structural engineers, structural steel fabricators, erectors, detailers, and architects.
 
In addition to 150+ practical seminars on the latest design concepts, construction techniques, and cutting-edge research, the conference also features 200+ exhibitors showcasing products ranging from structural design software to machinery for cutting steel beams, and plentiful networking opportunities. One low registration fee gains you access to all of the technical sessions, the keynote addresses, the T.R. Higgins Lecture, and the exhibitor showcase. 
Steel Fabricators of New England
11 Robert Toner Blvd., #234
North Attleboro, MA 02763
Phone: 603-766-7363
Catherine Flaherty | Executive Director

Katie Burke | Program Coordinator

Vanessa Leite | Administrative Assistant