Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Certification Programs for Gate Operator Installers and System Designers

By Brent Nichols / Picasso Gate, Inc.

At this time there are two programs completed both of these programs are administered through IDEA. Todd Thomas is with IDEA and oversees the curriculum, testing, and certification of the individuals that have gone through the program. The last certification program is the Certified Gate Technician which has not been started yet.

The Certified Gate Installer, this is a certification for those that install the gate operators and the gate operating system. It was the first of the three identified programs to be completed. The American Fence Association at their week long field school, now in Dallas, has offered hands on training and class room instruction for this program for the last 6 years. It walks the students through a variety of gate operating equipment, accessories, and the installation and wiring of these components. The class room material covers the UL 325 standard, the ASTM F2200 standard and a number of other items that go along with the hands on training. At the end of the class is a test. To be certified there is a stipulation of experience that must go along with being certified which is two years of field experience. The “hands on” class right now is offered once a year in the fall in Dallas at the American Airlines Training Facility. The other option is to order the study materials from IDEA to do a self study class then test at one of the location during the year this also requires proof of field experience to be certified. There is a cost for the field school which includes testing. If you do a self study there is a charge for the materials and then a fee for the testing.

The Certified Gate Operator Systems Designer, this is to provide the knowledge and the information for a sales/system designer to have the knowledge to design a gate system. It covers gate types, gate operators, ground loops, access controls, gate operating system layout and design most importantly it covers the requirements for a gate system with both the UL 325 and ASTM F2200 standards. One of the main goals for this program was to train the designers of the gate systems what is required in the standards for installing a safe entry gate system and how various types of gates and accessories can work in different applications. This is offered in a two day class which has been taught at the American Fence Association field school and in two day class prior to the opening of Fence Tech. This program can be taught in any location unlike the gate operator certification hands on class which requires massive numbers of gate operators and fixtures that is required for the gate installer program at the field school. The Certified Gate Systems Designer is offered as a self study class with the ability to test at various times and locations. Again there is a fee for the study materials and another fee for the testing.

The Certified Gate Operator Technician, this program has not yet been started but we will begin the work on the class in 2015. This will help train a gate technician to be able to go out and troubleshoot any gate system and complete repairs or upgrades as needed. It will look at multiple gate systems and gate operating equipment and accessories. It will provide a step by step troubleshooting procedure to help the service technician walk through a gate that is not functioning or is not functioning correctly. It will take a few years to develop the program there is a lot of information and issues to look at and determine the “how to” steps of troubleshooting.

All three of these certifications require to be updated yearly as changes are made in the UL and ASTM standards, input from the instructors, input from manufacturers and installers as well as changes in technology. We also look ourselves on how to improve the content and drawings in the text materials.

For people wanting to be certified they can contact the trade organization they belong to or contact Todd Thomas at IDEA.

The outline you provided appear to be some of the notes from discussion items from our last meeting they real have no relevance to this article.

The coalition is made up from members of the Fence Association, DASMA, NOMMA and IDA. Discussions are at times lively and we do not always have total agreement upon areas of discussions but the members are all knowledgeable in the gate industry and are all agreed upon a common goal which is to increase the quality of automated gates and promote the highest standards to produce safe gate systems.

The Fence Association offers the field school at two prices, members of the American Fence Association and non-members. If you are a member of any of the four associations listed above that is involved with the development of these certification programs you can enroll at any offered program at the member pricing. Because it is a joint effort of all these trade associations to produce these programs any member of these organizations can attend any certification class offer by any of these organizations at the member price.

I think I have answered all of your questions a provided you with a good overview of our committee. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

NOMMA Board of Directors Slate for 2015-16

DATE:             November 3, 2014

TO:                  NOMMA Members

FROM:             Nominating Committee – JR Molina, Chair

RE:             Announcement of NOMMA Board of Directors Slate for 2015-16

The Nominating Committee, chaired by Immediate Past President JR Molina, is pleased to announce the following slate of officers and directors to be presented during the upcoming membership business meeting in King of Prussia, PA. Their office takes effect following the swearing in ceremony at the awards banquet on Saturday, March 14, 2015.  

President — Allyn Moseley, Heirloom Stair & Iron, Campobello, SC *
President-Elect — Keith Majka, Majka Railing Co. Inc., Paterson, NJ
Vice-President/Treasurer — Cathy Vequist, Pinpoint Solutions, Jupiter, FL
Fabricator Director (1-yr. term) —  Tina Tennikait, Superior Fence & Orn. Iron, Cottage Hills, IL
Fabricator Director (3-yr. term) — Tony Martinez, Big D Metalworks, Dallas, TX
Supplier Director (3-yr. term)  — Stacey Lawler Taylor, Lawler Foundry Corp., Birmingham, AL

All current Fabricator and Nationwide Supplier members are entitled to one vote per company on items presented to the membership.  Voting takes place during the Opening Session of METALfab 2015, Wednesday, March 11, at 9:15 a.m. at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, King of Prussia, PA

Current board members continuing for 2015-2016:
Fabricator Director — Maciej Jankowski, Artistic Iron Works, Norwalk CT (2 yrs. remaining)
Fabricator Director — Henry Wheeler, Wheeler Ornamental Metals, Dothan, AL (1 yr. remaining)
Fabricator Director — Max Hains, MOFAB Inc., Anderson, IN (2 yrs. remaining)
Fabricator Director — Greg Bailey, Bailey Metal Fabricators, Mitchell, SD (1 yr. remaining)
Supplier Director — Dave White Jr., Locinox USA, La Grange Highlands, IL (1 yr. remaining)
Supplier Director — Bill Schenke, Ameristar, Tulsa, OK (2 yrs. remaining)
Immediate Past President — Mark Koenke, Germantown Iron & Steel Corp, Jackson, WI

A “thank you” goes to the following retiring board members for their years of outstanding service:

Mark Sisson, Mac Metals, Kearney, NJ, is rotating off the board after three years of service.

JR Molina, Big D Metalworks, Dallas, TX, is rotating off the board after seven years of service.

*As president-elect the president automatically advances to president.

A thanks to the 2015-16 Nominating Committee: JR Molina, chair; Max Hains, Mark Koenke, Maciej Jankowski, Terry Barrett, and Todd Daniel (nonvoting).

Monday, March 17, 2014

NOMMA 2014 Award Winners

The following awards were presented during NOMMA's annual awards banquet on March 15 in St. Charles, IL. A congratulations goes to the winners. To see the Top Job winners online, visit the NOMMA Flickr Account.

2014 Ernest Wiemann Top Job Contest Winners

1=Gold, 2=Silver, 3=Bronze

A. Gates, Driveway – Nonforged
1 Big D Metalworks
2 Living Design Studios
3 Vasquez Custom Metals Inc.

C. Interior Railings - Ferrous, Nonforged
1 Elegant Iron Studios
2 Falling Hammer Productions LLC
3 BenFab Inc.

E. Interior Railings - Ferrous, Forged
1 Heirloom Stair & Iron Inc.
2 Sergey Sakirkin Blacksmith
3 Eagle Machine & Welding Inc.

F. Exterior Railings & Fences – Nonforged
1 Falling Hammer Productions LLC
2 Allen Iron Works & Supply Inc.
3 Allen Architectural Metals Inc.

G. Exterior Railings & Fences – Forged
1 M. Cohen & Sons Inc.
2 Iron Touch LLC
3 Rod Iron Rod

H. Furniture & Accessory Fabrication – Nonforged
1 Heirloom Stair & Iron Inc.
2 Steel Welding
3 M. Cohen & Sons Inc.

I. Furniture & Accessory Fabrication – Forged
1 Heirloom Stair & Iron Inc.
2 Sergey Sakirkin Blacksmith
3 Eureka Forge

K. Gates/Doors – Forged
1 Klahm & Sons Inc.
2 Loyal Wrought Iron Co. Ltd.
3 M. Cohen & Sons Inc.

N. Structures
1 Kammetal
2 Imagine Ironworks
3 M. Cohen & Sons Inc.

O. Unusual Ornamental Fabrication
1 Steel Welding
2 Living Design Studios
3 Elegant Iron Studios

P. Restoration
1 Allen Architectural Metals Inc.
2 Flaherty Iron Works Inc.
3 Rod Iron Rod

Mitch Heitler Award for Excellence


Klahm & Sons

NOMMA/NEF Awards

Julius Blum Award – For outstanding contributions to the industry
National Ornamental Metal Museum

Frank A. Kozik Award – For outstanding volunteerism
Tony Leto, The Wagner Companies

Clifford H. Brown Award – For outstanding contributions to education
Mark O’Malley, O’Malley Welding & Fabricating Inc.

President’s Silver Star Award – For fostering membership growth

Keith Majka, Majka Railing Co. Inc.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

2014 NOMMA Bylaws Change Proposal

The following bylaws change is being presented to the membership at NOMMA's annual membership business meeting on March 11, 2014 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO, 9:15 a.m. All members are urged to participate in the meeting and vote.

Article IX - Executive Committee
Section 2: Composition
The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, President-Elect, Vice President/Treasurer, and the Immediate Past President, and most senior Supplier Director. In addition, The Executive Director who, shall serve without vote. Should a Supplier Director not be able to serve, the next most senior director will serve.


Commentary: In March 2013 a Supplier Director was asked to serve on the NOMMA Executive Committee to provide input on behalf of suppliers and exhibitors. This move is part of an overall effort to strengthen the relationship between fabricators and suppliers and provide more parity. Based on the success of this arrangement a bylaws change was recommended. On January 31, 2013 the NOMMA board unanimously approved a bylaws change that would give the senior Supplier Director a permanent seat on the Executive Committee with full voting privileges. Note that there are three NOMMA Supplier Directors, who serve on staggered three-year terms. The Executive Committee is currently made up of the four NOMMA officers, plus the Executive Director, who serves without vote. Under the new arrangement, the Executive Committee will have five voting members. The board is now taking this amendment to the membership for a vote.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NOMMA 2014-15 Board Slate

These candidates will be voted on during the Opening Session of METALfab 2014, Wednesday, March 12, at 9:15 a.m. at the St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO. All current Fabricator and Nationwide Supplier members are entitled to one vote per company on items presented to the membership.

The Nominating Committee, chaired by Immediate Past President Will Keeler, is pleased to announce the following slate of officers and directors to be presented during the upcoming membership business meeting in St. Charles, MO. Their office takes effect following the swearing in ceremony at the awards banquet on Saturday, March 15, 2014.  

President — Mark Koenke, Germantown Iron & Steel Corp, Jackson, WI *
President-Elect — Allyn Moseley, Heirloom Stair & Iron, Campobello, SC
Vice-President/Treasurer — Keith Majka, Majka Railing Co. Inc., Paterson, NJ
Fabricator Director (3-yr. term) —  Maciej Jankowski, Artistic Iron Works, Norwalk CT
Fabricator Director (3-yr. term) — Max Hains, MOFAB Inc., Anderson, IN
Supplier Director (3-yr. term)  — Bill Schenke, Ameristar, Tulsa, OK

Current board members who are NOT up for election:

Fabricator Director — Cathy Vequist, Pinpoint Solutions, Jupiter, FL
Fabricator Director — Henry Wheeler, Wheeler Ornamental Metals, Dothan, AL
Fabricator Director — Tina Tennikait, Superior Fence & Orn. Iron, Cottage Hills, IL
Fabricator Director — Greg Bailey, Bailey Metal Fabricators, Mitchell, SD
Supplier Director — Dave White Jr., Locinox USA, La Grange Highlands, IL
Supplier Director — Mark Sisson, Mac Metals, Kearney, NJ
Immediate Past President — JR Molina, Big D Metalworks, Dallas, TX

A “thank you” goes to the following retiring board members for their years of outstanding service:

Rick Ralston, Feeney Inc., Eugene OR, is rotating off the board after three years of service.
Greg Terrill, Division 5 Metalworks, Kalamazoo, MI, is rotating off the board after six years of service.
Will Keeler, Keeler Iron Works, Memphis, TN, is rotating off the board after six years of service.

*As president-elect the president automatically advances to president.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

NOMMA To Adopt Tiered Dues System On January 1

                                                                                    

Press Release

December 2, 2013
RELEASE IMMEDIATELY
Contact Information
Todd Daniel
    Executive Director
    (888) 516-8585, ext. 102
    todd@nomma.org

NOMMA To Adopt Tiered Dues System On January 1

FAYETTEVILLE, GA — To better serve the membership, NOMMA is launching a tiered dues system effective January 1. The new system is based on annual gross sales and will divide a fabricator membership into three levels:
Small Shops Under - $250,000 - $350/yr.
Fabricator Shop - $251,000 - $2,499,999 - $425/yr.
Large Shop - $2.5 million and greater - $500/yr.
The change, which was approved by the NOMMA Board of Directors, is designed to provide a more fair system to the membership. For years concerns were raised about the old same-price system that charged a one-person shop the same dues as a 100-person shop. The new system provides more equity. Most importantly, the system provides a more attractive entry point for small shops just starting out, and for one-person operations.
For large shops it was felt that a rate increase was justified — the first dues increase in five years — since bigger operations often have multiple personnel involved in the association and use more services.
For the majority of our membership the dues will remain the same at $425 per year.
Board discussions of a tiered dues system began in 2005 and the first task force was assigned to research the issue. In 2010 the subject was given to the Governance Task Force for review and over the next three years various models were evaluated and more research was conducted. A survey conducted in April 2013 gave the Governance team added demographic information and provided the final piece of the puzzle.
“We reviewed models based on benefits and systems with numerous tiers,” said JR Molina of Big D Metalworks, NOMMA’s current President and longtime Governance Task Force Chair. “Ultimately, we decided on a simple system that would be attractive to small shops while providing more equity for everyone.”
In developing the system, the Governance team used a mixture of in-house surveys and industry data to determine average shop sizes. Based on research, 20% of the membership will benefit from the smaller dues while 25% of our largest members will receive their first rate increase in five years.
The new structure will allow us to attract the smaller and new firms, while still maintaining capital for programs that primarily benefit our larger members. These benefits include marketing to architects, producing technical materials, and code and standards advocacy.
“Last year we took a major step forward by switching from a calendar to anniversary date membership year. This allowed us to eliminate a complicated pro-rating system and provide more simplicity and fairness to our members,” Molina said. “This year the Board has taken the next step forward by introducing a tiered dues that is simple, while providing more equity to the membership.”
NOMMA, headquartered in Fayetteville, GA, was formed in 1958 to serve the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry. NOMMA’s 500 members produce a wide range of ornamental and miscellaneous metalwork, ranging from railings to driveway gates, and from sculpture to light structural steel. NOMMA provides a variety of educational services to the industry, including an annual trade show and education conference, glossy trade magazine, continuing education classes, technical bulletins, and more.


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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Business Interruption Insurance - The Basics

Industrial Coverage

Business Interruption insurance may provide coverage for financial losses arising from an inability to conduct business, as well as the extra expenses occurred in dealing with the business interruption.  In the event of a loss, this insurance can make the difference between a business recovering from a loss, or from being unable to continue operations and going out of business.

One crucial consideration is that this coverage is generally an optional coverage, which must be purchased separately and added to a business’ basic property policy. 

Policyholders must provide written notice of the claim as soon as possible and be prepared to fully document their loss with records such as sales receipts, financial statements and tax returns.

Business interruption losses are measured on a net basis which would be the gross earnings less the normal expenses incurred, plus any additional expenses which are solely attributable to the loss.

Normally, business interruption insurance only applies when there is direct physical damage from a covered cause of loss to the insured’s property which causes the business interruption.  For example, a fire burns down the insured’s location.

In addition to the basic business interruption insurance, there are also several additional coverages that should be considered and added to the business interruption insurance.  However, these coverages need to be reviewed thoroughly, as they may contain further restrictions and limitations on coverage, such as a “waiting period” (the power must be out for at least 24, 48, 72, 96 hours, etc.), or a sublimit such as $25,000 in coverage.

Utility Interruption coverage applies when a business loses income solely due to a  power loss to their location. There are two types of utility interruption coverage- “on premises”, where the business suffers physical damage to utility equipment on their premises, such as an electrical box, a transformer, or wires.  “Off premises” utility interruption coverage is where the business will receive coverage even if the utility interruption is due to events away from the insured’s premises, such as a widespread power outage. 

Civil Authority coverage provides coverage when a governmental authority issues an order preventing the insured from accessing its premises to conduct business.  For example, if there is a mandatory evacuation order. 

Ingress/Egress coverage  also provides coverage when an insured is prevented from accessing their location to conduct business, but need not arise from a governmental order.  For example, where there are numerous large trees down from the wind that blocks the only road into and out of the insured’s location.

Contingent Business Income coverage  provides coverage where the insured location is not affected physically, but the insured’s supplier has suffered physical damage that prevents it from fufliling its obligations to the insured to provide material, supplies, etc.

Dependent Properties coverage  provides coverage where the insured location is not affected physically, but the insured’s customer has suffered physical damage that prevents it from accepting the insured’s products and services as it normally would (for example,a routine monthly delivery is not able to be completed, and the insured loses that sale).


Disclaimer: 

This blog is for informational purposes only.  The opinions on this blog do not nessicarily reflect those of NOMMA, Industrial Coverage Corp. and/or any past or present members and/or clients.  This blog does not represent legal advice, and those seeking legal advice should retain an attorney licensed in their jurisdiction