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


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
Contact Information
Todd Daniel
    Executive Director
    (888) 516-8585, ext. 102

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.


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).


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

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

NOMMA Marketing Manager Job Listing

Salary: Base with Bonus
Location: Atlanta Metro Area
Type: Full-time/Experienced
Category: Marketing
Preferred Education: 4-year degree

A progressive, non-profit association in the metalworking industry is seeking a Marketing Manager who will play a key role within the Association Team, to plan and execute marketing campaigns to meet or exceed revenue goals.

This is an exciting opportunity to use your strategic marketing, analytical skills, and sales skills to identify, develop, and deploy successful marketing initiatives that drive membership and utilization of the Association's products, including direct responsibility for association and program branding, marketing communications, new member acquisition, conference promotion, sponsorships, and other association programs and services, products with the goal of increasing membership and program revenues.

Specific Responsibilities:

A.   General Marketing and Communications
1.     Develop effective marketing strategies to increase membership and revenues.
2.     Develop and implement an annual marketing operational plan and budget.
3.     Develop and implement association marketing communications and branding strategy.
4.     Develop and maintain relationships with key industry organizations in order to promote the association.
5.     Maintain a cooperative and close working relationship with staff, chapters, the Board, association membership, and volunteers.

B.   Market Intelligence/Product Management
1.     Oversee development and analysis of research to adequately support recommendations regarding program/product initiatives, and associated pricing.
2.     Direct an annual review/evaluation of programs/products for the purpose of providing appropriate recommendations to increase member value and overall membership/revenues/returns.
3.     Oversee a process that produces a highly accurate database to support marketing communications and program analysis.

C.   Sales/Market Development
1.     Create and execute a strategy for sales of membership to key clients, supplier sponsorships, meeting attendance/registrations, and other programs/products.
2.     Assure that membership goals are met by participating actively in securing new members and retaining current members.
3.     Develop and implement a successful membership retention strategy.
4.     Assure that supplier membership goals, sponsorship goals, and trade show revenue goals are met by actively cultivating relationships with key suppliers.
5.     Identify potential target markets for new members, and recommend strategies for penetrating these markets.

·      BS in Business and/or Marketing
·      Candidates should have proven success implementing integrated media campaigns, 5+ years in a marketing capacity with strong project management skills, communication and presentation skills, comprehensive knowledge of direct marketing, digital marketing, marketing communications, public relations and branding.  
·      Preferred background marketing in organizations with business-to-business sales; experience with organizations that participate in educational meetings/trade shows; and/or experience in association marketing.
·       Ideal candidates will be positive, self motivated, and have the ability and desire to work remotely with occasional  face-to-face meetings in a small results driven team-oriented environment (NOMMA is a VIRTUAL office).
·     Up to 10% travel may be required.

·      Compensation will be base plus a variable component.
·      Competitive benefits.
·      Some home office phone/Internet reimbursement.


The National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA) promotes the common business interests of ornamental and miscellaneous metal fabricators. Our mission is to advance the industry through education and the promotion of a positive business environment. NOMMA is a 55-year-old trade association that produces an award-winning magazine, hosts an annual conference, engages in technical work, and conducts our industry awards competition. Our foundation provides education services via webinars, videos, and classes. Our 550 members produce some of the most outstanding metal products available, including railings, stairs, gates, furniture, and sculpture. For more information, visit us at:

Submit cover letter (attached Word document) and resume to: