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.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Brian Maddox Named NOMMA Marketing Manager


FAYETTEVILLE, GA — After a thorough search, Brian Maddox of Aiken, SC has been named NOMMA’s new Marketing Manager. Brian is formerly the executive director of the Association of Subcontractors & Affiliates (ASA) of Chicago.  
In his new role, Brian will oversee all marketing functions of the association, including communications, promotions, research, and the development of new member products and services. In addition, he’ll be involved in day-to-day membership outreach and retention.
Brian has extensive experience in both sales and marketing. He currently works in corporate sales at Aiken Technical College, where he sells training programs for businesses. Prior to that he was with ASA Chicago from 2008 to 2011. During his time there he was responsible for several successes, such as improving event attendance and increasing membership retention. He also launched new programs and initiatives; most notably he created a team to help woo the 2016 Olympics to Chicago.

Prior to these posts, Brian worked as a fundraiser for Aiken Preparatory School and before that he was the executive director of several medical associations, including the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Academy of Eating Disorders, and the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners.

Brian holds a BA degree in English Literature from North Carolina Central University and a MPA degree in Public Administration. In his personal time he enjoys writing music, playing his guitar, and horseback riding.

“We are excited to have Brian on the team,” said Todd Daniel, NOMMA’s executive director. “Brian has a vast experience set and has shown us that he can operate both strategically and tactically. He will be able to assist the board in executing their strategic plan while also providing day-to-day support for our existing programs, as well as helping to grow our membership.”

A special thanks goes to the NOMMA Search Team, which reviewed resumes, participated in interviews, and helped with countless other tasks. Search Team members include Cathy Vequist, Ben Moseley, Tony Leto, Doug Bracken, and Todd Daniel.

NOMMA, headquartered in Fayetteville, GA, was formed in 1958 to serve the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry. NOMMA’s 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 convention, 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