Smooth sailing is on the horizon as the National Frame Building Association opens its annual convention and trade show, Frame Building Expo, February 20-22 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.
An extensive educational programming lineup, awards presentations, exhibits, entertainment and opportunities for networking are on the map for the event.
Engineers, builders, building component manufacturers, building material dealers, architects and others will land at the Expo to do business and learn vital information to further their businesses and careers. The Frame Building Expo is still the only event where post-frame industry professionals from across the nation can mingle and share ideas. NFBA also has many outstanding speakers and educational programming topics in store for the Expo.
The convention will feature the only construction industry trade show of its kind, with more than 140 exhibitors. Registrants may participate in convention-related social events that will include celebrity appearances, live entertainment, food and beverages.
Trade show attendance is free for builders, building material dealers, design professionals and others who do not manufacture products — if they registered prior to January 20. Manufacturer personnel and their marketing agents pay a fee to attend the trade show. Soliciting by non-exhibitor personnel is prohibited.
NFBA partners get involved
NFBA is partnering with various industry organizations, offering their members a discount to attend educational programs and other events at the Expo. Members of the Ohio Construction Suppliers Association (OCSA), American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), International Code Council (ICC), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Associated General Contractors (AGC), American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Builder’s Exchange may register at NFBA member rates.
Top honors, awards to be given
Some of the industry’s top awards will be presented and leaders recognized at the opening luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20. This ticketed event will feature announcement and presentation of the Building of the Year awards.
The Rural Builder Hall of Fame award will be given to three newly-elected leaders in the industry. One educator, one supplier and one contractor have been voted into the Hall of Fame by current members of the prestigious Hall of Fame.
Last chance at strategic planning course
Before the official start of the Expo, NFBA will present a special pre-conference seminar. On Tuesday, February 19, post-frame business experts Gerry Richardson and Ken Kistler will present “Building Post-Frame Profit: Focus on Strategic Planning.”
This is the last time this course will be offered. More than a decade of 100 percent satisfied former students can’t be wrong — don’t miss your last chance to learn how to track your profit at every turn and strategically plan to improve the profitability of your post-frame business. An additional fee and advanced special registration are required. Topics covered include marketing, planning and budgeting, pricing, employee manuals, bonus/incentive programs and forms that will help attendees plan and monitor their profit margin.
The convention will officially begin on Wednesday, February 20. Givingg the Keynote Address is commercial construction expert Ted Garrison. He will explain how post-frame builders can “Achieve Success in Commercial Construction.” Garrison’s knowledge is based on 25 years of experience in the construction of commercial properties.
Garrison also will provide a breakout session later that morning, titled “Winning Sales Strategies for Successful Post-Frame Contractors,” where he will explain how to re-frame the debate and win new customers.
Attendees may choose between “Exhibitor Showcase” product education sessions and educational programs conducted by academic faculty and industry experts on various topics. Those who register for a Trade Show Only Pass may attend Exhibitor Showcase sessions, but may not attend other educational sessions.
Topics presented on Wednesday, February 20, include:
? Effective Post-Frame Marketing Strategies
? Wood Structural Panels in Post-Frame Buildings
? Improving Curb Appeal of Post-Frame Buildings
? Alternative Wall and Ceiling Panels for Interior Spaces
? Advantages and Expectations of Business Partnerships to Maximize Profitability
? HVAC of Agricultural and Small Commercial Buildings
? Applications for Post-Frame (eligible for 1 AIA/CES)
? Selling Structural Insulated Panels for Agricultural and Commercial Buildings
The Expo trade show floor will be open from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, Noon–4:30 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Friday, where everyone can see the newest products, enter prize drawings and participate in special events.
Growing your market
On Thursday, February 21, find out how your association is growing the post-frame industry, and how you can benefit at the NFBA Annual Business Meeting and special presentation titled “Grow Your Post-Frame Market.”
Breakout sessions on Thursday, February 21 will cover these topics:
? Who moved my market? Discovering new opportunities for post-frame
? Lateral buckling of I-joists
? “Green Building” standards
? Green issues and metal roofing
? Environmentally friendly, labor-saving products
? Changes to the post-frame foundation engineering standard
? Installation of the RX-10 Versa Vent
? Understanding effective R-Values and their relation to energy savings
? Conventional insulation methods vs. P2000
? Screw driving competition
? The latest products and installation advice regarding treated wood
The NFBA Technical and Research Committee is organizing a unique conference especially tailored for professional engineers and architects at the Expo. Two days of programming will be dedicated entirely to the engineering aspects of post-frame construction, constituting a “conference within a conference” for architects, engineers and other industry professionals.
The engineering-oriented programs have been grouped together into a two-day advanced educational track called the “NFBA/ASABE Conference for Post-Frame Engineers” on Thursday and Friday, February 21-22.
For design professionals less familiar with post-frame and who want to learn the basics of how to design and engineer a post-frame building, NFBA will also offer a two-day in-depth “Post-Frame Engineering and Design Seminar” on February 21-22.
On Friday, February 22, educational topics include:
? OSHA regulations and post-frame construction
? Panel discussion -— fall protection
? Fall protection system hands-on demonstrations
? Withdrawal values for post-frame nails
? Nail pounding competition
? Features and benefits of new treated wood technologies
? How the post foundation affects frame stiffness/end wall diaphragm and post foundation interaction
? Advanced estimating techniques
Fun at the Expo
Several fun events are scheduled for the Expo. On separate nights, Plyco Corp. and Wheeling Corrugating will each host a hospitality function for attendees.
Headlining the Wheeling Jamboree is Easystreet from Wheeling, W.Va., performing from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday. The pre-show starts at 6 p.m. Easystreet’s huge repertoire of pop, rock and contemporary songs makes the group a natural for the Expo’s audience.
On Thursday, former NFL players Mike Tomczak and Shane Conlan will sign autographs at Wheeling Corrugating’s booth, 329.
Tomczak played quarterback for NFL teams taht include the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions. He won an athletic scholarship to Ohio State University where he helped lead the Buckeyes to Big Tenchampionship seasons.
Conlan played college football at Penn State University , where he won national championships in 1982 and 1986. During his career at Penn State, Conlan had 274 tackles, including a school-record 186 solos. He finished his football career as a three time all-pro with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.
The annual “Christians in Construction” gathering will feature entertainment and refreshments. Thursday’s trade show will feature a “Screw Driving Competition” sponsored by Atlas Bolt & Screw Co, and Friday’s will feature a “Nail Pounding Competition” sponsored by Maze Nails. Friday afternoon will feature a tour of Simpson Strong-Tie’s Columbus production facility. There will be meal events also at the Expo, which attendees may participate in for an additional fee.
For more information, visit the “Frame Building Expo” section of NFBA’s website, www.nfba.org/Expo, or call NFBA headquarters at 800-557-6957.