Frame Building Expo: A record show

RBfeatured.jpgApproximately 2,200 builders, engineers, architects, suppliers and support personnel participated in the National Frame Builders Association’s annual convention and trade show, Frame Building Expo. The Expo took place February 28 through March 2, at the Indiana Convention Center and RCA Dome in Indianapolis. The event marked record attendance for an NFBA convention.

Frame Building Expo features a construction industry trade show and educational programming specific to the post-frame building industry. Builders, engineers, architects, academics, and material suppliers participated in 30 educational classrooms sessions organized by NFBA for the Expo.

Topics for NFBA’s educational sessions covered all aspects of the post-frame building industry, including the latest design and engineering advice from leading academic faculty and industry experts. NFBA’s programming lineup included 11 Exhibitor Showcase classroom sessions presented by manufacturers and distributors to educate attendees about new products and provide advice to enhance efficiency through proper product implementation.

Frame Building Expo is the only event where post-frame industry professionals from across the nation can mingle and share ideas. The convention featured the only construction industry trade show of its kind. Frame Building News staff recruited more than 150 exhibiting companies.

Attendees met building component manufacturers and construction industry suppliers at the trade show, saw the newest products, entered prize drawings, and participated in special events and competitions. Thursday’s trade show featured a nail pounding competition sponsored by Maze Nails and a screw driving competition sponsored by Atlas Bolt & Screw.

At the NFBA Awards Luncheon, NFBA Building of the Year contest winners and runners-up were recognized in 15 building categories covering commercial, industrial, institutional, residential, agricultural, horse barn, and retrofit/remodel building types, in addition to a judges’ special honoree. Distinguished members also received the association’s highest awards for service to the industry.

Convention-related social events included celebrity appearances and live entertainment. Several exhibitors pooled resources to sponsor The 101 Voices & Faces of The Builder Brothers Musical Comedy Show — a high-energy, good clean musical-comedy act that had the audience in stitches. The annual Plyco Hospitality and Wheeling Jamboree events also featured musical entertainment and beverages. The annual Christians in Construction event featured the musical family group The Needhams.

The 2007 Frame Building Expo will be remembered as an event that featured outstanding educational programming, record attendance, and a record number of exhibitors. The 2008 Frame Building Expo will be February 20-22 in Columbus, Ohio.

NFBA award winners
Bernon G. Perkins
Roy Reiman, Reiman Publications
NFBA Honorary Member
Sheldon Gough, AJ Manufacturing
Foreman of the Year
Will Christenson, Canfield Construction
Gail Miller Safety Awards
Small builder: Ralph Twellman, Bilt Rite Buildings
Medium-sized builder: Brian Keane, National Barn Company
Large builder: Barry Bahler, FBi Buildings
Large builder runner-up: Robert Irwin, Morton Buildings
Rural Builder Hall of Fame
Glen Thomsen, Thomsen Construction & Supply; Bill Thul, Klauer Manufacturing; Steve Hoff, Iowa State University

Competitions
Best booth, 10×10: Maze Nails
Best booth, over 10×10: Plyco
Nail pounding (Maze Nails): 1. Salvador Trujillo, 2. Mike Burkholder,
3. Ethon Wagler
Screw driving (Atlas Bolt & Screw): Team winner — Team Wedeven (Dan Wedeven, Mike Schutter, Carlos Castillo), Individual winner — Salvador Trujillo

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