Post-frame to take center stage at Opryland Expo

There’s excitement in the air as the days count down to the ‘09 Frame Building Expo in Nashville, Tenn. National Frame Building Association (NFBA) has assembled an extensive educational program lineup for the convention and trade show February 24-27  at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

Frame Building Expo is the only nationwide convention and trade show for the post-frame industry. NFBA has outstanding construction industry-specific speakers and educational programming topics in store for the Expo.

The convention Exhibit Hall features top companies with industry-specific exhibits. Show-goers also enjoy convention-related social events that 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. Manufacturer personnel and marketing agents pay a fee to attend the trade show.  FBA information in this this issue or visit the web site at www.nfba.org. Soliciting by non-exhibitor personnel is prohibited.

Registration fees to attend educational programming are very reasonable, and sharply discounted for NFBA members.  If registering for educational sessions, builders and design professionals may register their spouses to attend educational programs for free.  Currently-enrolled post-secondary students, faculty and code officials may also attend educational sessions at no charge, if pre-registered.

Plenty of choices

Attendees may choose among “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 on February 25-26 and “Design/Building Showcase” sessions on February 27, but may not attend other educational sessions.

More than 30 educational programs and fun events are offered during the three-day convention. Educational sessions cover topics related to business management, sales, marketing, safety, design and more.  The Expo features two keynote presenters: economist Alan Beaulieu and author/certified speaking professional Byrd Baggett.

The convention begins on Wednesday, February 25, with a grand Opening Session.  At that session, NFBA will recognize recipients of NFBA Building of the Year Awards, the Gail Miller Safety Award, Rural Builder Hall of Fame, NFBA Honorary Member award and the Bernon Perkins Post-Frame Industry Award.  Attendees will also learn more about the NFBA’s marketing program to grow the entire post-frame industry and other association accomplishments

Two in-depth seminars are offered at the Expo.  On Thursday, February 26, the three-hour seminar “Train the Trainer: Forklift Training” will certify competent persons to provide forklift training to crew members.

On Thursday and Friday, an eight-hour “Post-Frame Engineering and Design Seminar” will be offered.  An additional fee and advance registration are required for these seminars.

A lot to see and do

In addition to the extensive educational opportunities, attendees will learn of many products used in the construction industry. The Expo Trade Show floor will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, where everyone can see the newest products, enter prize drawings and participate in special events. Don’t miss Leland and Menards race cars. Both will make “guest star” appearances on the show floor.

Save some time for fun, too. Plyco Corporporation and Wheeling Corrugating Co. will each host hospitality functions for attendees on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. The trade show floor features a Bean Bag Toss Tournament, Screw Driving and Nail Pounding competitions.

The annual “Christians in Construction” gathering features music and a continental breakfast on Friday. That event leads into a workshop on personal and business development by keynote speaker Byrd Baggett.

Attendees have the option of ordering preferred seating tickets for the Grand Ole Opry performance on Friday, February 27, with advance Expo registration.

For more information, visit the “Frame Building Expo” section of NFBA’s web site, www.nfba.org/Expo, or call NFBA Headquarters at 800-557-6957.

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