The Frame Building Expo heads back to Nashville March 8-10. Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center will host the 50th anniversary event. Ken Gieseke, NFBA Board Chair, offers the following rundown of activities.
Celebrate “Framing the Future at the 2017 Expo”
by Ken Gieseke
On Thursday night, while we enjoy desserts and beverages in the grand setting of the Gaylord Opryland atrium, we’ll be treated to a multimedia review of both the legacy and the evolution of the post-frame industry since the first expo was held in 1967. We gratefully acknowledge the sponsors who are helping underwrite this special event:
- Diamond Level: AJ Manufacturing and Valspar
- Platinum Level: Akzo Nobel, Atlas Bolt & Screw and Wick Buildings
- Gold Level: Frame Building News, Quality Structures Inc. and SFS intec
Other Expo Highlights
Our keynote speaker, Haydn Shaw, will lead us on a fascinating journey of discovery and insight into “Framing the Future of Your Workforce” on Wednesday morning. The subtitle of his presentation, “Leading the Four Generations Through Change and Knowing the 12 Places They Come Apart,” certainly stirs my curiosity!
2017 marks the Second Annual Silent Auction at the Expo. Donations so far include exciting travel packages, tickets to major sporting events, and power tools—truly something for everyone! Bring your competitive spirit and prepare to outbid fellow Expo attendees for great items, knowing that the proceeds will benefit both Greater Nashville Habitat for Humanity and NFBA’s safety education program.
The Expo show floor—always humming with activity and excitement—promises to be one of the best ever. The square footage of booth space sold already exceeds that of the 2016 Expo, one of the strongest on record. And the ever-popular screwdriving, nail-pounding, and shearing competitions offer action not found at most trade shows.
The NFBA Awards Luncheon is always an inspiring event, recognizing recipients of the NFBA Building of the Year Awards, the Crew Foreman of the Year Award, the Rural Builder Hall of Fame Award and the Bernon G. Perkins Post-Frame Industry Award and also those achieving distinction in the Gail Miller Recognition Program for Excellence in Safety. Come see the exciting accomplishments represented by these award-winners. (An additional fee and advance registration are required for the luncheon.)
Educational sessions were selected on the basis of member and attendee feedback and focus on a wide range of topics in five tracks—Business and Marketing, Construction Training, Technical and Product Knowledge, Hands-On Training and Expo LIVE!
Whether you are a business owner or a job-site installer, the Expo has programming that will meet your individual needs. As just a sample: you’ll find business and marketing sessions on business expansion, staff retention, establishing high-performance work cultures and improving cash flow. Sessions in the training and technical tracks will cover safety concerns, workforce efficiency, the bracing of long-span trusses, building code compliance, post-frame design, ventilation systems, snow-retention devices and end-lapping of aluminum panels. The hands-on training sessions will focus on the critical area of fall protection. At the nine Expo LIVE! sessions on the show floor, you’ll see brief demonstrations of products and techniques; topics range from mortarless stone veneer and energy-efficient folding machines to processes for enhancing metal panel performance. Your attendance and attention at these sessions will put you at the cutting edge of the industry and benefit you, your company and your customers.
And don’t miss the hospitality events. The lively Plyco reception on Wednesday night and the Christians in Construction reception (sponsored by Borkholder Buildings and Supply, Central States Manufacturing, FBi Buildings, McElroy Metal, Ohio Timberland Products, Perma Column Inc., Quality Structures Inc. and Timber Tech Engineering) on Thursday night offer splendid opportunities for you to relax, visit with old friends, and make some new ones.
To register go to nfba.org.