Making history in Baltimore

From humble beginnings in 1991 to an internationally renowned world-class event, METALCON International has earned the reputation as the preeminent leader in educating professionals about the use of metal in construction worldwide.

METALCON 2008, scheduled for October 1-3 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Md., is history in the making. With more than 800 exhibits and more than 45 education sessions, METALCON challenges traditional construction methods by promoting the use of all metals as a viable construction material. It is the vanguard for emerging technology.

Expanding its scope to accommodate a growing need in the gutter contractor industry, METALCON launches the Gutter Pavilion sponsored by Gutter Opportunities, a supplement to Metal Roofing Magazine and Rural Builder.

This show within a show and its roofing focus is the next logical step. The pavilion highlights rain water management companies gathered in one place at one time, complimented by a five-session education track.

Another METALCON first, answering attendee needs for consolidation of new product announcements and small company innovators, is the New Product Harbor — an area on the show floor dedicated to the unveiling of new products. To date more than 20 companies plan to introduce revolutionary products.

True to its mission as the preeminent metals education leader, METALCON is consistently 10 years ahead of the curve.

As “green” approaches the base of critical mass, METALCON appears as an overnight sensation when in reality, the consistent message of The Metal Construction Association, The Metal Initiative and METALCON has been to increase the use of metal as a viable construction material. It so happens the byproduct of the METALCON message has always been “green.”

Given its sturdiness, longevity and endurance against weather extremes, metal was “green” long before it became vogue.

METALCON leads 2008 with a Green education track Green Island, a sold-out pavilion highlighting companies focusing on sustainable design, energy and water conservation products. These products are durable, reduce materials waste in the manufacturing process and do not release toxic pollutants into the environment.

Among this year’s mainstay education tracks covering roofing, framing, gutters and green topics, METALCON 2008 helps construction professionals navigate current economic conditions with a fresh perspective with an all new Business Management educational track.

Another compelling reason to make the trip to Baltimore is the free MCA Demonstrations highlighting Residential and Commercial Roofing, Wall Panels and Tool Day. Experts from MCA’s Residential Roofing, Commercial Roofing and the Wall Panel Councils conduct how-to demonstrations on a variety of applications such as: the correct way to install metal roofing for steep-slope residential roofs, techniques for converting a flat roof into a sloped roof and how to install insulated metal panels.

Tool Day on Friday gives attendees a hands-on opportunity to test the latest tools for drilling, driving, swinging, bending cutting and fastening for metal applications in framing, roofing and siding.

Last, but certainly not least, is an opportunity to witness  an act of humanitarianism as Homes for Our Troops (www.homesforourtroops.org) is the recipient of the METALCON 2008 structure. 

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