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New Website, Updated Logo to Represent Association
The SEAA Board of Directors is proud to announce that the association has launched a new website to better serve members and the industry. It features a fully mobile-friendly platform, dynamic visuals, and easy-to-navigate information.

"SEAA's marketing presence now reflects the makeup of our association-companies that lead the industry in safety initiatives, craft training and apprenticeship programs, and coast-to-coast geographic growth," said Josh Cilley, SEAA President.

Along with the new website, SEAA has also updated its logo, which matches the national interests of the association membership. "The new logo stays true to SEAA's roots while putting a fresh, modern spin on our image," said Chris Legnon, Secretary and Media Committee Chairman. MORE
Connector Magazine Earns Superstar Award
The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) was recently recognized by the Construction Marketing Association (CMA) annual STAR™ Awards for marketing excellence in the construction industry.
Connector, a quarterly magazine for steel erectors, fabricators and contractors working in steel construction, received a 2017 Superstar Award in the Collateral/Trade Magazine category. The CMA STAR awards recognize excellence in 16 marketing categories and 80 sub-categories, including branding, literature, communications, trade shows, and publicity. "The CMA STAR Awards showcase the very best in marketing, effectiveness and creative execution," said Neil Brown, CMA Chairman. MORE
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Submit Project of the Year, Training Grant Applications
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Industry Reports
Gen Z Career Preferences Align with Construction Industry Workforce Needs
The next generation - Gen Z - is beginning to consider employment opportunities. Born between 1995 and 2014, these young people are profoundly different from Millennials in several ways that may be very good for the construction industry, says Megan Wild, a guest blogger for NCCER. She says they are practical and open to employment training. "They are very interested in steady employment and very willing to forego a college education if they can find training and education for a job that doesn't include it," says Wild. MORE
Research Launched on Integration of VR, Simulators into Aerial Training
A global consultation is to be launched by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) to establish the possibilities for powered access training and safety guidance afforded by new technology such as virtual reality and platform simulators. 

"IPAF  endorses the use of VR simulators as a good training tool for MEWP operators, when used in addition to the current IPAF theory and practical training programmes," said Tim Whiteman, IPAF CEO and Managing Director. MORE
New Steel Construction Standards, Resources from AISC
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) is pleased to announce the release of Certification Standard for Steel Fabrication and Erection, and Manufacturing of Metal Components (AISC 207-16). This standard brings together provisions from four existing standards on fabrication, erection, and component manufacturing.

In addition, AISC is offering new resources to complement the 15th Edition Steel Construction Manual, including design examples and shapes databases. MORE
Go Build America Launches National Initiative
More than 7 years after the launch of Go Build Alabama, Go Build America expands upon the  AlabamaTennessee and  California state programs to provide critical recruitment resources directly to those same employers and associations all across the country - while at the same time offering an all-inclusive national campaign to rebrand and promote the skilled trades.

"This new initiative will allow organizations large and small to utilize and benefit from our proven outreach strategy and connectivity tools, and bring our entire industry together with one cohesive message: Go Build America," said Bob Woods, CEO/President of Go Build and first Executive Director of Go Build Alabama. MORE
Experienced Ironworkers Deliver on Two Towering Structures
Read about One-of-a-Kind Government Jobs,  Equipment Rental Agreements, and how to Keep Deck Install Crews Safe in the Fall Quarterly Issue of Connector. Read the Digital Issue.

Advertising for Spring 2018 issue closes Feb. 5. Contact Chris Harrison at 660-287-7660 to reserve your space. 
Upcoming Events
NASCC: 2018 Registration Opens, Call for Erector Speakers
If you're involved in the design or construction of steel buildings or bridges, NASCC: The Steel Conference is the premiere opportunity to immerse yourself in the latest design concepts, construction techniques and cutting-edge research while engaging with thousands of industry professionals. The 2018 conference takes place April 11-13 in Baltimore, Md., and offers more than 130 sessions covering a wide array of topics and more than 200 exhibitors showcasing products ranging from fabrication equipment to structural design software. Registration for the conference is now open. MORE

2019 Speakers Needed
Meanwhile, convention planning committees are already seeking speakers for the 2019 event. Erectors interested in suggesting topics should contact Mark Yerke, S&R Enterprises, at by Jan. 26, 2018.
Steel Erectors Announce 2018 Convention Program
The Steel Erectors Association of America will hold its 46th Annual Convention and Trade Show April 25-27, in Greensboro, N.C., at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center. Headlining the speaker program is Brent Darnell, award winning Emotional Intelligence expert for the construction industry. Other speakers will address topics of interest to both management and field personnel. MORE

Registration Discounts End
Hotel Group Rate Expires
Member News
JLG Announces Telehandler with SmartLoad Technology
The JLG® 1644 high capacity telehandler offers 15,650 pounds of lift capacity and is the first telehandler in North America that offers optional SmartLoad Technology, a bundle of three integrated technologies that work together to deliver a greater level of operator comfort. MORE

Maeda Releases New Teleboom Crawler Crane
Maeda USA is pleased to announce that its new Maeda CC1485 Telescopic Boom Crawler Crane model is available for sale and rental in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.  The CC1485, which replaces Maeda's LC785 model, features a 6.6 ton (6.0 mt) max lift capacity, 98" (2.49 m) width, heavy duty steel undercarriage, hydrostatic transmission, no-outrigger design with a 72.2' (22.0 m) maximum hook height and near-zero tail swing. MORE

High-Strength Anchoring Adhesive Introduced by Simpson Strong-Tie
Formulated to yield superior performance in threaded rod anchor and rebar dowel  installations in cracked and uncracked concrete at elevated temperatures, the new SET-3G high-strength  anchoring adhesive is the latest innovation in epoxy anchoring adhesives from Simpson Strong-Tie. The two-component, one-to- one-ratio, epoxy-based anchoring adhesive formula can be easily installed in downward, horizontal,  vertical and overhead orientations. MORE

H&E Acquires Colorado Rental Company
H&E Equipment Services, Inc.   has completed its acquisition of Contractors Equipment Center (CEC), a non-residential construction focused equipment rental company located in the greater  Denver, Colorado  area. The CEC transaction doubles the number of branches in the state. MORE

Send Us Your News
Won an award? Held a Topping Out ceremony? Opened a new branch? Launched a new product or service? We want to know about it. Send your news to Tracy Bennett, Connector and Newsletter Managing Editor,
Safety Flash: Best Practices for Respirator Use
In 1998 OSHA updated its respiratory standard (29CFR1910.134), this replaced the outdated 1971 standard. We're closing out 2017 and we still find confusion on the topic of respirators.

Let's make this simple: Does the side of the box read "NIOSH"? Is 'NIOSH' stamped on the dust mask? If the answer is yes, it's a respirator! MORE
In the News
ForConstructionPros: Moody's 2018 Construction Report  More
Fox News:  6 Figure Construction Jobs Going Unfilled  More
Equipment World: New Study Shows Technology, Design Can Improve Safety  More
Safety + Health: OSHA Releases Updated Regulatory Agenda  More
Construction Equipment: New Silica Fact Sheets Now Available More
Construction Executive: Retaining Construction's Greatest Asset  More
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