The Steel Erectors Association of America is conducting its 16th Annual Project of the Year national competition. Besides free publicity and peer and industry recognition, one previous recipient of the award says it gives employees and ironworkers a sense of pride in the company.
“At the worker level, there can be sameness to the work—same welds, same connections, same steel, project after project. This is proof that we are better than the other guys. Having done the job well, safely and on schedule to a level that garnered national recognition—gives our workers a sense of pride and makes them partners in our efforts to maintain quality,” said Kurt Hettinger of S.L. Shaw Company Inc., Bakersfield, Calif.
Monterey Structural Steel Inc., a family owned and operated steel fabricator and erector located in Watsonville, Calif., was the 2019 recipient of the SEAA Training Grant. The grant provides funding to cover startup costs associated with establishing a new SEAA/NCCER training unit and assessment site. Monterey Structural Steel is SEAA’s second Training and Assessment site in the state of California.
Jack Vernon Nix, Jr., Vice President of Operations for Shelby Erectors, Inc., was named the 2018 Person of the Year by the Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA). A veteran of the steel erection industry for nearly 25 years, Nix is also currently serving his fifth term on the SEAA Board of Directors.
Left to right: Dave Schulz - SEAA Board President, Jack Nix - SEAA Board Member & Person of the Year, Alan Sears - SEAA Board Member & Emcee, and Tom Underhill - SEAA Executive Director
March 15 is the deadline for SEAA members to submit Project of the Year entries and to apply for the annual Training Grant. Submissions can be made online or applications can be downloaded. Visit http://www.seaa.net/awards.html for more information.
About 100 golfers participated in the annual Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament, held Oct. 19 in Raleigh, N.C.
From Left: Alan Sears, SEAA Awards Committee Chair; Tim Eldridge, SEAA Craft Training Specialist; Ronnie Ranson, CSE Inc President; Dave Schulz, SEAA Board President; Tom Underhill, SEAA ED
The Steel Erectors Association of America announces that CSE Inc., which provides erecting, rigging, crane, and industrial contracting services from its Madison Heights, Va., headquarters, was selected to receive the 2018 SEAA Craft Training Grant.
An independent panel of judges on behalf of The Steel Erectors Association of America selected three steel construction projects for the association’s annual Projects of the Year. Teams from Gardner-Watson Decking (Class I for erection contracts up to $500,000), Buckner Companies (Class III above $1 million to $2.5 million), and J.P. Cullen & Sons (Class IV over $2.5 million) were honored at SEAA’s 2018 Annual Convention, held in April in Greensboro, N.C. Note, no awards were granted in the Class II category ($500,000 to $1 million) for 2017.
The winning projects demonstrate the range and complexity of steel construction in the United States. One project was a steel decking job on a massive distribution center in Louisville, Ky., for a retail company ruled by capitalism and the Almighty Dollar. The other two jobs were temples of worship—one to Almighty God and the other the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.