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January 2014

2014 NASCC
The Steel Conference


March 26 - 28, 2014  
Metro Toronto 
Convention Centre


The North American Steel Construction Conference is a premier education event aimed at providing structural engineers, steel fabricators, erectors, and detailers with practical information and the latest design and construction techniques. 


In addition, The Steel Conference offers an extensive trade show, featuring products and services ranging from fabrication machinery, galvanizing, and connection products to detailing and engineering software. It's a once-a-year opportunity to learn the latest techniques, see the most innovative products, and network with your peers and clients.  


Click here to register   


 SFNE Donates to 
Toys for Tots



SFNE members gathered for the association's annual meeting on Thursday, December 12th.  Some 75 members were in attendance to hear from the keynote speaker Tabitha Stine, the Director of Technical Marketing for the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). Tabitha provided a review of the current market conditions in the construction industry and talked about what challenges and opportunities steel fabricators will face in the coming year.


Click here to view the dinner photos.


Click here to view Tabitha's Presentation.


During the Annual Dinner Meeting held on December 12th, SFNE members donated some 250 toys to the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The SFNE membership also donated an additional $360 for the Toys for Tots Program.  The toys were donated to New England families in need during this Christmas season.


To learn more about Toys for Tots or to make a donation in another way, click here.

February 13, 2014


Northeastern University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is pleased to host the 2013 AISC T. R. Higgins Lecture


Structural Innovation: Combining Classic Theories With New Technologies


Presented by:


Structural Engineering Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP


108 Snell Engineering Center

6:45 p.m.


Click here to download invitation.



May 13, 2014


SFNE Dinner Meeting

Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA



Exhibitor Networking and Keynote Presentation from

Jack Klimp

VP/ General Manager 

Cianbro Fab. and Coating   

SFNE Board Advisor Appointed


SFNE is pleased to announce that Bill Pascoli has been appointed to serve as a non-voting advisor to the SFNE Board of Directors. Bill is the Senior Regional Engineer for the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)


Bill Pascoli has over 30 years of experience in the structural steel design, detailing, fabrication and erection industry.  After a successful career in design and construction Mr. Pascoli focused his attention on marketing and business development.  Mr. Pascoli is currently a Senior Regional Engineer for AISC Marketing, LLC and covers the New England Region.  He has also served as National Project Director for AISC Marketing, LLC.  


As a National Project Director, Mr. Pascoli focused on the penetration of steel into the parking structure market and the marketing of structural steel to project decision makers. Bill is also a member of the SFNE Education Committee.


Contact SFNE


Steel Fabricators 

of New England

11 Robert Toner Blvd., # 234 

North Attleboro, MA 02763

Phone: 603-766-7363   

Fax: 508-232-6005  



Catherine Flaherty

Executive Director  


Victoria Ranko

Project Coordinator 


Message from SFNE President

Dear SFNE Members,


It is a great honor to have been chosen to serve as the SFNE president. I accept this position with enthusiasm and pride. I wish to thank my predecessor James McBrady for his hard work and accomplishments as well as those of present and past elected officers, board and committee members.


While many of you know that I have much to say on steel and trade related topics, I will keep this letter to a short and sweet introduction and welcome to 2014.


I realize that I am not always politically correct, and I can be somewhat blunt.  However, I do not ever want to be offensive, so please bear with me as I layout my message.


As I write this letter one month into the new year, the Bruins are hot, the Patriots have lost, the President gave his State of the Union speech and David Ortiz is again holding the Red Sox hostage. Don't despair, the economy continues its long-term recovery, credit is freeing up and there appears to be some decent work to bid.


I am cautiously optimistic about what the future holds for our industry, but I am concerned about what it holds for our organization.


In December the SFNE Board participated in a strategic planning discussion. Together we generated a lot of great ideas and focused on what makes the SFNE important to our members.


It's not just our charitable efforts or golf tournaments, winter meetings, raffles, auctions or even the wonderful "half of a head of iceberg lettuce " and "chicken ala something dinner" and other niceties. The most important thing about the SFNE is what we are doing to help our members make more money.


I believe the answer to what is important is within our Mission Statement; ... "The mission of the SFNE is to promote the use of structural steel and miscellaneous metals in buildings, bridges and similar structures through education, legislative advocacy and networking activities."


We are all in business to make money and SFNE, a network of great people, fabricators, suppliers, vendors and service providers alike, can and should help make that happen.


We have a plain and simple mission statement, we have core values, we have all the key ingredients to make it work but that's not enough, we need the people to make it work. Yes, there are some refinements needed here and there, some tweaking on current programs, some realignments etc., but the key ingredient remains our members.


One thing is for certain, if we keep doing the same thing day in and day out, but yet expecting different results (the definition of insanity) then SFNE will not be able to offer anything different than we have experienced in the recent past.  SFNE will continue to provide an inexpensive nice network that meets and socializes a few times a year.


We aim to make a difference in the value of your SFNE membership.


Our committees are already hard at work.  The Golf Tournament Committee is not only looking for a better course with playable conditions, but one that actually has enough food to last.  Plus they are working on ways to make the event more of a showcase to attract those prospects that need our products. I am hoping for great results.


Our Education Committee is focusing on topics that are more important to fabricators -- those that will add to our bottom lines.   

So that takes care networking and education.  Now comes the hard part, the legislative advocacy soon to be legislative and steel advocacy.


It's always going to be an endless uphill battle competing with our neighbors "north of the border" and while I do not believe in waging an "anti-neighbor" campaign, I am still convinced that it is far more important to maintain our "Buy American" theme. Our livelihoods and those of our employees, suppliers, subs and just about everyone we write checks to as well as local and regional economies depend upon it but it doesn't stop there!


We also face stiff competition from other building products such as wood and concrete. Currently, those industries are doing a better job promoting their products as we witness more and more low to mid-rise structures utilizing less and less steel.


What is our answer?  We need to do what our competition is doing.  We need to communicate and support our industry advocates like the AISC.  We need to advocate and promote steel, and it might as well be steel that is fabricated right here in New England!


In short, as you can see there is much more to do and I am happy and proud to spearhead our efforts to protect our regional members and industry as a whole. Keep in mind; the handful of Board of Directors and myself can't do it alone.


It's going to be a busy year for the SFNE membership.


We need your support to continue the mission of the Steel Fabricators of New England.


Proudly serving as the SFNE President,




Stephen J. Capone
Capone Iron Corporation
SFNE President

SFNE Elects New Board of Directors

During the recent annual dinner meeting, the membership elected a new SFNE Board. The new term will start on January 1, 2014.

The new SFNE Board includes:



Stephen Capone, Capone Iron Corporation   


Vice President

Rens Hayes, Rens Welding & Fabricating, Inc.   


John Roy, Connecticut Galvanizing   


Tim Gendron, Tim's Fabricators Inc.   


Immediate Past President
James McBrady, James A. McBrady, Inc.



Mike Feder, Infra-Metals Corp.
Brett Miller, Building Envelope Systems

Steve Chasse, S.L. Chasse   

Darin Gillies, Reliance Steel, Inc.
Josh Rosenthal, Novel Iron Works, Inc.
Mark Torriani, Santini Bros.    

Bill Trubia, Berlin Steel                                 


Those board members whose terms ends on December 30, 2013 include:


Eric Greene, American Welding Co., Inc.
Ron Morin, Metals USA
Steve Rich, Berlin Steel


Meet New Board Members

Mike Feder is the Sales Manager/Tubing & Pipe Product Mgr. for Infra-Metals Co. Mike has been with Infra-Metals for over 21 years. Infra-Metals is one of the largest structural steel service providers in the United States. 


Before joining Infra-Metals, Mike worked in sales at Guardian Wire & Steel Corp. 


Mike is also involved with AISC and MSCI and serves on the SFNE Membership Committee. He is a graduate of Santa Fe Community College.  



Since 2011 Brett Miller has served as President of Building Envelope Systems located in Hopedale, MA.  


Building Envelope Systems is a design/build structural steel, fabrication of misc iron and exterior metal panel systems for all applications.  Prior to this Brett was a sales representative for Dri-Design.  He has also worked for Metro West Steel and The Steel Shop.


Brett graduated from Assumption College with a Double Major in Business Management and Economics.



Bill Trubia is the Massachusetts Division Manager for Berlin Steel Construction, located in Kensington, CT. Bill has been with Berlin Steel for nine years.


Before moving to Berlin Steel, Jim worked at Capco Steel from 1990-2005.  


Prior to this Jim worked at Thames Valley Steel from 1980-1990.


Jim graduated from Westerly, Rhode Island High School in 1979.


Welcome New Members

AceCad Software Inc.

825 Springdale Dr., #200

Exton, PA 19341

Phone: (610) 280-9840

Fax: (610)280-9841


Samantha Skerchock

Business Developer



QSR Steel Corp.

300 Locust Street

Hartford, CT 06114

Phone: (860) 548-0248

Fax: (860) 548-0270


Glenn Salamone




Post Road Iron Works 

345 West Putnam Avenue

Greenwich, CT 06830

Phone: (203) 869-6322

Fax: (203) 869-0288


Peter Carriro

Project Manager



Righter Group, Inc.

187 Ballardvale Street, Suite A190

Wilmington, MA 01887-1018

Phone: (978) 988-0100

Fax: (978) 988-1435


Michael Woessner

Sales Representative



 Join an SFNE Committee

You can get even more from your investment in SFNE if 

you volunteer to serve on a committee.   

 As a committee volunteer you can help the association, make sure your company's interests are heard and have more 

opportunities to network with your colleagues.


SFNE committee members plan educational programs, steel promotion initiatives, the golf tournament and develop membership recruitment and retention campaigns. 


You may volunteer to serve yourself or you can nominate someone else from  your company to serve


Click here for the SFNE Online Committee Nomination Form.