SFNE Newsletter

Fall - Winter 2014

In This Issue


Capone Iron
Controlled Automation 
Steel Supply (Two)
Legislative News | Sick Leave

Message from the President

Fabricator | Engineer Panel Discussion | Next Steps 

Join an SFNE Committee

Fall Dinner Meeting 

Welcome New Members

Meet the SFNE Team | Board of Directors and Management

Welcome New Board Member




Welcome New Members

All Phase Steel Works LLC

480 Bunnell Street
Bridgeport, CT 06607
Phone: (203) 375-8881
Paul Pinto, President


Fabricator:  AISC Certified, Miscellaneous, Structural


Lehigh Valley Technical 


1584 Weaversville Road
Northampton, PA 18067
Phone: (610) 262-6345
Ken Peoples, President


Connection Engineer, Detailer, Structural Engineer


Quality Flame Cutting Div. of American Steel and Alumium

828 Main Street

Fremont, NH 03044
Phone: (603) 895-6774
David Brissette, Operations 


Trade: Steel Service Center


SidePlate Systems, Inc.

25909 Pala, Suite 200

Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Phone: (949) 238-8900

Jason Hoover, Eastern Regional Business Manager


Connection Engineer, Engineer, Structural Engineer


Summit Metal Fabricators

40 Lowell Road
Salem, NH 03079
Phone: (603) 328-2216
Fax: (603) 328-2233
 Scott Coulombe, Business Development


Fabricator, AISC Certified






Message from SFNE President


Stephen Capone 

Dear Members,


With 2014 drawing to a close in the next few days, I am sure we can all agree that it has been quite an eventful year. 


When we started 2014 we decided that SFNE programs and events should provide members with educational information that can help their business develop, networking forums to foster business relationships and opportunities to have new experiences.

SFNE events ranging from our Spring Meeting at Gillette Stadium, the Annual Steel Design Conference at WPI, the annual Golf Classic at Red Tail, the regional Steel Day events, and the Fall Dinner meeting at Northeastern University's STReSS Lab have proven successful with generating tremendous support and participation.


Our Board of Directors now meet monthly by way of video conference meetings, discussing current topics and trends in our industry while our committees remain hard at work providing our membership with the programs they desire to continue the interest and success of our organization.


I would like to thank each and every one of our Board and Committee members for donating their time in making our meetings and events successful.


Construction wise; During the past year we've seen steady growth in construction and I hope that you all had plenty of work and can carry significant backlogs over to 2015.


Hopefully prices will follow suit and rise to reasonable levels as demands outweigh capacity to supply.


It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your president this year and l look forward to serving you again for 2015.


Wishing you and yours a Holiday Season filled with Joy and Peace.


Best Wishes for a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year!







Stephen J. Capone

Capone Iron Corporation

SFNE President


Fabricator | Engineer Panel Discussion
From left to right, Pedro Sifre, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.; John Tracy, McNamara/Salvia, Inc.; Eric Hines, LeMessurier Consultants, Inc.; Peter Cheever, LeMessurier Consultants, Inc.; Jerry Hajjar, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering Northeastern;  Shawn Leary, Weidlinger Associates, Inc.; Rens Hayes, Rens Welding & Fabricating; Daniel Kasica, United Steel; David Orlando, Berlin Steel; and  Dino Cauteruccio, Capone Iron.


On October 28th SFNE conducted a Panel Discussion between Engineers and Fabricators. The goal was to discuss ways to streamline the communication process and improve efficiencies in the construction process. 


The dinner was held at the The STReSS Lab housed within Northeastern's George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security in Burlington, MA. The dinner meeting also included a tour of The STReSS Lab. The panel included: 



Jerry Hajjar| Chair | Dept. of Civil|Environmental Engineering Northeastern 

Eric Hines | Principal | LeMessurier Consultants, Inc. 



Peter Cheever, P.E | Associate | LeMessurier Consultants, Inc. 

Shawn Leary, P.E. | Senior Associate | Weidlinger Associates, Inc. 

John Tracy, P.E. | Associate | McNamara/Salvia, Inc.

Pedro Sifre, P.E. | Principal | Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc. 



Dino Cauteruccio | Production Manager | Capone Iron 

Rens Hayes | President | Rens Welding & Fabricating 

Daniel Kasica | Director Of Construction | United Steel 

David Orlando | Project Manager | Berlin Steel 


Click here to view more photos.


Special Thanks to the Dinner Meetings Sponsors 


Capone Iron





Reflections and Next Steps on
Fabricator | Engineer Panel Discussion
Bill Pascoli


My goals as AISC's New England Regional Engineer are to make structural steel the material of choice for buildings and bridges throughout the region and to act as a liaison between the SFNE and the vast resources that AISC possesses both globally and locally.  I have been a part of your organization since 2005 and have watched it make great strides to become relevant again in New England.  At the pleasure of the SFNE BOD I serve as an advisor to the board and also to the education and steel promotion committees. 


At the board meeting in December, 2013 there were two action items approved to make structural steel in general and the SFNE in particular more visible in New England.  One is to develop better communications with local structural engineers in order to help improve the quality of their structural drawings and construction documents.  The other is to promote structural steel to the design and construction community in New England. 


During 2014 a course of action was defined to address both of these initiatives that culminated in the October 28, 2014 Engineer/Fabricator Panel Discussion held at Northeastern University's George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security.  Whether you were there or not you should be proud of everything that took place including the tour of the STReSS Lab, the networking and the panel discussion.  I won't even begin to describe the exchange of information between the SFNE member fabricators and the SEAMass structural engineers because it covered so much ground.  The next challenge for SFNE is to continue the discussion and determine the next step in the process.  Hopefully this was only the beginning of a new relationship between the fabricated structural steel community and the building design and construction community in New England.   

Legislative News


state house capitol boston
New Sick Leave Law for Massachusetts

Massachusetts' voters approved a ballot question to entitle employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time according to certain conditions.

The new law, scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2015 has caused confusion and raised numerous questions. SFNE is working with the Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts (ASM), which has developed a list of concerns and questions that need to be addressed.

What follows is a summary from the ballot question that was created by the Secretary of State's Office.


Employees who work for employers having eleven or more employees could earn and use up to 40 hours of paid sick time per calendar year, while employees working for smaller employers could earn and use up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time per calendar year.

An employee could use earned sick time if required to miss work in order (1) to care for a physical or mental illness, injury or medical condition affecting the employee or the employee's child, spouse, parent, or parent of a spouse; (2) to attend routine medical appointments of the employee or the employee's child, spouse, parent, or parent of a spouse; or (3) to address the effects of domestic violence on the employee or the employee's dependent child.  

Employees would earn one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked, and would begin accruing those hours on the date of hire or on July 1, 2015, whichever is later. Employees could begin to use earned sick time on the 90th day after hire..... Read More

Meet the SFNE Team

The SFNE Board of Directors recently elected its 2015 officers and appointed and welcomed David Orlando as a new board member from Berlin Steel Construction Co.  We would like to take this time to introduce you to your 

SFNE Board of Directors and Management Team.  Happy Holidays.


Stephen Capone

SFNE President

Capone Iron Corporation

Rens Hayes

SFNE Vice President

Rens Welding & Fabricating

Tim Gendron

SFNE Treasurer

Tim's Fabricators 


John Roy

SFNE Secretary 

Connecticut Galvanizing

James McBrady

SFNE Immediate Past President

James A. McBrady

Stephen Chasse

S.L. Chasse Steel

Mike Feder

Infra-Metals Corporation

Darin Gillies

Reliance Steel, Inc.


Brett Miller

Building Envelope Systems

David Orlando

Berlin Steel Construction Co.

Joshua Rosenthal

Novel Iron Works


Mark Torriani

Santini Bros. Iron Works, Inc.

happy holidays back and postcard with lot of copy space for greetings

Bill Pascoli

Board Advisor


Cathy Flaherty

SFNE Executive Director

Victoria Ranko

SFNE Project Coordinator


Meet David Orlando from Berlin Steel
David Orlando is the most recent member of the SFNE Board of Directors.  David Orlando is the LEED Green Associate- Project Manager for Berlin Steel.  He attended Roger Williams University and graduated with a degree in Construction Management and a minor in Business Management in 2004.

David started his career working on the general contractor side, working as an Assistant Project Manager.  In 2009 he switched over to the subcontractor side and became a Project Manager at Capco Steel, where he worked for 3 years as a Project Manager running structural steel, misc. metals and ornamental metal projects in New York and Massachusetts.

David has been with Berlin Steel Construction Co. since June 2012.  As a Project Manager he manages structural steel, misc. metals and ornamental projects in Massachusetts.
 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. 

Click here for the SFNE Online Committee Nomination Form.

Contact SFNE

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