SFNE stars
June 2015
Message from SFNE President Stephen Capone

I hope you all have enjoyed a great spring, after a much-dreaded winter with record snowfalls clocking in at over 8 feet deep in some areas.  Somehow, some way, we all survived and were able to reach our daily destinations... that is, of course, as long as we didn't travel via the trains or commuter rail lines here in Massachusetts!

Much has happened in New England since my last letter;  the Patriots won another super bowl, "deflategate" with an upcoming appeal by Tom Brady, the Bruins didn't make the playoffs and need to rebuild while the Red Sox are doing a great job holding on to last place!

Inside and around the SFNE, we recently held two great events:

  1. SFNE Spring Meeting, held at the Red Hook Brewery featuring a presentation by Jules Van de Pas of the Rocky Mountain Steel Fabricators Association.
  2. Annual Steel Design Conference held at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) which has continuously generated a great deal of interest from the engineering community.

Both events proved successful in choice of venue, speakers and topics, member participation and of course, were made possible thanks to our many sponsors.


The SFNE Board and committees are dedicated to making sure that events are planned timely, enriched with topics that will benefit member companies and geographically located to satisfy the needs of all SFNE members.  We continue to build upon our collaboration efforts with regional engineers and expect to plan more events in the future. Remember, we welcome feedback from everyone, including suggestions and ideas for stimulating topics and entertaining events.


The SFNE Board also has been working diligently to represent its members by way of legislative changes in Massachusetts.  In an effort to level the playing field on public construction projects, our efforts are focused on lobbying for legislative support to include structural steel as a "Filed Trade" bid. 

One of the end results and many benefits of this legislation includes giving to the structural trade the same rights afforded to other filed trades (such as Misc. Metals)...starting at bid stage to final project award and completion.  We are mindful that this will be a long, difficult battle and that we may face steep opposition.  
Click here to read the Fact Sheet.


To initiate this important campaign, a handful of members have pledged continuous support and contributed generously to this effort.  Sometime in the near future, we will solicit our complete membership for support and will furnish campaign updates periodically.


Below is a list of great events planned for the up and coming months:

  • July 15, 2015: AISC sponsored OSHA "train the trainer" seminar, with emphasis on steel fabrication, will be held at Capone Iron Corporation; This seminar is free of charge, limited to 30 people  (2 per firm maximum) so make sure to RSVP ASAP!
  • The Golf Tournament will be held on September 18th at the Red Tail Golf Course in Devens, MA
  • Local AISC Steel Day Event on September 25, 2015 to be held at SL CHASSE, located at 8 Christine Drive in Hudson, NH.
  • Our annual Motorcycle Ride to support and raise funds for the Wounded Warriors project will take place in September 26 and 27, 2015.
  • Our Fall Dinner Meeting will take place at the new Plainville Park Casino in Plainville MA in October as well.  More details on this dinner will be available soon.

Be sure to check your "inbox" for email blasts that will update you on event dates and locations!  And remember to visit SFNE's website for the latest news, photographs and details from past and future events!


Remember:  The Steel Fabricators of New England (SFNE) is an association of structural steel and miscellaneous metal fabricators and allied companies that serve the building and bridge construction markets in New England.  The mission of SFNE is to promote the use of fabricated structural steel and miscellaneous metals in buildings, bridges and similar structures through education, legislative advocacy, and networking activities.


As always, I would like to thank each and every one of our Board of Directors, Committee Members and sponsors for their contribution to our success.  My sincerest and best wishes for an enjoyable, safe and prosperous summer season and I look forward to seeing all of you during upcoming events.


Proudly Serving as your President,

Stephen Capone

In This Issue

Legislative News

state house capitol boston

Senate Bill 1721 -
An Act Relative to Structural Steel

SFNE is working in Massachusetts to get legislation passed that would add structural steel including when applicable structural steel framing, shear connectors, steel or metal joists, steel or metal decking, and/or hot dipped metal galvanizing to the Massachusetts General Law known as the "filed sub-bid" system for selecting certain subcontractors on most public building construction projects.  

To help move this legislation forward SFNE has hired Delaney and Associates, a Massachusetts lobbying firm. 

Click here for the fact sheet on Senate Bill 1721.

Sick Leave

The earned sick time law, M.G.L. c. 149 148C, goes into effect on July 1st in Massachusetts. 


The law entitles employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time according to certain conditions.Employees who work for employers having eleven or more employees can earn and use up to 40 hours of paid sick time per calendar year, while employees working for smaller employers can earn and use up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time per calendar year


To learn more click here


Click here to get a copy of the NOTICE about the Law that employers are required to post and give to employees. 

Contact SFNE

11 Robert Toner Blvd., # 234

North Attleboro, MA  02763

Phone: 603-766-7363



Catherine Flaherty, CAE

Executive Director



Victoria Ranko

Project Coordinator


May 12th Dinner Meeting
On left is Jules Van de Pas with Stephen Capone

The Steel Fabricators of New England (SFNE) held its Spring Dinner on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.  The dinner was held at the Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH. The event started with a brewery tasting then dinner and a keynote presentation. 


Jules Van de Pas, the Vice President of Computerized Structural Design and a member of the Rocky Mountain Steel Construction Association (RMSCA), provided the keynote dinner presentation.


At the SFNE dinner meeting held last fall fabricators and engineers joined together to discuss ways to streamline the communication process and improve efficiencies in the construction process.  At this meeting attendees learned about the Rocky Mountain Steel Construction Association membership and communications model that provides all sectors the chance to interact on a regular basis throughout the construction process.  Of interest to attendees was the information Jules provided about the research and white papers that the Rocky Mountain Steel Construction Association Committees provides for its membership.


Click here to view the photos.

Click here to view Jules Van de Pas's presentation.
Annual Steel Design Conference
From left to right Len Albano, WPI; Bill Pascoli, AISC; Brent Vollenweider, Weidlinger Associates, Inc.;  Jonathan Hamann, Cives Steel Company; Tim Gendron, Tim's Fabricators Inc.; Stratton Newbert, Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering; Judd Galloway, Weidlinger Associates, Inc.; and Jason Bacon, Odeh Engineering, Inc.

The June 5th Annual Steel Design Conference held at WPI offered several sessions that were of interest and benefit to engineers, architects, detailers and fabricators. These sessions included:

  • Welds: How to Spot Problems and Improve Weld Details
  • Reviewing the Fabrication Model - An Industry Direction
  • T.R. Higgins Lectureship Lecture Award | A Flexibility-Based Formulation for the Design of Continuity Plates in Steel Special Moment Frames
  • Enhancing Communication Between Fabricators and Structural Engineers 
Special thanks to the Steel Design Conference Sponsors

Capone Iron


Click here to view the photos.

Click here for Chia-Ming Uang's T.R. Higgins presentation.

Click here for James Schwartz's Reviewing the Fabrication Model presentation.


Golf Tournament

The SFNE Annual Golf Classic will be held at Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, MA on Friday, September 18, 2015.  


Red Tail is one of the region's most sought after courses. Don't miss your chance to golf at Red Tail and reconnect with your SFNE friends and colleagues in the New  England steel industry. 


The Scramble Format Tournament will start with a shotgun at 9 am. The Tournament fee includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, have fun packet, golf and cart, golf balls and an American made golf shirt.


There are lots of sponsorship opportunities available and many new for 2015.  Sign up today and plan to have fun and support your New England steel fabrication industry.


Click here to register online.


Click here to download an invitation and registration form

Welcome New Members


Auciello Iron Works, Inc.

60 Main Street

Hudson, MA 01749 

Phone: (978) 568-8382

Fax: (978) 562-9982



Ralph Auciello

Vice President



Fabricator, AISC Certified, Bridges, Miscellaneous



Hubbell Galvanizing

40 Greeman Ave., PO Box 37

New York Mills, NY 13417

Phone: (315) 736-8311

Fax: (315) 736-0381



Chris White




Hot Dip Galvanizing 

of Steel, Galvanizing



Central Construction Industries

P.O. Box 229

Putnam, CT 06260 

Phone: (860) 963-8902

Fax: (860) 963-8903



Bruce Richards

Managing Member



Fabricator, Miscellaneous, Structural



McNichols Company

33 High Street

North Billerica, MA 01862

Phone: (508) 208-5119

Fax: (732) 846-5555


Jason Kaufman

Field Sales Manager



Specialty Steel Service 

Center specializing in Metal with holes in it.



OSHA Targeting Training: Warehouse Worker Hazards in Fabrication Facilities and Service Centers

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Capone Iron
20 Turcotte Memorial Drive
Rowley, MA
8:00 a.m. -  4:30 p.m.

Every AISC survey indicates that safety is a critical concern for our fabricator members. In response we are offering workshops written specifically for structural steel fabricators

Handling long and heavy pieces makes structural steel fabricators different from other industries. OSHA Targeting Training: Warehouse Worker Hazards in Fabrication Facilities and Service Centers is designed to provide people responsible for safety in member fabrication companies with training tools they can use to improve their safety records and meet OSHA training requirements. This "train the trainer" program is focused on worker hazards in fabrication facilities and service centers. The training will cover hazard recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention in key areas including:

  • Prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD)
  • Material handling (forklifts, overhead cranes, loaders)
  • Lockout/tag-out procedures
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Electrical safety and
  • Hazard communication, including GHS

The goal is for you, the attendee, to take this material back to your company and use it to train your colleagues. You will learn how to reduce the risks of workers performing tasks within fabrication facilities, steel service centers and other related firms. The program is targeted to safety trainers in steel fabrication facilities and steel service centers including safety directors, operations managers, supervisors and foremen.


To register please visit www.aisc.org/oshatraining 


For questions, please contact Carly Hurd, Director of Membership Services at hurd@aisc.org

  • Lunch will be provided and there is no charge to attend.
  • The number of attendees is limited to 30 per workshop, so hurry up and register today! 
  • Attendance is open to AISC and/or SFNE members.


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