July 2016
Message from the President
Dear (Contact First Name)
Rens Hayes

It is an honor to have been chosen to lead SFNE as president and with the help and support of your Board of Directors we continue to work to provide the membership with meaningful educational and networking programs as well as responsible legislative advocacy.
Currently we are moving forward to redesign the annual steel design conference with the development of a series of regionally focused meetings to be held throughout New England. The meetings will be set up as discussions between engineers, architects, detailers and fabricators. The goal is to increase steel market share by demonstrating the benefits of steel over concrete and wood.
We have also just revamped and updated the SFNE website. Of importance to you is your membership listing. Please take a few moments to review the information displayed for your company and if changes or additions are needed please contact the SFNE office. The website is the portal to your industry colleagues, customers and vendors so we want to make sure your information is up-to-date and accurate.

You might also have noticed SFNE has a new logo. With the new website we realized we also need to update and modernize the logo, which maintains our identity as a regional association manufacturing in the USA.

As we move into the summer months the SFNE Golf Committee is gearing up for our annual tournament to be held at Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, MA on Friday, September 23, 2016. Don't miss this chance to golf at Red Tail and reconnect with your SFNE friends and colleagues. The tournament attracts a terrific cross section of the steel fabrication industry in New England and is our most populated and popular event.
For our motorcycle enthusiasts I would like to personally invite you to join us for our fifth annual ride. We will start the ride here at Rens Welding & Fabricating then move down the Rhode Island coast to Metals USA for lunch. This is always a great day and we hope to see you on July 29.
Have a great summer.

Rens Hayes
SFNE President
Rens Welding & Fabricating
Spring Meeting Sponsors

CT Galvanizing



Industry News

SteelDay is an annual event sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and hosted by its members and partners.

SteelDay is the industry's largest educational and networking function, with events occurring all over the country.

It's an opportunity for individuals from various professions to see how the structural steel industry contributes to building America.

Please contact the SFNE office if you are planning a SteelDay event.

Spring Dinner Meeting
On left, Rens Hayes from Rens Welding & Fabricating, Inc. with John Coll, VP of Sales & Marketing from Gerdau North America
SFNE held the Spring Dinner Meeting on April 28, 2016.  The dinner was held at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA.
This meeting featured John Coll, VP of Sales & Marketing from Gerdau North America. John presented a 2016 forecast for structural steel demand and provided insight into industry and price trends and structural steel availability.
The new venue gave attendees the chance to enjoy  "The SkyRide", a 4-passenger chairlift to Wachusett Mountain's scenic 2,006-foot summit with spectacular 360-degree views of southern New England.

One East Broadway, Suite 100

Eugene, OR 97401

Phone: (605) 205-0191

Adam Monk, East Regional 

Sales Manager

Coastal Steel Service LLC

423A E. Main Street

Searsport, ME 04974

Phone: (207) 548-1117

Dick Nickerson, Co-Owner

NorthStar Insurance Services, Inc.

300 First Avenue, Suite 100

Needham, MA 02494

Phone: (781) 431-2500


Greg Pierce, Vice President

The Paint Project, Inc.

71 West Street

Medfield, MA 02052

Phone: (508) 359-8003


Bob Zaffino, President

Triad Metals International

1 Village Rd Horsham

Horsham, PA 19044

Phone: (215) 784-0240


Jessica Yim, Sales Representative

for New England

Windham Industries Inc.

451 North Windham Rd. Rte 203

P.O. Box 240

North Windham, CT 06256

Phone: (860) 456-2287


William Rood, President


Legislative News
Senate Bill 1721 -
An Act Relative to Structural Steel

SFNE is working to have legislation passed in Massachusetts that would add structural steel to the Massachusetts General Law "filed sub-bid" system for selecting certain subcontractors on most public building construction projects.

The goal of the legislation is to create an opportunity for DCAMM certified companies to have a fair opportunity to bid on the structural steel packages for publicly funded building projects. The legislation is designed to give everyone who wants to bid on a public project a fair chance to do so.

To move the legislation forward, SFNE retained the services of Delaney & Associates.  

Progress has been made. During the current legislative session S1721, an act relative to structural steel, received a favorable report from the State Administration and Regulatory Oversight Committee and has been sent to the Senate Ways and Means Committee for review and consideration.

September 23, 2016 Golf Tournament
The SFNE Annual Golf Classic will be held at the Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, MA on Friday, September 23, 2016.  

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.


  • Golf Foursome
  • Tee Sign, Logo on SFNE Website and in Newsletter and Golf Book
  • Chance to win a Golf Foursome at Red Tail Golf Course
  • Two Golfers
  • Tee Sign, Logo on SFNE Website and in Newsletter and Golf Book
  • One Golfer
  • Tee Sign, Logo on SFNE Website and in Newsletter and Golf Book
  • Tee Sign, Logo on SFNE Website and in Newsletter and Golf Book


  • SFNE needs volunteers to help out at registration, at the hole contests and to sell raffle tickets. In exchange for your time we would like to invite you to attend the dinner. What could be better than a day out on a beautiful golf course and FREE breakfast, lunch and dinner? If you can volunteer for the day, please add your name to the registration form.
  • Logo on the Golf Shirt Sleeve
  • Logo on SFNE Website and in Newsletter and Golf Book

  • Tee Signs, Logo on SFNE Website and in Newsletter and Golf Book

  • Tee Sign, Logo on SFNE Website and in Newsletter and Golf Book

  • Tee Sign, Logo on SFNE Website and in Newsletter and Golf Book

  • Sign, Logo on SFNE Website and in Newsletter and Golf Book

July 29, 2016 Motorcycle Ride

SFNE is pleased to invite you to participate in the fifth annual Motorcycle Ride on Friday, 

July 29, 2016.  

The 2016 SFNE Motorcycle Ride will start at Rens Welding & Fabricating, located at 988 Crane Avenue in South Taunton, Mass. The event will start at 7 am with breakfast provided by Rens Welding & Fabricating. At 8 am the ride will head down to the Rhode Island coast and then to Metals USA, located at 10 Tower Road in Seekonk, Mass. At Metals USA riders will enjoy lunch and a shop tour. 

There is no charge to join the ride, but SFNE is raising funds for the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist wounded veterans and their families. Your donations would be appreciated. 

The registration deadline is July 22, 2016.

Click here to register online.


Contact SFNE

11 Robert Toner Blvd., # 234  | North Attleboro, MA  02763 | Phone: 603-766-7363



Catherine Flaherty, CAE | Executive Director



Laura Preston | Program Coordinator


SFNE | 11 Robert Toner Blvd., # 234 | North Attleboro | MA | 02763