Nov. 4

Vol. 3
No. 6

Get Trained at Convention
 2015 Convention
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
April 23-25, 2015
Call 336-294-8880
Craft Training for 
Level 1-2-3 Ironworkers
Nov. 19
Jan 23
BOD Mtg., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Dec. 3-4
Mar. 25, 2015
April 27-29, 2015


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SEAA Names Keynote Speaker and Announces New Training Courses for 2015 Convention

Terry Bowden

Terry Bowden, Head Football Coach for the University of Akron, will open the SEAA Convention on April 24, 2015 with a keynote address. The Convention will be held at the Embassy Suites Oceanfront Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C., April 23-25, 2015.


This year, Field Track Sessions will feature Boom Lift Operator Certification on April 24 provided by United Academy, training division of United Rentals, and Signal Person Training on April 25.


Management Track sessions are still in development, but will include sessions on medical marijuana and construction, prevention through design, and welding trends.  More


SEAA Ironworker Apprenticeship Standards Approved by US DOL

The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) announces that its Ironworker Apprenticeship program has been approved by the US Department of Labor. This approval provides a template for SEAA member companies to use in establishing Registered Apprenticeship programs throughout the country.  More

Project of the Year Nominations Due Feb. 16
SEAA seeks nominations for steel erection projects that demonstrate complexity or unusual conditions, or conquered issues and barriers requiring special management team action or performance. The  Project of the Year competition is open to jobs that were topped out during 2014. Nominations must be postmarked by Feb. 16, 2015.

In addition, SEAA will offer companies a 10% discount off new membership applications or 10% off a single 2015 Convention registration for current members with your Project of the Year entry. There is no fee to submit a nomination for the awards program, however you must be a member to make a nomination.

Projects can be entered in one of three classes based on project scope.

Class I: Erection contract up to $500,000

Class II: Erection contract of $500,000 to $1 million

Class III: Erection contract greater than $1 million  More

Volunteer Opportunities Available
SEAA members have several opportunities to represent the association on other industry trade
group committees. Inclusion on either of these committees helps to provide a voice for steel erectors and fabricators among distributors and producers. 
  • AISC NASCC Steel Conference Planning Committee
  • AISC Code of Standard Practice Committee

Contact President Steve Burkholder at if you are interested.

Spanish Speaking SMEs Needed
NCCER is requesting assistance with reviewing Level 1, 2 & 3 Ironworker Craft Training books that have been translated into Spanish. The books are in the Columbian dialect. SEAA is seeking six volunteers to review the content and to assist with translating assessments. Work will be conducted via telephone conference call. 

Contact Tim Eldridge at  if you are interested.
Cives Steel Selected to Supply Carty Generating Station
Abeinsa EPC recently selected the North-West Division of Cives Steel Co., Idaho Falls, Idaho, as the successful bidder for the supply of structural steel at the Carty Generating Station project in Boardman, Ore. The 1,600 tons of structural steel for this combined cycle facility was awarded, in part, based upon North-West Division's ability to support the project's aggressive schedule demands. 

The new 440-megawatt, natural gas-fired Carty Generating Station will be built for Pacific Gas and Electric. It will be capable of producing enough electricity to serve about 300,000 residential customers. PGE will own and operate the new facility, which is scheduled to be online in 2016. The project will create up to 500 jobs during construction and about 20 full- time positions when operating. 

W.O. Grubb Opens 7th Branch Location


W.O. Grubb Crane Rental, Richmond, Va., has opened its newest branch facility in Winchester, Va. The company has been providing crane rental services to the Mid-Atlantic for more than 50 years.  "With Bill Grubb's leadership, vision, and team approach, we have now grown to our seventh branch location," said Vice President, Scott McDougle.


According to McDougle, Winchester Branch Manager Jason Miller has steadily grown his team from three cranes and a few trucks, to a thriving business in the Winchester market with seven cranes ranging up to 210 tons, four additional salesmen, and several new crane operators." In September, the opening of the newest branch was marked by an Open House event showcasing the 10,000 sq. ft. facility and new cranes and equipment. 

USI Insurance Exec Named to "40 Under 40" list by Crain's Cleveland Business
USI Insurance Services, Valhalla, N.Y., announced that Kate Bang, employee benefits president for USI's Cleveland office, has been selected to the 2014 "Forty under 40" Honoree Class by Crain's Cleveland Business. The program honors individuals for professional success and civic contributions.

Bang's responsibilities include designing and implementing innovative solutions to control healthcare and prescription plan costs for client companies. Under her leadership, the Cleveland office has become one of USI's top performing locations out of 140 offices across the United States. 

Earlier in April, she was named a finalist for Smart Business Magazine's "Women Who Excel," which recognizes women in Northern Ohio for their professional achievements. Bang has been with USI for more than 10 years and is also a two-year winner of USI's "Five Diamond" status, which recognizes excellence in new business development, client retention and profitability. 
HIIG Construction Names President, Chief Underwriting Officer
Houston International Insurance Group has hired Jonathan Oppenheim as President and Chief Underwriting Officer of HIIG Construction reporting to Kevin Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer of the Division. 

Oppenheim graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in Risk
Management and Insurance and has been in the construction insurance industry for over 25
years. He was most recently Senior Vice President of the Old Republic Construction Program
Group responsible for the underwriting of the Eastern Region.
Save the Date for Next Association Board of Directors Meeting

SEAA will hold its next Board of Directors meeting on January 23, 2015 at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel. The meeting will be from 9 am to 3 pm.
For more information, contact the association office at 336-294-8880

Welcome New Members


Blue Saver Homes LLC, Pembroke Pines, Fla. (Fabricator)

BTT Steel LLC, Longview, Texas (Erector)

Chicago Steel, Chicago, Ill. (Erector)

Erection Specialists Inc., Knoxville, Tenn. (Erector)

Flawless Steel Welding LLC, Denver, Colo. (Erector)

Houston International Insurance Group, Atlanta, Ga. (Specialty Service)

McPherson Contractors Inc., Topeka, Kan. (General Contractor)

Powers Built Structures Inc., Hudson, Colo. (Erector)

Steel Partners, Las Vegas, Nev. (Erector)


Visit the SEAA Business Directory for information on these and other members

Got News?

SEAA wants to help its members brag on themselves. If you have company news that you would like to share, please let us know, so we can include it in the Connector E-Newsletter. News might include awards you've received, interesting jobs, and new programs or employees. Submit your company news to Tracy Bennett,


OSHA Extends Crane Operator Certification Deadline to 2017

On Sept. 26, 2014, OSHA officially extended the deadline for crane operators to be certified by three years, until November 10, 2017. OSHA is also extending its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely for the same three-year period. Read the final rule here.


OSHA Issues Compliance Directive for Cranes & 

Derricks Rule

In mid-October, OSHA issued a long-awaited compliance directive for the Cranes and Derricks in Construction regulation, which went into effect in 2010. The directive assists OSHA Compliance Officers during inspections of employers operating cranes in construction activities. The information also helps employers understand how OSHA will interpret certain aspects of the regulation. More 

Bridging the Gap: Report addresses safety climate in construction 

A report released in April 2014 by NIOSH and the Center for Construction Research and Training addresses the differences between a safety climate and safety culture. The report follows a 2013 workshop that looked at:

  • Leading indicators contributing to a safety climate.
  • How to measure the safety climate.
  • Identifying interventions to improve the safety climate.
  • Bridging the gaps in leadership, employee empowerment, communication, training, and other areas. Download the report here.
No More Skills Gap: Construction Career Pathways
NCCER will hold a pre-conference workshop in conjunction with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) VISION Conference.  Panelists from both industry and education will discuss plans for narrowing the skills gap in each state and creating a pipeline of talent into the construction industry.

The workshop kicks off with a a networking reception on Nov. 18, 2014 at 6 pm at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, Tenn. The workshop takes place Nov. 19, 2014 from 7 am to 1 pm.

Admission to the NCCER workshop is free. SEAA members who are interested in attending the full the ACTE conference can receive a discount with code V14NCCER. Register now
In the News
AISC Webinar, Nov. 13, 2014: Weld Inspection-What Matters and What Doesn't. More

The National Law Review, Oct. 30, 2014: OSHA Issues Directive for Cranes and Derricks in Construction, Subpart CC. More

Safety + Health Magazine, Oct. 8, 2014: Study Shows Safety Program Worth the Cost. More

Crane & Rigging Hot Line, Sept. 25, 2014: OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification to 2017. More

ENR, Sept. 16, 2014: Contractors Turning Down Work Due to Labor Shortages, says AGC Survey. More
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