Following the terrible events in New York and Washington DC of Sept. 11, 2001, the PHCC was faced with the decision of whether to continue with the Sept. 12-16 annual business meeting.

Following the terrible events in New York and Washington DC of Sept. 11, 2001, the PHCC board of directors and executive committee were faced with the decision of whether to continue with the Sept. 12-16 annual business meeting and convention events at the Reno Hilton in Reno, Nev.

The executive committee decided to conduct the annual business meeting as planned, along with appropriate abbreviated seminars, the tabletop trade show and other convention activities. The convention schedule was reformatted to accommodate speakers’ needs and other factors.

President Mike Kastner said, “PHCC members have been faced with adversity before, and they are strong. Our members expect us to continue with the business of the association.”

Also, winners were announced in the recent PHCC Skills USA-VICA Championship held at the Kansas City Convention Center. Twenty-seven sheet metal contestants performed jobs such as connecting sheet metal with drive cleats, spot welding and riveting, use of hand tools, correctness of layout and shop safety procedures.

High school winners included: Gold – Kensey Jacques, Ogden Weber ATC, Ogden, Utah; Silver – Alejandro Contreras, Pueblo High School, Tucson, Ariz.; Bronze – Steven Stauffer, St. Mary’s County Technical Center, Leonardtown, Md. Post secondary winners included: Gold – Corey Horspool, Ogden-Weber ATC, Ogden, Utah; Kevin Steen, Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND; Bronze – Kenneth Price, Augusta Tech, Augusta, Ga.

Sheet metal sponsors included: American Tool Co.; Crossland Machinery Co.; DeWalt Tool;; Galvmet Inc.; Gladwin Machinery; Metals USA; Plates & Shapes; and Prewitt Machinery.

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