The Metal Construction Association has created a new program to certify metal composite material fabricators.

The association’s Premium MCM Fabricator Certification Program qualifies participants based on experience, services, systems and financial capabilities. The MCA says the program’s stringent requirements will help qualified fabricators promote the use of metal composites in all types of building projects, especially large, high-end ones.

Miller-Clapperton was one of the first fabricators to qualify for the new MCA program.

“Our company became certified in the MCM Premium Fabricator Certification Program because it gives us the ability to distinguish Miller-Clapperton from the average fabricator,” said Ted S. Miller, a principal with the Austell, Ga.-based firm. “The program is of great value to owners, designers and general contractors because it provides them with a reliable measuring stick with which to compare fabricators. Through it they are able to select a fabricator that provides premium ability to build their projects.”

According to MCA, architects report that their biggest concern in specifying metal composite panels is having the assurance that the selected fabricator is qualified to do the work. The association said it believes that being certified under this program distinguishes and brands participants as elite materials and systems providers.

Architects and building owners can identify MCA-certified fabricators by the Premium MCM Fabricator logo on participant’s materials or by asking for proof of certification.

Now Specialties Inc. in Dallas is another company qualified under the program.

“The MCM Premium Fabricator logo is a mark of high quality. It shows that the fabricator is qualified on a number of criteria, such as experience, financial strength and their number of laboratory-tested installation systems. It removes the guesswork when choosing between several MCM fabricators,” said Fred Nolan, principal of Now Specialists.

For more information about the MCA program, visit www.metalconstruction.org.