As Metalcon prepares to visit Denver for the first time this fall, organizers say the construction industry is really recovering.
The metal building show will take place Oct. 1-3 at the Colorado Convention Center. Contractors, architects, roofers and suppliers from more than 50 countries are expected.
“We’re so glad to be coming to Denver,” said show director Claire Kilcoyne. “Colorado is a great state for metal and for business. That’s why we always wanted to bring the show here, so the expansion of the convention center was a turning point in doing that.”
Officials with the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. said Metalcon will come to a region with an economy that outpaces the U.S. average.
“Metro Denver will have quite a strong employment growth in three leading sectors of our economy in 2014: natural resources and construction, professional and business services, and education and health care services,” said Patty Silverstein, the group’s chief economist. “Growth in these industries sends positive ripple effect through other areas of our economy.”
Visiting the Mile High City will give Denver-based workers such as Clay Trapp, a sales representative for metal roofing maker Decra Roofing Systems, the chance to attend the show for the first time.
“I’ve been with Decra for only a few months, so this is a great opportunity for me,” Trapp said. “We’ve got some good partnerships in the area.”
Officials with metal roofing components manufacturer and distributor AMSI Supply of Douglasville, Ga., said they’re hoping for new business from the visit.
“We do a fairly decent amount of business in the Rockies,” said general manager David Trefzger. “Still, most of our business is east of the Mississippi River. We hope to have another good show at Metalcon, generate some new business.”
In the Rocky Mountains, approximately 60 percent of the company’s business is commercial, 25 percent is government work and the remainder is residential.
Standing-seam metal roofing manufacturer Englert Inc. said they see the region as a strong one for the company’s products.
“We’ve identified the Rockies as one of our seven important regions because of the weather there, metal roofing is user-friendly there,” said David Rowe, director of building envelope product management for the company. “It sheds snow.”
More information on the show is available at www.metalcon.com.