By Karen Knapstein

When we spend our days with our noses to the grindstone, our world seems to shrink. It’s easy to fall into a routine and lose touch with people. Not only can our relationships suffer, but we may be missing out on new developments in the industry. Trade shows are an excellent way to reconnect with colleagues and learn about materials, equipment, and processes that we can use to help our businesses thrive.

In this edition, we include information about METALCON (above), which takes place in Indianapolis from October 12-14, the Florida roofing expo that was held July 20-22 in Daytona Beach (see page 66), and, of course, this year’s Construction Rollforming Show.

Much of this is the issue is about the Construction Rollforming Show, which will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, October 26-27. 

New this year: The show will be held Wednesday-Thursday rather than Thursday-Friday. Even more important: Registration covers admission to both the expo floor and admission to all of the educational sessions. Don’t wait to register! The cost of pre-registration is $50; registration at the door is $75! 

Show registrations and hotel registrations at the Omni Riverfront are now open. (Register for both at The educational programming is still being finalized. But topics range from coil coating basics; to metal-to-wood fasteners; snow retention types and applications; coil gauges and specifications; and much more. (See page 45 for the summary of the current show plan.)

We figured you’d want to make the most out of your trip to New Orleans, so we’ve gathered up information about a few more fun outings specific to the Crescent City. Founded in the spring of 1718 — more than 300 years ago — it has a rich history and unique culture. See page 48 for a few places you may want to see during your visit. Keep watch at for more show information and updates. 

Save the Date: CRS 2023

We have recently finalized the dates and location for the 2023 Construction Rollforming Show; next year, the Show returns to where it all began: the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Save the dates! The show will be held September 27-28, 2023.

I hope to see you in New Orleans! RF