By Karen Knapstein

When Sharon Thatcher, Rollforming Magazine’s previous editor, retired, I knew I had some big shoes to fill. I think you’ll agree she did a fantastic job of filling this magazine with relevant information, produced exclusively for construction roll formers. Thankfully, although she’s two states away, she continues to write for us. You’ll find two of her bylined articles in this edition. The first is the cover story, which is about preventive maintenance; the story begins on page 12. 

The second article Sharon wrote for this edition is a business profile about Stillwater Metals of Kenton, Ohio. I’ve received feedback from many readers saying the business profiles are one of their favorite features because they like learning about what other guys are doing. Since this is the case, we’ll continue including these business profiles in every edition. I truly appreciate the feedback! 

Without hearing from you, I have no idea whether or not I’m on the right track with providing the information you need.  We are currently working on the editorial schedule for 2023. Since my knowledge of roll forming topics is very limited, I’m reaching out to you — our readers — for help. I would be in your debt if you would contact me and let me know: What topics and types of articles would you like to see covered in 2023?

Would you like to see more technical articles or business profiles? More show coverage, news, and new products? Or would you like to see less of one thing or another? I’m very approachable … You can call me at 715-513-6767 (I promise to answer if I’m in the office), send me a letter or postcard at the postal address on page 5, or send an email to [email protected]. (Be warned: I’ll be calling some subscribers soon to pick your brains for article ideas.)

I’ll close with a brief note about the Construction Rollforming Show. Consider this issue the pre-preview edition for the show, which will be held Oct. 26-27 in New Orleans. (Please note: The show is on Wednesday-Thursday this time, rather than Thursday-Friday as in previous years.) We’ve included some tourist information that you’ll enjoy if you’re bringing your family to the show in October. And you’ll find the educational schedule on page 28 (subject to change). 

I hope to hear from you soon! RF