If you are among the masses that dealt with this year’s harsh winter, take a moment to close your eyes and picture palm trees, warm temperatures, and blue water.  Then mark your calendar for METALCON 2015, October 14 -16, 2015, as it makes its return to the sunny skies of Tampa, Florida.  Click HERE to pre-register for the show and with Housing now open, click HERE to make your reservation today and be one step closer to attending METALCON 2015! 

Toasting Sgt. Russ Marek after
METALCON 2009 Ribbon Cutting

A Blast From the Past
Claire Kilcoyne, VP of METALCON, has been involved with the show since its inception 25 years ago.  We sat down recently with Claire to ask her a few questions.  Click HERE to read Claire's favorite memories from the past 25 years, what she considers the "secret ingredient" to the show's success and a "not to miss moment" at this year's show.  Not only is Claire Kilcoyne METALCON’s fearless leader, but she walked the talk recently when she decided to replace her asphalt shingles with a metal roof.  After she mentioned it in a newsletter to metal roofing manufacturers and suppliers who exhibit, Drexel Metals answered the call.  As featured in, Claire comments that “it’s the last roof she will ever need and has already seen a difference with home efficiencies.” Especially with this year’s horrendous winter in Massachusetts!

tpamc_phototour01Marriott (Left) - Convention Center (Right)

Why is it important to book within a hotel block?
Convention attendees have often looked for the “best deal” when it comes to where they will stay when they attend a convention.  In these days of credit card and identity theft, you receive assurances by booking in the hotel block that you will not receive if you book on your own.  One industry story illustrates how a convention attendee fell prey to a “fake” housing company, made a reservation, only to find that no reservation existed upon check-in, yet his credit card had been charged.  METALCON contracts a variety of hotel rooms with competitive rates located in walkable distance to the Convention Center.  In addition to knowing your reservation is secure, by supporting the official meeting hotels, you will also help the show keep overall fees to a minimum.  Click HERE to make your secure reservation today!


The Construction Industry Helps Build Our Economy
According to a report prepared by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Census Bureau, Construction Users Council and the National Association of Home Builders, the US Construction Market is valued at $1.8 billion dollars.  In 2013, the top 5 construction sectors by value included Power, Highway, Educational, Commercial and Manufacturing.  Public Construction spending totaled $267 billion in 2013.  For more on this interesting industry story “by the numbers” and others, click HERE to join the METALCON BLOG.    


Tampa Bay - A Rich History
Tampa Bay is located in Hillsborough County and has some of the oldest recorded history in the United States, dating back more than 450 years.  The city is the only one in the United States to be invaded by pirates at the annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival.  The Festival was established in 1904 and although “Gasparilla season” takes place earlier in the year, there are many ways to explore the “swashbuckler” in you while in Tampa.  Take an original pirate cruise with Captain Memo, wave a pirate flag at a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, explore the history at the Tampa Bay History Center or dine at the pirate themed restaurant, Gaspar’s Grotto in Ybor city!



Did You Know?

Tampa is home of the original Cuban sandwich - yum!
Where to find the Cuban sandwich in Tampa

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