A collective of cold-formed steel manufacturers, suppliers and contractors have formed the Steel Framing Industry Association.
A collective of cold-formed steel manufacturers, suppliers
and contractors have formed the Steel Framing Industry Association. Open
officially on January 10, the association will be headquartered in Northern Virginia.
“The SFIA will unify our industry and help make all our
businesses more successful through a number of initiatives,” said SFIA interim
President Bill Courtney (ClarkWestern Building Systems). “The SFIA will
advocate on behalf of companies in the Cold Formed Steel Framing Industry to
expand the market through code compliance, promotion, education and innovation,”
According to SFIA interim Vice President Kennon Whaley (Southeastern
Stud & Components Inc.), “SFIA will be an inclusive, industry-wide association
because membership is open to CFS product manufacturers, steel mills, coil
coaters, steel coil suppliers, connector and accessory manufacturers, panel and
truss manufacturers, equipment and tool manufacturers, supplier/distributor
yards, design professionals and contractors.”
According to Interim Secretary John Roberts (Dietrich Metal
Framing), the association will implement an independent, third-party code compliance
certification program for exterior and interior framing products early this
year. The program is open to the more than 70 CFS product manufacturers and
will ensure that products produced by manufacturing members meet all applicable
building codes. Also, the association is planning to develop an independent
third-party code compliance certification program for framing accessories.
The SFIA will be guided by a Board of Directors that will
meet a minimum of two times each year. The Board of Directors and Officers will
be elected at the first membership meeting on April 5, 2011, in Las Vegas, during the
AWCI Convention and INTEX Expo. The board will consist of four officers, two
small, two medium and two large CFS product manufacturers, one steel mill, one
supplier/distributor and one contractor.