A simple survey of SFIA members finds that most of its members are extremely busy implementing new rules and procedures as a result of the coronavirus and new government guidelines. For this reason, the SFIA Board of Directors has decided that the best course of action is postponement of the SFIA Annual Meeting, which was scheduled for March 24. The association is currently aiming for a delay of two to three weeks with the hope that everyone has been able to adjust to these unique circumstances and/or that life is beginning to return to normal.
New Session Added to the Annual Meeting
The disruptions created by the coronavirus will certainly create ripples through the economy and construction industry for months to come. The SFIA expects that many have questions about what these impacts could be so it is adding a special session to this year's agenda called, “Feedback and Forecast 2020.” Rick Johnson with the Thompson Research Group will present the results of survey's they are conducted of companies in the steel framing industry supply chain, along with market intelligence about how other industries are responding to current market environment. The program will also include a discussion of opportunities and strategies for 2020 and into the new year.
In the meantime, SFIA staff continue to work on programs that are designed to increase the value of your membership, including:
- BuildSteel.org: Developed with co-funding by the SFIA and other industry partners, the SFIA now manages this site which is specifically designed to promote cold-formed steel framing. Learn about how you and your company can raise visibility for your products, projects, and successes.
- Architect and Specifier Outreach. This year the SFIA is amping up efforts to promote our certified manufacturers, contractors, and connector manufacturers through a new program that directly targets project specifications.
- Fire/Safety Legislation: With success in California, we're nearing the finish line in several other US locations, and targeting additional regions where the hazards of combustible framing has proven to be a life/safety risk.
In the coming days and weeks, the association will keep its members abreast on any breaking news that affects the SFIA and/or Industry. And, of course, SFIA staff is always available to answer questions or provide assistance to our members. For more information, visit steelframingassociation.org.