April has been a whirlwind!


Earlier this month, I was able to break away from my desk and visit a few of our clients in Florida. We stopped by Maverick Boat Group, a company we highlighted in our January newsletter. Their project is complete, and they are in full swing manufacturing their incredible fishing boats. Their sister company, Pursuit Boats, has an additional building shipping out this week from our Vulcan Steel plant. We’ve worked with Roger Priest of Richard K. Davis Construction on both projects and can’t wait to see the latest one go up.

We met up with Ken Ringe of Bayview Construction and toured a couple of his large projects. Check out the updates in our News section.

Several of us are in Tucson this week for the co-located MBMA Spring Meeting and MBCEA Annual Conference. What a great opportunity it is to see everyone and catch up. I’m especially enjoying the sessions and learning about industry advancements.

Well, it’s time for me to hit the exhibit floor and attend the MBMA Spring Association Meeting. This afternoon I’ll make sure to attend “Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent,” an important session in our current environment of growth and increased demand for our products.

Until next time,


Pictured from left to right: Ben Browning, Ryan Peck, Ken Ringe, Steve Browning & Joel Voelkert

Vulcan News: Vulcan Team Visits Florida Projects

The Vulcan Steel Structures team recently traveled to Florida and met up with Ken Ringe of Bayview Construction. Bayview and Vulcan Steel had partnered up for two large projects.

The group stopped in at the Stuart Jet Center and toured their most recent addition, a 38,200-square-foot hangar produced by Vulcan Steel. It’s amazing to see the size of the planes that this building can house.

The team also toured the Stuart Yacht Basin in Stuart, Florida. In 2018, Grand Banks Yachts purchased the facility to serve as its U.S. headquarters, as well as the new home for Palm Beach and Eastbay yachts. Make sure to check out the full story next month on this multiphased project.

Industry News: Air leakage testing: New research is on the way

By Vincent E. Sagan, PE, F.ASCE, Senior Staff Engineer, Metal Building Manufacturers Association

Changes to building codes are a fact of life for architects and designers and air leakage testing is currently a hot topic.

Energy standards and code writers are currently looking at lowering air leakage limits while also requiring testing to ensure compliance. Both ASHRAE 90.1 and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) are spearheading such efforts.

In most areas, whole-building air leakage testing is now an alternative compliance path, while it is required in only a few specific areas such as the state of Washington. With the coming updates, more states will require on-site testing of new buildings to meet the code.

Call today and discuss your next project with an experienced Vulcan Steel Structures representative.