The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) is gearing up for SteelDay 2019 on Sept. 13 and they are looking for more steel companies to participate.
Steel fabricators, steel mill producers, service centers, steel erectors and steel detailers who are members or associates of CISC are being asked to open the doors of their facilities, jobsites and offices across the country and host tours, seminars or demonstrations to showcase and promote the structural steel industry.
“Essentially, we are trying to bring more awareness to the industry by promoting to our members, associates and steel fabricators out there to open their doors to not only the community and the industry but also students that could eventually look at these careers,” explained Amanda Charlebois, manager, marketing and communications for CISC.
“It’s really an opportunity to bring together the industry and create a stronger industry by doing so.”
Enrollment to be a host is down this year compared to other years, said Charlebois. In previous years, the event has had up to 20 host businesses. This year there are eight.
“We’ve being doing this for years but there are a lot less this year and I think it’s because of the tariffs and a lot of different things that have been going on…the industry is overwhelmed,” said Charlebois.
“Steel, this year in particular, has been such a hot topic and now more than ever the industry needs to come together. It’s like contingency planning. When so much is going on in the industry we need to come together and we need to utilize every opportunity we have to market, promote and voice who we are by opening the doors to your facility. It’s a day to network but also to celebrate steel and what you do.”
We have to expose people and get the word out there,
— Amanda Charlebois
Canadian Institute of Steel Construction
SteelDay is expected to draw architects, engineers, contractors, developers, students, educators and the general public.
“The biggest thing that we hear from our members is they are lacking qualified employees and it’s hard to find employees nowadays,” said Charlebois. “This is an opportunity to start exposing students to the industry… There is such a need for people in this industry and we have to expose people and get the word out there, the knowledge out there, that we’re here.”
Those who attend will gain insight on how producers, service centres, fabricators and erectors contribute to the steel industry. They will also learn from industry experts about the advantages of using structural steel in construction.
Host companies can benefit by showcasing their company, facilities and projects; networking with key industry decision makers; developing new business opportunities; and supporting the steel industry.
CISC will provide marketing support for the event but the host will be in charge of co-ordinating the event at their site.
“As a host, it’s a networking opportunity for industry,” Charlebois noted, adding all events are free of charge.
“They can utilize it not only for students but also for business connections. They can bring in a bunch of prospective clients to do a tour of their facility so they can see what they have to offer. It’s also exposure to students as well and apprentices to get a look inside these plants and see if it’s something they want to do.”
Companies participating in SteelDay 2019 include Supreme Group in Acheson, Alta.; Corrcoat Services Inc in Surrey, B.C.; Solid Rock Steel Fabricating Co. Ltd in Surrey, B.C.; Westbridge Steelworks Limited in Vancouver; Abesco Ltd. in Winnipeg; A-Post Aluminum Fabricators Inc. in Winnipeg; Gerdau in Cambridge, Ont.; and ACL Steel Ltd. in Kitchener, Ont.
For more information, to find an event or to get involved visit steelday.ca.
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