Newsletter October 7, 2003

FCIA's First E-News Sponsor


FCIA at International Code Council Show - Thanks to Don Murphy, PPMI Firestop, Inc., Rolland Price, Firestop Logistics, Mike & Pam Wellons, Firestop Carolinas, for working the shared IFC/FCIA Booth Space, at the International Code Council Show in Nashville, TN. FCIA had great interest in the FCIA Contractor Members, FM 4991 and the FCIA Manual of Practice. "We were real pleased with the turnout of inspectors at this event. There was a lot of interest in FCIA at this show, much like the CSI Show", stated Don Murphy, FCIA.

The Building Officials who visited the FCIA Trade Show booth expressed that one of the biggest problems on a construction project is firestopping. According to the building officials, the various "trades" think that firestopping is "just for the inspector". The inspectors state that they are only enforcing codes. The inspectors also know that firestopping is already part of the projects contract documents and specifications. Inspectors are also really concerned about liability, and prefer to see professional, educated firestopping contractors performing this important firestopping work.

Does this sound like a call for a Professional, Specialty FCIA Member Firestopping Contractor?

Firestop Industry Conference - FCIA's Firestop Industry Conference, November 12 - 15, 2003 will be a "must see" event. Wendy Thompson, of the Pentagon Renovation Team; Richard Smits, Skidmore Owings and Merrill will show us new design standards for firestopping, Code Updates from IFC, FCIA, NFPA, ICC and other code conferences. And, "education, fellowship and fun make this program worth your financial and time investment", according to Bob LeClair, A.F. Underhill, Inc., Program Committee Chair.

The Disney Staff has informed the FCIA office that our room block at the Contemporary still has availability on Wednesday and Thursday Nights (Nov. 12 & 13). As the Contemporary Hotel is sold out Friday and Saturday, FCIA overflow is being taken by the Polynesian with great availability. The Polynesion, a great Disney Hotel, is a short "Monorail" ride away, and still on the Disney Property. Disney is honoring our $165/night rate at the Polynesian and will put you on a waiting list for the Contemporary. To receive the Earlybird Discount, send the FAXBACK Form and payment by Oct. 21.

FCIA's Industry Conference Trade Show - FCIA's first formal trade show kicks off Thursday, November 13th. The show continues through Friday morning. Twenty (20) Tabletops (6' wide x 24" deep) are available, but are being taken quickly. Albion, Nelson, RectorSeal, Thermafiber, Watson Bowman Acme, are those who have sent FAXBACK Forms committing to the show. Visit this link to download the sponsor and trade show FAXBACK Forms.

FCIA's program committee has invited the Orlando Chapter CSI Architects, and inspectors to "Meet the Firestop Industry" at this industry first event. The FCIA Trade Show and Sponsorship Early Bird Discount expires October 15th.

FCIA Elections - FCIA's Nominating Committee, Renee Woodruff, Chair, (Tom Hottenroth, Firestop Solutions & Blase Reardon, AF Underhill, committee members) has recommended the following candidates to be on the ballot for Election to the FCIA Board as Directors. There are 4 candidates for 3 directors, in alphabetical order:

  • Bob Hasting - Specialty Firestop Systems, Inc. - Portland, OR - 503.233.9784
  • Bob LeClair - AF Underhill, Inc. - Canton, MA - 781.828.9760
  • Bruce Richards - Global Firestop, Inc. - Nova Scotia, CANADA - 902.468.6472
  • Don Sabrsula - FireSafe of Houston, Inc. - Katy, TX - 281.391.3331

Voting will take place via FAXBACK Form, or at the FCIA Firestop Industry Conference.

New IFC President - International Firestop Council (IFC) President, Amal Tamim, W.R. Grace & Co. Codes and Standards Manager, has resigned from IFC's President role. Steve Tyler, Tremco, Inc., - Fire Protection Service Group, has taken on the task of IFC President. FCIA wishes both Amal and Steve the best of success in the future as they both promote our Firestopping and Passive Fire Protection Industry.

FCIA E-News Sponsorship - Sponsor an E-Newsletter. Imagine, your firms name in print "in perpetuity", on an FCIA E-Newsletter, archived on www.fcia.org. Call the FCIA office, or email for cost information. Watch for FCIA Website Advertising Opportunities shortly.

To be a success in business, be daring, be first, and be different..... MARCHANT

Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director

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