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Murrysville man earns steel association’s service award

August 6, 2018 GMT

John Metcalfe of Murrysville earned the Steel Erectors Association of America’s highest honor earlier this month, the William Davis Service Award.

The award is given to an individual who demonstrates a life-long commitment to service in the steel construction industry. It is named for William Davis, who held board and committee positions for nearly 20 years through the 1980s and 1990s. Recipients of the award exemplify qualities of volunteerism and generosity.

“Jack Metcalfe is a long-time volunteer to the SEAA board of directors,” said SEAA President Dave Schulz. “During his tenure, Jack has served on multiple committees, was the driving force behind the SEAA/NISD Detailing Guide, and he has provided sensible input for the operations and future plans of SEAA.”


Metcalfe recently retired from John Metcalfe Co., based in Monroeville, and now runs a small consulting business. He has served on SEAA’s board of directors for more than five terms over the years. In addition, he is co-author of the SEAA/NISD Erection Safety Manual.

“Jack was a driving force behind the development of the detailing guide,” said SEAA Executive Director Tom Underhill. “At the time, there were no other published best practices that were both erector-friendly and OSHA-compliant. First published in 2002, this is a professional contribution that has a lasting benefit for the industry,” he said.

Metcalfe is a past president of the National Institute of Steel Detailing. He was the institute’s liaison to SEAA for many years. Metcalfe said he was humbled to receive the award.

“I had the privilege of knowing William and witnessing first hand his many contributions,” he said. “To be recognized by one’s peers is an honor for which I am most grateful.”