METALCON announces top three People’s Choice Award winners

October 31, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibitors at the only global event dedicated exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction nominated their products in one of 15 categories for the METALCON Top Products Award, and attendees voted on site in Las Vegas for their top three choice products. 

The 2023 METALCON People’s Choice Award winners are: 

First Place

Category: Technology 

MetalCoffeeShop - MetalTalk™ 

MetalTalk™ is a webinar series that delivers in the Read, Listen or Watch (RLW) format with content being presented to RLW; the only event in the metal construction offering all three platforms. MetalTalk features industry thought leaders, including progressive manufacturers, technology and more. 

“It is a great honor for MetalCoffeeShop’s MetalTalk to be named the People’s Choice, said Heidi Ellsworth, partner with RoofersCoffeeShop® and owner of HJE Consulting. “The metal construction industry celebrates the best of the best each year at METALCON, and MetalCoffeeShop is proud to be a part of it.” 

Second Place 

Category: Accessories 


The S-5! PVKIT HUR is the newest version of the PVKIT solar mounting attachment for metal roofs. It is specifically designed to withstand extremely high wind uplift forces such as hurricane-force winds and is the first metal roof PV mounting system certified to FM4478, FM Approval’s toughest PV Standard. It was tested and certified along with Butler's MR24 standing seam roof and JA Solar's module up to 105 pounds per square foot uplift forces and has passed many other stringent tests required for FM4478. 

“It’s such a thrill to be recognized with this award,” said Rob Haddock, CEO and founder of S-5! “The PVKIT HUR (High Uplift Resistance) product and its FM Approval represents another 'first' for our company and makes metal roofing the preferred solar roof in high wind-prone geographies around the globe.” 

Third Place 

Category: Rollforming equipment 

CIDAN Machinery Group – XTap & XSpace 

The XTAP feature revolutionizes conical bending, allowing automatic angled positioning of back gauge fingers with the ProLink control system, ensuring seamless production of gutters and copings, perfect for high-speed manufacturing. For challenging profiles, the XSPACE offers flexibility and convenience. Recessed beneath the bending point, it provides 15mm of additional space, enabling secure folding of hat channels, gutters, and high-pitch drip edge profiles. Equipped with crowning, it guarantees zero angle deviations for long profiles, ensuring precise and consistent folds. The XSPACE handles complex geometries effortlessly, providing safe and accurate results. Compatible with F-, FS- or FX-Series machines. 

“We have 30+ engineers at our factories who are always asking questions like, ‘What can be better?’ and ‘What is next,” said Ryan King, CIDAN machinery national sales manager. “Our commitment to ‘Embracing Change’, one of our core values, propels our innovation forward. We are ecstatic to win this award and eagerly look forward to what is next!” 

To be eligible, products must have been introduced to the market after January 1, 2022, and its manufacturer a 2023 METALCON exhibiting company. Winners were determined by an electronic vote.   

“After one of our busiest and best shows ever in Las Vegas, we are excited to announce our top three METALCON People’s Choice Award winners,” said Judy Geller, METALCON vice president of tradeshows. “We look forward to seeing what’s in store for next year’s showcase of top products and cutting-edge technologies in Atlanta.” 
Established in 1991, METALCON is the only annual tradeshow and conference devoted exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction. Produced by PSMJ Resources, Inc., in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, METALCON’s success is based on a dynamic exhibit hall, extensive educational programs and interactive learning opportunities. Next year’s show takes place in Atlanta, Georgia from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2024. For more information, visit

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