Metal Forms Corporation (MFC), a leading manufacturer in the concrete construction industry since 1909, celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2009.
The company, which began as a manufacturer of concrete forms, was the first company to successfully design and produce a steel form for constructing concrete homes and buildings. Innovation continues through the 100 year history as Metal Forms has been awarded over 40 U.S. and foreign patents and currently holds nine registered U.S. and Canadian trademarks.
As part of their centennial celebration, Metal Forms Corporation is holding a contest to uncover the oldest MFC paving form. Entries will be judged on the authenticity and details surrounding and verifying either the oldest existing MFC paving form or the oldest or longest continual "in use" MFC paving form. Grand Prize is two (2) round trip tickets to Milwaukee, two (2) nights lodging, a Brewer game and a night on the town with the Metal Forms crew. Five (5) second place prizes of BOSE headphones and five (5) third place prices will also be awarded. All entries will receive the 100th Anniversary "Mel" Momento. The entry deadline is September 1, 2009. For the official entry form, go to www.metalforms.com.
Some highlights of MFC's history include:
- In 1910, the company produced wall forms used to build hundreds of concrete homes inspired by the famous inventor, Thomas Edison.
- Design of a paving form in the early 1900s that supported the heavy paving machines of the time. The first such machine was designed by Philip Koehring, cofounder of the Koehring Company and brother-in-law of MFC stock holder G.H. Miller. G.H. Miller was the first generation Miller at Metal Forms.
- Increased sales volume during the depression: MFC's work week was raised to 55 hours and business was up 30% in 1930 and an additional 20% in 1931. Construction of public buildings and roads were the main sources of the strong business atmosphere for MFC amidst the financial woes of many during the depression years.
- Manufactured the steel forms used in 1936 to build the unusual and innovative 'dendriform' concrete columns designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the headquarters of S.C. Johnson & Son in Racine, WI.
- Redesign of paving forms to provide a new and improved product in time to meet the demand of the concrete paving boom and the building of the Interstate Highway System started by President Eisenhower in 1956. This product was inspired by Harold E. Miller, the second generation Miller at Metal Forms Corporation.
- Broke into the equipment end of the industry in the 1980s with the addition of concrete finishing machines to its product line. Today the company has 5 screed models.
- Pioneered plastic forming with Poly Meta Forms and Xtra Flex Radius forms; the latter of which won the Most Innovative Product Award for concrete forming at the 2007 World of Concrete. The addition of plastic forms and finishing equipment came under the direction of Thomas E. Miller, the third generation Miller at MFC and the firm's current owner and president.
- Launched a steel sculpture division, Meta Art? sculptures in November 2008. These metal sculptures are crafted at MFC using the company's scrap steel and powder coated to create magnificent environmentally friendly replicas of wildlife. Visit www.metaartsculptures.com for more information on Meta Art? sculptures.