About SMDI

Partner Alliances

Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP)

Auto/Steel Parternship

The Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP) was established in 1987 to provide a means of direct interaction between steel and the auto manufacturing process. A/SP (Chrysler, Ford, GM and steel companies) is run by a Joint Policy Council (JPC) and a Joint Policy Board (JPB) which approve budgets and strategic direction. The Joint Policy Board is comprised of two car company representatives and one steel representative from each member company.

A/SP functions as an extension of the steel technical development organization within Chrysler, Ford, and GM and enables cooperative research and development to be accomplished with leveraged contributions by its investor companies and federal programs. AISI/SMDI investor companies benefit by directly impacting the steel development needs of its customers.

With the OEMs undergoing restructuring at several different levels, there has been increased reliance on the Auto/Steel Partnership to address key technology developments, especially in the use of advanced high-strength steels. There is a strong desire by the partner OEMs to make the Auto/Steel Partnership the steel research resource for their respective companies.

Steel Framing Alliance (SFA)

The Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) was established as the North American Steel Framing Alliance (NASFA) in 1998. The mission of the SFA is to enable and encourage the widespread, practical and economical use and preference for cold-formed steel framing by identifying, maintaining and promoting competitive advantages while identifying and preempting threats. 

SFA focuses on the commercial and residential construction markets, with an emphasis on the growth potential of structural cold-formed steel framing in the mid-rise sector for offices, hotels, condos, apartments and other multi-family housing, university housing and similar buildings. 

Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) 

The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) is the technical and professional resource for designers of cold-formed steel structures. It was originally founded as the Light Gauge Steel Engineers Association (LGSEA).  

The CFSEI is made up of hundreds of structural engineers and other design professionals who are producing safe and efficient designs for commercial and residential structures with cold-formed steel. Its members work together to develop and evolve industry standards and design methods.

Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA)  

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) was founded in 1956 by a group of companies that developed an innovative way of designing, manufacturing and marketing buildings. MBMA's mission is to promote the design and construction of metal building systems in the low-rise, non-residential building marketplace. MBMA has been instrumental in defining and promoting the common interests of metal building systems manufacturers and has provided engineering leadership through the many research programs that it sponsors.

Metal Construction Association (MCA)

Founded in 1983, the Metal Construction Association (MCA) is an organization of manufacturers of metal wall and roofing panels, and suppliers whose metal products are used in structures throughout the world. MCA’s mission is to grow the use of metal through market development, education, technical programs and selective action on public policies that affect the use of metal in building projects. 

Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA)

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) was formed in 1998 by a small group of forward-thinking metal roofing manufacturers with the goal to educate consumers about the many benefits of metal roofing. MRA membership now also includes paint companies, material suppliers, industry publications, and others. MRA's Find A Contractor program (offered on its website) allows consumers to find metal roofing contractors in their area.  

The Metal Initiative (TMI)

The Metal Initiative (TMI) is the market development program of the Metal Construction Association (MCA). It is focused on increasing the use of metal materials in construction by educating decision-makers in the building and design communities about the benefits and applications of metal.

TMI seeks to inform architects, building owners and contractors about all facets of metal in construction to meet the varied needs of the building team, including return on investment, maintenance cost, life cycle cost, environmental impact, recyclability, recycled content, cool roofing, useful life and aesthetics. It also seeks to dispel myths concerning the use of metal in construction.

Cool Metal Roofing Coalition

The Cool Metal Roofing Coalition serves as the collective voice for cool metal roofing through the efforts of its participating member associations. It was formed in 2002.

The mission of the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition is to educate architects, building owners, specifiers, code and standards officials and other stakeholders about the sustainable, energy-related benefits of cool metal roofing. Several informational tools are offered on its website. 

Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance

The Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance (SSSBA) is a group of bridge and culvert industry leaders - including steel manufacturers, fabricators, service centers, coaters, researchers and representatives of related associations and government organizations -  that have joined together to provide educational information on the design and construction of short span steel bridges in installations up to 140 feet in length. SSSBA was formed in 2007.

The SSSBA provides essential information to bridge owners and designers, including standardized designs and details, manufacturers' options, durability solutions, technical research, case studies, and industry contacts.