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Feb 01, 2013 | 07:28 PM

Knock, knock ....

Tags  National Association of Archtictural Metal Manufacturers, NAAMM, Wes Lewis, American Natoinal Standards Institute,

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It isn’t every day the National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers (NAAMM) comes calling. And although there was no chance the organization was going to break down any doors, there was a certain urgency to the knock.

Bottom line, the Glen Ellyn, Ill.-based trade association was looking for a little help from Inner Circle in the form of spreading the word it was inviting public comment on the proposed revision to ANSI/NAAMM HMMA (Hollow Metal Manufacturers Association) 860, otherwise known as “Guide Specifications for Hollow Metal Doors and Frames.”

“The standard was revised in late 2012 and is being proposed as an American National Standard,” Wes Lewis, technical consultant for the NAAMM, told Inner Circle in an interview. “We have a number of ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards. This particular one was not. It was a guide specification used by specifiers.”

All that began to change in April of last year, however, when the results of a benchmark study were shared with member companies of the HMMA, one of six operating divisions of NAAMM. “The group reviewed and discussed the findings and in the process discovered that some 60 percent of the member companies were involved in the manufacture of these doors,” Lewis said.

“They don’t all make all the stuff. Some of them manufacture supporting hardware, reinforcements and things,” he said. “But the realization that so many members were involved soon led to the notion that maybe the guide specification really should be a national standard. So we just said, we’ll do that.”

Revisions to the guide were slight, Lewis indicated. “The concept of the door construction remains unchanged,” he said. “They just tweaked the details a little bit. And the reference standards were updated to make sure they are still relevant.”

Although Lewis and his colleagues at the NAAMM are 110-percent committed to getting the proposed standard in front of the public and soliciting comment, they are not expecting a flood of feedback. “The ANSI process is all about openness and fairness,” he said. ”It is part of our commitment to make sure the public knows. But people just don’t get excited about doors,” he acknowledged. “It’s not something that seems to attract the attention of the public. There were no bugles going off when the proposed standard hit the street.” go to

To access the document, ballot and other related materials, click here. Comments must be received by March 18, 2013, to be considered.

The HMMA, which was established in 1969, counts more than 60 members throughout North America. It is the largest of the NAAMM’s operating divisions. Other divisions include Architectural Metal Products, Detention Equipment Manufacturers Association, Expanded Metal Lath Association, Expanded Metal Manufacturers Association and Metal Bar Grating.


Jo Isenberg

Jo Isenberg is executive editor of AMM. She has been covering the steel industry for over 30 years and has served as editor of AMM for the last 11 years – the most successful decade in the publication’s long history.