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Steel Joist Inventor to be Honored
Posted by Tasha Weiss on April 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

Steel industry innovator Stanley Macomber (1887-1967), the founder of Macomber Inc., Canton, Ohio, will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for revolutionizing the construction industry by his patent for the open web joist system. He and other life-changing inventors will be honored at the annual 2011 National Inventors Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Washington on May 4. View and download his patent titled Composite Joint System at Google patents here.


Macomber is remembered as a genius engineer and respected businessman who acquired more than 30 patents for his inventions and achieved several significant accomplishments in the construction industry. He pushed for the standardization of steel products and, in 1919 was one of those who called together major bridge builders and steel fabricators in Pittsburgh. From that meeting grew the National Steel Fabricators Association, and in 1921 Macomber was elected to a three-year term on its board of directors. It was during his tenure that the organization became the American Institute of Steel Construction.


Macomber’s work with the web joist also provided a foundation for the development of V-LOK interlocking steel framing by his son, Robert Macomber.


Read more about Stanley Macomber’s lifelong impact on the construction industry in the

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