The director of metal building show Metalcon has been given an award from the Metal Construction Association. 

Claire Kilcoyne has received the Industry Champion of the Year Award from the Metal Construction Association.

Since Metalcon began in 1991, Kilcoyne has led its development, making it an internationally recognized event that draws visitors from more than 50 countries each year, officials said.

Chicago-based MCA co-sponsors the show with Newton, Massachusetts-based PSMJ Resources Inc., where Kilcoyne is vice president of trade shows.

“When I hired Claire I knew I had a winner,” said Frank Stasiowski, founder and president of PSMJ Resources. “She did not disappoint and has met every challenge with a positive attitude and creative solution. She took a concept for a vertical event in a huge construction market and made it an international one that is a key factor in the increasing popularity of metal in construction.”