Archive: Mar 2024

IPF 2024 – International Partnering Forum

Oceantic Network, formerly the Business Network for Offshore Wind, is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2024 International Partnering Forum (IPF) taking place April 22-25, 2024, in New Orleans. Industry experts from around the world will converge to share best business practices, the most advanced technical and scientific findings, and policy updates impacting offshore wind. IPF connects global leaders and businesses in the supply chain, offers unparalleled networking opportunities, and delivers the most timely and relevant updates on the industry, from technology and policy to safety and siting.

As the largest offshore wind energy conference in the Americas, IPF offers a full week of tours, workshops, trainings, networking opportunities, and new programming (including the new FloatON Summit dedicated to floating offshore wind). Meet and connect with industry colleagues, global leaders, and offshore wind trailblazers.

Located in the heart of America’s offshore energy industry, New Orleans will host 2024 IPF just as the Gulf of Mexico begins developing its offshore wind market. Gulf companies are already hard at work building America’s next energy industry and moving to integrate new technologies like green hydrogen into offshore wind. Embracing its offshore energy past and embracing the future of offshore wind, New Orleans and the state of Louisiana are emerging as a center of experience, expertise, innovation, and heart of this new industry.

With an anticipated 4,000+ attendees, 300+ exhibitors, and 250+ speakers, IPF attendance helps secure your place as a leader in the industry.

You’ll find Infra-Metals exhibiting at Booth #1206.  Stop by to talk to our team and see how Infra-Metals can assist you in your next project delivery by utilizing our extensive inventory and processing capabilities.

Learn more about how we address the project life cycle and how we can help reduce the overall costs of your project. Additionally we work with many of the fabrication software applications serving the structural steel industry for project management. Stop by and ask one of our team members for more information.

We’re not just another supplier. Consider us an extension of your shop. Click here for more information regarding Internation Partnering Forum 2024

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Nick Horine – Quality Control Supervisor

Nick Horine is the Quality Control Supervisor in Marseilles, IL.

As the Quality Control Supervisor at Infra-Metals Marseilles, his advancement from a Torch Cutter to Quality Control Supervisor has been swift but well earned.

Nick’s career began six years ago, in the Summer of 2018, when he joined the company as a 2nd Shift Torch Cutter. In those days, he worked hard, cutting orders and processing materials while learning the ropes of the trade. He was tasked with helping crane operators sling chains, torch cut material for customers, manage drops and ensure the inventory was logged and cut properly in the ERP system. His dedication didn’t go unnoticed, and soon he found himself taking on more responsibilities by moving into the processing department only a short couple of months later that Fall.

Nick was trained to operate the cranes, shot blaster and saws and enjoyed learning more in depth operations of steel distribution business. Reflecting on his journey, Nick recalled the informal yet thorough training he received from veteran colleagues.

“I learned tips and tricks from seasoned operators.”

Each role he took on presented new challenges, but Nick approached them with a determination to excel. In June of 2019 he moved yet again into another role, Inventory Coordinator.

Career Growth

Nick earned the trust of his superiors, who recognized his unwavering commitment to excellence and so took on the role of Quality Control Supervisor. He became the go-to person for handling processing errors, damaged material, and inventory discrepancies.

“What I enjoy about my current role is the autonomy it provides. I can focus on my work and hold myself accountable.”

His role was not just about maintaining quality; it was about upholding integrity and accountability in every aspect of his work. As for his aspirations, Nick’s goals were clear – to continue growing with the company and striving for excellence every day. At Infra-Metals, our inventory is our lifeblood and putting good people in place to manage it is essential to maintaining it’s integrity and accuracy.

“I know we can do better, and I’m committed to giving my best. I look back at my time here and I see only growth. I look at my future and I see the same.”

Over the years, Nick witnessed significant changes within the company. The culture had transformed into a cohesive team environment, where everyone looked out for each other’s safety and well-being. Safety improvements and better inventory organization were just a few of the positive shifts Nick observed.

A little note from Nick’s manager – “Nick is someone you can always count on. He continues to help out in all areas whenever needed.  He will hop on a crane, count off loads, etc.  Always more than willing to go above and beyond to help out on any day.  He also volunteers to come in and work most weekends when we are working too.” 


His dedication extends beyond the workplace, as he pours himself into hobbies like Brazilian jiu-jitsu and teaching the sport to children, including his nine-year-old son. His love for motorcycles, particularly his Harley Davidson, offered him moments of freedom amidst his busy schedule.


“The danger is not to set your goal too high and fail to reach it. It is to set your goal too low and reach it.” – Georges St Pierre

As he looks towards the future, Nick is determined to continue making a positive impact, both within the company and in his community. Congratulations Nick!