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ATAS Monsters Of Metal Canstruction® Team Wins Award

The ATAS Monsters of Metal team (from left): Dylan Repsher, Andrew Webber, Kevin Klersy (team co-captain), Patrick Reinhart (team co-captain), Shirlann Wilkinson, Janet Grazul of The Architectural Studio, Jason Eberts, Anne Hicks, Chris Grover, and Brian Silvius. Team members missing from photo:  Glenn Hechler, Cindy Galiszanski, and Julie Wheeland.

Allentown, PA - The ATAS Monsters of Metal Canstruction® team recently received the Best Meal award in the recent Canstruction® Lehigh Valley competition.

One of five teams building Cansculptures® this year, team members consisted of ATAS employees and Janet Grazul, an architect at the Architectural Studio. This year’s theme was aCANemy Awards, and teams were challenged to build structures based on a movie nominated for an Academy Award. The Monsters of Metal created a Cansculpture® featuring the Wizard of Oz. The Cansculpture® incorporated several varieties of beans, sweet peas, tomato sauce, and tomato paste, to create a colorful, as well as nourishing, display of food. A total of 5,483 cans were used to build the structure, which was on display at the Lehigh Valley Mall for two weeks in October.

The jury for the competition consisted of community leaders, including Whitehall Mayor Michael P. Harakal Jr., Second Harvest Food Bank Director Jessica Dokachev, and Architect Steve Glickman, AIA. The displays were judged on their first impression, attention to detail, inclusion of healthy ingredients, and design and structural ingenuity.

atas-canstruction-2018-2This is the fourth year that ATAS has participated in this event; they have been involved since its inception in 2015. New Tripoli Bank and Fabrication Concepts Inc. were sponsors of the Monsters of Metal team again this year.

A grand total of 29,825 cans (consisting of 30,419 pounds of food) were used by the five teams competing, and $1,390.73 was raised in cash donations. All food and cash were donated to Second Harvest Food Bank, which serves approximately 60,000 people per month through their network of over 200 agencies throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley.

About CANstruction and Second Harvest Food Bank

CANstruction is a charity competition that aims to support hunger relief organizations worldwide. It’s unique in that the process isn’t simply a food drive, but also an art exhibition. Teams of architects, engineers, and builders create sculptures made solely from canned food donations and put them on display, to raise awareness about hunger. The event first came to the Lehigh Valley in 2015 and has since donated more than 144,000 cans to Second Harvest Food Bank, a Nazareth-based non-profit organization that serves Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, and Wayne counties in Pennsylvania.

About ATAS International Inc.

atas logo 1963Founded in 1963, ATAS International, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of metal roofing, wall cladding, ceilings, perimeter edge metal, and accessories. The ATAS portfolio features an expansive selection of products available in aluminum, steel, zinc, stainless steel, and copper. Standard profiles include narrow and wide ribbed wall panels, corrugated styles, standing seam and batten seam roof systems, metal shingles, shakes, tiles, and more. Additional options include curved, tapered, and perforated panels; concealed or exposed fasteners; smooth or embossed textures; horizontal and vertical applications; and a choice of over 40 stock colors with 70% PVDF finish.

With sustainability at the forefront of modern building design, ATAS proudly supports green building objectives with high performance solutions, such as solar-ready roof panels, insulated metal panels, cool roofing products, and solar air heating wall panels. The ATAS team consists of product and market specialists that provide a high level of support for your project, from initial discovery and design to installation. ATAS has two ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturing locations in the United States: the headquarters in Allentown, PA, and their facility in Mesa, AZ. ATAS also has a second location in Allentown, PA, and recently added a new manufacturing location in University Park, IL. For more information about ATAS International, visit or call 610.395.8445. For more information on InSpire transpired solar collector metal wall panels, visit

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