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NFBA Membership Spotlight: Vap Construction

The husband-and-wife team of Linda and Jeff Vap started their family business, Vap Construction, headquartered in Atwood, Kansas, nearly 40 years ago. They added post-frame construction in 2004. Jeff also runs a 1,000-head Black Angus cattle ranch, and Linda is president of the local school board. We recently talked with Linda Vap and office...

Housing Starts Report for July 2017, U.S. and Canada

The SBCA Structural Building Components Association has compiled the following data for the U.S. and Canada. July housing starts (released August 16) decreased 4.8% to 1,155,000 units. Single-family starts decreased 0.5% to 856,000 units, while multi-family decreased by 15.3% to 299,000 units. Total U.S. permits, an indicator of future construction, decreased by 4.1% to...

Charles Sukup to Receive Distinguished Engineering Award

Charles Sukup, P.E, president of Sukup Manufacturing Company, has been named a 2017 Distinguished Alumni by the 132-year-old engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi. Sukup is one of four who will receive the prestigious alumni award this year in recognition of lifetime achievements and commitment to engineering education. Sukup was Sukup Manufacturing Company’s first...

Simpson Strong-Tie Donates to Clemson’s Wood Utilization + Design Institute

-Donation to Support Wood Products Building Industry Advancement –   Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie announces its support of Clemson University’s Wood Utilization + Design Institute with a $50,000 donation. The Institute brings together foresters, architects, engineers and other building industry professionals to design advances in wood-based products through education and training, product research and development,...

Expanding the Possibilities of Post Frame

By Lynn Noesser, Chair of NFBA’s Post-Frame Market Initiative Committee Have you built any “shomes” recently? What about a “barndominium”? For those asking what the heck a shome or barndominum is, these are terms currently being used by builders and owners to refer to post-frame buildings that incorporate a typical storage or barn space...

Message from the NFBA Board Chair: Plans for the Future

BY Todd Carlson, Chair, NFBA Board of Directors With construction season in full swing, it is my hope that you are able to enjoy some favorite summertime activities with family and friends. Clearly this is easier said than done, but it’s crucial if we are to maintain work-life balance and priorities. The construction season...

Achieving the Look of Wood with the Easy Maintenance of Metal

The options appear endless as metal manufacturers develop new textures, mattes and prints for making metal more appealing to a wider range of consumers. A related article in the May issue of Rural Builder outlined this trend. This issue we look at a specific project. A low-maintenance building with the vintage look of board...

Money Talk: Affordable Ways to Attract Workers

By Mark Battersby How can any rural building business hope to compete for the dwindling number of skilled workers available in today’s marketplace? Most importantly, how can any building operation keep the workers that are so essential to its success and afford to compete for new workers to help it grow? Surprisingly, survey after...

Commerce Department Issues Determination on Anti-Dumping of Steel Rebar from Taiwan

WASHINGTON –  Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the affirmative final determination in this antidumping duty (AD) investigation, finding that steel concrete reinforcing bar from Taiwan is being sold in the U.S. market at unfair prices. The Commerce Department determined that exporters from Taiwan have sold steel concrete reinforcing bar in the United...