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Marketing Advantages of Building Dealer Networks

If you are a contractor who would prefer to hire someone for your marketing, you might be best served by becoming an independent building dealer. Companies like Wick Buildings and Lester Building Systems have extensive tools designed just for you, and they provide ample opportunities for their partners (dealers/builders) to become well versed in...

What you Should Know about Skylights and Polycarbonate Panels

POLYCARBONATE PANELS Some of you are old pros at installing and handling polycarbonate, but some of you may handle it so infrequently that sharing a few tips and tricks would be helpful to ensure a successful installation. Palram Americas offers the following: On the Job Site When storing the materials either in the yard...

Marketing Help Outreach: Suppliers Have Answers!

If you are a contractor who dreads the marketing aspects of your business, you’re not alone. Fortunately a lot of your suppliers have already developed the tools you need. They are hoping that you will use them because they know that your success is their success. Central States Manufacturing Every marketing professional will tell...

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2017 Rural Builder Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

2017 inductees into the Rural Builder Hall of Fame were announced March 9 at the annual Frame Building Expo in Nashville. This year’s inductees include Glen S. Graber, Kenneth J. Guffey and Joseph Zulovich. Glen S. Graber Owner, Graber Post Buildings In 1971, Glen Graber began a carpentry business, and two years later was...

The Ugly Truths of a Volatile Lumber Market

Volatile lumber prices are causing jitters in areas of the US construction industry dependent on wood. Behind it is a long-running dispute over pricing practices in Canada that creates unfair competition in the U.S. So far there has been no solution, although deemed likely is a new trade agreement placing duties on Canadian imports of softwood lumber. The Structural Building Components...

MBMA’s Updated Energy Design Guide for Metal Building Systems Now Available

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association’s (MBMA) Energy Design Guide for Metal Building Systems, Second Edition, is now available in print or PDF at www.techstreet.com/mbma. Through easy online ordering, this resource will put energy code compliance and design information into the hands of anyone involved in construction and interested in increasing energy efficiency. It is...

Surviving an Audit: Rules to Live By if the IRS Comes Knocking

  -By Mark Battersby- According to the Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, the IRS audits the tax returns of far more small businesses than corporations. “Our current system is working against these small businesses, when it should be working for them,” Chabot said. The IRS agrees, stating the highest number...

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A Wing-Roofed Hangar from Sukup Steel Buildings Takes Off

An innovative winged roof that has taken off at airports is helping propel rapid growth by a relative newcomer to the steel buildings manufacturing industry, Sukup Steel Buildings. The Project: Ames, Iowa, municipal airport hangar Building system: Sukup Steel Buildings, Sheffield, Iowa Builder: Story Construction, Ames, Iowa Size: 11,400-square-feet hangar, 120 feet wide by...

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Frame Building Expo Sells Out, Largest Since 2006

For the second year in a row, the National Frame Building Association’s Frame Building Expo has sold out of exhibitor space for the trade show. According to Gary Reichert, Sales Executive for F+W Media Inc. – the company managing booth sales for the show – the 2017 event is poised to showcase more exhibitors and square...

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Gotta’-Have-It Solutions for Post-Frame Builders

One of the fun things about the Frame Building Expo is the introduction of new products. Here is a sneak peek. Long-Life Fastener Solutions from Lakeside Lakeside Construction Fasteners will showcase its ZMAX Long-Life and SC SteelGuard at the expo.ZMAX alloy fasteners are engineered for corrosion applications. They offer a larger outer diameter to...