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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...

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A Post-Frame Planter’s Paradise

Black Creek Greenhouse Inc. is a popular destination for gardeners in the Lancaster County area of Pennsylvania. It has been locally owned and family operated since 1980. This post-frame retail store was built to handle expanding inventory and eager crowds. Because the area can get heavy snows, snow guards were deemed a must on...

4 Simple Tips for Working With Copper

Copper accents offer a great opportunity to grow your business. Eye-catching dormers, gutters, louvers, spires, finials, chimney pots and cupolas add look and functionality so that even the simplest barn, home, church or office building can stand out from the crowd. While installing fabricated copper products may appear complex, the reality is that copper...

How to handle vinyl windows properly

Vinyl windows continue to grow in popularity for buyers of noncommercial structures. They are less expensive than aluminum, yet have great thermal and energy-saving properties and they can be made in many profiles such as wood grains. But there are proper ways of handling vinyl that are very different than those for aluminum. Todd...

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Moisture Problems and Solutions

Joseph M. Zulovich, PhD, PE, offers a detailed look at moisture problems in buildings in a five-part series that ran in Rural Builder magazine from mid-2016 to early-2017. The series offers: an overview and strategy a look at protection from subsurface water protection from surface water protecting the exterior building envelope and removing excess...

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NFBA Crew Foreman of the Month: David Keim

David Keim is only 27 years old. Yet he has been a crew foreman at Quality Structures Inc. in Haven, Kansas, for the past six-plus years. “I try to lead by example” is the way Keim describes his management philosophy. That attitude is a big part of his success, according to Josh Nowlin, who...

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Frame Building Expo Returns to Nashville March 8-10

The Frame Building Expo heads back to Nashville March 8-10. Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center will host the 50th anniversary event. Ken Gieseke, NFBA Board Chair, offers the following rundown of activities. Celebrate “Framing the Future at the 2017 Expo” by Ken Gieseke On Thursday night, while we enjoy desserts and beverages in...