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New Self-Adhesive Roof Flashing from Atlas Bolt & Screw

Ashland, Ohio –  KwikFlash, now available from Atlas Bolt & Screw, is a quick weatherproofing flashing. It consists of aluminum stretch netting cast in environmentally-friendly lead-free polymer rubber which allows it to take a form set while remaining flexible, malleable and stretchable. A fully self-adhesive butyl layer underneath the rubber polymer is protected and...

Hazard Recognition and Other Safety Concerns

By Gary Auman, NFBA Legal Counsel This article covers some very important issues that have a large impact on your safety program and performance. Hazard Recognition  Recognition of hazards is of crucial importance for all employers in the construction industry. I am not referring here to communication about hazards—that is a completely different topic....

NFBA Member Spotlight: Legacy Barn Company

-By Kathy Jonas- This past January, Shawna and Matthew Miller of Legacy Barn Company, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, held a sweepstakes for a free 30’ x 40’ x 10’ post-frame materials kit in a Facebook contest as a way to show their appreciation to loyal customers and followers. By the end, the contest had been...

U.S. and Canada Housing Starts Were Down in May

May housing starts in the U.S. (in a report released June 16 by the U.S. Department of Commerce) decreased 5.5% to 1,092,000 units. Single-family starts decreased 3.9% to 794,000 units, while multi-family decreased by 9.7% to 298,000 units. Total U.S. permits, an indicator of future construction, decreased by 4.9% to 1,168,000 units (SAAR). Starts increased in...

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Building Value for NFBA Members

-By Todd Carlson, Chair, NFBA Board of Directors- Within a month of the Frame Building Expo and the official change of leadership on the board of directors, NFBA (National Frame Building Association) executive director Jeff Henry and I were in Chicago attending a two-day seminar for chief elected and executive officers that focused on...

Short-term interest rates on slow rise as economy improves

Interest rates are on a slow rise in a sign of confidence that the U.S. economy is growing and employment rates are improving. The Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates by a quarter point on Wednesday, the third hike since December. Key rates are now between 1% and 1.25%, still comparatively low, and interest...

Best Practice Roofing Guide Available from RICOWI

TAMPA –  Finding a neutral resource for expert information on roofing has been difficult… until now. A new, one-stop information source, the RICOWI Best Practice Roofing Guide, aims to make determining whether a roof should be repaired or replaced much easier for home and business owners, inspectors, code officials, roofing consultants, contractors, and insurance professionals....

Don Bratcher Named President of Atlas Bolt & Screw

Ashland, Ohio – Don Bratcher was promoted to President of Atlas Bolt and Screw effective June 1, 2017. Bratcher has complete responsibility for all Atlas’s North American activities including the branches in Ashland, Ohio,  Flat Rock, North Carolina, Salem, Oregon, Houston, Texas and the manufacturing plant and corporate offices in Ashland, Ohio. He joined Atlas in April of...