Author Archives: Contributed

Download the 2015 Rural Builder Source Book

The annual Rural Builder Source Book is now published and available for free download. Some of the project features in this special issue are intriguing and inspiring, while others are simple but solid. Also included is a list of popular products that are noteworthy in the metal and post-frame industries. Use the information provided...

Free resources: Be prepared for updated water heater standards

As of this April, updated National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) standards from the U.S. Department of Energy have increased water heater efficiency requirements, driving major product changes in the U.S. market. According to the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), the former practice of “yank and replace” no longer cuts it. Selecting a...

‘Grand opening’ for new family farm shop

New building also serves as informal community gathering place HECTOR, Minn. – The best customers are the customers that feel good about what they have purchased. Dean Schneider, a crops and livestock farmer in New Ulm, Minn., opened up his new farm shop for a community fundraiser. Schweiss Doors made it an opening everyone...

New RM Lucas headquarters, R&D and manufacturing facility acquired

RM Lucas has acquired property that will serve as its new headquarters office, research and development facility and manufacturing plant. The new facility is located at 12400 S. Laramie Ave., Alsip, Illinois. The location has frontage on Interstate 294 that circles Chicago and provides easy access for shipping and receiving to all points in...

ASMI accepts MCA report on increased service life of metal roofing

CHICAGO, IL – The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute (ASMI) has accepted a recent report published by the Metal Construction Association (MCA) that verifies certain metal roof systems can have a service life of at least 60 years. The service life report served as the technical substantiation required for Athena to change the useful service...

NCCA offers free downloadable “Tool Kits” on coil coating process

Cleveland, Ohio—The National Coil Coating Association (NCCA) offers more than 20 free educational “Tool Kits” in PDF format written by industry experts on the coil coating process. The Tool Kits are comprehensive yet easily understood papers that address popular topics related to prepainted metal and the process. Some examples include: “Coil Coating Topcoat Systems,”...

2016 Frame Building Expo for post-frame builders

Mark Your Calendar! – Don’t forget about the Frame Building Expo!  2016 National Frame Building Expo March 9-11, 2016 Indianapolis Convention Center Indianapolis, Indiana Sponsored by the National Frame Building Association, the Frame Building Expo is open to all builders who wish to network, learn and exchange information about post-frame construction. The Expo represents a variety...

Covertech wins judgment against TVM

Covertech Fabricating Inc., Ontario, Canada, has won its lawsuit against its former distributor, TVM Building Products, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for trademark infringements and unfair competition. TVM has been ordered to pay more than $4.7 million in damages to Covertech for sales of insulation products that were improperly identified as its own. Covertech sued TVM in U.S....

NCCA offers free downloadable “Tool Kits” on coil coating process

Cleveland, Ohio—The National Coil Coating Association (NCCA) offers more than 20 free educational “Tool Kits” in PDF format written by industry experts on the coil coating process. The Tool Kits are comprehensive yet easily understood papers that address popular topics related to prepainted metal and the process. Some examples include: “Coil Coating Topcoat Systems,”...

Silver replacing white as popular color choice in prepainted metals

Cleveland, OH – Even though white has been a mainstay color in most of the industries served by prepainted metal, silver and other metallic colors are beginning to work their way in to mainstream applications, according to the National Coil Coating Association (NCCA). As consumers continue to look for inexpensive ways to make products...