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ASABE Revises Shallow Post Foundation Standard

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has revised its shallow post foundation design standard. The revised standard, ANSI/ASAE EP486.3, Shallow Post and Pier Foundation Design, includes a new procedure for estimating foundation lateral load capacity; adjustments to safety and resistance factors for lateral foundation strength; and updated definitions....

MFM Building Products Becomes an ESOP Company

  MFM Building Products, based in Coshocton, Ohio, is now an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) company as of July 1, 2017. According to Tony Reis, Vice President & General Manager, “This move to become an ESOP company has spurred an exciting time in MFM’s history. Our employees have found a new...

Construction Input Price Growth Accelerates in September, Says ABC

WASHINGTON —Construction input prices rose yet again in September, according to an analysis by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Non-residential construction input prices rose 0.8 percent in September and 4.3 percent compared to this time last year. Overall, construction materials prices rose...

NECA Convention Cites Key Changes to 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC)

BETHESDA, Md – The most significant changes to the 2017 National Electrical Code® (NEC) were presented during the 2017 National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Convention & Trade Show, Oct 7-10 in Seattle with the largest live industry audience in years. As the most widely recognized electrical standard in the industry, the NEC is updated every three years to reflect the newest...

Schweiss Doors keeps Shomotion moving with unique custom-made hydraulic container door

 FAIRFAX, Minn. – Shomotion LLC of Denver specializes in the transportation, repositioning, customization and lease of equipment and drivers to assist in the execution of mobile marketing campaigns and other promotional events. When Shomotion founder Mike Scherkenbach needed a custom-made hydraulic door for a mobile container unit – in eight days – he called Schweiss Doors....

Dodge Momentum Index Declines In September

NEW YORK – The Dodge Momentum Index fell in September, moving 8.4% lower to 116.4 (2000=100) from the revised August reading of 127.1. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for...

Beckers Launches New Coating Line for Garage Doors

Beckers has launched a newly-formulated coil coating system that is designed to keep garage doors looking new. BeckryGard reduces scuffs, scratches and other abrasive damage created during manufacturing, shipping, installation and everyday use. BeckryGard is also durable enough to protect against elemental deterrents like UV radiation, water, and salt. Its super durable resin...