Nail pounding champ sets new record

A new record for pounding nails was logged at the Nail Pounding Competition sponsored by Maze Nails during the Frame Building Expo in Nashville, Tenn., in late February.

Tom Koch of Maze Nails presided over the competition as the champion, Sheldon Weaver of Martin Builders, Goshen, Ind., drove three 40d nails in a record 4.73 seconds. For his efforts, Weaver earned $100 cash and bragging rights for the next year.

Coming in second and third, respectively, were Mark Olweiler of Pennview Construction in Elizabethtown Pa., and Wayne Troyer of Built Rite Buildings, Quaker City, Ohio. Olweiler and Troyer earned $50 and $25.

Maze Nails expressed its thanks to all who participated in the contest.

Porch screening system offers easy installation

A new porch screening system by Screen Tight gives the ability to create porch structure elements for easy installation and project creativity. Designed for residential and commercial screen porches, the Screen Tight FASTtrack uses a 2-piece system of 1-x2-inch self-mating channels and molded clips.

The channels completely hide the clip fasteners for a clean look, while allowing for different configurations, including a railing system, vertical mill posts and horizontal rails. 

Despite downturn, Doralco expands capacity

While the first quarter of the year left many manufacturers and installers cutting expenses and laying off employees, Doralco says it closed out its best quarter (and year) in its 22-year history.

Alsip, Ill.,-based Doralco manufactures architectural aluminum doors, rails, grilles, grating and sun shades, steel grating and other products for the building industry. The company says it plans to expand its architectural cladding division by adding additional column cover manufacturing equipment and skilled craftsmen.

 “We’ve been very fortunate to enjoy good growth in this economy; we attribute it to three things: The partnerships with our suppliers and customers, our team’s commitment to always exceeding our customers’ expectations, and our new product innovation,” said Tom O’Malley, vice president of sales.

The company has had several windfalls in the past few years with new innovations in its exterior sunshade, grill, interior glass door rail, and composite panel divisions. The additional capacity is needed to handle the increased demand for interior and exterior column cover solutions, including specialty metals, specialty shapes and its new perforated logo column covers. n

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