In the Industry

Business profiles, awards and articles on business and management issues relevant to the building industry.

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Voting Open for Gold Key Awards

Do you have a favorite post-frame or low-rise metal building supplier you’d like to see rewarded for the products and services your business has come to rely on? For the past 35 years, Rural Builder magazine has enlisted the help of builders to select businesses that deserve some recognition. Companies that receive the most...

Marketing Advantages of Building Dealer Networks

If you are a contractor who would prefer to hire someone for your marketing, you might be best served by becoming an independent building dealer. Companies like Wick Buildings and Lester Building Systems have extensive tools designed just for you, and they provide ample opportunities for their partners (dealers/builders) to become well versed in...

Marketing Help Outreach: Suppliers Have Answers!

If you are a contractor who dreads the marketing aspects of your business, you’re not alone. Fortunately a lot of your suppliers have already developed the tools you need. They are hoping that you will use them because they know that your success is their success. Central States Manufacturing Every marketing professional will tell...

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2017 Rural Builder Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

2017 inductees into the Rural Builder Hall of Fame were announced March 9 at the annual Frame Building Expo in Nashville. This year’s inductees include Glen S. Graber, Kenneth J. Guffey and Joseph Zulovich. Glen S. Graber Owner, Graber Post Buildings In 1971, Glen Graber began a carpentry business, and two years later was...

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 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...

Flack Steel Is Now Flack Global Metals

Effective immediately, Flack Steel has changed its name to Flack Global Metals. This move reflects a consolidation of recent acquisitions that include Consolidated Metal Products (CMP) in Columbia, South Carolina, and JD Steel Products in Toledo, Ohio. In a move toward increasing global reach and expanded product line, Flack Global Metals now offers bare,...

Home Ventilation

It is not uncommon for us to have homeowners tell us that their contractor told them that a metal roof will eliminate their need for attic ventilation. After politely suggesting they look for a different contractor, we tell them how, with most homes, proper attic ventilation is critical to a healthy and energy-efficient home....