In the Industry

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

Tips for Building Your Construction Business with KP Persaud

Drawing from his many years of running businesses, KP Persaud is one of the most respected and in-demand consultants in the construction industry. He’s known best for coaching owners and executives on the ways to turn around struggling businesses and to maximize existing successes. He is the author of the Business Builder series here on ConstructionMagNet.com. The...

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...

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...

Money Talk: Tax Deductible Internet Marketing

-By MARK BATTERSBY-  It is an unfortunate fact of life, but many builders and contractors often overlook the tax deductions for marketing expenses. According to the IRS, advertising and marketing expenses must only be reasonable and directly related to the rural building business in order to be tax deductible. Promotional costs that create goodwill,...

Download on Avoiding Electrical Shock Available

The National Framers Council is offering a free copy of it’s “Avoiding Electrical Shock” download to builders though the end of May. The download is part of the NFC’s FrameSAFE Program and is being offered during National Electrical Safety Month. In making the announcement, the NFC noted: “According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International...

Tips for Creating a High-Performance Company

Growing bigger as a business isn’t as important as growing better. If you want to grow into a high-performance machine, Bruce Hodes, author of the book Front Line Heroes: Battling the Business Tsunami with Performance Oriented Cultures, offers these observations. Any company has problems. You want to make sure that you keep solving the...

Modifying a Solar Barn for a Prize-Worthy Herd

“A barn is only as good as the farmer using it,” Illinois contractor Jim Peters (a 1998 Rural Builder Hall of Fame inductee) believes, noting that a barn properly built, but poorly used is a waste of everyone’s time and effort. That’s why it was a special pleasure for him in 2016 to build...

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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...