In the Industry

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

Randy Ridenour

Atlas Bolt & Screw President Ridenour to retire

ASHLAND, Ohio  – Randy Ridenour, President of Atlas Bolt & Screw Company LLC, has decided to retire at the end of 2016 after 32 years with the company. Ridenour joined Atlas in 1984 as Central Region Branch Manager and held positions of increasing responsibility leading to his promotion to President in November 2009. “Throughout...

ABC files suit against DOL’s Overtime Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and a coalition of business groups today filed suit against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division’s costly and burdensome final overtime rule. The legal challenge was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. “The Department of Labor...

CLT manufacturer first in U.S. to pass fire safety requirements

D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations, the nation’s first certified U.S. manufacturer of Cross-Laminated Timber, has become the first North American CLT manufacturer to achieve significant fire safety requirements under tests designed to gauge flame spread and fire resistance.  No other manufacturer of CLT has been certified under the new APA/ANSI manufacturing standard and has subjected...

Post-frame builder uses secret weapon to convert church

-By Sharon Thatcher- The idea that wood will rot when placed in the ground is one challenge that post-frame builders will likely always need to overcome. The public sees ravaged wood on a daily basis, in nature and in dilapidated old buildings. Newer wood treatments and other wood protection methods are quiet heroes that...

Construction contribution to GDP up in 30 states

“Construction continued to play a vital role in the U.S. economy in 2015, increasing its percentage contribution to GDP nationally and in 30 states,” said economist Bernard M. Markstein, Ph.D., president and chief economist of Markstein Advisors. Markstein’s comments came following his analysis for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). “The industry continues to...

Kansas post-frame builder delivers hunting paradise

The owner of this Kansas post-frame structure was looking for a wooded retreat that would provide a hunting lodge and storage space for equipment, complete with a two-story living space and an expansive finished shop area for storage and entertaining. The result was this building contracted to Quality Structures Inc. It features rough-cut cedar...

Electronic reporting of injuries and illnesses

-By Gary Aumann – In May 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a new rule for record keeping. The new rule establishes a requirement that certain employers report injuries and illnesses to OSHA electronically on a periodic basis. In this requirement some modifications have been made to the classifications of employers who...

Mike Nisonger of Preferred Builders is NFBA Member Spotlight

-By Kathy Jonas- Mike Nisonger often thinks about a telephone call he got on Christmas Eve in 1992. Everett Hart from NuWay Builders called to set up a lunch date. Hart had a Lester Buildings dealership and wanted to know whether Nisonger would be interested in running that division. “Anyone who knows Everett knows...

ABC, AIA and NAHB economists predict industry growth through 2017

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chief Economist Kermit Baker and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chief Economist Robert Dietz predicted continued growth for the construction industry in 2017 during a joint economic forecast yesterday, Aug. 15. “Nonresidential construction spending growth will continue into the...