Business and Management

How-to information, news and tips to help improve the business and management of businesses in the industry.

SBC Housing Stats for October: U.S. and Canada

The SBCA has published the following information regarding October housing starts and building permits data for the U.S. and Canada. United States: October housing starts (released November 17) increased 25.5% to 1,323,000 units. Single-family starts increased 10.7% to 869,000 units, while multi-family increased by 68.8% to 454,000 units. Total U.S. permits, an indicator of future construction,...

Haydn Shaw Will Be Keynote Speaker at 2017 Frame Building Expo

Haydn Shaw, a noted expert on leadership, change, multiple generations in the workforce and ways to turn around negative employees and work environments has been selected as the keynote speaker for the Frame Building Expo. Shaw goes from hilarity to deep reflection, combining rich content with use-tomorrow tools that focus on how best to...

Post-Frame Sales 101: Tips for Success

-By Kathy Jonas – Achieving success in post-frame sales is a lot like achieving success in life: it involves the critical skills of being prepared, listening, and adapting to the needs of others. One other relevant skill is working harder than the competitor. Although technology has certainly had an impact on the construction industry,...

Market Sizing Report

“2016 Post-Frame Market Sizing Study” Released

-By Jeff Henry, NFBA- The “2016 Post-Frame Market Sizing Study”—now available to all Post-Frame Market Initiative supporters—forecasts continued steady growth for the post-frame industry. Through 2020, post-frame construction spending is expected to grow at a rate of 4.3 percent annually. The growth extends to all five building segments examined in the study: agricultural, industrial,...

MBMA Guide for Inspecting Metal Building Systems Now Available

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has released its new Guide for Inspecting Metal Building Systems. This comprehensive guide is available for online purchase, in print or PDF format, at www.techstreet.com/mbma. Its target audience consists of general contractors and erectors, design professionals, building officials, owner’s representatives, and others who are involved in project delivery....

OSB prices upward bound

The National Association of Home Builders reports that OSB prices climbed 2.5% in September, continuing a 7-month trend that has the commodity at its highest price since June 2013. Since February, monthly increases have averaged 3.2%, pushing prices up by a cumulative 25%. The report is based on the Latest Producer Price Index (PPI) release...

New Construction Starts Expected to Increase 5% in 2017

Dodge Data & Analytics has released its 2017 Dodge Construction Outlook predicting a 5 percent increase in new construction starts. In delivering the report Robert Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics said that slower-than-expected growth earlier this year raised some concerns that the industry might be in the early stages of cyclical...

Mark Battersby

Money Talk: What to do if a client is struggling to pay

What to do if a client is struggling to pay you Because it doesn’t take too many non-paying customers to create trouble, far too often a rural builder must be concerned not only with his or her operation’s financial well-being, but also the financial situation of both customers and suppliers. There are always customers...

Randy Ridenour

Atlas Bolt & Screw President Ridenour to retire

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 his career, Randy...

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...