Business and Management

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

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...

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...

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...

MFM Building Products hires new northern midwest territory sales rep

Coshocton, Ohio – MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, has reached an agreement with Peak Sales & Marketing to represent MFM in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. Peak Sales & Marketing was founded in 1985 and...

The Importance of Product and Install Training

-BY MARK MULLINS, FABRAL– In the metal industry, like every other industry, keeping up with new products and proper installation is vital to the growth and success of any business. As a training manager and engineer, I see the importance of this every day. There are many installers, sales and support staff who simply...

Fabral continues to expand production capacity

Fabral is expanding its flat sheet and slit coil program in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. New slitting and blanking capacity will be added in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, beginning September 1, 2016. This follows on the heels of Fabral’s move of its Grapevine, Texas, facility into a larger, more contemporary space in Ft. Worth. Flat...

Self-Insurance 101: Is it the right choice for your business?

-By Mark Battersby-  As the economy slowly improves, it should come as no surprise to a rural builder that insurers have begun raising business insurance premiums while reducing available insurance coverage. One increasingly popular option for many businesses is a “self-insurance” program or insuring its own risks. Self-insurance allows a building business to lower...

3D, drones, awards, and games part of 2016 METALCON plans

3-D technology, drones, inaugural awards, and metal roofing championship games are just some of the programs under preparation for this year’s METALCON. The event, sponsored by the Metal Construction Association, is slated for October 26-28 in Baltimore. Here is a brief rundown of some special activities recently advertised by MCA: THE FUTURE OF 3-D AND DRONES IN...