Business and Management

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

Free resources: Be prepared for updated water heater standards

As of this April, updated National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) standards from the U.S. Department of Energy have increased water heater efficiency requirements, driving major product changes in the U.S. market. According to the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), the former practice of “yank and replace” no longer cuts it. Selecting a...

Covertech wins judgment against TVM

Covertech Fabricating Inc., Ontario, Canada, has won its lawsuit against its former distributor, TVM Building Products, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for trademark infringements and unfair competition. TVM has been ordered to pay more than $4.7 million in damages to Covertech for sales of insulation products that were improperly identified as its own. Covertech sued TVM in U.S....

DBCI Achieves 7 Year Safety Milestone

Georgia manufacturer remains accident free over 1,000,000 Man Hours Douglasville, GA – Roll-up door manufacturer DBCI celebrated a milestone in July, marking seven consecutive years without a single recordable injury. This monumental achievement encompasses over 1,000,000 hours worked. “I’m proud of everyone in this organization,” says President Larry Miller, “Safety has been our primary...

Crew Foreman of the Month: Brian Schuh, A builder of people

By Kathy Jonas – Brian Schuh can build or repair any post-frame building that comes his way. “But he is also a builder of people,” according to Greg Lehman, director of construction services at FBi Buildings, Inc., in Remington, Indiana. Lehman nominated Schuh for Crew Foreman of the Month because of his high level...

The Gail Miller Recognition Program for Excellence in Safety

By Gary Auman, NFBA Legal Counsel – The National Frame Building Association has long had a commitment to helping its members provide a safe place of employment for their employees. As a way to strengthen that effort, NFBA redesigned the Gail Miller Safety Award in 2014, transforming the award into the Gail Miller Recognition...

Best Practices: the rewarding road to an effective safety program

– By Greg Blosser, National Frame Building Association Communications Manager – Whether your company is a magnet for worksite accidents or an exemplary beacon of safety excellence, conducting a safety audit is a wise first step in determining where your company currently lies on the safety spectrum. It’s a process that, when conducted well,...

Bringing safety to the job site: Ways to keep your crews safe

By Sharon Thatcher – Safety is an issue that builders understand is important, but how to comply with a growing list of safety regulations—and still get the job done efficiently and cost-effectively—is not so clear. So just what is the status of safety in the post-frame industry and how can you have both safety...

Building a crew: Tips to finding and keeping good help

– By Mark Ward – In the field of management science, the concept of “organizational socialization” describes how employees progress through three phases—anticipation, encounter, and metamorphosis—as they transition from newcomers to valued veterans. “My responsibilities cover all three phases,” relates Jimmy Terry, crew developer and trainer for FBi Buildings, a post-frame contractor in Remington,...

U.S. timber supplier positions for future in cross-laminated timber

Cross-Laminated Timber has yet to make a big splash in the U.S. market, but some forward-thinking pioneers are not standing on the sidelines waiting for the needle to move. They’re jumping in and showing people what CLT offers. One of those pioneers is Reinhard Sauter, owner of Sauter Timber in Rockwood, Tennessee. Sauter has...

2015 METALCON to showcase newest trends for business success

Newton, MA – For construction professionals in the field and those in the front office, METALCON 2015 has education sessions to improve their field techniques, management skills and business success. Each year METALCON attracts metal building, residential and roofing contractors, architects, engineers, developers, facility managers, fabricators and building owners from more than 52 countries...