Business and Management

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

McElroy Metal moves into new Houston plant, service center

BOSSIER CITY, La. – McElroy Metal operations in Houston recently moved into a new manufacturing plant and attached service center to better serve its large customer base in southeast Texas. “We were able to improve efficiencies and increase capacity with the layout in the new manufacturing facility,” says Matthew Edwards, plant manager. “Ultimately, we’re...

Timber Technologies LLC Achieves AITC Certification

COLFAX, WISCONSIN – Timber Technologies LLC has achieved certification by the American Institute of Timber Construction (AITC). | Certification distinguishes this Glue Laminated Manufacturer from many other manufacturing facilities by providing the highest quality glue laminated beams and columns to the agricultural and commercial markets as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation....

Union Corrugating introduces exclusive metal roof system warranty

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Union Corrugating has launched a new MetalProTECTION™ System Warranty available to the marketplace. This warranty is now available to homeowners when purchasing a new metal roofing system installed by a Union factory trained MetalPro contractor. When installation requirements are met, this warranty guarantees homeowners 10 years of labor protection covering 100%...

Samco Machinery app puts company info at fingertips

TORONTO – Customers are searching for information in new ways and Samco Machinery is doing what it can to put that information right at their fingertips. Samco Machinery has developed a free Smartphone application that will allow access to company information, pictures, videos as well as detailed technical information. Once the Samco App is...

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Surviving an OSHA inspection

– By  Mark Ward Sr. – Few things strike fear in the hearts of many rural builders more than the thought of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspector showing up unannounced at a job site. For a “survival guide,” Rural Builder spoke with three leading safety professionals for the post-frame building industry....

Money Talk: Managing Cyber Security Risks

by Mark Battersby – The recent headlines about Internet “hacking” and security breaches have focused on large retailers such as Target, Neuman Marcus and Home Depot and big banks like JPMorgan Chase. Unfortunately, fraud and financial data losses are not limited to retailers nor to one industry. Small rural building operations and businesses are...

Nonresidential Construction Employment Ticks up Despite Dismal Overall Jobs Report

Source: Associated Building Contractors “Today’s jobs report was a stunner and construction was not spared as the sector lost jobs for the first time in 15 months.” —ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. Nonresidential construction added 5,000 net new jobs in March, with nonresidential specialty trade contractors leading the way by contributing 4,400 new jobs, according...

Liability insurance for rural builders: Is it really necessary?

– By Mark Ward, Sr. – Someone slips on the icy front stoop of your home. Your injured visitor sues but your liability is covered by your homeowners insurance. The ultimate irony, however, might be if you’re building a home (or other structure) and not protected when someone is injured. For homeowners, potential liabilities...