Profiles

Features about individuals and businesses in the building trade.

NFBA Member Spotlight: Legacy Barn Company

-By Kathy Jonas- This past January, Shawna and Matthew Miller of Legacy Barn Company, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, held a sweepstakes for a free 30’ x 40’ x 10’ post-frame materials kit in a Facebook contest as a way to show their appreciation to loyal customers and followers. By the end, the contest had been...

Modifying a Solar Barn for a Prize-Worthy Herd

“A barn is only as good as the farmer using it,” Illinois contractor Jim Peters (a 1998 Rural Builder Hall of Fame inductee) believes, noting that a barn properly built, but poorly used is a waste of everyone’s time and effort. That’s why it was a special pleasure for him in 2016 to build...

Marketing Advantages of Building Dealer Networks

If you are a contractor who would prefer to hire someone for your marketing, you might be best served by becoming an independent building dealer. Companies like Wick Buildings and Lester Building Systems have extensive tools designed just for you, and they provide ample opportunities for their partners (dealers/builders) to become well versed in...

A Post-Frame Planter’s Paradise

Black Creek Greenhouse Inc. is a popular destination for gardeners in the Lancaster County area of Pennsylvania. It has been locally owned and family operated since 1980. This post-frame retail store was built to handle expanding inventory and eager crowds. Because the area can get heavy snows, snow guards were deemed a must on...

4 Simple Tips for Working With Copper

Copper accents offer a great opportunity to grow your business. Eye-catching dormers, gutters, louvers, spires, finials, chimney pots and cupolas add look and functionality so that even the simplest barn, home, church or office building can stand out from the crowd. While installing fabricated copper products may appear complex, the reality is that copper...

How to handle vinyl windows properly

Vinyl windows continue to grow in popularity for buyers of noncommercial structures. They are less expensive than aluminum, yet have great thermal and energy-saving properties and they can be made in many profiles such as wood grains. But there are proper ways of handling vinyl that are very different than those for aluminum. Todd...

NFBA Crew Foreman of the Month: David Keim

David Keim is only 27 years old. Yet he has been a crew foreman at Quality Structures Inc. in Haven, Kansas, for the past six-plus years. “I try to lead by example” is the way Keim describes his management philosophy. That attitude is a big part of his success, according to Josh Nowlin, who...

Unique Schweiss Glass Bifold Doors Open New Kings Stadium Entrance

Schweiss Doors engineered and built five one-of-a-kind bifold strap latch doors that greet visitors at the entrance of the Sacramento Kings Stadium, Golden 1 Center, in downtown Sacramento, California. The $507 million multi-purpose indoor arena was officially opened Sept. 30, 2016. The 17,500-seat arena will host concerts, conventions and other sporting and entertainment events. Three of of the...

Metal construction engineer Bill Croucher named to Metal Construction Hall of Fame

Metal construction engineer Bill Croucher was named to the 2016 Metal Construction Hallof Fame at the 2016 METALCON awards ceremony. Croucher earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Structural Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He originally wanted to build bridges but spent his entire 45-year career in the metal construction...

Metal Building Industry Pioneers Inducted into Metal Construction Hall of Fame

CLEVELAND, OHIO – The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) inducted three industry pioneers into the 2016 Metal Construction Hall of Fame. As noteworthy contributors to the metal building industry’s early development, Wilbur Larkin, Jack Hatcher and Johnie Schulte became inaugural members of the Metal Construction Hall of Fame new “Founders” category. The new category...