Industry Honors

Special honors given to individuals and businesses in the construction industry.

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Voting Open for Gold Key Awards

Do you have a favorite post-frame or low-rise metal building supplier you’d like to see rewarded for the products and services your business has come to rely on? For the past 35 years, Rural Builder magazine has enlisted the help of builders to select businesses that deserve some recognition. Companies that receive the most...

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2017 Rural Builder Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

2017 inductees into the Rural Builder Hall of Fame were announced March 9 at the annual Frame Building Expo in Nashville. This year’s inductees include Glen S. Graber, Kenneth J. Guffey and Joseph Zulovich. Glen S. Graber Owner, Graber Post Buildings In 1971, Glen Graber began a carpentry business, and two years later was...

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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...

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...

Post-Frame Building of the Year Entry Deadline is Dec. 1

Entries are being taken now through Dec. 1 for the 2016 Building of the Year contest sponsored by the National Frame Building Association. The contest, open to NFBA member companies, consists of 24 award categories plus a Judges’ Award. NFBA’s awards program allows builders to compete against builder member companies of comparable size. Each...

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...

Registration for 2017 Frame Building Expo Now Open

Registration for the 50th Frame Building Expo is now open.  The Frame Building Expo is the nation’s largest annual trade event for post-frame builders, suppliers, manufacturers, structural engineers and code and design professionals. This year’s Expo consolidates the latest training, workshops and product information under one roof at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention...

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Foreman of the Month: Steve Allison, A Foreman with Focus

Steve Allison, foreman at Greiner Buildings, lives by the adage that there’s no such thing as a stupid question. While working his way up to be a foreman, he would ask questions to understand how he could improve, and that’s still true today. “He’s not afraid to call the project manager and say there’s...

Dec. 1 Deadline for Post-Frame ‘Building of the Year’ Applications

Applications are being accepted now through December 1 for the 2016 Building of the Year competition sponsored by the National Frame Building Association. Only post-frame buildings are eligible. The 2016 Building of the Year contest consists of 24 award categories plus a Judges’ Award. NFBA’s redesigned awards program allows builder member companies to compete...

Mike Nisonger of Preferred Builders is NFBA Member Spotlight

-By Kathy Jonas- Mike Nisonger often thinks about a telephone call he got on Christmas Eve in 1992. Everett Hart from NuWay Builders called to set up a lunch date. Hart had a Lester Buildings dealership and wanted to know whether Nisonger would be interested in running that division. “Anyone who knows Everett knows...