In the Industry

Business profiles, awards and articles on business and management issues relevant to the building industry.

3M Launches Center for Hearing Conservation

New resource expands online personal protective equipment support for occupational health and safety managers 3M™ Personal Safety Division has launched a new online resource, the 3M Center for Hearing Conservation. Safety managers can find articles and details about the seven elements of a hearing loss prevention program, as well as helpful videos, toolkits, fast facts...

Polyglass Announces New Hires and Promotions For Sales Leadership Team

Polyglass expands its sales leadership team and aligns the company for future growth in the United States and Canada. Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. expands its sales leadership team to meet the growing demand for its roofing and waterproofing solutions. With their combined experience in the roofing industry, Polyglass can quickly respond to the needs...

Construction Spending Holds Steady, Delays Caused by Worker Shortage

CONSTRUCTION SPENDING HOLDS STEADY FROM APRIL TO MAY AS REPORTED DELAYS CAUSED BY SHORTAGE OF SKILLED WORKERS SPREAD AMID CONTINUING DEMAND Workforce Shortages and Political Gridlock that is Depressing Public-Sector Investments are Holding Back Broader Growth for the Construction Sector, Officials Urge New Workforce & Infrastructure Measures Construction spending in May...

Tips for Building Your Construction Business with KP Persaud

Drawing from his many years of running businesses, KP Persaud is one of the most respected and in-demand consultants in the construction industry. He’s known best for coaching owners and executives on the ways to turn around struggling businesses and to maximize existing successes. He is the author of the Business Builder series here...

Hazard Recognition and Other Safety Concerns

By Gary Auman, NFBA Legal Counsel This article covers some very important issues that have a large impact on your safety program and performance. Hazard Recognition  Recognition of hazards is of crucial importance for all employers in the construction industry. I am not referring here to communication about hazards—that is a...

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...

Short-term interest rates on slow rise as economy improves

Interest rates are on a slow rise in a sign of confidence that the U.S. economy is growing and employment rates are improving. The Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates by a quarter point on Wednesday, the third hike since December. Key rates are now between 1% and 1.25%, still comparatively...

Money Talk: Tax Deductible Internet Marketing

-By MARK BATTERSBY-  It is an unfortunate fact of life, but many builders and contractors often overlook the tax deductions for marketing expenses. According to the IRS, advertising and marketing expenses must only be reasonable and directly related to the rural building business in order to be tax deductible. Promotional costs...

Download on Avoiding Electrical Shock Available

The National Framers Council is offering a free copy of it’s “Avoiding Electrical Shock” download to builders though the end of May. The download is part of the NFC’s FrameSAFE Program and is being offered during National Electrical Safety Month. In making the announcement, the NFC noted: “According to the Electrical...

Tips for Creating a High-Performance Company

Growing bigger as a business isn’t as important as growing better. If you want to grow into a high-performance machine, Bruce Hodes, author of the book Front Line Heroes: Battling the Business Tsunami with Performance Oriented Cultures, offers these observations. Any company has problems. You want to make sure that you...