In the Industry

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

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 Building of the Year Awards – Post Frame – Masters Division, 2nd Place

  GO TO LIST OF ALL WINNERS Masters Division ($6+ Million in Annual Gross Volume) Second-Place Winners    Agricultural Storage/Workshops Dennis Lee, Morton Buildings Inc. Storage Facility for Bill Southerland Cladding: James Hardie board siding and batt strips; Roofing: Morton hi-rib steel; Windows: Pella; Fasteners: Stainless; Insulation: ½” heavy-duty Thermax; Foundation...

2016 Building of the Year – Post Frame – Masters Division 3rd Place

LIST OF ALL WINNERS Masters Division ($6+ Million in Annual Gross Volume)  Third-Place Winners  Agricultural Storage/Workshops Dave Nelson, Custom Structures of South Dakota–Wick Buildings Home for Effling Family Cladding/Roofing: Wick 29-gauge, 82,000 psi; Windows: Hayfield vinyl sliders; Doors: Plyco premium; Fasteners: roof and wall steel fastened with screws; Insulation: R-25 fiberglass...

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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...

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...

Marketing Help Outreach: Suppliers Have Answers!

If you are a contractor who dreads the marketing aspects of your business, you’re not alone. Fortunately a lot of your suppliers have already developed the tools you need. They are hoping that you will use them because they know that your success is their success. Central States Manufacturing Every marketing...

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...

Surviving an Audit: Rules to Live By if the IRS Comes Knocking

  -By Mark Battersby- According to the Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, the IRS audits the tax returns of far more small businesses than corporations. “Our current system is working against these small businesses, when it should be working for them,” Chabot said. The IRS agrees, stating...