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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...

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Builders: What is Your Construction Outlook for 2017?

If you are a builder in the town and country market, we’d like your outlook for 2017 construction. Do you expect it to be better or worse than 2016? What types of projects are you lined up for? What’s hot? What’s not? Please take our annual survey (it is a short survey and will...

Research Shows Radiant Barrier Market Continues to Grow

The radiant barrier market continues to grow, in part due to global warming, according to a third-party research firm. Persistence Market Research (PMR), based in New York City, recently published their report, “Radiant Barrier Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast 2016-2026”. In addition to a brief overview of how radiant barriers work, what materials are used...

SBC Housing Stats for October: U.S. and Canada

The SBCA has published the following information regarding October housing starts and building permits data for the U.S. and Canada. United States: October housing starts (released November 17) increased 25.5% to 1,323,000 units. Single-family starts increased 10.7% to 869,000 units, while multi-family increased by 68.8% to 454,000 units. Total U.S. permits, an indicator of future construction,...

Haydn Shaw Will Be Keynote Speaker at 2017 Frame Building Expo

Haydn Shaw, a noted expert on leadership, change, multiple generations in the workforce and ways to turn around negative employees and work environments has been selected as the keynote speaker for the Frame Building Expo. Shaw goes from hilarity to deep reflection, combining rich content with use-tomorrow tools that focus on how best to...

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Tests reveal efficiency stalls for some 60-inch ag fans

When it comes to big fans and their benefits for agricultural ventilation, the old logic that bigger is better has hit a snag. Researchers at BESS Lab operated by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have tested a number of 60-inch fans only to discover that, at a certain point, energy efficiency does not...

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Trends in tunnel ventilation

By Sharon Thatcher – As farm buildings grow in size, and livestock herds grow in numbers, so too are the concerns for proper ventilation. While natural ventilation is still common—especially in the beef industry—the poultry and swine industries use a lot of tunnel ventilation which uses large fans to generate air movement over the...

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...

Post-Frame Sales 101: Tips for Success

-By Kathy Jonas – Achieving success in post-frame sales is a lot like achieving success in life: it involves the critical skills of being prepared, listening, and adapting to the needs of others. One other relevant skill is working harder than the competitor. Although technology has certainly had an impact on the construction industry,...