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CLT manufacturer first in U.S. to pass fire safety requirements

D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations, the nation’s first certified U.S. manufacturer of Cross-Laminated Timber, has become the first North American CLT manufacturer to achieve significant fire safety requirements under tests designed to gauge flame spread and fire resistance.  No other manufacturer of CLT has been certified under the new APA/ANSI manufacturing standard and has subjected...

MBMA releases new video on metal building systems

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association ( MBMA ) has released a new video featuring the engineering and manufacturing processes used to design and produce metal buildings systems. The six-minute video illustrates how the metal building process works, from design concept to manufacturing, delivery and construction. It also features photos and video of cutting-edge projects...

Plan ahead for METALCON

If you are planning to attend METALCON on October 26-29, hotel bookings are going fast. Already listed as “Sold Out” are rooms at the Sheraton Inner Harbor, Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor and Hilton Baltimore, all nearest the convention center. If you haven’t decided that you are attending, below is what you will miss....

Construction contribution to GDP up in 30 states

“Construction continued to play a vital role in the U.S. economy in 2015, increasing its percentage contribution to GDP nationally and in 30 states,” said economist Bernard M. Markstein, Ph.D., president and chief economist of Markstein Advisors. Markstein’s comments came following his analysis for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). “The industry continues to...

Electronic reporting of injuries and illnesses

-By Gary Aumann – In May 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a new rule for record keeping. The new rule establishes a requirement that certain employers report injuries and illnesses to OSHA electronically on a periodic basis. In this requirement some modifications have been made to the classifications of employers who...

ABC, AIA and NAHB economists predict industry growth through 2017

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chief Economist Kermit Baker and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chief Economist Robert Dietz predicted continued growth for the construction industry in 2017 during a joint economic forecast yesterday, Aug. 15. “Nonresidential construction spending growth will continue into the...

Permanent bracing of wood trusses an ongoing education

In the July 2107 issue of the Component Manufacturing Advertiser (download the article here) Professor Frank Woeste suggested the use of the 2015 BCSI Book (111 pages) as a tool for providing a practical path for design professionals to complete their bracing designs. In the spiral bound book, permanent truss bracing design for conventional...

MFM Building Products hires new northern midwest territory sales rep

Coshocton, Ohio – MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, has reached an agreement with Peak Sales & Marketing to represent MFM in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. Peak Sales & Marketing was founded in 1985 and...

Best Practices: Customer Service 101 Exceed Expectations

By Kathy Jonas – In 2014 CNN reported a story about a Southwest Airlines pilot who made a decision to hold a flight, contrary to company policy. The pilot was not reprimanded. In fact, he was praised by the company, and his decision resulted in positive publicity for the airline, which, as we all...

Progressive Roof Collapse Due to CLR Shifting: Summary

[The following is a summary of a more comprehensive article on the topic available for download under our Technical Resources tab.] -By David R. Bohnhoff, PhD, PE – Continuous lateral restraint (CLR) is a continuous line of bracing used to provide lateral support to a series of structural elements. By preventing lateral movement, CLR...