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Haddock of S-5! Receives Swaney Award

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – S-5! founder and CEO, Rob Haddock, has been named this year’s recipient of the prestigious Larry A. Swaney Award, which honors an individual in metal construction who selflessly fosters the growth and betterment of the industry. The Metal Construction Association (MCA) sponsors the annual award named after the organization’s first...

Top tips for snow retention on metal roofs

As the popularity of metal roofing grows, so do the options for preventing dangerous and damaging avalanches of ice and snow. While you may think that anything made to stop it, should stop it, there is a lot of science that goes into a properly engineered snow retention devise. Mother Nature is not easy...

Timber Technologies LLC Achieves AITC Certification

COLFAX, WISCONSIN – Timber Technologies LLC has achieved certification by the American Institute of Timber Construction (AITC). | Certification distinguishes this Glue Laminated Manufacturer from many other manufacturing facilities by providing the highest quality glue laminated beams and columns to the agricultural and commercial markets as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation....

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Surviving an OSHA inspection

– By  Mark Ward Sr. – Few things strike fear in the hearts of many rural builders more than the thought of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspector showing up unannounced at a job site. For a “survival guide,” Rural Builder spoke with three leading safety professionals for the post-frame building industry....

Money Talk: Managing Cyber Security Risks

by Mark Battersby – The recent headlines about Internet “hacking” and security breaches have focused on large retailers such as Target, Neuman Marcus and Home Depot and big banks like JPMorgan Chase. Unfortunately, fraud and financial data losses are not limited to retailers nor to one industry. Small rural building operations and businesses are...

The peculiar thing about a roof-only steel building

– By Eric Beavers – Kings were crowned because of it and cultures have been defined by it; history’s been made by it and wars have been started because of it; it’s shaped the borders of nations and today, TV Shows marvel at what we can do with it; we’re talking about engineering. Throughout...

Liability insurance for rural builders: Is it really necessary?

– By Mark Ward, Sr. – Someone slips on the icy front stoop of your home. Your injured visitor sues but your liability is covered by your homeowners insurance. The ultimate irony, however, might be if you’re building a home (or other structure) and not protected when someone is injured. For homeowners, potential liabilities...