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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 well versed in...

What you Should Know about Skylights and Polycarbonate Panels

POLYCARBONATE PANELS Some of you are old pros at installing and handling polycarbonate, but some of you may handle it so infrequently that sharing a few tips and tricks would be helpful to ensure a successful installation. Palram Americas offers the following: On the Job Site When storing the materials either in the yard...

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 professional will tell...

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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 years later was...

The Ugly Truths of a Volatile Lumber Market

Volatile lumber prices are causing jitters in areas of the US construction industry dependent on wood. Behind it is a long-running dispute over pricing practices in Canada that creates unfair competition in the U.S. So far there has been no solution, although deemed likely is a new trade agreement placing duties on Canadian imports of softwood lumber. The Structural Building Components...

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 the highest number...

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Gotta’-Have-It Solutions for Post-Frame Builders

One of the fun things about the Frame Building Expo is the introduction of new products. Here is a sneak peek. Long-Life Fastener Solutions from Lakeside Lakeside Construction Fasteners will showcase its ZMAX Long-Life and SC SteelGuard at the expo.ZMAX alloy fasteners are engineered for corrosion applications. They offer a larger outer diameter to...

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A Post-Frame Planter’s Paradise

Black Creek Greenhouse Inc. is a popular destination for gardeners in the Lancaster County area of Pennsylvania. It has been locally owned and family operated since 1980. This post-frame retail store was built to handle expanding inventory and eager crowds. Because the area can get heavy snows, snow guards were deemed a must on...

4 Simple Tips for Working With Copper

Copper accents offer a great opportunity to grow your business. Eye-catching dormers, gutters, louvers, spires, finials, chimney pots and cupolas add look and functionality so that even the simplest barn, home, church or office building can stand out from the crowd. While installing fabricated copper products may appear complex, the reality is that copper...

How to handle vinyl windows properly

Vinyl windows continue to grow in popularity for buyers of noncommercial structures. They are less expensive than aluminum, yet have great thermal and energy-saving properties and they can be made in many profiles such as wood grains. But there are proper ways of handling vinyl that are very different than those for aluminum. Todd...