Industry Experts

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,...

Market Sizing Report

“2016 Post-Frame Market Sizing Study” Released

-By Jeff Henry, NFBA- The “2016 Post-Frame Market Sizing Study”—now available to all Post-Frame Market Initiative supporters—forecasts continued steady growth for the post-frame industry. Through 2020, post-frame construction spending is expected to grow at a rate of 4.3 percent annually. The growth extends to all five building segments examined in the study: agricultural, industrial,...

Design of Post-Frame Gyms and Multipurpose Buildings

By Timothy Royer, PE, and Amanda Stauffer- Post-frame construction is ideal for non-code-exempt buildings of many shapes and sizes. One category of such structures that is often overlooked by post-frame builders is gymnasiums and multipurpose recreational buildings. Gymnasiums and multipurpose recreational buildings are a perfect fit for post-frame construction for several reasons. Post-frame walls...

OSB prices upward bound

The National Association of Home Builders reports that OSB prices climbed 2.5% in September, continuing a 7-month trend that has the commodity at its highest price since June 2013. Since February, monthly increases have averaged 3.2%, pushing prices up by a cumulative 25%. The report is based on the Latest Producer Price Index (PPI) release...

New Construction Starts Expected to Increase 5% in 2017

Dodge Data & Analytics has released its 2017 Dodge Construction Outlook predicting a 5 percent increase in new construction starts. In delivering the report Robert Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics said that slower-than-expected growth earlier this year raised some concerns that the industry might be in the early stages of cyclical...

Steel Dynamics

Is it really Galvalume?

When Galvalume hit the metal industry, it was a true game changer. The mix of 55 percent aluminum and 45 percent zinc alloy allowed panel to hold its rust-inhitibed beauty longer than any other product on the market. Twenty years of research went into its development by Bethlehem Steel and today its production under...

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The changing landscape of roll forming

The explosive growth of regional metal roll forming businesses in the U.S., coupled with an influx of foreign raw material has had a significant impact on established companies that once exclusively supplied wall and roof panel for the metal construction industry. Rural Builder interviewed two established companies—McElroy Metal and Everlast Roofing Inc.—to see how...

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Not all metal building panel is created equal

You may be the best builder on the planet, but if you use inferior products your stellar reputation could only last as long as those products. Because the larger percentage of a post-frame and steel-frame building is metal, doesn’t it behoove you to know a lot about it? At Steel Dynamics, Don Switzer, sales...

Randy Ridenour

Atlas Bolt & Screw President Ridenour to retire

Randy Ridenour, President of Atlas Bolt & Screw Company LLC, has decided to retire at the end of 2016 after 32 years with the company. Ridenour joined Atlas in 1984 as Central Region Branch Manager and held positions of increasing responsibility leading to his promotion to President in November 2009. “Throughout his career, Randy...