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The Importance of Product and Install Training

-BY MARK MULLINS, FABRAL– In the metal industry, like every other industry, keeping up with new products and proper installation is vital to the growth and success of any business. As a training manager and engineer, I see the importance of this every day. There are many installers, sales and support staff who simply...

Fabral continues to expand production capacity

Fabral is expanding its flat sheet and slit coil program in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. New slitting and blanking capacity will be added in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, beginning September 1, 2016. This follows on the heels of Fabral’s move of its Grapevine, Texas, facility into a larger, more contemporary space in Ft. Worth. Flat...

Let’s dig a big hole … and plant a post-frame building in it!

By Mike Momb – I’ve now surprisingly (especially to me) spent my entire adult life in the post-frame building industry. I’ve been blessed to be a manufacturer (prefabricated light gauge steel plated wood trusses), a supplier of post frame building kit packages as well as a post-frame building contractor. The general assumption in our...

Self-Insurance 101: Is it the right choice for your business?

-By Mark Battersby-  As the economy slowly improves, it should come as no surprise to a rural builder that insurers have begun raising business insurance premiums while reducing available insurance coverage. One increasingly popular option for many businesses is a “self-insurance” program or insuring its own risks. Self-insurance allows a building business to lower...

APA publishes Texas Tornado Damage Assessment Report

On Dec. 26, 2015, the first EF4 or stronger tornado ever recorded in December in Texas made landfall in Garland and Rowlett, suburban towns near Dallas. APA sent a damage assessment team to the area immediately following the storm. The damage assessment team found numerous examples of severe damage, not just in the area...

3D, drones, awards, and games part of 2016 METALCON plans

3-D technology, drones, inaugural awards, and metal roofing championship games are just some of the programs under preparation for this year’s METALCON. The event, sponsored by the Metal Construction Association, is slated for October 26-28 in Baltimore. Here is a brief rundown of some special activities recently advertised by MCA: THE FUTURE OF 3-D AND DRONES IN...

Largest CFS simulated earthquake testing at UC San Diego

The University of California San Diego along with its partners were preparing for the largest simulated earthquake testing for mid-rise cold-formed steel building systems (CFS) less than a week after a recorded 5.2 real earthquake took place in San Diego. Months of design and planning went into preparation for the June 15 testing. It included erecting the tallest ever CFS-framed test...

Developing A Sales System

When it comes to selling, what is your “Holy Grail?” Do you dream of that “perfect system,” which maximizes your chances of closing deals? Successful contractors follow defined systems and processes that lead them to higher sales. Considerable commitment is required to implement these systems but it is these systems that separate high-growth, high-quality...

36 Mass Timber Conference videos available on YouTube

If you missed the Mass Timber Conference in March and want to discover more about current opportunities and obstacles for cross-laminated timber, nail-laminated timber, glulam panels, laminated veneer lumber, and other mass timber construction in North America, there are now 36 videos from conference workshops posted on YouTube. Topics range from fire safety challenges...

Technology article examines seismic design coefficients for steel-clad wood-frame shear walls

A new technology article has been added to the Technical Resources library on ConstructionMagNet.com. The article, “Development of Seismic Design Coefficients for Steel-Clad Wood-Framed Shear Walls” examines the results of a study funded by the National Frame Building Association to test and analyze steel-clad wood-framed shear walls to develop seismic design coefficients needed by...