Industry Experts

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...

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...