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U.S. timber supplier positions for future in cross-laminated timber

Cross-Laminated Timber has yet to make a big splash in the U.S. market, but some forward-thinking pioneers are not standing on the sidelines waiting for the needle to move. They’re jumping in and showing people what CLT offers. One of those pioneers is Reinhard Sauter, owner of Sauter Timber in Rockwood, Tennessee. Sauter has...

MBMA grants to introduce metal construction to engineering & architectural students, staff

CLEVELAND, OHIO – In a groundbreaking educational initiative, the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) is providing faculty fellowships in cooperation with the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). These awards will expedite development of a model program that partners the metal building industry with undergraduate engineering and architectural faculty and students. The fellowships will...

What every post-frame builder should know about laminated columns

The single most important element to a building’s foundation is its columns. They’re the legs that hold the building upright. As post frame has evolved, it’s only natural that methods to improve the strength of those legs would be part of its evolution. For a comprehensive explanation of laminated columns, the new edition of...

Steel Dynamics announces indefinite idle of Minnesota operations

FORT WAYNE, Ind., Steel Dynamics, Inc. announced on May 26 that it plans to idle its Minnesota iron making operations located in Chisholm and Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota, effective immediately.  These operations are comprised of a jointly-owned iron concentrate production facility (Mining Resources) and a jointly-owned iron nugget production facility (Mesabi Nugget).  Management and the...

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....