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2016 Gold Key voting has started!

Do you have a favorite post-frame or low-rise metal building supplier you’d like to see rewarded for the products and services your business has come to rely on? For the past 34 years, Rural Builder magazine has enlisted the help of builders to help select businesses that deserve some recognition. Companies that receive the...

MCA elects 2016 officers and board members

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has elected its 2016 officers and board of directors. Dale Nelson, president of Roof Hugger Inc., Odessa, Fla., was elected chair of the association. Ed Karper, account manager for Akzo Nobel Coatings, Inc., Columbus, Ohio, was elected vice-chair, and Jim Bush, vice president of sales and marketing for ATAS...

Sealants, Part 2: your silent partner on the job

Sealants are a hidden part of what goes on inside and outside of a building, but they have become an integral silent partner in the building process. As a builder, you could choose the wrong one or apply it the wrong way, and find yourself kissing your profits goodbye if the sealant fails. Paul...

Money Talk: Related parties and the IRS

– By Mark Battersby – All too often unsuspecting rural building business owners find themselves facing penalties, fines and substantial tax bills because the ever-vigilant IRS has ignored a past transaction it views as having been conducted by “related persons.” Below-market rate loans, sales of property, installment sales, like-kind exchanges, intercompany transactions, etc. all...

New Product: Brake Accelerator for metal bending

After spending a week bending metal for roofing, siding and windows of a large house under renovation, general contractor Lee Buck, owner of Buck’s Remodeling, knew there had to be a better way. “I tried other metal [brake] attachments in the past and the process was still not fast enough. Then, in the middle...

Union Corrugating opens new Tipp City, Ohio, location

Union Corrugating has announced the opening of a new facility in Tipp City, Ohio, which is just outside of Dayton. Twice the size of its Piqua, Ohio Location, Tipp City has 84,000 sq. ft. of space and allows Union to add equipment and capacity. This will enable them to better serve its customers in...

MCA honors outstanding achievers in metal construction industry

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) presented awards to three outstanding achievers in the metal construction industry at its winter meeting held February 1-3 in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Mark James of Roof Hugger, Inc. and Randy Allen from Triangle Fastener Corporation were honored with MCA’s Patrick R. Bush Volunteer Service Award, and Ken Buchinger...

Metal Sales names Scott Bacon as vice president sales and marketing

LOUISVILLE, K.Y… Scott Bacon has been appointed Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation in Louisville, Kentucky. “We are excited to welcome Scott to the Metal Sales team,” says Nick Dowd, President of Metal Sales. “He has extensive experience with metal wall and roof system. Scott brings an in-depth knowledge...