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A Wing-Roofed Hangar from Sukup Steel Buildings Takes Off

An innovative winged roof that has taken off at airports is helping propel rapid growth by a relative newcomer to the steel buildings manufacturing industry, Sukup Steel Buildings. The Project: Ames, Iowa, municipal airport hangar Building system: Sukup Steel Buildings, Sheffield, Iowa Builder: Story Construction, Ames, Iowa Size: 11,400-square-feet hangar, 120 feet wide by...

4 Simple Tips for Working With Copper

Copper accents offer a great opportunity to grow your business. Eye-catching dormers, gutters, louvers, spires, finials, chimney pots and cupolas add look and functionality so that even the simplest barn, home, church or office building can stand out from the crowd. While installing fabricated copper products may appear complex, the reality is that copper...

How to handle vinyl windows properly

Vinyl windows continue to grow in popularity for buyers of noncommercial structures. They are less expensive than aluminum, yet have great thermal and energy-saving properties and they can be made in many profiles such as wood grains. But there are proper ways of handling vinyl that are very different than those for aluminum. Todd...

Flack Steel Is Now Flack Global Metals

Effective immediately, Flack Steel has changed its name to Flack Global Metals. This move reflects a consolidation of recent acquisitions that include Consolidated Metal Products (CMP) in Columbia, South Carolina, and JD Steel Products in Toledo, Ohio. In a move toward increasing global reach and expanded product line, Flack Global Metals now offers bare,...

Dan Knight Joins Axalta As VP & GM Of Dura Coat Products

Dan Knight will join Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, in their Industrial Coatings segment as the vice president and general manager for Dura Coat Products. Axalta purchased a majority stake in Dura Coat this past summer and will acquire the remaining outstanding shares by January 2019, subject...

Please Submit “the idea book” Projects!

It’s that time of year again — we’re looking for signature roofing projects to feature in “the idea book.” We’ve still got a little time, but we need to have project photos and information here no later than Friday, February 24, 2017. “the idea book” will again examine signature metal roofing projects from an architectural...

Know the Proper Tools for Metal Panel Installation

There are three types of tools that are typically used to drive screws to attach metal roofing or sidewall panels on structures. All three types of tools are comparable in price but only one is industry-preferred to use. Leland Industries provides this look at the advantages and disadvantages of each. Specialty Screw guns: The...

One BIG Tip for Prolonging the Life of Metal Panel

No other tools strike fear in the hearts of metal panel and fastener manufacturers alike than impact drivers and impact drills; yet, no other screw-driving tools equally delight installers. And therein lays a monumental problem. Impact drivers and drills are just too powerful for the panel that the small-but-mighty screw is designed to hold...

Central States Mfg. opens facility in Seguin, Texas

Central States Manufacturing has opened a 44,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility in Seguin, Texas.  Central States Manufacturing has committed to the creation of 50 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.  This is Central States’ 8th manufacturing facility. “We are excited to begin operations in our new facility,” said Stan Pissarski, general manager of...

PPG Introduces DURASTAR ULTRA-COOL Coil Coatings

PPG has introduced DURASTAR ULTRA-COOL coatings, which combine an advanced silicone-modified polyester (SMP) coatings formulation with infrared-reflective (IR-reflective) pigments to enhance the beauty and extend the service life of metal roofing, siding, panels and other building components. Durastar ULTRA-Cool coatings incorporate new polyester-based resin, crosslinking and tinting technologies to protect industrial, agricultural, storage and...