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U.S. and Canada Housing Starts Were Down in May

May housing starts in the U.S. (in a report released June 16 by the U.S. Department of Commerce) decreased 5.5% to 1,092,000 units. Single-family starts decreased 3.9% to 794,000 units, while multi-family decreased by 9.7% to 298,000 units. Total U.S. permits, an indicator of future construction, decreased by 4.9% to 1,168,000 units (SAAR). Starts increased in...

Three-Color Exterior Wall Panels Mirror Rich Wood Interior Of Performing Arts Facility

The magnificent new Austin Independent School District Performing Arts Center has drawn rave reviews from all quarters. The 62,000 square foot facility serves all Austin ISD schools and offers a 1,200-seat auditorium that will host concerts and theatrical performances in a 250-seat black box theatre and 100-seat multipurpose room. Two Petersen profiles were used...

Best Practice Roofing Guide Available from RICOWI

TAMPA –  Finding a neutral resource for expert information on roofing has been difficult… until now. A new, one-stop information source, the RICOWI Best Practice Roofing Guide, aims to make determining whether a roof should be repaired or replaced much easier for home and business owners, inspectors, code officials, roofing consultants, contractors, and insurance professionals....

Don Bratcher Named President of Atlas Bolt & Screw

Ashland, Ohio – Don Bratcher was promoted to President of Atlas Bolt and Screw effective June 1, 2017. Bratcher has complete responsibility for all Atlas’s North American activities including the branches in Ashland, Ohio,  Flat Rock, North Carolina, Salem, Oregon, Houston, Texas and the manufacturing plant and corporate offices in Ashland, Ohio. He joined Atlas in April of...

Free Employer Guides for Hiring Veterans

The construction industry is facing major challenges in attracting and keeping workers. One option well worth considering is recruiting and hiring veterans. But how do you go about finding them? The nonprofit Center For America has free guides that help answer the questions of when, where and how to recruit veterans or active guard members...

Nail Laminated Timber guide

Nail-Laminated Timber Design and Construction Guide Now Available

WASHINGTON, DC – The Binational Softwood Lumber Council has released the Nail-Laminated Timber (NLT) U.S. Design and Construction Guide, a first-of-its-kind manual for the U.S. design and construction community. The NLT Guide was conceived and prepared by skilled practitioners who are each dedicated to advancing high-quality timber construction across industries, typologies and geographies. Available...

ATAS Announces Winners For The Project Of The Year Awards

ATAS International, Inc. honored its 2016 Project of the Year winners at a recent awards banquet. This annual competition recognizes projects in which ATAS products have been incorporated into the design of the building. An independent panel of judges reviewed photos of all the projects submitted throughout the year and chose several winners for...

Join Forces To Support National Roofing Week

To help the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA) members share in National Roofing Week, which will be held June 4-10, NRCA will be using Thunderclap, a crowdspeaking platform that allows people to Tweet or post a Facebook message on the same day—and at the same time—to achieve the maximum effect and rise above the noise on...