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Rural Builder provides the news, features, products and how-to’s geared towards builders and suppliers of primarily low-rise agricultural and small retail and municipal structures. Published seven times annually, Rural Builder serves a horizontal market targeting all types of low-rise construction in cities of 250,000 or less population.

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Schweiss Bifold Doors Save Planes, Hangars from Cat 4 Hurricane

Occasionally, customers suggest that Schweiss hydraulic and bifold doors may be more heavy duty than they need to be, but you won’t hear that from pilots who house their airplanes in hangars at the Aransas County Airport in Rockport, Texas. The small gulf town of Rockport is located 30 miles north of Corpus Christi. The...

Schweiss Doors keeps Shomotion moving with unique custom-made hydraulic container door

 FAIRFAX, Minn. – Shomotion LLC of Denver specializes in the transportation, repositioning, customization and lease of equipment and drivers to assist in the execution of mobile marketing campaigns and other promotional events. When Shomotion founder Mike Scherkenbach needed a custom-made hydraulic door for a mobile container unit – in eight days – he called Schweiss Doors....

Smaller Firms, Older Workers at Special Risk for Construction Fatalities

Small construction establishments with 1-9 employees accounted for 47 percent of fatalities in the years 2010-2012. And older workers were at greater risk than younger from dying in a construction-related accident. Those findings were among several uncovered in a study commissioned by the Associated General Contractors of America and conducted by...

Affordable Hiring, Courtesy of Uncle Sam

-By Mark Battersby- Uncle Sam, the IRS and the Department of Labor, all want to help rural building businesses cut their labor costs. The Workforce and Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014 was created to help develop skilled workers, while the tax laws contain the often misunderstood and little-used Work Opportunity...

Achieving the Look of Wood with the Easy Maintenance of Metal

The options appear endless as metal manufacturers develop new textures, mattes and prints for making metal more appealing to a wider range of consumers. A related article in the May issue of Rural Builder outlined this trend. This issue we look at a specific project. A low-maintenance building with the vintage...

Money Talk: Affordable Ways to Attract Workers

By Mark Battersby How can any rural building business hope to compete for the dwindling number of skilled workers available in today’s marketplace? Most importantly, how can any building operation keep the workers that are so essential to its success and afford to compete for new workers to help it grow?...

Tips to Building Your Business Using Controlled Growth

By Kathy Jonas Just as a toddler learns to walk incrementally by scooting, crawling, falling down, and pulling himself up on a piece of furniture, small businesses experiencing growth need to inch their way towards expansion and increased profits. “This is where companies tend to hit the wall,” says Michael Collins,...

Modifying a Solar Barn for a Prize-Worthy Herd

“A barn is only as good as the farmer using it,” Illinois contractor Jim Peters (a 1998 Rural Builder Hall of Fame inductee) believes, noting that a barn properly built, but poorly used is a waste of everyone’s time and effort. That’s why it was a special pleasure for him in...