Rural Builder Magazine

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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2015 Gold Key of Excellence winners announced

It is truly an honor for Rural Builder staff to acknowledge the following companies that have earned the Rural Builder Gold Key of Excellence for 2015. The magazine has sponsored this award for the past 33 years. The companies chosen are based on a lengthy balloting process that begins each winter at the Frame...

2015 Rural Builder Gold Key of Excellence Award Winners

RB Gold Key Awards PART 1 OF A 3 PART SERIES   CLICK HERE TO VIEW PART 2       PART 3 Featured Companies A. B. Martin Roofing ABC Supply Co., Inc. The Bradbury Group Cannonball:HNP Central States Manufacturing DBCI Dynamic Fastener EDCO Products, Inc. Everlast Roofing Inc. Fasteners Direct LLC H & H Metal Products Ideal...

2015 Rural Builder Gold Key of Excellence Award Winners – Part II

RB Gold Key Awards  PART 2 OF A 3 PART SERIES  —  CLICK HERE TO VIEW PART 1        PART 3 Featured Companies Klauer Manufacturing Company Leland Industries Mac Metal Sales, Inc. Maze Nails Metal Rollforming Systems MWI Components North Star Metals Novagard Solutions Plyco Richland Laminated Columns, LLC Rigidply Rafters Plyco Gold Keys Won: 33...

2015 Rural Builder Gold Key of Excellence Award Winners – Part III

RB Gold Key Awards PART 3 OF A 3 PART SERIES  —  CLICK HERE TO VIEW PART 1 and PART 2 Featured Companies Schweiss Doors S-5! Solutions Sealtite Building Fasteners Sno Gem SnoBlox/Snojax Snobar Swenson Shear Steel Dynamics, Inc. Sukup Steel Buildings Valspar Varco Pruden Buildings Wick Buildings Schweiss Doors Gold Keys Won: 5 Schweiss Doors...

Building a crew: Tips to finding and keeping good help

– By Mark Ward – In the field of management science, the concept of “organizational socialization” describes how employees progress through three phases—anticipation, encounter, and metamorphosis—as they transition from newcomers to valued veterans. “My responsibilities cover all three phases,” relates Jimmy Terry, crew developer and trainer for FBi Buildings, a post-frame contractor in Remington,...

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...

Online Resource Kit educates building pros on stock glulam beams

APA – The Engineered Wood Association is expanding its extensive educational tools with a new online resource kit on stock glulam beams, providing information and case studies that inform end-users on non-custom glulam beams and showcase the material’s capabilities. Glulam is one of the original engineered wood products, and for decades it has proven...

Schweiss Doors adds 20,000 square feet of factory space

Expansion necessitated by innovative products for different markets FAIRFAX, Minn. – Schweiss Doors, a leading manufacturer and installer of liftstrap bifold doors, powerful one-piece hydraulic doors and unique designer doors, has built and opened a new state-of-the-art factory electrical facility. “Recent growth in the door market due to our innovative electrical door engineering concepts...

McElroy Metal moves into new Houston plant, service center

BOSSIER CITY, La. – McElroy Metal operations in Houston recently moved into a new manufacturing plant and attached service center to better serve its large customer base in southeast Texas. “We were able to improve efficiencies and increase capacity with the layout in the new manufacturing facility,” says Matthew Edwards, plant manager. “Ultimately, we’re...