RB May 2011

Rural Builder - May 2011 CoverThe May 2011 Issue of Rural Builder offers tips on building your business on the web.

This issue also includes a barn for the equine athlete.

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Builder Block: Best on the Block 2011

Visitors to the NFBA Frame Building Expo in Indianapolis in March were given an opportunity to vote on their favorite exhibitors and products found in the Builder Block area of the show floor. There were 26 companies in this year’s competition. With a tie at tenth place, the following are the top winners listed...

Stylish Storage

By Mark Ward, Sr., Metal Builder Since Fort Wayne Storage LLC opened its sixth and newest self-storage facility last year, project manager Brian Fleming says, “I’ve gotten calls from local businesses asking about renting retail space. The building looks so good, they assume it must be a retail center.” Though the Fort Wayne, Ind.,...

Building a safer horse barn

By Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky Barn Safety The construction of your facility should be conducive to the safety and welfare of your clientele, employees, and animals. Several things need to be protected from horses, water, dust, and rodents in every barn. Some of these include foam insulation, stall latches, water or coil heaters,...

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Building your business on the web

Love it, hate it, embrace it or condemn it, whatever your feelings are about the Internet, it is here to stay for the foreseeable future. And while you may feel more comfortable building structures than websites, you’ve probably come to realize you need to do both. Ryan Katz, a web-marketing professional with the marketing...

Money Talk: The ABC’s of going LLC

by Mark E. Battersby There is a relatively new business structure on the block. While the S corporation remains the most-used type of small business entity, the Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is increasingly the entity of choice for both new and existing rural building businesses. LLCs are popular entities for operating a construction...

A barn for the equine athlete

By Sue Marquette Poremba Like any hard-working athlete, performance horses need to be well conditioned. For that reason, the Williams family in Daingerfield, Tex., built a therapy barn and conditioning center. “Megan Williams is a barrel racer, and that’s what led the family to want to make the horses better conditioned,” explains Glen Calvert,...

Certified hardware can add value

by Michael Tierney, BHMA Standards Coordinator When choosing the appropriate hardware for commercial buildings, going with certified hardware from the start can save property owners and contractors a problem in the future, not to mention an added expense over time. ANSI/BHMA certified hardware goes through independent verification and validation for performance. Products are tested...