RB May 2012

Rural Builder - May 2012 CoverThe May 2012 Issue of Rural Builder looks at what’s hot in the rural builder trade.

This issue also visits a deluxe dairy barn in Wisconsin.

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Problem-solving horse barn accessories

As a builder, your clients look to you for answers. After all, they may only build one horse barn or arena while you will build many. So help them get the facility they want and need. Here are a few hidden gems we’ve rounded up. These are special products you won’t find just anywhere....

ThorSport Farm arena

A riding arena for champions

A world champion equestrian needed more space and her father needed a place to showcase some of his products. The answer for both was a collaboration that serves double-duty at ThorSport Farm in Sandusky, Ohio. The facility is Allison Thorson’s domain where she trains Tennessee Walkers, prepares for competitions throughout the country and studies...

Modern metal barn makes for contented cows at Pagel’s Ponderosa

California may boast of its ‘happy cows’ in TV dairy commercials, but don’t count Wisconsin out yet. Back in Dairy Land thousands of cheesehead bovines at Pagel’s Ponderosa in Kewaunee, Wis., are quite content in their ultra-modern freestyle barn. Attendees at the Wisconsin Frame Builders Conference were recently given a tour. The all-steel facility...

Money Talk: Tips on how to compensate yourself correctly

By Mark Battersby  – Are you an employee of your rural building business? More importantly, at least to our lawmakers and the Internal Revenue Service, does your business properly compensate you the owner/employee for the services that you provide to the business? A number of factors contribute to the confusion that this simple question...

Everlast Roofing

2012 Builder Block: Show-Me State favorites

Missouri is known as the Show-Me State and 21 companies did just that at the Frame Building Expo in St. Louis in a special Builder Block area. Visitors to the area could vote for their favorite products or line of products. This year, A.J. Manufacturing, Inc. with its custom colored shutters, doors and windows...