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 in order of votes received.

1-A.J. Manufacturing, Inc
Custom-colored shutters, doors and windows

A.J. can help add some WOW to your next building with custom-colored shutters, doors and windows. Painted shutters to match or accent the building’s color scheme include matching fasteners. A.J. entry doors and windows can be painted and/or trimmed with matching or accenting colored EZ fit. Interior grids are color matched too. Vinyl window options include SilverLine and Harmony brands.

2- McElroy Metal, Inc.
Stacked Stone

McElroy Metal recently introduced Stacked Stone, a new coating that offers contractors an attractive and economical alternative to real stone and mortar walls. Stacked Stone is ideal for designer-wall applications when building owners and architects desire an aesthetic upgrade from standard metal panels but don’t have the extra funds in the budget. Stacked Stone adds curb-appeal without breaking the budget.

3-Atlas Bolt & Screw
The Wasp wood screw fastener

Atlas’ newest innovation in 2011 is the WASP wood screw fastener. The WASP features a Type 17 cutting point for faster installation, and specialized hybrid lead threads that reduce drive torque in hardwoods and knots. Also features an innovative left-hand thread design, providing back-out resistance while de-burring the metal panel. The left hand threads also aid the installer by reducing the change of over-torquing the sealing washer.

4- Fasteners Direct, LLC
Metal roofing and siding screws, structural accessories

Fasteners Direct manufacturers the screws that attach metal roofing and siding to the building’s structure. Fasteners Direct sells screws through distributors along with structural accessories like closure, flashing and mastic tape, concentrating its effort on supplying distributors with the best parts and the best price — and in stock.

5- Borkholder Buildings
Zero-Energy Building designs

Borkholder Buildings now has revolutionary Zero-Energy Building designs and award-winning projects that are a boost to any business strategy. They have been supplying a dealer network with pre-engineered building packages and architectural services for 49 years. Expand the scope of your customer offering and tap into personal training, quick computer pricing, and architectural and sales assistance. Personal service and premium material selection are the hallmarks of this family-owned business.

6- Sealtite Building Fasteners
Powder coated fasteners

Sealtite continues to expand its product selection of powder coated fasteners, the high quality barrier coat paint system that surpasses the performance of wet-paint or dip-spin applied coating. There are currently 24 standard colors that are also available on Maxx Steelbinder drill screws up to 1 inch in length. New commitments have been made to expand the manufacturing capacity of the ZXL family of long-life fasteners. The objective is to offer these in powder coating by the end of 2011. A new standard Sealtite color chart is available as is an expanded 24-page product catalog.

7- Snorkel International
Speed Level Aerial Lifts

Snorkel rises to great heights with Speed Level range of rough terrain aerial lifts. The SL26SL provides lift capacity of 1,500 pounds, 26-foot platform height and a spacious 12-foot x 5-foot, 8-inch platform. Drivable at full height, with three drive speeds for added traction, the SL26SL can climb 50 percent gradients. The Speed Level system auto-levels the platform in seconds, without the use of stabilizers — delivering excellent productivity benefits over a traditional scissor lift. The SL30SL has a platform height of 30 feet, a longer deck and 1,300-pound lift capacity.

8- Swenson Shear
Pivot shear

Shear exposed-fastener, soffit or metal shingles in one quick cut with the Swenson pivot shear. Quick-change blades are easily swapped out for shearing multiple profiles or on an angle. Stone-coated steel is no problem for the shear/brake combo. Notch, shear and hem concealed-fastener panels at any angle with the Snap Table product line. Manual shearing leaves a clean, burr-free edge without the dangers of hot, flying metal or the hassle of power cords.

9- Plyco Corporation
Building components

Plyco manufactures/supplies a full range of high quality doors, windows, track, SDR, ventilation systems, cupolas, slide doors, Dutch doors, horse stalls and equipment along with East Coast Fastening Systems and Ply-Foil reflective insulation.

10 (tie) – Filc DD Menges

Dr!pStop helps you fight condensation on metal roofs without the use of insulation. It has specially-designed air pockets that store condensation and hold it until conditions change and it evaporates back into humidity. Because Dr!pStop arrives at the jobsite already on the steel, there are no costs for installing insulation, plus, it saves time by removing one step of the building process and helps fight corrosion by adding another layer of protection from the corrosive elements in livestock confinement.

10 (tie)- SFS intec, Inc.
VistaCoat Premium System

SFS intec’s focus on providing innovative, advanced technology systems scores another winner with the VistaCoat Premium System, setting the new industry standard in fastener coatings for the post-frame and metal building market. The System provides the highest quality installed product, superior color retention, with maximum corrosion and UV resistance. SFS intec’s fastener product line includes Woodgrip, WoodZAC, WoodMAC, Woodgrip HiLo mill point, #10 low profile fasteners, Evergrip bi-metal screws and SX stainless steel self-drilling fasteners plus a broad range of blind rivets. Accessories include pipe flashings, ProfileVent ridge ventilation and closure strips available in virtually any panel configuration.

Other Builder Block exhibitors:
(listed alphabetically)

Arch Wood Protection – Wolmanized building poles

ASC Machine Tools, Inc.- roll forming equipment

Amerilux International, LLC – Coverlite

Bradbury Group – Bradbury Rollformer

C.H.I. Overhead Doors – steel overhead doors

DuraCoat – high-performance coatings

Everlast Roofing, Inc. – metal roofing and siding materials

K-Mar Building Products – sheetmetal roll forming machines

Mac Metal Sales, Inc. – Mac Rib 29-ga. Panel

Metal Rollforming Systems – rollforming equipment & accessories

Mill Steel Co. – flat-rolled steel product distributor

New Tech Machinery – portable onsite and in-plant rollforming equipment

PostFrame Manager – Estimating Software

Triangle Fastener – Need-It-Now! Program fastener solutions

United Steel Supply, LLC – galvanized and pre-painted coils


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