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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Post frame or SIPs? Minnesota brothers have both

To the Stevermer brothers near Wells, Minnesota, buildings are a lot like potato chips: you can’t have just one. They now have six newer buildings, but each one is uniquely built to fit its function. Their similarity is the builder, Denny Morgan, Morgan Builders of Wells. As a dealer for Energy Panel Structures (EPS), Graettinger,...

Policies that could affect your bottom line

– By Mark Ward – To contractors erecting a barn or self-storage facility or church in the rural reaches of the American heartland, the world of Washington politics can seem far away. Yet Geoff Burr, vice president of government affairs for the Washington-based Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), reports, “Out of our 21,000 members,...

Snap-Z Ridge Vent introduced by Glick Metals at METALCON

“There has to be a better way” is often the rallying cry for inventions. For the Glick brothers – Chris, Omar and Manny – it was the tedious work of installing ridge vents on standing seam roofs. It was Manny who came up with a solution for making it simpler: the Snap-Z Ridge Vent...

Wood products industry releases Reuse Wood website

The American Wood Council (AWC) and Canadian Wood Council (CWC) have partnered with Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) to develop an online North American directory outlining reuse and recycling options for wood and wood products. The website can be found at: ReuseWood.org. “For wood products, there has historically been a lack of awareness of the...

Where two roofs meet

-By Oliver Witte – Proper engineering is needed to prevent potential collapse from snow load. Consulting engineer William Lotz, P.E., Acton, Maine, tells the story of the unsuspecting contractor who put up a building 12 feet high. Everything was fine until the owner’s plans changed and a second contractor was called upon to attach...

Abandon everything but tax savings

Proper disposal of unused, unneeded or unwanted assets -By Mark Battersby- The IRS has long provided guidance to rural building businesses for capitalizing and depreciating their business property. Largely lost in even the most recent regulatory guidance however, are the proper procedures—and deductions—for disposing of any unused, unneeded or unwanted business assets or property....

Write-off basics and profits

– By Mark Battersby – Don’t miss out on deductions for depreciation that you’re entitled to take. As many rural builders have learned, our ever-changing tax rules make it difficult to get the full tax deduction they are entitled to for the tools, equipment and even the vehicles that are so essential to every...

Big and beautiful doors

Farmers need them, pilots need them, and lots of other consumers just want them: big doors – bigger than ever before. But big is only half the story. The days of the big ugly door is fading fast and in its place are doors that are both really big and really beautiful. Size In...