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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Top tips for snow retention on metal roofs

As the popularity of metal roofing grows, so do the options for preventing dangerous and damaging avalanches of ice and snow. While you may think that anything made to stop it, should stop it, there is a lot of science that goes into a properly engineered snow retention devise. Mother Nature is not easy...

Timber Technologies LLC Achieves AITC Certification

COLFAX, WISCONSIN – Timber Technologies LLC has achieved certification by the American Institute of Timber Construction (AITC). | Certification distinguishes this Glue Laminated Manufacturer from many other manufacturing facilities by providing the highest quality glue laminated beams and columns to the agricultural and commercial markets as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation....

Union Corrugating introduces exclusive metal roof system warranty

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Union Corrugating has launched a new MetalProTECTION™ System Warranty available to the marketplace. This warranty is now available to homeowners when purchasing a new metal roofing system installed by a Union factory trained MetalPro contractor. When installation requirements are met, this warranty guarantees homeowners 10 years of labor protection covering 100%...

Big Ass Fans introduces Black Jack: “Airflow on the Go”

LEXINGTON, KY. – Customers said they wanted a portable fan big enough to provide serious airflow, but small enough to go wherever they need a breeze – indoors or out. Big Ass Fans® answered with Black Jack. Black Jack and its 6.5-ft (2-m) frame fits through standard interior doorways and plugs into any 110V...

Samco Machinery app puts company info at fingertips

TORONTO – Customers are searching for information in new ways and Samco Machinery is doing what it can to put that information right at their fingertips. Samco Machinery has developed a free Smartphone application that will allow access to company information, pictures, videos as well as detailed technical information. Once the Samco App is...

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Surviving an OSHA inspection

– By  Mark Ward Sr. – Few things strike fear in the hearts of many rural builders more than the thought of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspector showing up unannounced at a job site. For a “survival guide,” Rural Builder spoke with three leading safety professionals for the post-frame building industry....

The power of team: life lessons from former baseball pro Dave Dravecky

It’s baseball season and there isn’t anything about baseball that can’t be compared to life, be it personal or professional. Below are excerpts from keynote speaker Dave Dravecky at the 2015 Frame Building Expo in Louisville. He shared his journey from becoming a pro baseball pitcher to his career-ending battle with cancer, and life-lessons...

Money Talk: Managing Cyber Security Risks

by Mark Battersby – The recent headlines about Internet “hacking” and security breaches have focused on large retailers such as Target, Neuman Marcus and Home Depot and big banks like JPMorgan Chase. Unfortunately, fraud and financial data losses are not limited to retailers nor to one industry. Small rural building operations and businesses are...

When the job requires doors for dogs

The pet industry is exploding and more and more contractors are involved with building kennels, boarding facilities and other dog-related businesses. So where do you go when you need a doggy door? GoPet LLC, which shares the same owner as Raytec Manufacturing, has been confronted with that very question and has responded with the...