RB December 2013

Cell phone boosters could help you and your bottom line

– By Sharon Thatcher – As buildings get tighter, new problems arise that require solutions. One unexpected problem is cellular reception. Even in large cities, where cell towers are in abundance, buildings can have dead zones for reception. A solution is cell phone boosters. Boosters are a way for builders to capitalize on solutions...

ASC Building Products introduces new PBR panel

WEST SACRAMENTO, CALIF. -– ASC Building Products, a division of ASC Profiles, has introduced PBR Panel to its product line. PBR Panels are used on pre-engineered metal, post-frame and agricultural buildings. The panels are a structural through-fastened roof or wall panel suitable for all-around general usage for exterior and interior applications. The PBR Panel...

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Modern modular: an opportunity waiting for rural builders?

– b y M a r k Wa r d – During 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that construction activity totaled $225 billion in the lodging, office, commercial, healthcare, educational and religious building categories. According to the Modular Building Institute, an industry trade association based in Charlottesville, Va., modular buildings comprised 1.3 percent...

Construction Backlog Indicator remains unchanged in 3rd Quarter

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the economy gradually recovers, nonresidential construction spending remains unchanged—a good sign the downturn in the industry has stopped, according to the Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) produced by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), which remained nearly unchanged between the second and third quarters of 2013. CBI Map of Regions and Backlog...

Metal Sales launches new website with enhanced navigation, function

LOUISVILLE, KY… Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation, the nation’s leader in metal roof and wall systems, has launched a new corporate website at metalsales.us.com. The new website provides a user-friendly experience tailored to each market segment served by Metal Sales™: commercial, agricultural and residential. Architects, builders, contractors, homeowners and anyone interested in sustainable, durable and...

NFBA Frame Building Expo to expand trade show due to demand

The National Frame Building Association has announced that the annual Frame Building Expo has SOLD OUT of existing booth space for its trade show in Nashville, Ten. It is subsequently expanding its space to add new booth and floor traffic capacity! The buzz about the 2014 Expo has been in the air for months,...

Triangle Fastener introduces Wood-To-Concrete tapping screw

Triangle Fastener Corporation is pleased to introduce its Wood-To-Concrete™ Tapping Screw. The Wood-To-Concrete tapping screw was developed for attaching 2X wood to concrete, masonry or block. Engineered with a proprietary “Hex-Countersunk” drive, it provides the driving stability of a hex drive with the flush mounting feature of a countersunk head wood screw. This combination...