Liberty adds building line
Liberty Building Systems, a Frame Building Expo exhibitor, has introduced EasyBuild, a line of easily erected pre-engineered metal buildings for permanent lakefront, farm, residential, and institutional equipment storage, or small community, church, retail, or home office end uses. Liberty plans to develop a network of distributors or market the system by direct sale in the manufacturer’s open territories. Liberty provides an informative erection manual and toll-free assistance for customers who prefer to erect the buildings themselves rather than through a distributor’s contracting resources.
The clearspan buildings erect on a concrete floor slab and meet or exceed most local building codes. Heavy, welded primary framing has been eliminated in favor of prepunched cold-formed acrylic-coated galvanized structurals and cladding components. The manufacturer offers a variety of standard sizes in lengths of 24 feet that will accept additional 12-foot bays. Eave heights are 8 feet, 10 feet, 12 feet, and 14 feet with a 2:12 roof slope. The company offers 11 durable color finishes backed by a 40-year warranty and a single source for optional roll-up and standard doors, window framing and trim, gutters and downspouts, liner panels, base trim, and roof sealant.
l Liberty has met the qualifications for Category MB-Certification, Metal Buildings, established by the American Institute of Steel Construction. The program requires a comprehensive audit of organizational, engineering, and manufacturing practices and periodic reviews thereafter to ensure ongoing compliance with quality standards.
Maze in Miami
Maze Nails, a Gold Key of Excellence winner, reports that its Stormguard double hot-dipped galvanized ring shank roofing nails are now being widely used in Miami-Dade County, and many other coastal areas where high corrosion resistance and wind uplift are needed. Maze roofing nails withstood and exceeded the ASTM G85 test protocol required for approval. Stormguard nails have a thick coating of zinc for maximum corrosion resistance, and ring shanks provide holding power.
Gibraltar acquires storage product assets
Gibraltar Industries has acquired certain assets of Steel City Corporation. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Steel City’s assets have annual sales of approximately $10 million.
“This acquisition complements our market-leading postal products position, while also expanding our product development and marketing competencies in the growing storage market,” says group president Cliff Tucker.
The acquisition follows Gibraltar’s June announcement that it had acquired Home Impressions, a supplier of storage components based in Hickory, N.C.
Corus opens first U.S. manufacturing plant
Corus Building Systems, which recently announced its expansion into North America, has opened its first Kalzip manufacturing plant and offices in Michigan City, Ind. The centrally located plant, which incorporates a technical and sales office, will be used as a warehouse and production facility for Kalzip standing seam roofing panels. A mobile roll former and curving machines also are available for producing Kalzip panels on-site.
“The establishment of this new plant provides Corus Building Systems with a firm presence and prominent base to manage the growth of Kalzip across North America,” says Corus’s Jonathan Clemens. “This investment will ensure that our customers receive the same high standards of quality and service excellence that is already established internationally.”
Corus has six manufacturing bases throughout the world, and intends to open a second plant on the West Coast soon to ensure even better geographical coverage.
American Buildings Company adds builders
American Buildings Company, a manufacturer of metal building systems for industrial, commercial, and institutional applications, has added a number of builders to its national network. The list includes:
Beaufort Builders of St. Helena Island, S.C., Burchick Construction of Pittsburgh, Pa., Cranston Steel Structures of Woodland, Calif., M.P. Kelly Construction Services of Richmond, Ky., Reliable Fire Protection of Honolulu, RPI Construction of Endwell, N.Y., V. Ragone Builders of North Royalton, Ohio, Eastern Building & Restoration of Albany, N.Y., Hathaway Enterprises of Myrtle Beach, Fla., Summit Structures of Laramie, Wyo., and Tolar Construction of Scottsboro, Ala.
Knudson signs with Service Partners
Knudson Mfg. has signed a deal with Virginia-based Service Partners to become the company’s preferred vendor for gutter-forming equipment.
Best known for its distribution of insulation and insulation supplies, Service Partners now distributes Knudson’s gutter machines and products, and the Varipan VP21-M roofing machine at seven of its 56 locations nationwide. The companies finalized the deal in May and Service Partners’ distribution network began offering Knudson products in June.
“Under the agreement, contractors, builders, and suppliers will now have more widespread access to Knudson’s rainware products as a result of new distribution channels,” says Knudson’s Patrick Flood.
Trachte opens new facility
Trachte Building Systems has opened its Trachte Enterprise Center, a 30,000-square foot building that houses several key organizational departments.
The building includes a new Education Center seminar room. The facility will allow the company to hold an expanded variety of seminars in its own facility. In addition to its existing self-storage seminar agenda, plans include providing space for ancillary businesses to be on site during seminars, making the event more multi-functional and beneficial to attendees. Another key feature of the TEC facility is an expanded research and development lab.
Allied Studco opens Midwest facility
Allied Studco, a manufacturer of steel framing products, has opened a new manufacturing facility in Monee, Ill. The new location will initially service Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio with a full line of metal framing products.
“We have a strong team in place in Chicago that is committed to servicing the customer with quality products,” says general manager David Plueard.
Dietrich establishes new headquarters
Dietrich Construction Group announced it will establish a new corporate headquarters at Southpointe in Canonsburg, Pa. The company, formed as a spin-off of Dietrich Metal Framing, provides light-gauge steel framing for light commercial structures. George Harakal, Jr., a 30-year construction industry veteran, was named president of the newly formed group.
Metallic Building celebrates 60th anniversary
Metallic Building Company, a division of NCI Building Systems, completed its 2006 national sales meeting by marking the 60th anniversary of the company.
Nearly 450 Metallic builders, employees, and guests attended the event in Tucson, Ariz. The traditional vendor night featured a record 20 exhibitors, including Gold Star sponsors Atlas Bolt & Screw, Dominion Building Products, LM Curbs, and Roof Hugger.
Mike Young, CEO of the NCI Engineered Buildings Division, introduced a new member to the Metallic team, Mark Dobbins, president and COO of the NCI Engineered Buildings Division.
Metallic also honored builders in a variety of categories. Salco Construction, Inc., of Baton Rouge, La., won the Building of the Year for the Living Faith Christian Center Church; Frank Green, district sales manager for Southern California, was recognized as District Sales Manager of the Year; Terry Bishop of Valley Building Systems in Middletown, Va., accepted The President’s Award; and Buildings-To-Go of Indianapolis received the Builder of the Year Award as Metallic’s top volume producer.
Guardian Fiberglass joins NAIMA
Guardian Building Products has joined the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, a 70-year-old trade association.
Guardian Building Products, one of three divisions of Guardian Industries, is one of the largest fiberglass insulation manufacturers in North America. It produces a full line of light density fiberglass insulation products for use in residential and commercial applications.
Elk adds to contractor program
Elk Composite Building Products has added a decking division to its Elk Peak Performance Contractor Program, an exclusive sales incentive program designed to give qualified decking contractors a leverage boost over the competition.
Contractors can earn rewards and build their business with enhanced product warranty options and rebates, acquiring points for selling Elk CrossTimbers brand composite decking and RailWays composite railing. Points can be redeemed for targeted marketing materials, personal rewards, or even ElkCorp common stock. The program also provides its members with an online lead generation program, and other benefits to help close more sales.
“Not only do we provide personal incentives for quality decking contractors to participate in our program, we also give them the necessary branding tools to help them grow their business,” says Elk’s Curt Barker. “Homeowners can be confident they’ve made the right choice with an Elk Peak Performance Contractor.”
Log Homes Council honors members for service
The Log Homes Council of the National Association of Home Builders honored log home professionals and companies during the annual Log Homes Council President’s Tour in Harrisburg, Pa. Honorees were recognized for service to the industry and the Log Homes Council.
The council presented Doug Parsons, president of Appalachian Log Structures in Ripley, W.Va., with the President’s Award for his service to the council. Katahdin Cedar Log Homes of Oakfield, Maine, received the LHC Image Award for outstanding promotional contributions to the log home industry. Outgoing LHC president Mark Feder of Appalachian Log Structures was also honored.
“It has been a tremendous year for the log homes industry and the future looks even brighter,” says Al Theriault, incoming LHC president and director of operations for Kuhns Bros. Log Homes in Lewisburg, Pa. “More home buyers are considering log homes as primary residences. The increased visibility and awareness of the log home industry is a credit to members of the Log Homes Council, and in particular, those that we have recognized.”
Approximately 27,000 new log homes were constructed in the United States in 2005.