Progress, bright spots on horizon

• Sand Creek Post & Beam is Business of the Year

Sand Creek Post & Beam of Wayne, Neb., has been named “2008 Large Business of the Year” by the Wayne Area Economic Development Inc. The award is based on nominations from the community in the category of 11 or more full time employees, as well as service to the community by the owners, employees or the business itself.

“We are honored to receive this award,” says Len Dickinson, co-owner of Sand Creek Post & Beam. “Our experience in Wayne has been extremely rewarding; the community has been very welcoming and we’ve enjoyed the opportunity to build our business here.

Sand Creek has been touted as one of the primary businesses in the area that has been doing well during tough economic times. Ground was broken recently for a 2,200-square-foot expansion to the original plant building as well as an additional 9,020-square-foot facility.

Sand Creek Post & Beam provides traditional barn kits that are functional, flexible, powerful and aesthetically pleasing.

• P2000 Insulation Systems  earns ICC certification

P2000 Insulation Systems, a subsidiary of Proactive Technology, received an evaluation report ESR #2222 from ICC Evaluation Services (ICC-ES), providing evidence that P2000 Insulation Systems RPR and WPR meet code requirements.

ICC-ES thoroughly examined Proactive Technology’s product information, test reports, calculations, factory and quality control methods to ensure the product is code compliant.

Richard Smith, president of Proactive Technology, says, “P2000 Insulation has passed the rigors of ASTM testing and since we provide green building products, we are pleased to announce our ICC certification. This will allow for easier verification for our building codes officials and building design professionals. When installed properly, P2000 will help reduce energy consumption and increase the comfort level of any building, whether new or old, in hot or cold climates. Even though we have our initial certification, we will continue R&D testing to evaluate overall performance.”

• MFM’s Peel & Seal  eligible for tax credits

Aluminum-color Peel & Seal is among Energy Star products eligible for significant tax credits under the recent stimulus package introduced by the federal government. Both residential and commercial installations qualify, according to MFM Building Products Corp.

Peel & Seal, developed 21 years ago by MFM to put an end to problem applications, is the original patented self-stick roll roofing. The company calls it “perfect for low slope applications” and says it “solves waterproofing problems around chimneys, vents, ducts, skylights and other irregular features.”

Peel & Seal comes in four colors: aluminum, almond, granite gray and white. Composed of a laminate of aluminized foil, high-density polymerfilm and a thick layer of rubberized asphalt, the surface reflects sunlight to limit solar heat gain, keeps interiors cooler and translates into lowered energy costs.

• Viance wood deck is big hit at Builders Show

Viance, an advanced wood treatment technology company, made its International Builder’s Show (IBS) Deck exhibit in Las Vegas a “must see.” It was part classroom, part entertainment pavilion and part basketball court.

The company’s Ecolife Deck and Playground exhibit was a focal point where attendees could learn about deck industry trends, including newest treated wood technologies. They could shoot hoops at the Ecolife Playground’s mini-basketball court or relax on the deck.

“We educated the industry with two separate exhibits that included our outdoor Ecolife Deck and Playground,” said Chris Kollwitz, director of marketing for Viance.  “We combined a little work and a little play to make some important points about design and building creatively with wood treated with Ecolife.”

 The “play” part was the Ecolife Final Four Basketball Shootout Challenge, where qualifiers were selected to play in multiple rounds of a “horse” shoot-out for a chance to win tickets to the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four.
The shootout took place in the exhibit’s playground area, integrated into the massive 2,000-square-foot Ecolife deck. The popular venue also included a multi-level deck and a gazebo-style entertainment pavilion constructed exclusively with wood treated with Ecolife, Viance’s advanced, non-metallic preservative.

• JLG guide helps keep equipment current

Owners of JLG, Gradall, SkyTrak and Lull telehandlers can get a comprehensive reference guide that helps them select attachments and accessories for their machines. JLG Industries Inc. offers in-depth information on current and late-model production telehandlers. The guide helps JLG telehandler equipment owners select the right carriage, forks, buckets, truss booms, cab covers or other components for their machines.

JLG carries attachments and accessories for machines 10-years old or even older.

As telehandlers age, they sometimes need new accessories because they end up being used in a variety of different applications, says the company. This guide gives information needed to find the right items, whether it is a grapple bucket for storm cleanup or a cab enclosure and heater for cold weather applications.

To download an electronic copy of the guide and find a JLG distributor, visit

• Bilco’s ‘09 architectural  products catalog

The Bilco Company’s 2009 Architectural Products Catalog offers information on the company’s line of roof hatches, automatic fire vents, floor doors and safety products. Included is  information on a complete line of specialty access products for the commercial markets.

The catalog is available free by calling 203-934-6363 or e-mailing 

• New look for Triangle  Fastener web site
Triangle Fastener Corporation’s newly re-designed web site at offers an extensive range of fastening system solutions for the commercial construction industry.

Site features include: Products fastening into metal, wood, drywall, plastic, or concrete; updated navigation so that product searches can be quick and easy; listing of all branch locations and contacts; technical material, installation tips, new products, special programs, and trade show schedules; and product and application information.

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