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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....

February 2015 Rural Builder

Top 10 Products for rural builders

In every issue of both Rural Builder and Frame Building News we have a section called “Product Profile”. There, we showcase products for rural builders. Information and photos are sent to us by suppliers and manufacturers for free exposure in this special section of the magazines. When our readers take the time to circle...

Rural Builder March 2014

Something Old, Something New: Rural Builders Enhance Historic Properties

– By Sharon Thatcher – Historic restoration isn’t something most rural builders want to tackle, but there are occasional opportunities to build something new or to enhance something old in a way that preserves a property’s historic integrity. Featured are two builders who have accomplished that. Barn recovers Greiner Buildings Inc. has been doing...

Rural American builders get a government helping hand

The construction industry as a whole appears to be in recovery mode. According to the US Department of Labor, during the first quarter of 2013, 18,000 new jobs were created in the industry and construction spending was up by about 6 percent over the previous year. However, so far these improvements have only been...

Money Talk: Tool reimbursement plans

By Mark Battersby –  The Internal Revenue Service is once again targeting the increasing number of employee tool and equipment plans where tax deductions benefit not only employers but so many workers who provide their own tools. Every rural building contractor and business that requires employees to provide their own tools should be aware...

Who says times are tough? What the statistics tell us

Special Report by Oliver Witte Wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) is supposed to have said, “All times are good times if you know what to do with them.” I can’t confirm the author, but any rural builder who survived the last three years can confirm the statement. Hard times do sharpen survival skills.  ...

Doors, windows and skylights can quickly add value

By Laura Glass – The benefits of retrofitting commercial buildings with new windows are not difficult to sell. “Replacement windows provide increased energy savings, increase the interior comfort of the building and bring in more light,” says Bill Doyle, marketing representative for Pittsburgh-based Thermal Industries, in ticking off the advantages. “Once windows are installed,...