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Maps: Residential Permit Growth Driven by West

Mon, 2018-05-21 12:36

Over the first quarter of 2018, the total number of single-family permits issued nationwide reached 199,861. On a year-over-year basis, this is a 6.0% increase. Year-to-date, ending in March 2018, the total number of multifamily permits issued nationwide reached 105,562. This is 8.5% ahead of its level over the third month of 2017.

Single-Family Builders Remain Very Confident

Mon, 2018-05-21 12:21

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose two points to a level of 70 in May after a downwardly revised April reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

US LBM Sees Q1 Engineered Component Sales Decline

Mon, 2018-05-21 12:11

US LBM released is Q1 financial results and a key report was that as a percentage of overall sales, engineered component sales decreased from 9.8% in 2017 to 8.6% in Q1 2018. This decline comes despite significant lumber cost increases in Q1.

U.S. Lumber Acquires Midwest Lumber

Mon, 2018-05-21 11:25

U.S. LUMBER GROUP, LLC and Midwest Lumber announced today that they have signed an agreement under which U.S. LUMBER will acquire Midwest Lumber.

BFS’ Q1 Sales of Manufactured Products Up 10.7%

Mon, 2018-05-21 11:17

Builders FirstSource, Inc. today reported its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

Improving Truss Installation One Inspector at a Time

Mon, 2018-05-14 12:40

On May 10, John Goodrich of Truss Engineering Corporation in Indian Orchard Massachusetts presented to building officials in Litchfield, Connecticut, covering “how to read a truss drawing, bracing [and] the BSCI documents,” he says.

Unfilled Construction Jobs Higher, Component Demand Grows

Mon, 2018-05-14 11:35

The count of unfilled jobs in the construction sector increased in March and approached the post-Great Recession high level.

BMC Q1 Sales Up Double Digits, Cites Component Sales

Mon, 2018-05-14 11:14

BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018. BMC reported net sales of $834.2 million, an increase of 10.1%, including significant growth in Structural Components and Ready-Frame® sales.

Video: Katerra Trying to Turn Construction 'On it's Head'

Mon, 2018-05-14 11:05

Katerra is a company whose founders are using the fundamentals they’ve learned in the manufacturing industry to try to turn the construction industry on its head.

LP Invests $45M in Innovative Component Manufacturer

Mon, 2018-05-14 10:57

Louisiana-Pacific is addressing the construction labor shortage head on. The company has invested $45 million in Entekra, a design, engineering and manufacturing firm that provides off-site framing for both residential and commercial construction.

Simpson Sponsors ICC’s Building Safety Month

Mon, 2018-05-07 12:56

Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, is joining other industry associations and organizations in supporting the International Code Council's (ICC) 2018 Building Safety Month in May.

Alpine Releases AutoMill SC Component Saw Upgrade

Mon, 2018-05-07 12:52

Alpine announces immediate availability of its AutoMill SC Upgrade April 6, 2018, enabling owners of Alpine’s AutoMill SC component saw to upgrade to a new control system.

Video: Stick-Framer Incorporates Attic Trusses

Mon, 2018-05-07 12:21

This time-lapse video shows how one stick-frame builder recently combined attic trusses and rafters to quickly build a studio apartment over a garage and a dormered third story on the main house.

Stackable CFS Steel-Framed Units New Multifamily Trend?

Mon, 2018-05-07 12:16

Full Stack Modular approaches the construction of a building by creating an electronic production model of what is going to be built and all of the instructions on how to do it. Some processes can be automated while others require skilled workers.

Video: A One-Man Truss Framing Crew?

Mon, 2018-05-07 12:06

A member recently stumbled across the video below, which shows what just one man, a roof truss package and an oversized helping of determination can accomplish. 

Alumnus Returns to High School to Talk Trusses

Mon, 2018-05-07 10:50

In mid-April, Chris Scott of Dietrich’s North America, had the pleasure of visiting and speaking with the Construction and Manufacturing classes at his alma mater, Kankakee Valley High School, in Northwest Indiana.

CM Shares Bracing Best Practices with Building Officials

Mon, 2018-04-30 13:09

On April 12, John Goodrich, senior designer of Truss Engineering Corporation in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, presented to building officials in Groton, Connecticut.

Alpine Releases ALS 4.0 Wall Panel Printing System

Mon, 2018-04-30 13:00

Alpine announces immediate availability of its ALS 4.0 Wall Panel Printing System, enabling owners of Alpine’s 4.0 Linear Saw to upgrade its printing system for marking wall panel information on the edge of a board.