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Commercial Wall Calculator Developed for Designers

Mon, 2018-02-12 21:12

The Applied Building Technology Group has developed a new tool to aid and simplify the design of code compliant steel stud walls. 

Senators Propose Immigration Reform Framework

Mon, 2018-02-12 13:28

A group of U.S. Senators today announced a common-sense proposal aimed at providing legal certainty for undocumented children brought to the United States by their parents and preventing others from falling into the same legal limbo in the future.

SBCA & TPI Progressing on Realignment of Roles

Mon, 2018-02-12 12:32

Dear SBC Industry Members:

As you may know, a group of three members of SBCA and three members of TPI met last September, and again in November, to discuss a realignment of SBCA’s and TPI’s scopes of work. During those meetings, this group created an initial path forward as outlined below and which is currently being carried out.

For example, this group developed an implementation agreement that would assign responsibility as follows:

Kansas Truss Manufacturer Celebrates 50th Year

Mon, 2018-02-12 12:09

A little more than seven months since they took over business operations, Mark II Lumber Company owners Stan Grimwood, Aaron Trelc and Luke Schnakenberg are celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary.

City Covers Infrastructure Costs for Truss Plant Expansion

Mon, 2018-02-12 12:00

Longtime Edgerton lumber business Nelson-Young plans to expand its truss plant, known as Nelson Truss, at 104 Artisan Drive. The work likely will begin this spring once the city extends power to the site, City Administrator Ramona Flanigan said.

Largest Mass Timber Building Planned for New Jersey

Mon, 2018-02-12 11:56

Canadian studio Michael Green Architecture has unveiled plans for a massive timber office complex on the waterfront of Newark, New Jersey, which is expected to be the largest of its kind in the USA.

Job Opening Rate Shows Builders Trying to Do More with Less

Mon, 2018-02-12 11:50

The overall trend for open construction jobs has been increasing since the end of the Great Recession. This is consistent with survey data indicating that access to labor remains a top business challenge for builders.

Video: Builder Shares Why Component Framing Should Thrive

Mon, 2018-02-12 11:47

At the 2018 International Builder’s Show (IBS), builder Jordan Smith produced the following video to share what sees are opportunities for innovating the way homes are framed. Smith sees componentized framing as something every builder should be embracing.

Weekes Forest Products Buys Snavely’s Distribution Network

Mon, 2018-02-12 11:39

Tom Le Vere, President of Saint Paul-based Weekes Forest Products has announced the acquisition of Snavely Forest Products. Snavely, founded in 1902, operates distribution facilities in Pittsburgh; Westminster, Md; Greensboro, N.C.; Dallas; and Denver.

Industry Mourns Passing of Hanover’s Charles Meyers

Mon, 2018-02-12 11:37

Here is the published obituary for Charles Meyers, one of the original founders of Hanover Fabricators in 1962, which was purchased in 2003 and renamed Structural Technologies. 

Lumber Costs Push Developers Switch to Cold-Formed Steel

Mon, 2018-02-12 11:29

To save money, Oden Hughes said it plans to build the complex using primarily light-gauge steel instead of lumber, with BlackSwan Steel fabricating about 80 percent of the framing for the four-story apartment buildings at its Houston facility and then trucking it to Austin.

Why the U.S. Should Abandon NAFTA Rather Than Renegotiate

Mon, 2018-02-05 12:57

The following is an opinion piece that provides analysis and support for the argument President Trump should walk away from renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Simpson Releases New Hinged Roof Connector

Mon, 2018-02-05 12:47

A new hinged roof connector by Simpson Strong-Tie makes it easier for modular builders to construct stick-frame roofs in the factory that will fold flat during shipping. Accompanying the launch of this new product, Simpson Strong-Tie has also released its new Connectors & Fasteners for Modular Building catalog.

SBCA's Raw Material Update for Component Manufacturers

Mon, 2018-02-05 12:43

2017was a rough journey for component manufacturers when it came to raw material costs.

Fed Signals Next Interest Rate Hike Likely in March

Mon, 2018-02-05 12:35

The Federal Reserve will make subtle, hawkish, changes to its statement Wednesday to confirm what the market now expects: a rate hike is coming in March.

Is ‘Hempcrete’ Becoming a Viable Foundation Material?

Mon, 2018-02-05 12:33

Now that several states have legalized the use of marijuana for some recreational and medical purposes, one of the biggest untapped markets for the cannabis plant itself — at least one variety — could be as a building tool.

Canada Uses WTO Lawsuit to Bring U.S. Back to the Table

Mon, 2018-02-05 12:29

The Canadian government has suggested it might drop its major international trade case against the U.S., if it gets a softwood lumber deal.

Canadian Manufacturer Looking to Buy More Truss Plants

Mon, 2018-02-05 11:49

Atlas Engineered Products Ltd., a leading supplier of trusses and engineered wood products, yesterday reported its financial results for the second quarter ended November 30, 2017 (all amounts in are in Canadian dollars).

HUD Considers Deregulating Modular Housing

Mon, 2018-02-05 11:45

HUD announced on Thursday that it is launching a “wholesale review” of its manufactured housing rules as part of a “broader effort to identify regulations that may be ineffective, overly burdensome, or excessively costly given the critical need for affordable housing.”