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84 Lumber Builds Children's Library After Harvey

Mon, 2018-02-26 12:11

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, 84 Lumber's Building Hope Foundation set out to build a library for the Hitchcock Head Start Program, a federally funded program for nearly 220 three- and four-year-old students.

Is Canadian Ownership of U.S. Mills Having an Impact?

Mon, 2018-02-26 11:47

When evaluating today’s North American softwood lumber markets, it’s important to keep the relatively recent shift (since 2015) in the controlling ownership of U.S. mills, particularly in the southern yellow pine region.

CMs Develop Plan to Bolster Relationships with Building Officials

Mon, 2018-02-26 09:53

Component Manufacturers in Minnesota have a plan to build a report with their local building officials, and all it will take is a book.

OSB Prices Rebound Sharply on Tight Supply

Mon, 2018-02-19 19:53

After a precipitous drop in OSB costs from November 2017 to January 2018, prices have climbed just as quickly in recent weeks.

Jobsite Construction Robots Becoming More Viable

Mon, 2018-02-19 13:25

Tech startup Doxel has developed a system driven by robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and LIDAR laser scanning technologies to streamline construction processes, according to Disruptor Daily.

Scientists Develop Wood with Titanium-Like Strength

Mon, 2018-02-19 13:23

Scientists have successfully engineered wood which with its bulletproof competence could be the sturdy construction material of the imminent future.

SC Firefighters Advocate Sprinklers to Reduce Deaths

Mon, 2018-02-19 13:13

South Carolina is a leading state for fire deaths, but after an apartment fire in Port Royal this weekend, firefighters say sprinkler systems could get the state out of the top ten.

Photos: Does Log & Lumber Inventory Suggest Enough Supply?

Mon, 2018-02-19 13:05

With softwood lumber costs reaching record levels, SBCA’s component manufacturer (CM) members are left wondering where the market may go from here.  There are several factors to consider, but the primary one is the relationship between ongoing demand and available production capacity.

Precast Concrete Panel Maker Sees Double-Digit Growth

Mon, 2018-02-19 12:51

Based on accelerated new home starts and increasing requests from builders for precast concrete foundations, Superior Walls celebrated a 12 percent business growth in 2017 over the previous year. Company leaders project that another 10 percent growth can be anticipated for 2018.

How Structural Component Systems Grew to 350K Square Feet

Mon, 2018-02-19 12:44

Along with steady development throughout the last 30 years, Structural Component Systems continues to grow quickly as it has added around 100 employees over the past two years.

Lumberyard Details the Benefits of Adding a Truss Plant

Mon, 2018-02-19 12:36

Discount Lumber was founded in Spokane all the way back in 1943. But for more than a decade now, it's added new dimensions to the business, making it a lot more than just lumber.

DOC Steel Investigation Suggests Future Supply Constraints

Mon, 2018-02-19 12:18

While steel consumers will likely continue to take a “wait and see” attitude, the findings the DOC emphasized in their report to the president indicate there may be future trade action to protect domestic producers.  President Trump has until April 11 to act on the DOC’s recommendations.

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.