Industry News

UFP Sales Skyrocket in Second Quarter

Universal Forest Products (UFP) reported 2013 second-quarter net sales of $738.4 million, a 24.4% increase over 2012 second-quarter net sales of $593.7 million.

Foxworth-Galbraith Reopens AZ Truss Plant

A rebounding housing market prompted Foxworth-Galbraith to reopen a truss plant that it shuttered in February 2009.

Technology Always Central to Stark Truss' Success

Stark Truss technology is now the norm in today’s construction in Ohio.

McCausey Updates Name to Reflect Products

After more than a century of operating as McCausey Lumber Company, we are pleased to announce that we have changed our name to McCausey Specialty Products. 

Anthony Creates Online Span Calculator

Anthony Forest Products has developed a lumber span calculator to help designers and specifiers with the transition to the new Southern Pine design values and spans which were effective June 1, 2013. 

BCMC Accomodations Going Quickly

Rooms at the San Antonio Hilton Palacio del Rio are filling up quickly so book your hotel room(s) for BCMC right away!

BCMC Early-Bird Registration Open

Register to attend the 2013 BCMC Show in San Antonio by August 25 to save money on your registration.

Tolko Introduces New High-End Plywood Line

Tolko Industries, Ltd. has introduced a robust line of its proprietary T-Ply products unmatched in the softwood plywood products industry.

DOE Finalizes More Demanding Energy-Efficiency Requirements

Earlier last week the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a new final rule that establishes new energy-efficiency requirements for all new federal commercial and multi-family high-rise residential buildings.

Top 5 States for Residential Construction

Construction in America is in a good moment; Digital Construction explores five areas where there's been a notable resurgence

Illinois Latest Battleground in Sprinkler Debate

Illinois is considering a building code change that would mandate sprinklers in all new residences, but homebuilders worry it could hamstring the already struggling construction industry.

2013's Top and Bottom 5 States for Business

Here is CNBC's annual ranking of the top, most-improved and bottom states for business in 2013.

WI Adopts 6-Year Residential Code Cycle

On July 5 Governor Walker signed into law legislation moving Wisconsin to a six year review of the Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC). 

Top Builders Scaling Back Truss Installation

While as a whole, builders are installing more doors, hardware, molding and millwork, windows, and bathroom vanities, they’re scaling back insulation, cabinetry, decking, and roof- and floor-truss work. 

Firm Develops Handheld Lumber Grading Machine

Brookhuis America, Inc. announced it has developed the Timber Grader MTG, a handheld grading system that allows you to measure timber strength and stiffness practically everywhere.

IN and PA Lumbermens Insurance Merge

Indiana Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company and Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company today announced that they have executed agreements to affiliate their respective companies.

2 Views on Green Building Standards

Two green building experts weigh in on whether green building standards need further changes.

Is Housing Strong Enough to Withstand Rate Hike?

The sudden burst of volatility and rise in interest rates have raised questions about whether the fledgling housing recovery is strong enough to withstand an increase in mortgage rates. We believe it is.

As Lumber Prices Drop, Mills Announce Curtailments

The extended doldrums of spring dimension lumber sales across North America so far in 2013 continued this week, despite several producers having announced curtailments.

Vantem Touts First Affordable 'Net-Zero' Home Kit

Vantem Panels introduced SmartHomze, a collection of SIP panelized kit homes, to the North American market. 

4 Clues Your Safety Culture is Broken

During a June 26 presentation at ASSE Safety 2013 in Las Vegas, Robert E. Grieve shared how a fall from a horse revealed that his attitude about safety was out of balance.

Future Bright for Construction Spending

Calculated Risk's Bill McBride also takes a look at May's construction spending data, and sees even better numbers in the offing.

Troubled Youth Build New Life Building Trusses

The young men from Roca can build a roof truss in minutes, but it can take them years to build a new life away from the streets in the working world of paychecks, deadlines and responsibility. 

LEED v4 Adopted, Effective this Fall

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that its membership has voted to adopt LEED v4, to go effect in the fall.

ITW Seeks to Simplify Branding

Illinois Tool Works (ITW), the industrial conglomerate that owns Alpine, Pryda, and Truswal, is planning to shrink the number of brands it owns from 600 to 120

Employer Penalties Delayed, What's Next for Obamacare?

President Barack Obama can expect mounting pressure to make new concessions on healthcare reform, especially the requirement that all Americans obtain insurance, after delaying penalties for businesses for the first year of his plan.

Canadian Housing to Decline in 2013, Rebound in 2014

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) expects housing starts to re-gain momentum in the later part of the year and/or into 2014.

NC Adopts 6-Year Code Cycle, Limits Inspections

North Carolina will now adopt code revisions every six years, rather than every three, and will also limit the power of local governments to require inspections

Top 50 Market Housing Winners

Last year, the 50 largest metro markets ranked by new-home closings saw those closings increase 11.9 percent over the top 50 markets in 2011, to 218,571 units.

FL Prohibits Mandatory Sprinklers in Code

Going forward, the Florida building code cannot mandate the installation of fire sprinklers for residential construction.