Industry News

Iowa Manufacturer Hosts Truss Bracing Workshop

Steve Kennedy, P.E., with Lumber Specialties, will be giving a truss bracing workshop to building officials, engineers and contractors on May 23, 2013 in Rock Island, IL.

Top 14 Housing Markets for Next 5 Years

The top 14 cities are ranked by the projected annualized change in home prices between Q4 2012 and Q4 2017.

Organizations Update Span Tables for June 1 Deadline

Last week, two organizations released updated span table materials with the new Southern Pine (SP) design values effective June 1, 2013.

NLRB Appointments Ruled Unconstitutional

In a 2-1 decision, a three judge panel for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has found a recess appointment to the NLRB by President Obama unconstitutional.

Signs, Including Housing, Point to Slower Growth

The U.S. economy showed fresh signs of slower growth in the second quarter, with factory activity slipping in the mid-Atlantic region while groundbreaking declined at home construction sites.

BlueLinx Dismisses President & CEO

BlueLinx Holdings has announced that George R. Judd will no longer serve as president and chief executive.

BCMC Build Still Needs Your Help!

We would like to thank all of the generous sponsors of the BCMC Build 2013 project. We couldn’t do this without you!

ALSC Reviews Western Species Testing

On May 1, the ALSC Board of Review held a meeting in which it reviewed the status of lumber testing plans for various western species. 

Former Georgia-Pacific VP Hopkins Passes Away

SFPA announced last week that Alex Hopkins had passed away in Demorest, Georgia. 

Nucor Introduces New Hybrid Truss System

Nucor Building Systems announced the expansion of its framing system product line to include Nucor TrussFrame, a hybrid metal building open-web rafter system.

6 Ways to Succeed in Today's Marketplace

If you can't succeed in the current economy, there's something wrong with your business model. Here's how to tell.

Why You Should Stop Hating ProBuild

ProSales' editor thinks it’s time you stop griping about such competitors, not because it isn’t a problem but because you can’t do anything about it.

Alliance Lumber Buys Central Arizona Truss

Alliance Lumber of Arizona completed the acquisition of Central Arizona Truss, which designs and manufactures trusses for custom homes, remodels and additions in the Arizona and Southern California areas.

Lumber Supply to Remain Tight Through Summer

Predictions of continuing shortages in dimensional lumber are being borne out in the marketplace, and industry observers say dealers should keep enough lumber on hand for jobs sold for delivery over the next quarter.

Fannie Mae: Labor is Major Problem for Housing

Fannie Mae's analysis adds to the growing body of research that raises questions about the housing industry’s ability to sustain its recovery.

Court Rules NLRB's Posting Rule Invalid

On May 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that the NLRB's rule requiring employers to post a notice of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA") is invalid.

Employers: Get Health Screening or Pay Fine

More employers are following the lead of companies such as CVS Caremark, which recently made news by requiring its employees to receive health screenings or face a $50-per-month penalty on their health insurance premiums.

Improving Markets at 258 in May

The number of U.S. housing markets showing sustained improvement in three key measures fell slightly to 258 in May from 273 in April.

Immigration Reform Effort Faces First Hurdles

As lawmakers submit their amendments to the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill, alliances will be tested between both the members on the Judiciary Committee who crafted the bill and those who oppose it.

Top 50: U.S. Builders and Contractors

Multifamily Executive’s exclusive 2013 Top 50 rankings of the industry’s largest owners, managers, builders, renovators, and general contractors is now finished and up on their website.

With June 1 Deadline Looming, SBCA Shares Tools to Help CMs

With the June 1st effective date right around the corner, the SBCA Board discussed the impacts ofSYP design value changes at the OQM in Washington, DC last week.

Trus Joist Offspring Using Old Playbook

RedBuilt LLC, is a building products and engineering company descended from Trus Joist, which rocked the North American construction industry in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s with new ideas and building products that industry titans struggled to compete against.

Unions Invited to OSHA Inspections

OSHA released an interpretation letter clarifying that nonunion employees can select anyone, including nonemployee union representatives, to accompany OSHA officials during safety inspections of their employer’s worksite.

Humorist to Kick Off BCMC 2013

The BCMC Committee ispleased to announce that Bruce Wilkinson will be the kick-off speaker for the 2013 show.

BlueLinx Optimistic, 1Q Revenue up 11%

Atlanta-based BlueLinx Holdings reported revenues of $503.2 million for the first quarter ended March 30 -- that’s a 10.9% increase from $453.7 million in the same quarter last year.

Are You Ready for Health Care Act's Play or Pay?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has gone from a distant deadline to an imminent reality, with the controversial "play or pay" provisions scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2014.

Home Prices Extend Winning Streak...Everywhere

Home prices extended a winning streak of year-over-year gains, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller indexes.

Pro Dealer Experts: How to Build a Winning Team

Large ProDealer leaders share their advice on how to build a winning team.

OSHA Launches Temporary Worker Initiative

OSHA sent a memorandum on April 29 announcing an initiative to further protect temporary employees from workplace hazards.

Fire at Western Mass Truss Destroys Facility

The state Fire Marshal's Office are still working to determine the cause of a Thursday night fire that destroyed a fabrication building at Western Mass Truss.