Industry News

Building Code Sparks Heated Debate in Ohio County

The Regional Plan­ning Com­mis­sion sailed through the first five agenda items, but it was the build­ing code com­mit­tee dis­cus­sion that sparked a heated and lengthy debate.

Stock Logs First Profit in Six Years

Stock Building Supply Holdings reported second quarter 2013 net income of $2 million, compared to a $2.2 million loss reported in the same period last year.

US LBM Pro Dealer Rises Above the Rest

US LBM Holdings was selected as Home Channel News' 2013 Pro Dealer of the Year.

Financial Performance Data Gives Manufacturers an Edge

Thank you to the many companies who participated in SBCA’s 2013 Financial Performance Survey, it was the strongest response we have had in recent memory! 

Fall Protection Guidance All Builders Should Know

SBCA Executive Director, Kirk Grundahl will give an update on SBCA’s Fall Protection program as it relates to the most current OSHA guidelines.

A Component Manufacturer's Best Tool to Expand Their Business

Component manufacturers (CM) from across the country are looking forward to solidifying and expanding their businesses at BCMC this year; attendance levels are at their highest since 2008

Is Your Metro Overbuilt? Could it be Soon?

No one is ready to utter the word “overbuilt” yet, either about Raleigh or other hot construction markets such as Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; or West Palm Beach, Fla. 

Employment Woes Rest on Manufacturers' Shoulders

22%: The share of U.S. manufacturing jobs lost during the recent downturn that has been regained during the recovery.

Significant Home Defect Liability Bogs Down Builder

Fixing construction defects in more than 1,000 Florida homes is expected to cost KB Home $43.2 million, according to the builder's second quarter filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

9 Things Your Builder-Customer is Worrying About Right Now

Here are nine issues, themes, and challenges at least as important as rising interest rates when it comes to the day-to-day operations of home builders, not in order of importance.

'Falls, Trips & Slips' Biggest Killer of US Workers

According to the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, there were a total of 4,383 fatalities on the job in 2012, 310 less that 2011's 4,693.

Weyerhaeuser Reopens Alabama I-Joist and LVL Facility

Weyerhaeuser today announced it will begin plans to re-start production on its Trus Joist(R) TJI(R) joists and Microllam(R) LVL lines in Evergreen, Alabama, effective immediately.

New UFPI Framing System Connects Roof to Foundation

Universal Forest Products, Inc. has launched a new structural frame system through one of its affiliates that purports to lower costs and provide flexibility to architects and builders.

PPACA: Top 10 Things Employers Still Need to Worry About for 2014

Here is a "top-10" list of issues (both ACA and non-ACA) that employers should be considering now in relation to their health care plans. 

Boom Homes Reveal Problems with EWP

Some homes built during the overheated construction market of the century's early years are now, less than a decade later, revealing they weren't built to the most exacting of standards.

BCMC Attendees & Show Floor Space Double 2012 Levels

Individuals are returning to the annual BCMC show in droves, with current registrations suggesting the largest trade show attendance since 2008.  

Manufacturers Face Off Against Suppliers

The SBC Masters Championship has officially started! The first step to participating in this exciting event is to FORM or JOIN a TEAM

6 Trusses Cover 302,000 Square Feet

When it's all said and done, it will take six trusses to support the roof of the 302,000 square foot Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls.

Start-Up Threatens CM Competitiveness

Late last month, Denver-based Prescient, a software and structural manufacturing start-up, completed a five-story, 88,655-square-foot building with 73 residential units. 

Canfor's Purchase Agreement of Scotch & Gulf Lumber Finalized

Canfor has completed the purchase agreement with Scotch & Gulf Lumber, LLC. The purchase agreement reflects the acquisition of Scotch Gulf Lumber over a three year period.

Mandatory Sprinkler Debate Still on Fire

However, firefighters are still advocating for the sprinkler rule, and in localities around the country, the debate goes on.

Stock IPO Set at $14 per Share

Raleigh, N.C.-based pro dealer Stock Building Supply Holdings set its initial public offering pricing at $14 per share.

Wall Panels Can Eliminate Wasteful Framing

A small development in Massachusetts shows that even builders in a state with one of the most advanced energy codes in the nation are still stuck in yesterday's framing systems—the 'we've always done it this way' system.

Top 10 Best and Worst Cities for Components Sales

Forbes' Kurt Badenhausen looks at the metro areas, among the 200 largest by population, that are expected to have the fastest and slowest rates of employment growth through 2015.

Advice all CMs Should Give to their Builder Customers

SBCA Executive Director, Kirk Grundahl will give an update on SBCA’s Fall Protection program as it relates to the most current OSHA guidelines.

Who's Better: Manufacturers or Suppliers?

SBCA is announcing an exciting new contest! The SBC Masters Championship will roll out officially this week, and the first step is to FORM or JOIN a TEAM!

Texas Offers Up Another Challenge to CMs

Everyone may be used to the Texas Manufacturer's Association of Texas (TMAT) winning the SBCA Membership Drive every year, but that doesn't mean they can't be beaten. 

EPDs a Powerful Tool for Component Manufacturers

Last week, we reported that the AWC and CWC have announced the release of two new environmental product declarations (EPDs), bringing the available EPD total for North American wood products to six. 

Second Comment Period on ANSI/TPI 1 Standard Open

The Truss Plate Institute (TPI) announced today the opening of a second Public Review & Comment period for the draft BSR/TPI 1-2014 (revision to ANSI/TPI 1-2007).

MiTek Subsidiary Acquires RKL

Hohmann & Barnard, a subsidiary of MiTek Industries, announced Tuesday that it had completed the acquisition of RKL Building Specialties Co.