Framers Council

Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: UFPI) announced that one of its affiliates has signed an agreement to purchase the operating assets of Wolverine Wood Products, Inc.

Performance Building Solutions, a business of DowDuPont Specialty Products Division, announces the new, patent-pending GREAT STUFF™ SMART DISPENSER™, an innovative solution to make air sealing easier, more precise and with less product waste. The SMART DISPENSER™ is changing the game, with a dispenser that is reusable for up to 30 days, provides no drip, less mess and greater control.

Building a culture of safety awareness takes dedication and the continuous education of your workforce. Mark your calendar for some targeted emphasis and training opportunities throughout the coming months.

National Framers Council President Scott Stevens, president of Modu Tech in Baltimore, Maryland, displayed a banner on the wall behind the presentation podium that included 16 safety posters from FrameSAFE. Modu Tech had the banner created for use on their jobsites as an easy way to reinforce safety without having to print out individual posters.

SBCA is working with Ask the Builder expert Tim Carter to gain the benefit of his perspective on structural framing. While all those who know SBCA and work with its members know the value of component framing,

Wood Protection Technologies, Inc. offers a suite of robust, factory applied topical wood coatings that can protect framers from moisture related framing problems. WPT’s WOOD PRO tech 3000™ is proven to be effective in protecting whole framing packages against mold, fungal decay and termites while dramatically improving dimensional stability. 

DuPont Safety & Construction, a business unit of DowDuPont Specialty Products Division, today announced the release of the DuPont™ Tyvek® DrainVent™ Rainscreen to provide advanced protection against moisture damage in exterior wall systems. The product is the business’ first roll good offering that creates a 6mm (0.25”) space for water drainage and air movement for drying behind cladding. 

The latest step in an ongoing regulatory saga, on Jan. 25, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule reducing the negative impact of employer electronic injury and illness recordkeeping rules originally adopted by the Obama-era agency.

The Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualifications final rule published on November 8, 2018, requires employers to document their evaluation of their crane operators (see 29 CFR 1926.1427(f)(6)). To provide more time for employer compliance with new evaluation and documentation requirements, OSHA already made the effective date February 7, 2019. While OSHA will be fully enforcing the requirement that employers must evaluate their operators before allowing them to operate cranes independently, this memorandum provides guidance on the enforcement of the documentation requirement.

Given the frigid temperatures that recently affected much of the U.S., now seems a particularly good time to discuss how framers can best deal with the cold on the jobsite. Chris Tatge, National Framers Council (NFC) executive director and owner of Dynamic Construction in Madison, Wisconsin, offers some advice for dealing with the cold that can be particularly helpful for newer framers wondering how veterans learn to cope.