Raw Materials

The U.S. economy is back at full employment after more than a decade, according to a leading economist.

For the third straight month, prices of softwood lumber, gypsum, ready-mix concrete, and OSB all increased, according to the latest Producer Price Index by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Biewer Sawmill-Newton LLC celebrated its new $85 million, state-of-the-art sawmill in Newton with its official opening recently.

Zoltan van Heyningen, executive director of the U.S. Lumber Coalition, 

OSHA has suspended a rule requiring that companies electronically report their injury and illness records, a move that effectively keeps these records from being publicly disclosed for the immediate future.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Saturday that threats of retaliatory trade actions from Canadian officials "are inappropriate" and will not influence final U.S. import duty determinations.

At the request of its component manufacturer (CM) members, SBCA has researched steel price indexes and developed a series of graphs to help illustrate trends in the price of cold-rolled steel.

Panelization can shave off as much as 75% off a construction project’s field time. All that is required is the expertise to design building structures with this progressive and popular methodology.

The April jobs report showed a healthy rebound from the March dip, and more important a tightening labor market that has some messages for policy makers. A shortage of workers in much of the country could soon put a restraint on economic growth.

A long-span metal truss can pose a risk to installers because the dimensions and weight of the truss itself can create instability, buckling and collapse of the truss if it is not handled, installed and braced properly.