Category Archives: construction problems

Outlook for Construction in 2023

According to Construction Dive, “The industry will continue to face labor shortages, high materials costs and other headwinds, but infrastructure will be a bright spot.” Top construction economists say much like in 2022, signals are mixed. In a recent article, they took a look at five key indicators and what they suggest for contractors in the year ahead.

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MCN 41st Annual Contractor Survey Results

Across the board, metal construction projects increased in number and size from 2020 to 2021.

Photo Credit: Metal Construction News

Published on March 1, the MCN 41st Annual Contractor Survey sees a robust market environment in the metal construction industry, comparable to the overall construction market. Metal builders, roofers, wall panel contractors and light-gauge steel contractors all report that 2021 was better than 2020 and they anticipate 2022 being even better. According to survey respondents, MCN reports that metal building construction increased 12.9% in 2021, seeing a metal roofing 9.3% increase, metal wall panels 2.5% increase and light-gauge steel framing up 9.5% for exteriors and 3% for interiors.

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TODAY at 1:00 PM — Expert Advice on How to Blast Past Pricing Woes on METALCONLive! REGISTER NOW

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It is on everyone’s minds — the “trifecta of pricing woes” — inflation, supply chain, and talent shortage. Join this high powered panel of experts as the provide some clarity on the issues currently plaguing the industry and share real solutions to help you run your business and turn a fair profit. Join us for METALCON Live! TODAY at 1:00 PM, as Alex Carrick, Chief Economist at ConstructConnect, Tony Bouquot, General Manager of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), and Frank Stasiowski, CEO & Founder of PSMJ Resources, Inc., come together to deliver up-to-the-minute breakthrough tactics for transforming your business results in the face of current headwinds. Get up to speed on supply chain disruption, sustainability, workforce challenges, cost-containment, and more.

Join us LIVE and you can chat directly with our experts on the challenges your are facing! 

Hear from METALCON Live!‘s blue-ribbon panel of experts on the status of the metal construction and design industry, and how to get over the hump. Get up to speed on the supply chain disruption, sustainability, workforce challenges, cost-containment, and so much more!

Your FUTURE is NOW…..It’s time to get moving so join us to hear what others are doing… we promise it will change your thinking POSITIVELY.

In Just One Week – A METALCON Live! You Won’t Want to Miss! Expert Advice on Blasting Past Pricing Woes

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It is on everyone’s minds — the “trifecta of pricing woes” — inflation, supply chain, and talent shortage. To provide some clarity on the issues currently plaguing the industry, METALCON has assembled a high powered panel of experts to share real solutions to the frustrations currently happening as you try to run your business and turn a fair profit. Join us for METALCON Live! NEXT Wednesday, April 6, as Alex Carrick, Chief Economist at ConstructConnect, Tony Bouquot, General Manager of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), and Frank Stasiowski, CEO & Founder of PSMJ Resources, Inc. come together to deliver up-to-the-minute breakthrough tactics for transforming your business results in the face of current headwinds. Get up to speed on supply chain disruption, sustainability, workforce challenges, cost-containment, and more.

Join us LIVE and you will be able to chat directly with our experts on the challenges your are facing! 

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Inflation, Material Delays and Labor Issues

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There is no question the “trifecta of pricing woes” is on everyone’s mind causing business owners and leaders to rethink, strategize, and get creative in order to maintain their profitability. Earlier this month, Construction Dive reported, “Despite a surprisingly strong U.S. January jobs report, nonresidential construction employment fell by 9,000 workers in the heavy and civil engineering sectors as an aging labor force retires or quits; according to The Associated Builders and Contractors, construction unemployment rate rose to 7.1% vs. 4% across all industries; and the third wild card: supply-chain snafus making it harder to count days to completion or shareholder profits.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Top 10 Construction Industry Trends for 2022

According to BigRentz, Inc., the largest equipment rental network in the nation, “2022 will be a year of reemergence and growth in the construction industry despite rising construction costs and labor shortages.”

They added, “Since last year, the COVID-19 pandemic changed how the construction industry does business, from scheduling and closing projects to hiring workers to meeting with clients. Looking forward, many industry trends will be affected by the fallout from the pandemic. New technology continues to change the construction site, improve the ability to win projects, and increase profit margins. Trends and movements are changing the roles of industry professionals and frontline workers.”

Here are their top 10 must-watch construction industry trends for 2022 to help you stay competitive in the New Year –

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And the Crystal Ball Says …. Trends in Metal Construction and Design: 2021 and Beyond

EPISODE AIRED ON WEDNESDAY 5/5 — WATCH ON DEMAND!

This week’s METALCONLive! featured industry economists who presented recent findings from this past year to identify the trends and help members of the metal construction industry navigate through the rest of the year and beyond. PSMJ Senior Principal David Burstein and Ken Simonson, chief economist with The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), both presented comprehensive and encouraging data all pointing in the direction of a robust year in metal construction, while still highlighting some challenges that lie ahead.

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Critical Insights into 2021 from Key Industry Experts TODAY at 1:00 PM – REGISTER NOW

This webinar qualifies for one AIA LU and its FREE! REGISTER NOW.

Join us TODAY at 1:00 PM for the next session of METALCON Live! when industry heavyweights Frank Stasiowski, Co Founder of METALCON in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, Tony Bouquot, General Manager with MBMA and Alex Carrick, Chief Economist with ConstructConnect, come together to identify the important trends in metal construction and design for Q2 and the rest of the year. As we head into Q2, there are still so many uncertainties … but one thing IS for certain, you won’t want to miss what these three experts will share today. Combined, they represent decades of knowledge and experience!

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Construction Safety Training Saves Money and Lives

NEW Safety Training Program starting February 18 presented by METALCON

Is it worth your company’s time and money to invest in preventative safety training? The answer is a resounding YES!

According to the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), “The charts and summaries in the 2020 Safety Performance Report present the clearest picture yet of the remarkable impact that leading indicator use has on a company’s safety performance: fewer disrupted or lost lives and a safer, more productive jobsite regardless of the size of the company. In fact, companies that engage in leading indicator use are, statistically, considerably safer than their peers. The ABC created the report in 2015 to address the issue of not having sound data to prove the correlation between the use of measures companies can take to keep workers safe on jobsites and the number of incidents that occur.

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Want a Peek into the Future? Register for METALCONLive!

What are the jaw-dropping economic and market changes for metal construction and design decision-makers just over the horizon? How MUST your business fundamentally change to grasp these once-in-a-business-cycle opportunities – and sidestep the strategic blunders that await the unprepared? Tomorrow’s METALCONLive! will help you see into the future (for free!!).

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Infrastructure Bill Update

The Moving Forward Act’s Proposed $1.5 Trillion in New Investments Will Improve Range of Public Infrastructure, Creating Needed Demand for Construction While Making the Economy More Efficient (AGC)

With the current surface transportation authorization’s expiration date of September 30 drawing closer, lawmakers are turning their attention to passing a new infrastructure bill. As reported by Construction Dive, “Last week, House Democrats unveiled a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that includes almost $500 billion of green measures proposed as part of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act earlier this month.”

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METALCONLive! June 3 Highlights and Preview of Next Week’s Event

Key Take-Aways

“Buy America” – Cost of Capital Is at Its Lowest in Decades 

Steel Dynamics Inc., Hopes to Make U.S. More “Steel Sufficient” with Construction of its New Steel Mill

Continued Focus on Training and Education Will Be Key for Greater Usage of Metal

METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, continued to highlight “Build Back Better” with a special focus on steel with guests Brian Smallwood, Market Manager-Construction for Steel Dynamics, Inc., and Marines Hagemann, Director of Client Experience for Allied Steel Buildings.

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METALCONLive! Week 8 Highlights and Register for Next Week

Key Take-Aways from 5/20/20

Optimism and Concerns as Nation Re-Opens 

Use Visuals to Sell Metal to Architects

Training Will Be Key to Combat Labor Shortage

METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, continued the focus on “Build Back Better” with special guest Mark Kalin (FAIA, FCSI, LEED), President of Kalin Associates Specifications and highly experienced specification writer, author, speaker and registered architect. See below for Mark’s valuable insight of the specifications industry and strategies to leverage more metal sales with architects.

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Reminder – METALCONLive! TODAY at 1:00 EST! Register NOW!

REGISTER for today’s LIVE event hosted by METALCON Co-Founder CEO Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations as they draw upon their combined years of industry experience in the A/E/C and metal construction industries. Today’s discussion will explore the architect’s role in the metal design process and how will the glut of steel in the market affect the metal construction industry?

TODAY’S SPECIAL GUEST: Mark Kalin, President at Kalin Associates Specifications

Mark Kalin (FAIA, FCSI, LEED) is a highly experienced specification writer, author, speaker, and registered architect. Mark is a CSI certified construction specifier, USGBC LEED accredited professional, and one of only 27 individuals advanced to fellowship in both the American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specifications Institute. Mark has been involved in over 4,000 specification projects since 1984, including 250 LEED projects. He has taught Architectural Specifications at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

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METALCONLive! Week 7 Highlights (Magnificent Metal Monday Special Edition) and Register for this Week

Key Take-Aways

Global Perspective of Crisis 

Shortage of Residential Metal Roofing Contractors

Metal is Changing Perception in Residential & Commercial Design & Usage

METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, continued the focus of “Build Back Better” with special guests Ken Gieske of McElroy Metals and Ray Smith of Australia-based AppliCad Software. Read on for important take-aways from last week’s discussion and REGISTER today for this week’s METALCONLive! as we welcome expert specification writer and architect, Mark Kalin of Kalin Associates Specifications.

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Reminder – METALCONLive! TODAY at 1:00 EST! Register NOW!

Tune in to today’s LIVE event hosted by METALCON Co-Founder CEO Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations as they draw upon their combined years of industry experience in the A/E/C and metal construction industries along with the expertise of their special guests.

TODAY’S SPECIAL GUESTS:

Ken Gieseke, VP Marketing, McElroy Metal: As a metal construction component manufacturer, Ken brings his unique insight from multiple angles — the frame builder community as well as his experience as a manufacturer with multiple markets, channels, and geographic locations. He will explain what McElroy is doing to be proactive, change, adapt and position their company to come out ahead.

Ray Smith, Founder and CEO of AppliCad Software: Our first METALCONLive! guest from overseas (Australia) will help bring a global perspective to this week’s discussion. Hear how his country has responded to the health crises and what we can learn from them.  What will they be doing differently post-pandemic than they did before the crises?

METALCONLive! is your online weekly business boosting broadcast that connects you with other metal construction company owners, contractors, fabricators, suppliers and experts for the strategies that enable us all to BUILD BACK BETTER.

With the COVID-19 crisis, the metal construction industry faces a new challenge every week, so METALCONLive! is here to help with the latest data and news, exclusive interviews with key players, eye-opening forecasts, creative solutions to sales, marketing, staffing, logistics, safety, and other concerns. All FREE, all LIVE and ONLINE, all focused on helping your business THRIVE in the next normal.

#BuildBackBetter #ReigniteSales #metalcon #metalconstruction #metalbuilding #metalroofing #sustainability #greenbuilding #metalbending #standingseam #sheetmetal #steelbuildings #lightsteelframe #steelframing #civilengineering #metalpanels #commercialconstruction #residentialconstruction #retrofit #generalcontractors #contractor #architecture #coldformedsteel #rollforming #metalforming #customfabrication #cncmachine #architecturalmetals #construction #contech #constructiontechnology @mcelroymetal @applicadspftware

METALCONLive! Week 6 Highlights (Magnificent Metal Monday Special Edition)

Key Take-Aways

Re-Open with Optimism and Act NOW

Integrate Digital Engagement into Strategic Plan 

Importance of Utilizing CRM Systems

METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, have begun shifting the focus away from crisis-mode to how the industry can “build back better.” Special guests Paul Lechiara, owner of East Coast Metal Roofing, and Bobby Darnell, principal of Construction Market Consultants, Inc., joined the discussion to offer their sales and marketing strategies implemented during the lockdown, which have proven to be successful. 

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TODAY – METALCONLive! at 1:00 PM EST – Build Back Better

“What have we learned, how do we improve and how do we build back better?” – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Tune in to today’s LIVE event hosted by seasoned experts, METALCON Co-Founder CEO Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations as they draw upon their combined years of industry experience in the A/E/C and metal construction industries.

TODAY’S SPECIAL GUESTS: Paul Lechiara, owner of East Coast Metal Roofing, and Bobby Darnell, Principal of Construction Market Consultants, Inc. They will highlight successful sales and marketing strategies implemented during the lockdown. Find out TODAY during METALCONLive!

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METALCONLive! Week 5 Highlights (Magnificent Metal Monday Special Edition)

Key Take-Aways

“Build Back Better”

Restrictions Are Loosening 

Cash Flow Still a Critical Factor

METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, led last week’s robust discussion addressing current challenges and workarounds to the current coronavirus crisis. Their special guests included Danny Kerr, managing partner of Breakthrough Academy and Adam Mazella, executive vice president of Sheffield Metals.

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TODAY – TUNE INTO METALCONLive! at 1:00 PM – What is your Re-Opening Plan?

METALCONLive! continues today at 1:00 PM EST. Available for FREE to our friends (and yours) in the metal construction industry. REGISTER NOW.

Join METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations. This week Frank and Rob welcome special guests, Danny Kerr, Managing Partner, Breakthrough Academy and Adam Mazella, Executive Vice President of Sheffield Metals.

Recaps of previous weeks can be found by clicking on these links: Week 1Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4.

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Frank’s “38 Questions to Ask -and Answer- When Designing Your Reopening Plan.”

METALCONLive! Week 4 Highlights

Key Take-Aways

Digital engagement here to stay

Most anticipate “new normal” to resume in 60 days 

Crisis will create new business opportunities

It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since METALCONLive! first launched. We can’t thank you enough for your support and participation. METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, led last week’s robust discussion addressing current challenges and workarounds to the current coronavirus crisis. Joining them for this lively discussion were special guests Heidi J. Ellsworth, partner with RoofersCoffeeShop® and owner of HJE Consulting and Scott Hutchings, sales director of  U.S. Construction with SFS.

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TODAY – TUNE INTO METALCONLive! at 1:00 PM – What Have We Learned from COVID-19 and What Should We Be Doing?

METALCONLive! continues today at 1:00 PM EST. Available for FREE to our friends (and yours) in the metal construction industry. REGISTER NOW.

Join METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations along with their special guests, Heidi J. Ellsworth, partner with RoofersCoffeeShop®and owner of HJE Consulting, and Scott Hutchings, Sales Director, US Construction with SFS, a worldwide leading supplier of mechanical fastening systems and precision components.

This marks the fourth week of METALCONLive! Recaps of previous weeks can be found by clicking on these links: Week 1Week 2 & Week 3.

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Frank’s “38 Questions to Ask -and Answer- When Designing Your Reopening Plan.”

Download Recording of METALCONLive! Week 3

Re-watch, download or share the recording of the April 15th METALCONLive! Discussion.

Magnificent Metal Monday Special Edition – Highlights from METALCONLive! Week 3

Key Take-Aways

Continue Scenario Planning

Metal Contractors and Manufacturers ARE Still at Work 

Take Care of your People

For the third week in a row, METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, welcomed everyone last Wednesday, 4/15, to our FREE weekly “no-BS discussion” of challenges and workarounds happening in real time. Rob and Frank were joined by special guests Tony Buoquot, general manager of MBMA and Miguel Pena, sales, marketing and operations at GSSI Sealants, also a Metal Construction Association Board Member.

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METALCONLive! TODAY at 1:00 PM – Register Now!

Join METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations.  

Each Wednesday at 1:00 pm ET, these industry titans – featuring their industry guests – host this FREE online no-BS discussion of current challenges and workarounds. This week, special guest Tony Bouquot with Metal Building Manufacturing Association (MBMA) will join the converation.

Find out what you need to be doing NOW to ensure your business comes out stronger when the dust settles. 

Register now and save your virtual “seat.” All you need is a computer, tablet or smart phone. This 60-minute discussion is FREE for our friends (and yours) in the metal construction industry. Please share this invitation.

For the recap of last week’s METALCONLive! click HERE.

METALCONLive! Week 2 Highlights and Register for this Week’s Event (Magnificent Metal Monday Special Edition)

Frank Stasiowski with METALCON during METALCONLive! Event

Key Take-Aways: Continued Optimism, Scenario Planning, and Focus on Training and Safety in the Workplace

Picking right up from last week’s event, METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, welcomed everyone to this week’s FREE online “no-BS discussion” of challenges and workarounds happening in real time. Rob and Frank were joined by special guests Art Hance, president of the MBCEA and owner/president of Hance Construction, Inc. and Heidi J. Ellsworth, partner with RoofersCoffeeShop® and owner of HJE Consulting.

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TUNE INTO THE NEXT METALCON LIVE THIS WEEK

Nearly 300 metal industry professionals tuned in last week to METALCON’s first live “Town Hall” event when METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA,  in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, led an engaging and honest conversation about the current status of the industry amidst the current pandemic crisis. Along with providing practical tactics that companies can do right now, they mixed in live polling questions that added to the overall content.

Tune in THIS Wednesday, April 8 at 1:00 PM EST for the second METALCON Live and another chance to get practical advice from these two industry titans, along with participation from metal construction colleagues from around the world.

YOU can participate in advance by sending topics and/or questions that you would like covered by emailing them to JUDY@METALCON.COM.

Give us 60 minutes and we’ll give you clear no-BS answers and practical steps you can start using immediately!

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No Foolin’ Around Here – FREE Live Town Hall TODAY at 1:00 pm (EST) with Metal Construction Industy Experts

Join METALCON Co-Founder and CEO Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations – two industry titans – TODAY, April 1st, at 1 PM (EST) for a FREE, 90-minute, LIVE online no-BS discussion of current challenges and work around’s. Click HERE to register and save your virtual “seat”.  All you need is a computer, tablet or smart phone.

Make plans to tune in as our seasoned experts draw upon their decades of experience in the A/E/C and metal construction industries. In 90 minutes, we’ll cover the very latest news of critical importance to you and your business, PLUS:

  • What you should be doing NOW to keep your business afloat and well-positioned for the future
  • How to keep selling and come out stronger when the dust settles
  • How to manage sales operations when everyone (sales, clients and prospects) are working remotely (or is it remotely working?)
  • What the stimulus bill means for the construction industry, and when the impact will be felt
  • What actions are prudent, which are careless, and which are over-reaction?
  • What is on the other side of COVID-19 for our industry? 

You will get answers to your specific questions in an extended LIVE Q&A session. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get time-tested and proven advice from worldwide leaders in the business of A/E/C.

This 90-minute discussion is FREE for our friends in the metal construction industry.  Feel free to forward this invitation to your friends in the industry!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

Can’t make this date and time? Register anyway! All registrants will receive a recording after the discussion has been completed. Once you register, you will receive a link to the live event.

How to Beat Summer Blues and Drive Productivity

According to Danny Kerr, Co-Founder of Breakthrough Academy and METALCON guest speaker, “Summer is the time to produce, but your crew members may have other things on their mind.” In an article that appeared in the July issue of Metal Construction News, Danny explains, ” It’s the dead of summer. The days are as long as they are hot. You and your team are doing your darndest to keep up with an insanely busy production season.” He calls it the “midsummer stutter” … a name he uses to describe the nose dive in productivity that seems to plague teams in late June and July.

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3D Printing, Construction and the Millennials

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3D printing, construction and the Millennials, yes we’ve grouped all three together for a reason. We’ve touched a bit on how 3D printing will change the construction industry for the better. Yes I said it for the better; I look at it as a huge opportunity for both manufacturers and the people out in the field. Now how does the millennial generation fit into the equation? Continue reading

How to Prepare for your Metal Roofing Jobs

Our friends over at http://www.designandbuildwithmetal.com recently published an article that pertains to a lot of the metal roofers out there. Contributing to the article was Harry Schouten of Advanced Architectural Sheet Metal & Supply.

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