A Clean, Well-lighted Industry

By Paul Deffenbaugh, Editorial Director

In the mid 90s, I participated in a conference that tried to address the dearth of reliable market data in the residential remodeling industry, which was then believed to be more than a $100 billion industry. To solve the problem required the participation of private industry-primarily through building product manufacturers and their marketing departments-as well as government, academic and other institutions. The only entity large enough to gather the data necessary was the Federal government.

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Don’t Build. Print.

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By Paul Deffenbaugh, Editorial Director

3-D printers are the hot new item in the tech market, and architects-especially those whose eyes are drawn the bright, shiny new thing-are finding great uses for them. The printers allow for much more sophisticated modeling, which can help increase construction efficiency and determine optimal engineering.

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Metal Construction Professionals Making Selections

By Mark Robins

About two months ago I wrote an MCN article titled Metal Wall Comparisons that charted important criteria for four types of metal wall panels: single skin panels, insulated metal panels, aluminum composite material panels and metal composite material panels.

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ESOPs and Metal Construction

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By Paul Deffenbaugh, Editorial Director

Business owners who have recently nursed their companies through the recent downturn are now beginning to pick up their heads and think about exit strategies. Especially those of a certain age.

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Innovations

By Mark Robins

The New York Times recently reported two different companies, Proteus Digital Health and HQ, are working on ingestible, pill-like computers that you can swallow with a glass of milk or water. Once inside your body, tiny sensors and transmitters go about their business, whether it's tracking your internal biorhythms or wirelessly reporting back on your body's current health status to your doctor.

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Missile test videos impact funny bone

By Christopher Brinckerhoff

If you laughed when David Letterman dropped bowling balls on a waterbed and a frozen turkey on a trampoline from the top of a five-story tower, you might also find missile impact test videos entertaining.

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Winter and Construction

There are two seasons in Chicago: winter and construction. This past winter has been especially difficult.

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Open-Book Management

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By Paul Deffenbaugh

Years ago, Jack Stack wrote one of the best books about running a business ever penned. It's called, "The Great Game of Business." In a nutshell, Stack's theory is that the most dynamic game available in the country isn't baseball, basketball or football. The best game is running a business, and the shame of it is that so few people get to participate.

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Metal Construction Hall of Fame Deadline

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By Paul Deffenbaugh

The Metal Consrtruction Hall of Fame deadline for entries has been extended to August 22, 2013. In its second year, this award program honors those individuals who have made significant contributions to the success, innovation and growth of the metal construction industry.

 

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Communication and Metal

I have been doing the initial start-up work on a forthcoming Metal Construction News article on the ordering of bent metal panels, and why the successful communication between buyer and seller is so important. I've been doing a lot of communicating with companies on this topic to learn more about the communication process that's involved here.

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Top Metal Builders Deadline

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By Paul Deffenbaugh

The Top Metal Builders deadline is approaching fast. Complete and submit your form by March 29, 2013.

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Good, Better, Best

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By Paul Deffenbaugh

Twenty years ago, my brother spent a summer with the National Guard on the Mississippi sandbagging to prevent the floodwaters from swamping riverside towns. It was hard work, and when I asked him about it, he said the biggest thing was to move fast and not try to be perfect. I was surprised by that and asked him why they weren't doing their best. His response? 

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