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Good, Better, Best

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...

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Now is the Time

Good news in the housing industry. Existing home sales have increased. New home sales have increased. And new home starts have hit a four-year high. One of the biggest drags on our economic recovery has been the slowness of the housing recovery. Of course, the industry had a deep...

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Construction and Social Media

More and more companies are joining social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn all of the time. Being involved with social media myself, and writign about the construction and metal building industry, I'm always interested to see how construction companies and architects are using social media...

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Lies and Statistics and a Brighter Future

Mark Twain famously said, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." Coming off another virulent election season during which both sides cherry-picked statistics to suit their own arguments, I find myself even more cynical about how numbers are presented to bolster an argument. I don't...

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Hall of Fame

At METALCON this month, we introduce the new Metal Construction Hall of Fame. Our intent with this award program is to recognize individuals who have made huge impacts on the metal construction industry and, by association, all of our lives. (To read the article, click here.) Business-all business-is about...

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One Step, Two Step, Three Step, Four

Have you ever tried to map out the building product supply chain for the metal construction industry? It's not a map; it's a web of crisscrossed distribution channels. Contractors may receive products direct from a manufacturer (one-step distribution) or through a distributor (two-step) or through a distributor and a...

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