March 5, 2008
- A Permanent Competitive Advantage
  Larry Williams suggests that since costs for materials will always fluctuate, the steel framing industry should focus on the competitive advantages that will never change. More
- Even In Tough Economy, Builders Flock To Largest Industry Show
Despite lower attendance numbers than the previous year’s show, the 2008 International Builders’ Show® (IBS) marked another successful year with its expansive product showcase and highly attended education sessions. More
- Housing And Economic Forecasts Offer Just A Glimmer Of Hope
ORLANDO — Despite reports from numerous research and news agencies that the U.S. economy has fallen off the brink and entered recession, two of three economists presenting economic forecasts Wednesday project no recession at all. More
- Steel Imports To Rise In ‘08, Putting End To Price Hikes
PITTSBURGH — Steel imports may start to climb again by the middle of the year in a trend that could help bring an end to the recent increase in domestic prices, market participants said. More
- Builders Remain Cautious As Buyer Traffic Improves In February
Builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes edged marginally higher in February as traffic of prospective buyers through model homes improved considerably, according to the latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. More
- Non-Residential Construction Outlook
Industrial production (IP) at mines, utilities and factories rose 0.1% in January, the Federal Reserve reported on Friday. IP in manufacturing was flat. More
- Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
According to the Random Lengths, the weekly report on the North American wood products markets, month-end trading proceeded with little fanfare, but with a generally modest pickup in action compared to the previous week. More
- January 2008 Crude Steel Production
BRUSSELS — World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) was 113 million metric tons (mmt) in January. More
- Steel Import Permit Applications Increase 15 Percent Over Prior Month
WASHINGTON, DC — Based on the Commerce Department’s most recent Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) recently reported that steel import permit applications for the month of January totaled 2,474,000 net tons (NT). More
- A Bent For Metal Framing
Darl Yoder knows change is hard. So he realizes that persuading local builders to switch to steel framing after they've used lumber for generations is an uphill battle. More
- Metal of Honor - Steel Framing
Steel framing is gaining in popularity because of its high performance in severe weather conditions, minimal maintenance, and termite and mold resistance. More
- New Publication On HUD-Sponsored Site Helps Builders Evaluate Steel Framing
WASHINGTON, DC — The Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) recently announced the release of the first TechSpec on “Cold-Formed Steel Framing,” a document the Washington, D.C.-based market development group says is an excellent resource for any builder considering making the switch to cold-formed steel. More
- West Coast Developers Continue Building Midrise Projects
With very little activity in the single family housing market on the West Coast, most of the construction projects currently in development are in the midrise and multifamily segments. More
- CFSEI Publishes New Design Software Technical Note
The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI), technical institute of the Steel Framing Alliance, recently published the most comprehensive technical reference on computer software for cold-formed steel that is available to engineers. More
- CFSEI Annual Meeting To Take Place April 1st in Orlando
The CFSEI is also busy preparing for their annual meeting, which will feature educational programming, guest speakers, industry committee meetings and networking functions as well as a kickoff meeting for the newly formed CFSEI Lateral Task Group. More
- SFA’s Launches “Steel is the New Green” Campaign
While many people recognize steel’s recycled content as its hallmark environmental attribute, few are aware of steel’s many other green benefits – and why the Steel Framing Alliance recently launched its “Steel is the New Green” campaign. More



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March 5-9, 2008
ABC National Craft Championships
San Juan, Puerto Rico More
March 11, 2008
“Cold-Formed Steel Structures” Seminar
Greenville Technical College
Greenville, SC More
March 13, 2008
Current Code Changes Affecting Composite Limiting Height Tables
Atlanta, GA More
March 13-15, 2008
Steel Framing Training for Builders, Contractors and Lead Framers
Hattiesburg, MS More
March 23-27, 2008
AWCI Annual Convention & INTEX Expo
Paris/Bally’s Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV More
April 1, 2008
CFSEI Annual Meeting
Orlando, FL


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