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August 6, 2008
TOP STORIES
- Bush Signs Housing Bill To Provide Mortgage Relief
  WASHINGTON, D.C.— President Bush on Wednesday signed a massive housing bill intended to provide mortgage relief for 400,000 struggling homeowners and stabilize financial markets. More
   
- METALCON International Chooses U.S. Army Specialist David Battle For 2008 Steel-Framed Home
  NEWTON, MA, July 17, 2008 - At METALCON the latest applications for steel framing are highlighted through a steel-framed structure built on the exhibit floor. Since that program began in 1994 each structure built at METALCON has been donated to a non-profit organization. More
   
- Now Could Be A Great Time To Buy A Home
  Even though every nook and cranny of the housing market is draped in doom and gloom, it may be a good time for potential buyers to take a contrarian look. More
   
MARKETPLACE
- A New Tool Announced To Support Home Loans
  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Treasury Department and the nation’s four biggest banks on Monday said they were ready to kick-start a market for a new tool to support home financing in the latest effort to spur a moribund housing market. More
   
- Builder Confidence Declines Further In July
  Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes fell for a third consecutive month in July, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. More
   
- Random Lengths Market Lumber Report
  According to the Random Lengths, the weekly report on the North American wood products markets, traders were ready to close the book on July, which had delivered modest gains in many framing lumber prices, but failed to stir much, if any, increase in consumption. More
   
- June 2008 Crude Steel Production
  BRUSSELS - World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) was 118.8 million metric tons (mmt) in June. This is 5.9% higher than the same month last year. More
   
- June Imports Up 7 Percent Vs. May
  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Based on preliminary Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that the U.S. imported a total of 2,675,000 net tons (NT) of steel in June 2008, including 2,068,000 NT of finished steel (up 7 percent and 1 percent, respectively, vs. May final data). More
   
- Builder Can Use New Tax Credit To Help Spur Home Sales
  Prospective first-time home buyers who have been sitting on the fence now have a significant financial incentive to explore the opportunities available in today’s housing market. More
   
INDUSTRY WATCH
- AISI Appoints Gibson President And CEO
  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) today announced the selection of Thomas J. Gibson as the association’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Currently Senior Vice President of Advocacy for the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Gibson will assume his new responsibilities on September 1. More
   
- California Adopts America’s First State-Wide Green Building Code
  California on Friday became the first state in the nation to adopt a statewide code for green construction practices. More
   
- WTCA Releases Cold-Formed Steel Building Component Safety Information Booklet
  WTCA’s Cold-Formed Steel Council (CFSC) is pleased to release The Cold-Formed Steel Building Component Safety Information booklet (CFSBCSI), which is now available for purchase. More
   
- Sept. 5th Deadline To Enter Walls & Ceilings’ Annual Excellence in Design Awards
  Walls & Ceilings magazine is seeking completed project entries to their annual “Excellence in Design” awards. More
   
FROM THE FIELD
- Commercial and Mixed-Use Projects Spring Up In Madison County, Miss.
  While most of Madison County’s recent growth has taken place along the intersection of I-55 and Mississippi 463, developers are also looking to breathe some new life into the U.S. 51 area. More
   
- Canadian Housing Starts Up in May
  The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts in Canada was 221,300 units in May, a modest increase from 213,900 units in April. While housing starts in May moved up from the strong level posted in April, most of the increase reflected a rise in single starts, which in April had reached their lowest level since May 2001. More
   
- Large Mixed-Use Project Gets Underway in Tempe, Ariz.
  Wolff County of Scottsdale, Ariz., is currently busy piecing together components for its 3.6 million square foot “South Bank of Tempe Town Lake” project, which will be situated at the intersection of Rio Salado Parkway and Rural Road. Work on the infrastructure is now underway for this estimated $1.4 billion mixed-use project, with vertical construction likely to begin in 2010. More
   
   
  SFA NEWS
- SFA’s 10th Anniversary Dinner Celebration Now Less Than Two Months Away!
  Tickets are on sale now for the Steel Framing Alliance’ (SFA) 10th Anniversary Dinner, which is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1st, in Baltimore, Md., in conjunction with this year’s METALCON International (Oct. 1-3, 2008). More
   
  CFSEI NEWS
- CFSEI Expanding Cold-Formed Steel Technical Resources
  The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) has been expanding technical guidance and design resources available for engineers with the publication of various additions to the Technical Notes series during the summer months. More
   

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
September 25, 2008
“It’s All Green. Are you?: LEED, the New National Green Building Standard and Green Globes” to be presented by Maribeth Rizzuto, LEED AP and SFA Director of Education and Sustainable Construction
Florida CFSEI chapter meeting
Orlando, Florida
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October 1, 2008
Steel Framing Alliance 10th Anniversary Dinner
Hyatt Regency Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland
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October 1-3, 2008
METALCON International
Baltimore, Maryland
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