October 1, 2008
- STEEL Advantage: Suite of Insurance Products Provides Significant Discounts When Steel Framing Is Used For All Structural Elements
  Washington, D.C.— The Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) and DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Brokers, LLC (a member of Assurex Global), launched a comprehensive insurance program that provides builders who use steel framing with as much as a 43 percent discount on a broad range of insurance products. More
- Builder Confidence Rises In September
  Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes rose for the first time in seven months this September, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. More
- Sheet Steel Prices Have Peaked; Analysts See Price Declines Ahead
  The summer seasonal demand weakness for steel, particularly for carbon flat-rolled mill products, was more intense than had been expected by most analysts and that has caused domestic sheet steel prices to soften slightly. More
- U.S. Economy: Housing Starts Slide To 17-Year Low
  Builders in the U.S. broke ground on the fewest new homes since 1991 last month, signaling that the economy will continue to erode in coming months. More
- Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
  Structural panel markets weakened amid stagnant sales. A number of OSB producers had panels available for quick shipment, and they struggled to entice buyers into the market. As a result, prices weakened in most regions. More
- August 2008 Crude Steel Production
  Brussels – World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) was 112.2 million metric tons (mmt) in August. This is 2.9% higher than the same month last year. More
- August Imports Down 19 Percent Vs. July
  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 2,346,000 net tons (NT) of steel in August 2008, including 1,958,000 NT of finished steel (down 19 percent and 13 percent, respectively, vs. July final data). More
- U.S. Nonresidential Construction Index Rises
  NEW YORK - A forward-looking measure of U.S. nonresidential construction activity posted its third consecutive monthly improvement last month but continued to point to unfavorable conditions, an architects' trade group said on Wednesday. More
- Canadian Single Family Starts to Dip to a Seven Year Low
  Across Canada, rising mortgage carrying costs in 2008 will have the biggest impact on the single-family housing segment where activity is forecast to dip below the 100,000 unit mark for the first time since 2001. More
- Some development projects stymied by financing challenges
  When developer Elie Khoury unveiled his new condominiums and apartments inside a former Canal Street department store on Friday evening, he joined a rare crowd of developers who have managed to open a residential building in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina without a public subsidy. More
- Bright Future for Transit-Oriented Multifamily Developments in California
  Changing tastes of Gen X, Gen Y and Baby Boomers, rising gas prices, and bumper-to-bumper commutes are all factors that are driving an increased focus on transit-oriented developments, according to a panel that convened on Thursday at the Multi-Housing World Conference in Denver, Col. More
- One Year Later, Fire and Acoustic Task Group Producing Important Resources for Cold-Formed Steel Engineers
  In the fall of 2007, CFSEI reactivated the Fire and Acoustic Task Group. Months of preparation paved the way for a formal re-launch meeting at METALCON International in Las Vegas, Nev. last October. More



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October 1, 2008
Steel Framing Alliance 10th Anniversary Dinner
Begins at 6:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland

October 1-3, 2008
METALCON International
Baltimore, Maryland


October 14-15, 2008
19th International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
1 North Broadway
St. Louis, MO More


October 23-25, 2008
National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA)
The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland
1515 West Third Street
Cleveland, OH 44113


November 19-20, 2008
STEEL Doing It Right – Southern California
Carpenters Local #2361
1916 W. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA More


November 19-21, 2008
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Boston, MA




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