A good friend in the industry likes to point out that in every vehicle you drive, you’ll always see one thing that never changes—the rearview mirror is only a fraction of the size of the windshield. That analogy reminds us to remember what’s behind us, and that our focus clearly needs to be... Read more.
Recently, I spent several weeks in front of many metal builders and contractors, and I was impressed by one thing—their unyielding resiliency. These professionals have adapted to the challenges of COVID-19 and have managed to successfully run businesses in an environment of constant change, volatility, supply chain shortages and a labor crunch unlike any we’ve seen in our lifetimes. Read more.
Our industry is at an interesting point in history as we navigate our continued recovery from the global pandemic and what feels like new supply chain challenges at every turn. These hurdles and a shrinking workforce have led to long lead times and have highlighted the importance of our personal and professional networks. Read more.
During these times of transition and challenge, I want to talk for a moment about leadership and the important role that you and I play as leaders in our businesses, our professional associations and our communities. Read more.
"Unprecedented. Once in a century. A new normal. There is no way we can reflect on the year that was for MBMA and not acknowledge how the COVID-19 pandemic made it unique:· That's what Metal Building Manufacturers Association, general manager Tony Bouquot said to me recently when we were talking about a theme for this article. His words sum it all up. Read more.
What a strange and unprecedented year this has been! As I sit here writing this article in July, I can’t predict if Alabama will win a single game this year because we don’t even know if there will be a college football season. Read more.
Let's face it: our Industry has challenges to maintain and expand market share in a world where there are so many viable building options that are safe, efficient and affordable. But for every problem we encounter in business or in life, we have opportunities to develop smart solutions. Read more.
A couple of months ago, I shared with you some of the findings from a user survey commissioned by the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) (see "Let's Change Some Architectural Paradigms Together," September issue). We received important feedback from nearly 1,000 participants. Read more.
The metal building industry needs to grow. Your company is probably doing all it can to promote your products or services to help build your market share, and that translates to helping the industry grow. But there's more your company can do. Read more.
Planning a solid future for the metal building industry requires the stability of the proverbial three-legged stool. In our case, that foundational stool is composed of three attributes: knowledge, people and teamwork. Read more.