The Advantages of ROCKFON Stone Wool Ceiling Tiles

Rockfon’s newly published catalog features their stone wool ceiling products for North America. Known for their design, aesthetics and ease of installation, ROCKFON® stone wool panels inherently provide the unique performance attributes of acoustic control, fire protections and humidity resistance.

What is Stone Wool?
Stone wool is a material produced by a patented technology of melting volcanic stone, or basalt, and recycled materials which give stone wool a number of superior performance characteristics and... read more

Tips on How to Bid Successfully on Your Next Construction Project

Despite the seemingly basic nature of bidding, the process can be complicated for projects of all sizes. Having a clear and targeted bid will make sure you are not eliminated from competition, without being able to bid fairly with other contractors.

Whatever type of project you are bidding on, there are a few basic tips to keep in mind.

Keep it simple. Be straight to the point, presenting facts not ideas. The wording that you use will be the key for someone to keep reading your bid or to put it aside. ... read more

The Most Common Building Project Delays

In an ideal world, every construction project would perfectly match its expected timeline and budget. In the real world, construction projects involve many moving parts that don’t always go according to plan. When obstacles arise, the way contractors, project managers, and others handle the situation can make or break the construction experience.

Here are some of the most common delays in building projects and the techniques professionals can use to overcome them:

Change orders. Along the way, client... read more

The Advantages of Buying from an Independent Building Supplier

For over two decades, national chain retailers have been expanding at an alarming rate, displacing locally and independently owned material suppliers and hardware stores. While these mega-stores claim to have bargain prices and a huge inventory, buying your building products from local suppliers has many advantages for your community.

Studies conducted by Civic Economics found “that the local retailers return a total of 52 percent of their revenue to the loc... read more

Going Green? Consider These Building Tips

“Going green” simply means building with sustainability and environmental responsibility in mind. Making ecologically responsible building choices helps protect our environment for future generations. Additionally, contractors, builders, and construction companies are heavily incentivized to build sustainably, especially from social pressure from an increasingly environmentally conscious public.

If you’re thinking about how to build sustainably, keep a few things in mind. Ultimately, your goal should be to minimize the environme... read more

Why Jobsite Communication Matters

Any jobsite can be loud and busy, but it’s imperative to keep the lines of communication open among all the parties involved in a project. Communication breakdowns can cause serious problems including missed deadlines, misallocated resources, slowed progress, and wasted labor hours. Thanks to modern technology, we have access to countless ways to communicate with everyone working at a jobsite.

Coordinate and Execute

There are lots of moving parts to any construction project. The architect, contractors, foreme... read more

Boston’s Best: Must-See Architecture in Beantown – Part II

As a premier supplier of building materials in Boston, we at Merrimack Building Supply, Inc. have a deep admiration for the city’s founding fathers and modern architects. Both have shaped the city by creating beautiful buildings for centuries, each of which has added a great deal of character to the community. Here is Part II of our favorites:

Fenway Park
One of baseball’s iconic stadiums is also one of Boston’s iconic destinations. Fenway is small, but exceptionally quirky (s... read more

Boston’s Best: Must-See Architecture in Beantown – Part I

As a premier supplier of building materials in Boston, we at Merrimack Building Supply, Inc. have a deep admiration for the city’s founding fathers and modern architects. Both have shaped the city by creating beautiful buildings for centuries, each of which has added a great deal of character to the community. Here is Part I of our favorites:

JFK Presidential Library and Museum – The library built in honor of our nation’s 35th President was designed by I. M. Pei and dedicated in 1979 by then... read more

New ROCKFON Plant Headed to Mississippi

Officials in Marshall County, Mississippi broke ground on a $42 million addition, which upon completion will become North America’s first ROCKFON plant. ROCKFON is the world’s leading provider of acoustic stone wool and metal ceiling solutions and suspension systems.

4 months before the ceremonial shovels hit the dirt, ROCKFON announced plans to construct the 130,000-square-foot addition to the existing ROXUL USA facility. The expansion will bring roughly 90 job... read more

How To Handle Employee Problems On the Job Site

It’s essential for any contractor, supervisor or project manager to be a master communicator on the job site. Delegating tasks and managing tradesmen can be a challenging proposition, but luckily the construction industry employs some of the happiest employees in any line of work. The truth is that it takes lots of skill at the top to cultivate an environment with both camaraderie and productivity.

In many cases, the old adage applies: it only takes one bad apple to spoil the whole bunch. So by allowing a single employee to get ... read more

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