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NFBA Members Vote to Change Association Name

National Frame Builders Association
Now Known as
"National Frame Building Association"

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Lawrence, Kan., May 9, 2007 - The active membership of the National Frame Builders Association has voted to change the name of the Association to the National Frame Building Association, to better communicate the true mission of the Association. Voting was recently completed by mail-in ballot.

The name change was recommended by the NFBA Board of Directors to the membership, to reflect the fact that NFBA is primarily an industry organization that advocates for the interests not only of post-frame builders, but also for post-frame suppliers, design professionals and others who make their living via the post-frame building industry.

NFBA's main goal is to grow the entire post-frame industry. The name change is intended to reflect a commitment to the industry and to demonstrate to those who are not builders that the association is also for them. Association leadership still believes, however, that the best way to grow the industry is to assist builders first and foremost.

The name change will also help to reduce confusion from industry outsiders, who may on occasion call NFBA looking for "house framers" or for "picture framers." Post-frame buildings are structurally efficient buildings composed primarily of trusses, purlins, girts, bracing and sheathing. The primary element of the design incorporates posts or wood columns, which are typically embedded in the ground or surface-mounted to a concrete or masonry foundation.

Many people today are surprised to find out that post-frame buildings are not just "pole barns" or "pole buildings" anymore. Pole barn designs pioneered in the 1930's led to the development of post-frame building design. Rounded utility poles were originally used to make the first "Pole Buildings" or "Pole Barns."

Today's post-frame structures use square posts or laminated columns, and are strikingly more advanced in their design and efficiency compared to the good old "pole barns" that paved the way for the industry. Although pioneered for horse barns and other agricultural buildings, almost any low-rise building may be most quickly constructed using post-frame design.

For more information about the National Frame Building Association or its annual convention, Frame Building Expo, Feb. 20-22 2008 in Columbus, Ohio, please call NFBA headquarters at 800/557-6957 or visit

About NFBA

The National Frame Building Association (NFBA) is the only trade association representing the interests of the post-frame construction industry throughout the United States. Members include construction, manufacturing, and marketing companies, as well as code and design professionals.

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