Industry Trends

2014 MBMA Business Review


The national economic recovery is now five and a half years old and total non-residential construction spending has started making a comeback. Metal building shipments over the past five years have held steady compared to total non-residential construction, and metal buildings remain the frontrunner in the low-rise, non-residential construction sector with over 50% market share (when compared to the F.W. Dodge Estimated Market report).

Metal building systems have long been a standard in commercial and industrial market segments such as warehouses, distribution centers and industrial facilities. They continue to make greater inroads into the low-rise building market. Commercial office buildings, retail, and governmental construction are all areas where metal building systems market share continues to grow. These buildings are increasingly recognized as reliable, aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient and cost-effective building solutions. The sustainable green attributes of metal building systems, with their recycled content and recyclability, make them a natural choice for today's building owners.

The MBMA continues its commitment to a comprehensive quality assurance program that adds value for the end customer and differentiates the metal building systems industry from other forms of construction. The International Accreditation Services (IAS) Accreditation Criteria for Inspection Programs for Manufacturers of Metal Building Systems - AC472 is a requirement for MBMA Building Systems members and includes the implementation of a comprehensive quality management system covering all phases of their engineering and fabrication processes.


2014 Data


2014 MBMA Member Sales


$2,452,000,000

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2013 New Construction (Square Feet)


MBMA Members constructed 283 million square feet out of 559 million square feet of low-rise construction, for all buildings (under 150,000 square feet and 150,000 square feet and over).

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2013 MBMA Member Market Share


51.7% of new low-rise construction

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Breakdown by Major End-Use Category:

Commercial Buildings accounted for 34% of 2013 MBMA sales.
Manufacturing Buildings accounted for 30% of 2013 MBMA sales.
Community Buildings (public and private) accounted for 14% of 2013 MBMA sales.
Agricultural Buildings accounted for 8% of 2013 MBMA sales.
Miscellaneous Buildings accounted for 14% of 2013 MBMA sales.

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2014 Steel Shipments by MBMA Members:


1,060,228 tons shipped in 2014 vs. 969,292 tons shipped in 2013.

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Historical Data


MBMA began collecting industry statistical information in 1956. Industry steel shipments were approximately 260,000 tons in 1960 and were 1,060,228 tons in 2014.

MBMA Sales History


2000 - $2,502,630,000
2004 - $2,375,026,000
2006 - $2,754,281,000
2007 - $2,923,826,000
2008 - $3,094,563,000
2009 - $1,621,992,000
2010 - $1,595,148,000
2011 - $1,915,303,000
2012 - $2,099,208,000
2013 - $2,173,081,000
2014 - $2,451,710,000

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History of Tonnage Shipped


1998 - 1,986,218
2000 - 1,875,268
2005 - 1,404,786
2006 - 1,506,164
2007 - 1,534,801
2008 - 1,379,317
2009 - 741,665
2010 - 813,133
2011 - 839,316
2012 - 919,351
2013 - 969,292
2014 - 1,060,228

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