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In the 1920s, farm structures and numerous other agricultural applications were fabricated with steel. Timber was being discarded by farmers and ranchers in favor of steel.
The initial line of pre-fabricated steel structures forming a rigid steel frame scheme came into use at the beginning of the 1940s. Discovered to be a strong and long-lasting construction style, rigid structural frames are still in use today and are popular for all manner of projects. Larger and more functional building systems were attainable at a lower price and the advantages of a speedier construction period were recognized. Soon after the 1940s, steel aircraft hangars rapidly began to displace those aircraft hangers that used alternative resources.
A short time after the 1940s, pre-fabricated all-steel structures advanced in terms of engineering flexibility and greater attainable dimensions. In 1956 the Metal Building Manufacturers Association was established. Standardizing the industry, this alliance started a push towards modernization and a larger appeal for pre-engineered and pre-fabricated steel buildings. The pre-engineered steel building business has increased markedly with a million dollars in new buildings at the close of the 1950s, to a figure of $2.5 billion dollars in building construction by the end of the 20th Century.
Premium grade steel will continue to grow in approval and use in the 21st Century. Despite recent increases in the price of steel, many building purchasers, businesses and alliances continue to opt for steel as their building material of choice, as it is remains less costly than most other materials.