The Advertiser By the Numbers
With the New Year just begun, I always like to take a moment to reflect on the year we’ve left behind. Although we (like everyone else) had an assortment of ups and downs in 2018, I definitely think The Advertiser can do a little bragging about having had a great year!
So to take a...
Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design, Part VI
Part VI: Desktop Engineering Rocks the Design World
One man, an accomplished CM, set out to ramp-up the efficiency of truss designers in the Eighties: Mr. Leonard Sylk. He did it by pioneering the in-house computer, and its user-friendly software. By use of this tool, he envisioned a plant...
Taking Steps Toward Manufacturing & Distribution Efficiency
As we start the New Year, a focus of many operations will be setting goals to remain competitive. Today’s companies in the LBM/Component/Modular market are looking for ways to drive efficiencies throughout their manufacturing processes. Extending Lean Manufacturing principles and practices...
(Re)Building in the Caribbean with Deco Truss
Mario Espiñeira, Jr.
For 35 years and counting, Deco Truss Company has been exporting trusses and building materials to the Caribbean. Fashions and fads may have changed over those decades, but our commitment to providing quality products on time and on budget has never wavered. And especially in the wake of the...
Is Automation the Right Direction to Take?
After recently upgrading to a newer vehicle, I have been amazed at the new safety features. While it’s not self-driving, the features are definitely approaching an autonomous car. The basic functions are things like active cruise control with the “stop&go” function, which...
Employee Hires, Equipment Investment, and Making Changes
Another year has come and gone, and what an invigorating year it has been for most companies. Net profits after taxes for most component manufacturers were in the high teens to mid-twenties—at least for those who do not allow for never-ending excuses. Once again, it is time to reevaluate...
All Things Wood:
Addressing the Roof Truss Design Note: “Provide adequate drainage to prevent water ponding.”
The purpose of this article to examine the significance and implementation of a typical note that appears on metal plate connected roof-truss drawings when a top-chord-pitch of ¼:12 or less is specified by the Construction Documents. Three questions will be addressed:
What is the...
The Hiring Zone:
Another Customer Survey?
How do you measure customer satisfaction? Do you rely on your P&L, sales perception of your performance, the lost deal, the next order, the no-bid deal, your Google or Yelp score, or all of the above? Maybe the number of followers on your Facebook page? Do you wait for someone to complain or...
Looking Back at 2018 and 2019 Outlook
As 2018 draws to a close, the American Wood Council (AWC) looks back on what has been a very successful year for wood industry markets. Both federally and in the states, the opportunity for wood products has been greatly expanded, building codes have been very successfully updated to account for...
20% More Downside: Stocks and Lumber
In both the lumber and stock markets, there are more disruptions coming in 2019. The immediate influences of government shutdown, mass exodus from stocks, on-going trade war, volatile oil market, fight to suppress interest rates, President Trump’s legal issues, and global economic and...