Apparently, some things can never be said too many times. We are stronger together than apart. United we stand, divided we fall. In unity, there is strength.
The Pressure to Divide
These days, the approach of divide and conquer seems to appear everywhere. In many facets of our lives, we...
Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design, Part IV
Part IV: In-House Computers
Ten years after we installed our first computer, our turnaround of truss designs remained unacceptable. But one evening in the late Seventies, I saw daylight when a red, white, and blue van pulled up to our St. Louis office. I recall my wonderment back then, while...
The trip home provided for some much-needed quiet time to reflect on the most successful B.C.M.C. of modern times. I believe the equipment displayed well represented the advancements made by our industry over the last decade or two. It also offered a glimpse into the future where automation in...
When Your Company’s Manufacturing Labor Pay Rate is Causing Labor Shortages
“Good judgement comes from experience. And experience? Well that comes from poor judgement.”
Some of us are old enough to remember Dean Martin. Whether he stated this quotation about experience and poor judgment, I will never know. But let’s face facts—it has...
Are Roof and Floor Trusses the Only Components that Need a Quality Assurance Program?
Roof and floor trusses are important components that need special consideration to insure their correct manufacture. Components built to the IRC and IBC require the manufacturer to adhere to specific requirements. These requirements provide a blueprint to facilitate the manufacturing of a...
Celebrating BCMC 2018
By the time you read this, the dust will have settled after an incredibly successful BCMC Show in Milwaukee, WI. What a privilege to talk with so many of you last week and see many of the exciting new automation products we can use in our operations to make us far more efficient, and, more...
Value Added for Truss Manufacturers
Not quite 20 years ago I interviewed for a position of managing a metal plate connected wood truss manufacturing plant for Anderson Lumber, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. For several years Anderson had been losing money from their truss operation and higher ups were searching for someone who...
Recruiting 101: Prior Contact Exclusions
How to handle prior contact is a subject that comes up a lot at The JobLine. What is it? How do you manage it? Why would some employers rather miss a great candidate than deal with prior contact and recruiters?
Prior to JobLine presenting an application, we ask the candidate if he/she has had...
New Report Available on Sound Transmission of Wood-Framed Assemblies
The American Wood Council (AWC) has released a new report on sound transmission, “Technical Report 15 (TR15), Calculation of Sound Transmission Parameters for Wood-Framed Assemblies.”
This first version of TR15 is applicable to wood-frame floor-ceiling assemblies. A free pdf copy...
A Fragile Housing Recovery Built on Credit
Many Americans are not overzealous about the moderate improvements to their lifestyle, income, and overall state of wellbeing during this economic recovery. That is being expressed by the stock market’s decline and increased recession rhetoric.
No in-depth statistical analysis is needed...