Another Year Older…And Wiser?
As the end of the year approaches, we often find ourselves thinking about what we’ve accomplished in the preceding months, which tasks we feel are incomplete, and how we’ve learned a few more lessons the hard way. Things never seem to turn out the way we’ve expected, but life...
Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design, Part V
Part V: A Prequel to Hands-On Design
When Lou Lewis showed our engineers his $395 HP35 calculator in 1973, they barely blinked, but several in the truss industry did recognize its value. Perhaps we were too focused on our mainframe computer, and too invested in the programs that we had...
Automated Saws, High End
We are deep into the 2018 Product Comparisons now. I decided to delay the next comparisons until after the BCMC to better detail the latest advancements in technology.
Having covered roofs, floors, and most of walls, I have updated the schedule to address other essential equipment for your...
It’s Time to Huddle Up!
Setting the tone for higher expectations and productivity
I am often asked by lumber dealers, component manufacturers, and others for that “one thing” that will improve results, drive cultural change, hardwire behavior, or create lasting quality. I’ve come to realize there...
How Important is Angulation? Why is It Important?
Per ANSI/TPI 1–2014, National Design Standard for Metal Plate Connected Wood Truss Construction, plates should be installed within a 10 degree tolerance. So what happens when the plate is rotated and exceeds this requirement?
The simple answer is: the configuration and design of...
Independent CMs Still Have an Edge Over Multi-Location Companies
Since the home building crash of ‘08, there has been a huge spike in mergers and acquisitions of wood truss and wall panel component manufacturers. With all the big players in the market, independents naturally have concerns about staying competitive. Believe it or not, independents still...
BCMC 2018: Crafting Connections and Brewing Success
The 37th Annual BCMC show took place in late October at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. It was the second time in the past four years at this location, so most of us already knew the great restaurants and bars to visit.
Every year the show just seems to get bigger and better, and this...
Still Growing Strong with Acceptance
We’re pleased to report that Acceptance Leasing and Financing Service, Inc., (ALFS) located near Pittsburgh in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, continues to be a key player in its niche market for small and mid‐sized manufacturing businesses seeking easy access for commercial equipment...
If you are a Boomer, Next Gen, Gen Z, Millennial, or Green Martian, you have been effected by the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare.
The Affordable Care Act added the employer shared responsibility provisions under section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code. (IRS)
When the affordable...
Second Chance for Employees and Wood Products
“Everything and everyone deserves a second chance.”
That’s the philosophy of Second Chance Inc., a Baltimore-based non-profit that deconstructs homes and other buildings to salvage materials for reuse. It’s also a philosophy that the American Wood Council (AWC)...