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WOW! Did you see the January Advertiser?
If you are anything like me, you were delighted with the new format and content of the January issue. Congratulations to Anna and Thom on producing a first rate resource periodical. I was delighted to see new articles by Carl Schoening at Eagle Metal Products, Sean Hubbard at Square 1 Design and...
Fighting the Good Fight
In January, I had the privilege of once again attending SBCA Chapter meetings. Having participated in meetings for many years as WTCA/SBCA staff, it was funny to think I was now calling in as an SBCA member. In the past, I spent 13 years working to support members, and now I was a member too!...
Square 1 and Klaisler Mfg. Corp.
Our industry is made up of an assortment of players from small family owned framing crews, to medium sized family corporations and even publicly traded corporations. Each and every corporation has their place in our industry. Diverse entities bring a specialty that is advantageous to their...
What Happened to the Fun?
So, here I sit with plenty of work that needs to be done. I began thinking of when I first started in the industry, then becoming involved in the national association, then becoming the western distributor of involved. The one constant in all of that “doing” was that as a group we...
Solving the Information Breakdowns in Your Company
Do you think that some of your competition has a competitive advantage because their sales teams are processing projects via the Web on tablets? If they are able to start and/or update any project information, find the current stage of any task and also review any project’s schedule, all...
When Do You Cull Lumber at the Table?
From worst-case scenarios to less obvious examples, do you have general guidelines that will help you make informed decisions? For example, when faced with lumber defects on the table, do you know how the builders in your plant will proceed? More importantly, are they being supplied with the...
Self-Directed Learning Program Provides Guidance for Safe and Sustainable Wood Construction
Construction is rebounding, and with it the need to invest in education for safe and sustainable structures is more important than ever.
As manufacturers of wood products, many in our industry have the opportunity to directly engage with those on the front lines of construction who are often...
The Evolution of Steel Truss Technology
Light gauge steel trusses have been around a long, long time. Steel trusses offer the same advantages that make light gauge steel framing generally appealing for a significant segment of the light frame construction industry. Light gauge steel does not burn. It does not serve as a food source...
Mid-Winter Lumber Rally
Snow, ice and cold sent contractors on eastern U.S. job sites running for cover the end of last week. That is not the case country wide, however it is a possibility in 80% of the continental U.S. now through the end of February.
One can only ponder, in the depths of winter, how could our...
Controlling Floor Vibration
Home buyers naturally take for granted that the floor system in a new house is safe and complies with the building code—and rightly so. But home buyers also have expectations for their floors that are unrelated to safety or the building code. In particular, many home buyers are aware of...