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Anna Stamm

Advertiser Forum: Spring Cleaning

Anna Stamm

Spring is a great time of year to get motivated about things again. We can be excited that the seasons are changing, our winter woes are in the rearview mirror, and our days’ activities will be heating up, literally and figuratively. And because spring is a time of change, it can present...

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April 2018
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Joe Kannapell

Wood Components in Multi-Family Housing, Part Two

Joe Kannapell

Part Two: The Turbulent 1980s For CMs to prosper in the 1980s, after surviving the “double-bubble” of apartment building in the 1970s, required great tenacity and innovation. Projects grew in size and complexity. Developers gained momentum and began employing scheduling and...

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April 2018
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Sean Hubbard

Roof Truss Stackers

Sean Hubbard

We started our 12-month series of product comparisons with 3 months on our foundation—floor trusses. January featured Floor Truss Roller Presses, February explored Floor Truss Chord Splicers and Finish Rollers, and March identified Floor Truss Stackers. For the next 4 months,...

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April 2018
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Todd Drummond

Why It’s Time to Add Component Manufacturing to Your Lumber Business

Todd Drummond

We’ve all seen the predictions: Component manufacturing is going to grow ever bigger as labor remains tight and big builders get more efficient. And with component manufacturing gross margins being higher than what you get for selling commodities, it’s a good time to ask:...

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April 2018
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Shawn Overholtzer

The Art of the RFI

Shawn Overholtzer

Nothing will ruin your day faster than getting a call from a builder reporting an issue with trusses you’ve designed. You hear their frustration as they are faced with a potential delay and additional work to implement a fix. We all desire to eliminate those calls from our daily business,...

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April 2018
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Steve Shrader

Technology, Progress, and Human Interaction

Steve Shrader

Last month, I talked about how things were “back in the day” as compared to now. The Servo Revolution is upon us, and we must all work to keep up with technology. Modern technology drives our businesses, both literally and figuratively. Even so, technology is not the sole element in...

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April 2018
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Glenn Traylor

There’s More to Lumber Qualification Than Just the Grade Stamp!

Glenn Traylor

Picking usable lumber involves more than just the initial grade stamp. We can think of the stamp as the first step, but we can’t stop there. Truss fabricators depend on the lumber supplier to provide effective grading protocols that will produce materials with predictable design values....

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April 2018
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Dean Rana

Gantry Production for Wood Trusses: What are Good Production Numbers?

Dean Rana

Automated jig setups for gantry tables and linear saws are a couple of the best things to come along in our truss facilities in a long time. Obviously, we know the most time spent to build a truss is setting it up. Now we are setting up difficult trusses in seconds. Across the country, most...

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April 2018
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Ben Hershey

Change Your Dynamic By Investing in Your Team

Ben Hershey

What is the difference between companies which are stuck in the status quo and those which are transforming themselves into the leader in their industry? One significant difference is their focus on Continuous Improvement. By focusing on making things better—People, Projects, and...

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April 2018
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Keith Parker

How the DMAIC Lean Method Can Be Applied to the Sales Process

Keith Parker

Last month’s article, Using the DMAIC Lean Method to Accomplish Improvement and Take the First Steps to New Goals, used a case study to explore the DMAIC Lean method. This month another case study will be used to  demonstrate how this process can be implemented in your...

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April 2018
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