Celebration and Remembrance
Writing this column on Memorial Day, I was struck by the many reasons we have to feel grateful every day. The holiday provides us with the opportunity to reflect on many aspects of lives, and people in our lives, which we often take for granted.
Remembering How Fortunate We Are
Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part XI
Part XI: A Whole House in the New Millennium
We truss designers were outfoxed by an unlikely pair of moguls who knew nothing about truss design. Gene Toombs and Tom Denig, CEOs of MiTek and TrusJoist, without our prompting, announced in 2001 that their companies would join forces to design...
How Your Plant Can Benefit From a Spida Extruder Wall Panel Framing Line
Powered by people, a manual line in an average component plant is composed of a rough opening station, a subcomponent station, a framing station, a squaring station, and a sheathing station. In the configuration, typically 8 people are on this line, and 1000 LNFT of output is the average goal...
Expect Margins and Lead Time to Decrease in Most Markets
Many of us have been in the industry long enough to clearly remember the pain of the ‘08 crash. Before the crash, everyone was very optimistic about their own growth potential because the building economy was on fire, which gave everyone a reason to expand their manufacturing capacity like...
Do Connectors on Both Sides of a Truss Ever Need to be Placed Exactly?
Once in a while, I’m asked—Is there ever an occasion when connectors on both sides of the truss need exact placement? Well, the answer might surprise you. There are, in fact, several situations where the top face connector and the bottom face connector need to be exactly...
Empower Your Team to Success
When I recently started some restructuring work for a client, I saw a sign posted on the wall. As shown in the image [see PDF or View in Full Issue], it took a sad approach to giving 100% at work.
How many of the associates on our teams show up to work on Monday with this attitude and energy...
All Things Wood:
The Critical Job of Truss Builders
Last month’s fine article by Glenn Traylor, “How Do I Choose Which Plates for a Critical Plate Inspection?”, reminded me of investigative experiences I’ve had throughout my career. The work of truss builders is extremely important, as evidenced by instances of truss...
Celebrating 20 Years of Texas Trusses
It was April 1999 when my brothers, Travis and Jason, and I were given the opportunity to purchase a small, residential-only truss plant in Gatesville, TX. What was once known as D&A Roof and Floor Trusses became the first location of Noltex Truss. Jason and I worked together building and...
The Hiring Zone:
Hiring Zone & JobLine: Two Industry-Specific Hiring Options
When it comes to finding the right industry-experienced person to fill a key role, like a designer or plant manager, you have several options. You can DIY and network with employees and industry contacts, engage a recruiter, or place ads and screen candidates internally. I can’t speak to...
AWC Joins Second Year of Timber-Strong Design Build Competition
Eighteen teams from colleges throughout the Southwest United States and Hawaii gained hands-on experience in wood design and construction during the second annual Timber-Strong Design Build competition.
AWC joined APA–The Engineered Wood Products Association (APA) and Simpson Strong-Tie...