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Stan Sias

Question of the Day: Taking Vacations

Stan Sias

Why don’t we take vacations more often? This month’s ‘Question’  is personal, and one that I asked myself more than once while I was on a family vacation up in New England last week to celebrate my Mom’s 80th birthday. You see, we spent much of the time...

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September 2016
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Sean Hubbard

BCMC 2016

Sean Hubbard

The BCMC 2016 show is rapidly approaching!  For the independent manufacturers, it’s a large part of our annual marketing budget.  The event provides us the opportunity to showcase our equipment to a larger audience at a more economical price.  We encourage anyone interested...

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September 2016
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Anna Stamm

It’s All About Heart

Anna Stamm

Each month before writing this column, I reflect on interesting conversations I’ve had or news and stories I’ve heard. This month, however, I’m a bit more reflective than most. I think “there’s a story in there somewhere” though, so here’s the path that...

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September 2016
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Carl Schoening

The Approach of Opportunity

Carl Schoening

Those of us who have been around this industry long enough have a general feeling of cautious optimism. We have all been through the economic ups and downs, the building cycles, and all the rest. We have sat listening to economists at BCMC every year. We have read so many detailed articles over...

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September 2016
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Todd Drummond

Bidding Practices that are Just Good Enough Can Cost Tens of Thousands in Additional Net Profit

Todd Drummond

Two very distinct aspects of the bidding calculation could be costing your company tens of thousands of dollars. If you were shown a better bidding method, would you allow your pride to prevent you from testing it and, if it works, taking the time to embrace it to improve your company’s...

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September 2016
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Joe Kannapell

Material Handling Opportunities

Joe Kannapell

Once saw and table setups are automated, what about improving the rest of material handling? Can we lessen the 5 “touches” involved: fetching lumber, feeding saws, catching, transporting to tables, and feeding jigs? And can we better account for the cost of these indirect labor...

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September 2016
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Glenn Traylor

Are Your Truss Builders Guilty of Plate Abuse?

Glenn Traylor

From the office, the sound of the steady bam, bam of hammers is music to your ears – but did you know it could also be the sound of plate abuse? Since the invention of the connector plate, the preferred method for initially seating the plate has been using a hammer. Often folks think,...

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September 2016
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Thom McAnally

Truss Designer Hiring Survey Results

When it comes to Truss Designers accepting an offer, it’s in the details. We asked Truss Design Professionals what they wanted to see in an offer, or to be happy at their current job. The results are in...

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September 2016
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Robert Glowinski

Make Safety a Priority: Key Considerations for Residential Deck Design

Robert Glowinski

As we head into the fall, families across the country have been spending more time in the backyard, often on their porches or decks. This fact serves as a good reminder of the importance of ensuring the safety of the outdoor spaces we enjoy so much. Unfortunately, deck collapses all too often...

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September 2016
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Matt Layman

Four-Week Buying Strategy Score Card

Matt Layman

On the right you will see the four week performance of our weekly, short-term August buying strategies. The results show 2x4 #2 SYP, Canadian SPF, and western U.S. Dry and Green Fir as well as 7/16 OSB southeast and southwest. The buying strategies are simple. In rising markets, buy...

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