Old (or Young) Dogs and New Tricks
They always say, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Okay, but do they really look at it from the dog’s point of view? Think about it. Hopefully, the dog is in a nice, comfortable routine. Then, here comes a person wanting him to do something new, which takes a lot...
Wall Panel Designer Primer
In the 1960s, Ed Ryan set basic standards for panelizing walls, and for decades his homebuilding company (now NVR Inc.) followed his lead. His standards also made it easy for us to provide his wall panel equipment. The name we gave it, “Panel-Rite,” would have pleased Ed, since he...
BCMC Factory Tour
This year’s BCMC is going to be unparalleled to any other trade show for Square 1 Design & Manufacture Inc. With over 5,000 square feet of floor space, we have decided to bring the manufacturing to you. LIVE WALL PANEL MANUFACTURING ON THE SHOW FLOOR! The Spida Wall Panel Extruder will...
Pride Can Blind Us All From Seeing and Learning Things For Better Bottom Line Results
It has taken our industry quite a few years, but once again it is common for wood component companies for a 15%+ EBITDA in normal markets, in which the sales exceed a two-week lead time. Many are exceeding 20% EBITDA. Do you know how well your company did in comparison to the average? Perhaps...
Can Technology Alone Cure Quality Issues?
There are many methods that are employed to help insure proper plate placement. Perhaps no technology has had a greater impact than ink jetting truss components with plate size and location.
Ink jetting plate data can help you reduce necessary plate sizes resulting in plate cost reductions....
Improve Your Production Processes and Say “NO” to Waste
Part 7 in our TIMWOODS series
Reducing Over-Processing is a critical part of creating an efficient lean production/distribution company. As our friend Tim Woods has been guiding us through our lumber yards, manufacturing operations, and offices, we’ve seen a lot of wastes. Now...
Ozone NAAQS Already Sufficiently Protective of Public Health
The House of Representatives has passed the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 (HR 806), which balances air quality with sound regulatory processes. The legislation would prevent a rushed implementation of the 2015 ozone Nation Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). AWC urges the Senate...
September Surge at Historically High Prices
What exactly is the September Surge? It is an increase in lumber buying, reversing from summer inventory liquidation to inventory accumulation to prepare for autumn. Weather begins to improve after August’s sweltering heat and humidity-restricting jobsite...
Fire Testing Completed on Full-Scale Mass Timber Building
Five full-scale mass timber fire tests in a multi-story apartment building have been completed with promising results.
The International Code Council Ad-hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings provided the five fire scenarios that were tested in each of the two one-bedroom apartments constructed...
JobLine Compensation Calculators
Back in 2006, we created a compensation calculator using data gained since we started recruiting back in 1992. Multiple factors go into determining total compensation and we have calculators for Truss Designers, Sales Reps, and General Managers in the Truss Manufacturing Industry. Every year, we...