Ben Hershey

As the Market Changes – Plan Now for Continuous Improvements

Ben Hershey

No doubt that as I am writing this, many of us have had to turn our focus to our families, our friends, and our businesses as the COVID-19 virus has rapidly spread throughout North America. The impact to many has been requirements to shelter families in their homes, except for critical functions...

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April 2020
Issue #12249
Page 28
Ben Hershey

Knowing the Ideal Manufacturing Cycle Time

Ben Hershey

Building components is really great! It was a lot of fun in the 1970s when several plants had competitions on who could build the fastest run of trusses (for example, see Joe Kannapell’s article, Vertical Presses—The World Record). Back then, it was really easy to calculate cycle...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 28
Kallen Hair

Taking the Plunge

Kallen Hair

One of the many realities of living in the upper Midwest is dealing with the cold and icy conditions of its sometimes perilous winter. So you can imagine as an Australian native, where the temperature rarely drops below 32° (or 0°C for the rest of the world), this was quite the...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 47
Todd Drummond

Too Many LBM-Owned CMs are Operating at a Mediocre Rate

Todd Drummond

An anonymous former lumberyard CEO of 17 lumberyard locations (LBM) explained to me that his two component manufacturing (CM) plants made up only 10% of his sales yet contributed 30% of his net profits. He wished he had given the CM division far more focus and resources. As a guru for process...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 51
Ben Hershey

Are Your Managers Equipped for Change?

Ben Hershey

Ask yourself this question, true or false: The most resistant group of employees in many component and LBM companies is the frontline employees? If you answered true, like most people you guessed incorrectly. It’s not our frontline employees who resist change the most, it’s the...

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February 2020
Issue #12247
Page 50
Ben Hershey

Are You Communicating the Same Old Message?

Ben Hershey

Here we are at the start of 2020 — Happy New Year! As we begin the year, we’ll likely have times when we look at the past and then look forward, as we plan our strategy and set the tone for our teams and work with our colleagues. But… there are others who will trod out the...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 28
Todd Drummond

Look Beyond Manufacturing Improvements to Deliver Better Net Profits for 2020

Todd Drummond

Even though the new build season of 2020 is expected to be a good one for most, it likely will be more challenging to retain net profits than many anticipate. Most component manufacturers (CM) have been buying equipment and expanding their operations like crazy. Also, new money has flooded into...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 51
Ben Hershey

Set the Course of Your Business

Ben Hershey

Many of us just returned from this year’s BCMC show. How appropriate it was to be in Columbus, a city named after a visionary who discovered the new world, and the theme was “Set Your Course.” In your business, no matter the role you serve, you have a chance to set the course...

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November 2019
Issue #11244
Page 26
Todd Drummond

Investment in Employee Training, Not Just Equipment

Todd Drummond

Is your company’s budget only for new equipment, but no formal training for your employees? Any time you think about investing for productivity gains, often the first thing that comes to mind is investing in new equipment. All too often, we think we see the situation clearly and can make...

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November 2019
Issue #11244
Page 47
Todd Drummond

The Vast Majority of Component Plants Have Too Much Lost Productivity

Todd Drummond

People make the common mistake of thinking that if they have been doing something for a long time, occasionally have made improvements over the years, and they are working hard and consistently, then they are doing it the best way possible. But the truth is, approximately 80% of truss and wall...

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October 2019
Issue #11243
Page 28

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