Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: Lumber Market Forecast

Matt Layman

Tariffs Keep U.S. & Canadian Lumber Border-Bound About Housing Affordability: The evidence continues to pile on. Let’s just skip right over the sources and the comments. They are numerous and more frequent. 25% of all homes for sale have lowered prices. New and existing home...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 96
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The Last 50 Years in the Truss Business

Joe Kannapell

Comparing 2017 to 1967 doesn’t explain much about our last 50 years. These bookends of our industry’s experience show GDP growth, unemployment, and inflation at nearly identically low levels. Then, seeing today’s housing starts 7% lower than yesteryear’s might portray a...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 119
Joe Kannapell

Wood Components in Multi-Family Housing, Part Four

Joe Kannapell

Part Four:  Apartment Trends of the 1990s and Beyond What was true in the Nineties is just as true today, that large apartment jobs can crowd out single family orders. But with the proper mix of work, a plant can achieve more steady production. Since 1993 was nearly as dire as 2010, most...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 6
Joe Kannapell

Wood Components in Multi-Family Housing, Part Three

Joe Kannapell

Part Three:  Apartment Survival Strategies in the 1980s A few stalwarts “lived to tell” how they survived the Eighties, but none knew magic. What they did then works just as well today—expanded markets, refined quotes, and controlled costs. And in the collapsing...

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May 2018
Issue #10226
Page 6
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
Issue #10225
Page 6
Joe Kannapell

Wood Components in Multi-Family Housing, Part One

Joe Kannapell

Part One: 1960 to 1979   Garden style apartments have been good for the truss business, but have morphed into an almost unrecognizable beast. In making this transition, component manufacturers have built on 40+ years of experience, and have conquered this beast, but not without...

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March 2018
Issue #10224
Page 6
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: Total U.S. Housing Starts

Joe Kannapell

This isn’t the last word on housing, but only my perspective after nearly 50 years of observation. If I could have chosen any time to have started in this business, I would choose the last five years. It certainly wouldn’t have been in the turbulent 1970s (when I started) or the...

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March 2018
Issue #10224
Page 103
Joe Kannapell

BCMC 2017 Omaha

Joe Kannapell

This year’s Show, some 45 years after my first, brought some amazing revelations. The most awesome sight was an actual working truss plant on the Show floor. The most intriguing experience was being transported inside a robotic plant. And, the most welcome sounds were good economic...

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November 2017
Issue #10220
Page 6
Joe Kannapell

BCMC Innovations

Joe Kannapell

The quickening of innovation will be on display at BCMC this month, and, undoubtedly, so will be the uptake. Suppliers use this platform to launch new products, sometimes rather humbly. Art DePauw sold his prototype “automated” saw to two industry giants, Charlie Barnes and Dave...

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October 2017
Issue #10219
Page 6
Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: Housing’s Growth Rings

Matt Layman

Housing Inventory Looking Bullish Seven years later, the Great Recession now a memory, and as many years of construction growth behind us, the US housing situation is “critical.” We have added fewer new single family homes over the last decade than any of the previous five...

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July 2017
Issue #10216
Page 73

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