Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part XIV

Joe Kannapell

Part XIV: Whole House Launched Pacing nervously outside the truss office, our best software “brain” was physically sick. Another failed demo could end his career. He worried because, after 6 frustrating years, our $50 Million OptiFrame program may not be ready for primetime. And...

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September 2019
Issue #11242
Page 8
Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: Lumber & Housing Market Forecast

Matt Layman

Housing is Over Built; Lumber is the Honey Hole Most of the time, the daily news and world events do not have a significant impact on how we buy and sell lumber. This recent stuff is different. It’s scary. All the trade and economic balls are in the air, and politically the U.S. is...

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September 2019
Issue #11242
Page 94
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part XIII

Joe Kannapell

Part XIII: The Unfinished Whole House By purchasing Alpine, ITW/Truswal strengthened their chances of outflanking MiTek/TrusJoist in building the whole house. At the time of this acquisition in early 2006, we at MiTek had poured many millions into our efforts and had little to show for it....

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August 2019
Issue #11241
Page 8
Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: Housing’s Dilemma...No More Capacity

Matt Layman

More housing data is rolling in and it is not looking good...but it is 30 days old. Therefore, I am looking for 2-month trends. Existing Home Sales declined on rising prices, expanding inventory to 4.5 months...about average...not a shortage. New Home Sales increased as did prices,...

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August 2019
Issue #11241
Page 84
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part XII

Joe Kannapell

Part XII: Walls Get in the Way Just because two CEOs agree to build a computer model of a house in 3 years doesn’t mean it’s feasible. And barely a year into the agreement between TrusJoist and MiTek to merge software, we realized that we couldn’t do it. Meanwhile our...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 8
Tom Hardiman

Modular Construction Makes Inroads in Multi-Family Sector

Tom Hardiman

Permanent modular buildings are considered real property, built to the same building codes and requirements as site-built structures, and can be financed, sold, and depreciated in a similar manner. As such, the markets for permanent modular construction are similar to the markets for site-built...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 86
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part XI

Joe Kannapell

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...

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June 2019
Issue #11239
Page 8
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: I-Joists vs. Floor Trusses

Joe Kannapell

The advantages of open-web floor trusses are beginning to decelerate the growth of EWP. Though I-Joist sales per housing start have increased about 6% over the last two years, the trend has slowed considerably. Some of the small gain is due to the continuation of the replacement of solid-sawn...

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June 2019
Issue #11239
Page 113
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part IX

Joe Kannapell

Part IX: Windows into Truss Design Two unstoppable waves merged to form the tsunami that swept over truss design in the 1990s. The first was the mass commercialization of the PC, accelerated by Michael Dell in the late 1980s. The second was the graphical user interface (GUI), exploited by our...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Page 8
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The Last Word on Attached Housing

Joe Kannapell

Now that one third of owner-occupied housing is tightly packed into metro areas, several challenges face our industry. Estimating requires more attention to architectural features and options. Engineering is critical on taller structures, and often requires consideration of mechanical...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Page 105

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