Ben Hershey

Success Through Failure

Ben Hershey

“I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan While it...

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March 2019
Issue #11236
Page 20
Todd Drummond

The Drummond Short Schedule Time-Standard System

Todd Drummond

Using Man-Minutes to Manage Your Labor Industrial engineering – “The branch of engineering that is concerned with the production of industrial goods, especially by the design of efficient plants and procedures and the management of materials, energy, and labor.” (Source:...

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March 2019
Issue #11236
Page 39
Todd Drummond

Too Many Companies Struggle with Making Process Changes

Todd Drummond

A statement far too managers make is that they are not able to get their employees to embrace change. If your company struggles with making changes in any given area, just keep in mind that real change always comes from the top down. If your company is struggling with change and you are the top...

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February 2019
Issue #11235
Page 18
Glenn Traylor

Is Automation the Right Direction to Take?

Glenn Traylor

After recently upgrading to a newer vehicle, I have been amazed at the new safety features. While it’s not self-driving, the features are definitely approaching an autonomous car. The basic functions are things like active cruise control with the “stop&go” function, which...

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January 2019
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Page 32
Todd Drummond

Employee Hires, Equipment Investment, and Making Changes

Todd Drummond

Another year has come and gone, and what an invigorating year it has been for most companies. Net profits after taxes for most component manufacturers were in the high teens to mid-twenties—at least for those who do not allow for never-ending excuses. Once again, it is time to reevaluate...

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January 2019
Issue #11234
Page 36
Robert Glowinski

Second Chance for Employees and Wood Products

Robert Glowinski

“Everything and everyone deserves a second chance.” That’s the philosophy of Second Chance Inc., a Baltimore-based non-profit that deconstructs homes and other buildings to salvage materials for reuse. It’s also a philosophy that the American Wood Council (AWC)...

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December 2018
Issue #10233
Page 78
Todd Drummond

When Your Company’s Manufacturing Labor Pay Rate is Causing Labor Shortages

Todd Drummond

“Good judgement comes from experience. And experience? Well that comes from poor judgement.” Some of us are old enough to remember Dean Martin. Whether he stated this quotation about experience and poor judgment, I will never know. But let’s face facts—it has...

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November 2018
Issue #10232
Page 22
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: Success and Optimism at BCMC

Joe Kannapell

BCMC 2018 topped even the 1973 Show. At the Louisville fairgrounds back then, we also sold a record amount of truss machinery, but under vastly different conditions in the U.S. Housing starts had just peaked at 2.4 Million units, nearly twice current levels and 20% higher than any level since...

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November 2018
Issue #10232
Page 109
Todd Drummond

Labor Shortage in the Construction Industry is Partially a Self-Inflicted Wound

Todd Drummond

Our industry has been ignoring and not understanding 51% of the population’s needs—specifically, those of women therefore limiting the qualified candidates to fill vital openings

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August 2018
Issue #10229
Page 36
Joe Kannapell

Wood Components in Multi-Family Housing, Part Five

Joe Kannapell

Part Five: Monoliths of the Millennium The movement to taller and broader apartment buildings has impacted every component manufacturer. One such project may occupy estimators and designers for weeks at a time, may overwhelm production, and may confound shipping. It may crowd out smaller...

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July 2018
Issue #10228
Page 8

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