Labor Shortage in the Construction Industry is Partially a Self-Inflicted Wound
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
Wood Components in Multi-Family Housing, Part Five
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...
Estimating Truss Labor Using Board Footage Versus Proper Man-Minute Time Standards
For many years, I have been beating the drum that board footage (BF) is an imperfect unit measurement that our industry should abandon. The better alternative is the proven method of time estimations which uses man-minutes (MM). Man-minutes are derived from time-in-motion practices that have...
Technology, Progress, and Owning the Future of our Industry
So far in this series, I’ve talked about how job descriptions have evolved as the industry has matured. Along the way, I’ve emphasized that the objective is not to impress you with the advanced power of the servo—it is to impress upon you the importance of the journey of...
Why It’s Time to Add Component Manufacturing to Your Lumber Business
We’ve all seen the predictions: Component manufacturing is going to grow ever bigger as labor remains tight and big builders get more efficient. And with component manufacturing gross margins being higher than what you get for selling commodities, it’s a good time to ask:...
Technology, Progress, and Human Interaction
Last month, I talked about how things were “back in the day” as compared to now. The Servo Revolution is upon us, and we must all work to keep up with technology. Modern technology drives our businesses, both literally and figuratively. Even so, technology is not the sole element in...
Change Your Dynamic By Investing in Your Team
What is the difference between companies which are stuck in the status quo and those which are transforming themselves into the leader in their industry? One significant difference is their focus on Continuous Improvement. By focusing on making things better—People, Projects, and...
More Lumber Price Volatility Ahead
There are three fundamental lumber market components that will likely combine to make 2018 the most volatile year for prices on record.
LABOR: ICE gave notice last week that it intends to crack down on undocumented workers in the construction industry...on the jobsites. We already...
Technology, Progress, and Our Evolving Businesses
Technology certainly has changed the way I do my job. In fact, in many ways, it’s changed the entire industry I’ve chosen to build a career in. When I graduated with a Construction Management Degree, the construction industry was wide open. But selling production saws for the Wood...
No Waste Path Using TIMWOODS
Part 9 in our TIMWOODS Series
Hey TimWoods, it’s time to take a pause with your Gemba walk and talk about a Waste Reduction plan using what we learned in this series.
Throughout this series, our friend TimWoods has helped us focus on the wastes of Transportation, Inventory, Motion,...