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
Todd Drummond

Estimating Truss Labor Using Board Footage Versus Proper Man-Minute Time Standards

Todd Drummond

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...

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July 2018
Issue #10228
Page 22
Steve Shrader

Technology, Progress, and Owning the Future of our Industry

Steve Shrader

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...

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May 2018
Issue #10226
Page 35
Todd Drummond

Why It’s Time to Add Component Manufacturing to Your Lumber Business

Todd Drummond

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:...

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April 2018
Issue #10225
Page 18
Steve Shrader

Technology, Progress, and Human Interaction

Steve Shrader

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...

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April 2018
Issue #10225
Page 32
Ben Hershey

Change Your Dynamic By Investing in Your Team

Ben Hershey

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...

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April 2018
Issue #10225
Page 51
Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: More Lumber Price Volatility Ahead

Matt Layman

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...

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April 2018
Issue #10225
Page 83
Steve Shrader

Technology, Progress, and Our Evolving Businesses

Steve Shrader

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...

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March 2018
Issue #10224
Page 34
Ben Hershey

No Waste Path Using TIMWOODS

Ben Hershey

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,...

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December 2017
Issue #10221
Page 46

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