Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part VI

Joe Kannapell

Part VI: Roller Gantries Enhanced As housing boomed in the mid-1980s, truss plants needed better equipment. Among those was Heart Truss and Engineering in Michigan. Heart was also benefitting from booming auto plants nearby. Their production head, Bob LePoire, pondered how to keep up....

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May 2020
Issue #12250
Page 10
Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part IV

Joe Kannapell

Part IV: Early Roller Gantries The roller gantry dominates today’s truss production, but it hasn’t always done so, despite the fact that it hasn’t changed much over sixty years. The reason for its relatively slow ascendency is found in its origins and in its adaptations over...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 10
Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part II

Joe Kannapell

Part II: A Pressing Issue Why reflect on the oft-derided C-Clamp as it fades into truss industry oblivion? Because it holds the world record for truss production, unmatched yet, even by robots. And although it debuted half a century ago, its design has never been equaled. And remarkably, this...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 10
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation

Joe Kannapell

Part VII: A Computer for Every Designer In 1980, for the first time, I witnessed the PC doing trusses. Then, over the next 10 years, I watched that machine take over every designer’s desktop. Getting to that end, though, wasn’t easy. Unprecedented technological change roiled our...

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February 2019
Issue #11235
Page 8
Anna Stamm

Rest In Peace, Kenny Cloyd

Anna Stamm

I was usually the voice on the other side of the phone or computer during my 13 years with WTCA/SBCA, but Ken Cloyd was a person I had the pleasure to meet face-to-face. And believe me, you don’t forget meeting Kenny. Even though it’s been nearly two years since we’ve had an...

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July 2018
Issue #10228
Page 108
Joe Kannapell

Tom Manenti, Outgoing Chairman of MiTek Industries, Inc.

Joe Kannapell

I know not a steadier and more upright leader than Thomas J. Manenti, who elevated his company from good to great over his 40-year tenure. His characteristic humility and aplomb enabled him to navigate most of his career among strong egos. Tom is the consummate people person who transformed...

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December 2017
Issue #10221
Page 6
Anna Stamm

Advertiser Forum: Hello, Goodbye

Anna Stamm

Can you feel it? The end of the year is approaching fast. It’s funny how time doesn’t fly at a constant speed, but rather it seems to quicken or slow depending on how much is happening. Now that it’s November, it will keep moving fast until New Years. Time to Say...

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November 2017
Issue #10220
Page 4
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: Not the Last Word on Dick Marriott, Retiring President of MiTek Industries, Inc.

Joe Kannapell

You will search in vain, through the pantheon of sales leaders in the truss industry, for an equal to Richard H. Marriott. You will find contenders, like Charlie Harnden or Dave Chambers, though they left us too soon. You will find a handful of other 40 year veterans, like Dick, but none who...

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August 2017
Issue #10217
Page 89
Carl Schoening

Las Vegas: OQM 2017

Carl Schoening

Well, I just returned from the SBCA Open Quarterly Meeting in Las Vegas. It was almost historical. This was the first time that I can remember the OQM being in Las Vegas. It seems a place that has a way of drawing greater attendance for any event and this was true for the OQM. A great time...

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April 2017
Issue #10213
Page 12
Joe Kannapell

Vivian Hollinshed, R.I.P.

Joe Kannapell

Not one of the fathers of our industry did more design work than Vivian Hollinshed. Over his 55 active years, on the small drafting board behind his desk, this magnificent man named Vivian crafted countless fine homes and innovative commercial buildings. All the while pioneering trusses in a...

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April 2017
Issue #10213
Page 80

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