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
Keith Parker

Using the DMAIC Lean Method to Accomplish Improvement and Take the First Steps to New Goals

Keith Parker

We’re now at the point where everyone is on board with the idea of change. Management and staff have indicated a willingness to take steps to improve. So how do we proceed? What processes learned from Lean Manufacturing can we use to make progress? As discussed last month in the 5th...

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March 2018
Issue #10224
Page 80
Ben Hershey

Disruptive Innovation with LBM/Component Companies

Ben Hershey

Over the years, our industry has seen a lot of innovation in how we handle materials, how we manufacture, and how we take a house from an idea to a component using the computer. But, over the past few years, we have seen an acceleration in big ideas, disruption, and what we can do using...

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February 2018
Issue #10223
Page 46
Joe Kannapell

Automating Wall Panel Production

Joe Kannapell

To expedite the adoption of pre-built wall panels, shop labor must be significantly lower than site labor. That means replacing hand-nailing, measuring, cutting, and manhandling with practices that have been proven in truss fabrication. In addition, major builders and reluctant framers demand...

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December 2017
Issue #10221
Page 20
Keith Tindall

Changing Suppliers – What’s The Risk?

Keith Tindall

When this quote by John Ruskin appeared on a recent LinkedIn post, it led me to think about the best approach for a business considering changing suppliers.  It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s also unwise to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money,...

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December 2017
Issue #10221
Page 58
Keith Parker

Is Your Organization Ready for Change?

Keith Parker

The pace of today’s business requires agility and the ability to change. But beware, “change” can be difficult on you, your staff, and your company. Sometimes change is accomplished with small steps, other times you might have to destruct the very structures that have taken...

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November 2017
Issue #10220
Page 72
Keith Parker

Are You Ready for Change?

Keith Parker

The pace of today’s business requires agility and change to maintain success. That is the reality of our situation. But be warned: “change” is difficult. Sometimes it requires tinkering, other times it means tearing down the very structures that have taken you to the point of...

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October 2017
Issue #10219
Page 78
Ben Hershey

Houlihan, Efficiency, Lean, & the 5M’s

Ben Hershey

How can we measure and improve employee productivity? It’s a common question now, one that I am often asked within the Component and LBM industry, but that wasn’t always the case. We’ve come a long way and learned a lot! Back in 1911, mechanical engineer Frederick W. Taylor,...

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July 2017
Issue #10216
Page 56
Todd Drummond

Three Practical Ideas for Better Margins and Net Profits

Todd Drummond

Too often a repeated mantra within our industry is that everyone sells components at too-low margins. The blame is always on the other guy, meaning the competitor, for selling at a lower margin than what should be market pricing. Well, what can your company do to raise margin pricing? During...

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June 2017
Issue #10215
Page 24

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