Todd Drummond

Better Net Profits, Not Hyped-Up Business Philosophies

Todd Drummond

Whether your company is a single-location or a huge multi-location operation, 2018 should have been a banner year for profits for your company. Most of my clients were in the high teens and many were in the mid-twenties for net profit to total sales. How well did your company perform in...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Page 19
Mike Momb

Value Added for Truss Manufacturers

Mike Momb

Not quite 20 years ago I interviewed for a position of managing a metal plate connected wood truss manufacturing plant for Anderson Lumber, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. For several years Anderson had been losing money from their truss operation and higher ups were searching for someone who...

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November 2018
Issue #10232
Page 45
Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: Was the 2018 Canadian Rail Car Shortage Real or Imagined?

Matt Layman

There is a longer, quite fascinating tale to be pondered on the subject of this year’s historic western Canadian shipment backlog, however, for now let’s skip the conspiracy theories and stick to the confirmable facts. The source for this article’s information is the...

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August 2018
Issue #10229
Page 87
Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: Trucking Shortage: Lumber’s Summer Nightmare

Matt Layman

We lumber types have come to expect the unexpected. Hence, there is great value when we can identify, well in advance, what the next price manipulating phenomenon might be. 2018 has been a year of looking for an elusive lumber market top. Early in the year I went so far as to call 2018 a bear...

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May 2018
Issue #10226
Page 77
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
Glenn Traylor

How Important are Neatly Stacked Trusses?

Glenn Traylor

There is a certain obsessive compulsive behavior that motivates some fabricators when it comes to stacking completed trusses and preparing them for shipment to the customer—but did you ever think of the benefits of tight, stacked, aligned trusses? One of the most difficult parts of a...

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July 2017
Issue #10216
Page 36
Ben Hershey

Transportation Waste is More Evident Than You Think

Ben Hershey

Part 2 in our TIMWOODS Series When we last left off in our series, I introduced you to my friend, TIM WOODS. TIM WOODS is actually an acronym for the eight deadly wastes (Transportation, Inventory, Motion, Waiting, Over-Processing, Over-Production, Defects, and Skills). While the acronym...

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February 2017
Issue #10211
Page 44
Ben Hershey

Lean Thinking Means No Waste: No “TIM WOODS”

Ben Hershey

At its core, Lean means no waste. The original Lean (Six Sigma) concept defines 7 wastes (Muda) that exist in business. All process waste is categorized into one or more of these categories. The rules for these wastes apply in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries. Defining and...

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November 2016
Issue #09208
Page 62
Jay Halteman

Primer for Wall Panels, Part Two

Jay Halteman

In the first part of the Primer for Wall Panels, we discussed the fundamentals of wall panel production and how they may figure into your wood component business. In summary, we asked the reader to remember that wall panels were built for decades with little more than a blueprint,...

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May 2016
Issue #09202
Page 31

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