Keep Moving and Enjoy the Ride
Well, it’s that time of year again — so many things to do and so little time! As we move quickly through the holiday season, I’m going to try to keep a few things in mind, and I thought I’d share.
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Sixty Years of Machines: Introduction
When do CMs go after new technology? Primarily when they’ve had several good years under their belt. But once new equipment has proven to be much better than what it replaces, it continues to sell even in slower economies. This is illustrated by the apparent inflection point midway through...
Reflections on 2019
The Spida Team
As we head towards Christmas and a well-earned break for everyone, we take the opportunity to reflect on all of the hard work that everyone has done in 2019 and thank our Spida customers and staff for all of their wonderful support in the last year.
Square 1 Transition to Spida USA
Setting Our Course at BCMC 2019
The 38th annual Building Component Manufacturers Conference (BCMC) took place in late October at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio. More than 1,700 people attended this year’s convention, which showcased 124 exhibitors with the theme of “Set Your...
Small Investments Can Garner Huge Gains for Productivity for Your Sales Team
Last month’s article, “Investment in Employee Training, Not Just Equipment,” produced a lot of good responses from many readers. Now it is time to offer real solutions to help your company improve productivity and reduce costly errors for your sales team and also all of the...
Inspecting Trusses—You Never Know What You Might See
Recently, I was asked to divert from my normal 3rd party agenda to make a special truss inspection. Although this seemed a little unusual, on occasion I am asked to do this sort of thing, so I didn’t pay it any mind. Normally, it’s a peculiar joint condition or a difficult plate...
How to Ensure Your Choice of Linear Saw is a ‘Cut’ Above the Rest
Investment: [ɪnˈvɛs(t)m(ə)nt] NOUN: a thing that is worth buying because it may be profitable or useful in the future.
Automating your truss and frame plant is an investment in your business and your future. Today, the American market has the benefit of having a number of linear saw...
The Hiring Zone:
Job Search Blues
As a recruiter, I see the geneses of job dissatisfaction and turnover. You start a job with hopes of being there forever, or at least 10 years, and within a year or two you are back looking at the job market. While the internet has made it easier to search for and find a new job, it also has...
Will Automation Always be a Distant Dream for Modular Housing?
Recently I heard, once again, a speaker supporting total automation of the modular production process while comparing modular housing with automobile production lines.
Let me put this to rest for hopefully the last time. Modular housing is not anything like the auto industry. There are two...
Spotlighting Fire Prevention and Innovative Wood Products
In our October article, we provided some advance highlights of our plans for National Forest Products Week. This month, I want to recap the events of the week’s Timber Innovation Day and also share that there is a second important week in October for the wood products industry and its...