Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: Always Be Buying Lumber

Matt Layman

In the day of a CM’s and framer’s life, lumber buying is considered the most enjoyable and easiest task to perform. Buying lumber is a huge ego booster. By your own admission, lumber is 40–50% of the cost of producing the finished product. I find it simply stunning how very...

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February 2020
Issue #12247
Page 104
Todd Drummond

The Vast Majority of Component Plants Have Too Much Lost Productivity

Todd Drummond

People make the common mistake of thinking that if they have been doing something for a long time, occasionally have made improvements over the years, and they are working hard and consistently, then they are doing it the best way possible. But the truth is, approximately 80% of truss and wall...

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October 2019
Issue #11243
Page 28
Todd Drummond

Two Common Mistakes Cost At Least 2-3 Points of Net Profit Every Year

Todd Drummond

Most, if not all, are now caught up in the summer building season to make serious money for their component divisions. However, far too many companies are allowing tens of thousands of dollars to be lost because of commonly accepted bad practices. Practices such as using non-precise labor...

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August 2019
Issue #11241
Page 24
Todd Drummond

Expect Margins and Lead Time to Decrease in Most Markets

Todd Drummond

Many of us have been in the industry long enough to clearly remember the pain of the ‘08 crash. Before the crash, everyone was very optimistic about their own growth potential because the building economy was on fire, which gave everyone a reason to expand their manufacturing capacity like...

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June 2019
Issue #11239
Page 22
Todd Drummond

Employee Hires, Equipment Investment, and Making Changes

Todd Drummond

Another year has come and gone, and what an invigorating year it has been for most companies. Net profits after taxes for most component manufacturers were in the high teens to mid-twenties—at least for those who do not allow for never-ending excuses. Once again, it is time to reevaluate...

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January 2019
Issue #11234
Page 36
Todd Drummond

Independent CMs Still Have an Edge Over Multi-Location Companies

Todd Drummond

Since the home building crash of ‘08, there has been a huge spike in mergers and acquisitions of wood truss and wall panel component manufacturers. With all the big players in the market, independents naturally have concerns about staying competitive. Believe it or not, independents still...

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December 2018
Issue #10233
Page 38
Todd Drummond

Banner Sales Year Should Help the CM Division Make Mid-Teens or More for EBITDA

Todd Drummond

New building sales across the US are way up, which shows in the long lead times of the wood truss and wall panel manufacturing companies for new orders. However, too many of these manufacturers are not showing healthy profits despite the long lead times. Lead times greater than four weeks are a...

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September 2018
Issue #10230
Page 23
Todd Drummond

Are Your Salespeople Selling Your Company into Eventual Bankruptcy?

Todd Drummond

Most people have a mistaken belief that my services are all about making component manufacturing more efficient. Actually, more than half my time during a consultation is taken up reviewing things like management practices and the sales process. Fact is, sales—correction, healthy...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 30
Ben Hershey

Emerging Pillars for Business Success

Ben Hershey

As companies grow and change, we should ask ourselves—what are the essential pillars of support that help companies succeed? While making changes that will transform their businesses, successful companies will rely on core pillars that form the foundation of who they will be in the future....

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May 2018
Issue #10226
Page 18
Todd Drummond

A Tale of Two Dealers, and Why One Far Surpasses the Other

Todd Drummond

Most think lack of time is their biggest barrier to achieving their goals, but they are mistaken. “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” This quote by Peter Drucker is one of my favorites. While providing consulting services for over one hundred companies, I have witnessed and...

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May 2018
Issue #10226
Page 30

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