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38 minutes | 2 months ago
EP 31: Don Groom on How He Overcame Business Challenges
Don Groom, partner and CEO of Trussworks in Caldwell, Texas, shares how he successfully navigated the many early challenges he faced when starting his own component manufacturing operation. He explains how his friendships throughout the industry played a huge role in helping him ensure Trussworks started on a solid foundation, and he gives advice on the fundamentals to focus on to make it through tough times.
28 minutes | 3 months ago
EP 30: Austin Huskey Gives Insight on Family-Owned Company & Buying Raw Materials
Austin Huskey, CEO of Huskey Truss and Building Supply in Franklin, Tennessee, shares what it was like growing up in a family-owned building material and component manufacturing operation. He explores what it’s like to be part of a national buying cooperative and how Huskey Truss is diversifying to stay ahead of the competition. He also discusses how their company is weathering the COVID-19 pandemic.
27 minutes | 4 months ago
EP 29: Ken Kucera Shares 84 Lumber's Component Manufacturing Strategy
Ken Kucera, vice president of installed sales and manufacturing for 84 Lumber, explains what has driven the company’s recent growth and how component package sales fit into their overall business strategy. 84 Lumber was founded in 1956 and operates more than 250 stores in 30 states, which are serviced by their component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops, and engineered wood products (EWP) centers.
40 minutes | 5 months ago
EP 28: Margaret Whelan on How Innovations Are Changing the Construction Industry
Margaret Whelan is the CEO and Founder of Whelan Advisory LLC, a boutique investment bank that provides tailored services to housing companies that are looking to raise capital or pursue an M&A transaction. Her firm has advised several innovative companies in the industry including Entekra, Raney, Trumark, ResiBuilt, and Innovative Construction Group. She discusses how modular framing is creating a shift in the construction industry and how this could affect component manufacturers (CMs). She also provides insight into the opportunities for CMs and her perspective on how these innovations will shape the future of framing.
40 minutes | 5 months ago
EP 27: Art Schmon Explores Trends in Wood-Framed Floor Systems
Art Schmon, a partner at Forest Economic Advisers, shares his perspective on wood-framed floor systems. Art discusses how floor system framing options have evolved over the years and the market pressures that have driven those changes. He also provides insight into what he expects will happen with I-joist and floor truss market share in the near future and the opportunities he sees for component manufacturers.
43 minutes | 6 months ago
EP 26: Jess Lohse Discusses the Who, What, When, Where & Why of Quality Control & Quality Assurance
Quality control and quality assurance are both important parts of the component manufacturing process, but what are they? How are they different? And how can they work together to make your manufacturing process better? Listen in as Jess Lohse and Molly Butz from SBCA staff talk through the QC and QA processes, answer the tough questions, and shed some light on the specifics of SBCA’s Digital QC and SBCRI’s Independent 3rd Party Inspection programs.
40 minutes | 6 months ago
EP 25: Hardy Wentzel Shares How CLT Fits Into Today’s Wood Construction
Hardy Wentzel, CEO of Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation, explains what CLT is and how it's made. He also shares what prompted the original development of CLT and what is driving its current adoption in North America. In addition, Hardy explores how the 2021 model codes will expand CLT construction and potentially create more market opportunities for component manufacturers.
30 minutes | 7 months ago
EP 24: Mike Bugbee Discusses the Industry’s Evolution and Approach to Sales
Mike Bugbee, part owner of Oregon Truss in Salem, Oregon, shares his perspectives on the evolution of the component manufacturing industry through the lens of his long career at Simpson Strong-Tie. He explains how his relationships with early pioneers in component manufacturing helped influence today’s industry, and how his sales approach can help component manufacturers expand their markets today.
40 minutes | 7 months ago
EP 23: Gene Frogale and Jeff Taake Discuss COVID-19 Impacts on Operations
Gene Frogale is the president of Annandale Millwork & Allied Systems in Winchester, Virginia, and Jeff Taake is the vice president of manufacturing and commercial sales at Mead Lumber Co. with component operations throughout the upper Midwest. Listen as Gene and Jeff relate on how their organizations have reacted to COVID-19 and their outlooks for the immediate future in the component manufacturing industry post-COVID-19.
45 minutes | 7 months ago
EP 22: Mike Ruede and Scott Ward Share Business Changes Due to COVID-19
Mike Ruede and Scott Ward discuss the various challenges the COVID-19 Coronavirus has created for their businesses and what they are doing to overcome them. Mike is the COO of A-1 Roof Trusses in Fort Pierce, Florida, and Scott is an owner at Southern Components located in Shreveport, Louisiana. Listen as they share insights, best practices and their outlook beyond this pandemic.
58 minutes | 8 months ago
EP 21: Joe Hikel and Steve Stroder on COVID-19 Business Practices and Reactions
Joe Hikel and Steve Stroder discuss their reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic and how they're leading their businesses through the various challenges they've faced in recent weeks. Joe is the CEO and President of Shelter Systems Limited and Steve Stroder is the CEO and President of California TrusFrame. They provide insights into how the remainder of 2020 will look and how their companies will be impacted by what they are learning today.
32 minutes | 8 months ago
EP 20: Dave Mitchell and Zach Shepherd on Managing Company Growth
Dave Mitchell is the general manager and Zach Shepherd is the operations manager at Engineered Building Design (EBD) in Washington, Iowa. Dave and Zach discuss how they are evolving EBD to grow while still retaining a loyal customer base in a competitive market. They also share their insights into EBD's business model and internal culture, as well as what success will look like in five years.
36 minutes | 9 months ago
EP 19: Scott Arquilla Reflects on Running a Successful Business in Chicago
Scott Arquilla, former co-owner, vice president, and COO of Best Homes, Inc., shares how his family got started in the homebuilding industry and the unique challenges they faced operating in the Chicago market. Scott discusses why he got involved in SBCA and what prompted him to join the Board of Directors in 1997. While SBCA president in 2003, his truss plant burned to the ground. He reflects on what he would have done differently to both prepare for and recover from the disaster and offers advice to component manufacturers.
44 minutes | 9 months ago
EP 18: Jason Ward Shares Best Practices for Onboarding and Retaining Employees
Jason Ward, vice president of human resources for California TrusFrame LLC, shares best practices for hiring new employees, creating a positive workplace culture, and understanding applicable HR-related regulations. Jason has 19 years of HR experience, and in his current role leading CTF’s overall HR strategy he offers great insight into how to successfully onboard new employees and instill a sense of loyalty. He also provides tips for enhancing your hiring process and explores common pitfalls to avoid.
33 minutes | 10 months ago
EP 17: Rep. Reggie Stoltzfus Shares How to Be an Advocate for Your Company
Reggie Stoltzfus, owner and president of Dutchcraft Truss in Minerva, Ohio, shares his experience as a component manufacturer (CM)and member of the Ohio House of Representatives. Reggie discusses why he chose to serve in government and became an advocate for small businesses and CMs across his state, while highlighting the value building relationships with elected officials can bring to your business.
38 minutes | 10 months ago
EP 16: Dean DeHoog Discusses Business Culture and Management Best Practices
Dean DeHoog is the director of manufacturing for Standard Building Systems, a US LBM company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His extensive experience and unique journey informs his powerful perspective on the industry's strengths and current challenges. Dean shares his own approach to management and gives insight into the US LBM culture.
38 minutes | a year ago
EP 15: Framer Chris Tatge Discusses CM-Framer Partnerships & the Future of Framing
Chris Tatge, co-owner of Dynamic Construction in Stoughton, Wisconsin, shares his perspective on how component manufacturers (CMs) can benefit from partnering with their framers and provides insight into how the framing industry is evolving. As executive director of the National Framers Council (NFC), Chris also shares how the NFC has grown and the value it offers to framers both big and small.
23 minutes | a year ago
EP 14: SBCA President Mike Ruede Shares Thoughts on How to Better Promote Your Business
SBCA President Mike Ruede shares his thoughts on what component manufacturers could do to better promote their businesses and how SBCA’s strategic plan fits in. Mike is the executive vice president and chief operating officer at A-1 Roof Trusses in Fort Pierce, Florida and this is his second term as SBCA president (he previously served as president in 2002). Mike also shares his history in the industry and explains how he believes the industry needs to change in order to grow and prosper.
35 minutes | a year ago
EP 13: Gene Frogale Shares His Approach to Component Sales and Marketing
Gene Frogale and his brother Rob are co-presidents of Annandale Millwork & Allied Systems in Winchester, Virginia. Gene shares the history behind their family-owned business and how his comprehensive approach to sales and marketing has been influential in its success. As SBCA's current treasurer and membership committee chair, Gene also explains how the association has helped to grow the industry and impact his business.
47 minutes | a year ago
EP 12: Jason Hikel Explores the Advantages of Thinking Outside the Typical IT Box
Jason Hikel shares unconventional IT tips and ideas that have contributed to his company’s success. As the IT Director at Shelter Systems Limited in Westminster, Maryland, Jason continually looks for new ways to improve the component manufacturing process while keeping the reality of user buy-in front and center. Jason discusses how the equipment, technology, automation, and drive for “what’s next” keeps him excited about this industry.
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