Advantages of Components (FAD)

Trusses provide a cost-effective, responsive solution to concrete formwork.

An unusual design project gives this CM international exposure.

A framer shares how wall panels grew his business.

Homebuilders are shifting their focus, and that’s good news for component manufacturers.

Innovative thinking and careful construction allowed Truss Craft to give a condemned structure new life.

When PDJ Components opened its doors for a plant tour, it was an education for everyone.

Does SBCA produce any products detailing how to market and sell roof and floor trusses to builders for whom stick framing has been the standard way of building? Products that detail the cost savings when compared to traditional stick framing?

Ric Thompson, a senior truss designer with Millard Lumber, is used to taking on a challenge. “I don’t do small jobs,” he said. “I only do monsters.” Still, some monsters are more monstrous than others. Ask him about BLUEBARN Theatre, and it’s clear that this project stands out.

If a new product can solve age-old building challenges, it can work anywhere—and help CMs become the go-to suppliers in their markets.
In many areas of the country, business is thriving. CMs have all the work their crews and plants can handle without drumming up new sales or making new connections in their marketplaces. Jess Lohse—president of Rocky Mountain Truss and 2015 president of SBCA—and Jason Blenker—president of Blenker Building Systems—say today’s boom is a perfect time to market components.