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Josh Dermer began his career at 15, working for the family truss business during the summers. With 17 years of experience in the plant, he has spent time performing every job from catching the saw to running the floor and roof line. He now leads the design and QC department for American Truss LLC in Houston, Texas.

I got into the industry by starting out in retail lumber with Wickes. They had a yard near my house and in high school I cleaned the facility and stocked the shelves.

CMs are having success hiring more women in the shop

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Every CM is more than that and has the potential to be a lot more with today’s technology

In a lot of ways, I grew up in the industry as this was the family business. My uncle and father were home builders. In the mid 1970’s they were having problems getting lumber and trusses delivered on schedule, so they started a lumber yard and then bought a truss plant.

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As our industry prepares to gather together in Columbus, Ohio, for BCMC 2019, we thought it would be insightful to look back over the past decade at some of component manufacturing’s crowning achievements.

The dramatic growth in participation has made our discussions livelier and more valuable and has allowed more component manufacturers (CMs) across the country to share their unique experiences and points of view.