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SBC Industry News for June 7, 2012  18225 25
FESHE Truss Plant Tour a Huge Success
“This plant tour was a long time in coming,” said Bob Dayhoff, Director of Technical Operations for Shelter Systems. “The Capital Area Chapter of SBCA has been sending educational materials to FESHE for four years. This was a logical next step.”

FESHE ConferenceOn June 2, 2012, the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy’s annual conference for their Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Program turned their focus to light-frame construction. Remarkably, 112 fire service officials from across the country attended a manufacturing plant tour and wood truss workshop at Shelter Systems in Westminster, MD. During this educational event, attendees learned a great deal about the capabilities and functions of a structural building component operation with particular emphasis on how components are engineered and manufactured.

While organizing the plant tour, Dayhoff worked with Mike McCabe, Chair of the Fire Science Technology Committee for the National Emergency Training Center. “Mike told me that his number one goal was to provide attendees a better understanding of light frame component systems with more understanding of the design of those systems,” said Dayhoff. Over the course of the tour, Dayhoff, along with Shelter’s COO Joe Hikel, gave presentations on various aspects of the component design and manufacturing process.

As a result, fire service officials witnessed first-hand many of the advances that have been made in light frame construction and component design and manufacturing over the past few years. “I gave a presentation to FESHE at their conference last year,” said Dayhoff. “There were so many questions I wasn’t able to get through my prepared remarks. Having these fire officials physically in the plant allowed us to answer their questions more effectively.”

Fire service attendees also received numerous educational materials on the fire and structural performance of light-frame building components. A special thanks to the following SBCA Chapters for sponsoring the tour and the distribution of these materials: Mid Atlantic SBCA, Mid South Component Manufacturers Association, Northwest Truss Fabricators Association, SBCA of the Capital Area, SBCA of the Carolinas, SBCA – Illinois, SBCA – New York, and Western Component Manufacturers Association.

29th Annual Golf Outing  18209 24

Our Northwest Chapter is holding its 29th Annual Golf Outing on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Swing into action at the Harbour Pointe Golf Club in Mukilteo, WA. Check-in begins at 7:00 am and the shotgun start goes off at 8:00 am.

Join other NWTCA members and sponsors on teams of four for this fun-filled outing. This year’s Hole-In-One prize is $25,000. To register for golf, sign up to sponsor the event or donate a prize for the raffle, contact Laurie Motter at 425/273-6466 or see the Golf Brochure for more information.

April 2011  17305 23

The Northwest Truss Fabricators Association (NWTFA) is busy preparing for its next chapter meeting. On April 12, NWTFA will welcome Gary Nordeen to discuss the Washington Energy Code. Gary is a Senior Building Science Specialist with extensive knowledge relating to building, energy, and ventilation codes, and he has worked with a variety of state and utility energy conservation programs for over 20 years. Currently, Gary is the technical lead for the US Department of Energy Building Technologies Information Center, provides code training for building department staff, designers, builders, and the general public, assists with code development for the Washington State Building Code Council, and provides technical assistance to local jurisdictions and the general public.

If you are interested in the building code, please join us! Simply submit your meeting registration by April 8 – thank you!

Also, mark your calendar for the 28th Annual Golf Outing on July 12! A four-man scramble with a shotgun start, this is our classic tournament at Harbour Pointe Golf Club. This year's raffle prize is a TaylorMade Driver, and the Hole-In-One competition is for $25,000.

Associate members are encouraged to sponsor the event, too. To register your team to play or sponsor the event, please see the golf brochure. If you have any questions, please let us know.

27th Annual Golf Outing  15937 22
Our Northwest Chapter is holding its 27th Annual Golf Outing on Tuesday, July 13, 2010. Once again, there will be stiff competition at the Harbour Pointe Golf Club in Mukilteo, WA. Play begins at 8:00 am with a shotgun start. Check-in begins at 7:00 am for your place in the scramble. Registration fee includes golf, cart, lunch, reception and prizes. For the Hole-In-One competition, we gave away a brand new Chevy pick-up in 2004 – will we do it again? To register for golf, sign up to sponsor the event or donate a prize for the raffle, contact Laurie Motter at 425/273-6466 or see the Golf Brochure for more information.

March 4, 2010  15691 21
The Northwest Chapter held its March meeting at Vigilant Consulting in Everett, WA. With a presentation on how to win the "Survival of the Fittest," Vigilant’s panel of experts explored employee retention strategies on both large and small scales to prepare companies for improving conditions. Topics included: financial implications of the state-run workers' comp program; minimizing injury costs and creating a safe work culture;  tips on simultaneously increasing employee morale and legal compliance; and communicating with and motivating the four different generations present in today’s workplace.

NWTFA Fall Update  12086 20
The Northwest Truss Fabricators Association held its 25th Annual Golf Tournament in July. The guest celebrity was NFL star Manu Tuiasosopo, formerly with the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. He provided great fun on one of the par 3 holes where each group had a chance to hit the golf ball with him and have pictures taken. In all we had 108 golfers, many walking away with some great prizes. It is always fun to get out and meet your fellow industry compatriots, and this day was no exception.
During this past year, our Northwest Chapter has accomplished many things. We were instrumental in helping the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industry write the new crane operator and crane truck certification rules. Our efforts paid off big time in reducing the requirements that were mandated by the legislature. Our association also put together a lean manufacturing event for those members who wished to participate. This event covered what is lean manufacturing and included actual lean manufacturing training and activities at participating member locations. The members who participated all gained valuable increases in plant efficiencies. In addition, we provided three training sessions for different building jurisdictions and field inspectors. During these sessions we trained the inspectors on how to use the WTCA’s BCSI-B3 Summary Sheet – Permanent Restraint/Bracing of Chords & Web Members in conjunction with truss layout and sealed truss engineering. The inspectors all learned a lot about truss bracing and were very thankful for the training. We as an association were able to have personal contact with these inspectors, which always goes a long way toward strengthening a better working relationship.
Also this year we have had several great guest speakers for our general membership meetings. Former Saturday Night Live producer Mr. Bill Satton presented “The Five Best Decisions the Beatles Ever Made” and tied it in with how we should use those five decisions in our business and lives. What an entertaining night that was!! Mr. Matthew Gardner, an area economist with international ties, spoke on the current economic conditions and when to possibly expect things to turn around in the housing market. He was very entertaining and had a great sense of humor, so even his economics did not seem too dry. Next up, we will welcome Randy Goruk of WTCA’s Professional Leadership Academy to speak on “Leadership Essentials in a Down Market.” If you’re near Bothell, WA on November 12, please consider joining us for dinner and an evening among fellow truss industry friends.
The featured presentation is “Leadership Essentials in a Down Market,” by Randy Goruk of WTCA’s Professional Leadership Academy.
The objectives of this presentation are to:
  • Emphasize the leadership attributes necessary to lead in a down market
  • Heighten awareness of the mistakes leaders make in a down market
  • Discuss the impact leaders have on morale in a down market
  • Identify how to achieve the highest levels of morale possible in any market
Please submit your meeting registration by November 7 – thank you!

24th Annual NWTFA Golf Tournament  7691 19
Join us on July 10, 2007 at Harbour Pointe Golf Club for our annual golf outing. Played in a scramble format, check in is 7:00 am and the shotgun start is 8:00 am. Your $75 registration fee brings you 18 holes of exciting golf including cart, buffet lunch, reception and prizes. This year's Hole-In-One competition is for a brand new Chevy Pick-up! Raffle tickets are on sale at the course and you could win a Callaway "Big Bertha." To register for golf, sign up to sponsor the event or donate a prize for the raffle, contact Laurie Motter at 425/273-6466.

June 2005 SBC Magazine  1188 18
The Northwest Chapter elected new officers this spring. Jeff Vanderpol of Vanderpol Building Components was elected President and Jack Louws of Louws Truss moved into the Past Presi-dent position. Dave Houchin of Lumbermen’s Truss-Span is incoming Vice President and David Motter of Tri-County Truss will remain Treasurer. The Board Members at large are Dan Tyrrell of Tyrrell Engineering, Stan Dickhoff of Truss Components of Washington, Roy Schiferl of Woodinville Lumber, Rudy Pierce of MiTek and John Keenan of Louws Truss. The next chapter event will be the Annual Golf Tournament on July 12 and the Hole in One prize will be a truck.

May 2005 SBC Magazine  983 17

In February, the Northwest Chapter welcomed Matthew Gardner as guest speaker. Mr. Gardner is a land use economist specializing in residential and office analysis and he is particularly passionate about urban housing needs. He is currently advising a number of firms with their planned and proposed developments in the Western United States and is a regular speaker on the regional economy as it pertains to real estate and economic matters. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC and KOMO news services to discuss real estate issues and has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Washington CEO magazine. The chapter thanks Mr. Gardner for his excellent presentation.

In March, the chapter sponsored a workshop for members on Truss Design Using the IBC. Richard Zimmermann of WTCA staff delivered the seminar on local code issues and the new TRUSS LOAD GUIDE (TLG): Guide to Good Practice for Specifying & Applying Loads to Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses. With more than 50 attendees, turnout for the seminar rivaled the consistently high turnout at chapter meetings. The next chapter event will be the Annual Golf Tournament on July 12 and the Hole in One prize will be a truck.

January/February 2004 SBC Magazine  612 16
This fall, the Northwest Chapter began working with the Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW) on issues of design responsibilities. SEAW is considering changes to the role of the truss supplier and the engineer of record, and the chapter has responded with information and clarification to address its concerns on a potential change in industry practice. In particular, chapter members Dave Motter and Dan Tyrrell have been working with WTCA staff to resolve these conflicts.

For its November 20 meeting, NWTFA welcomed guest speaker Chip Hanauer. The successful hydroplane racer delivered a motivational talk to the more than 50 chapter members in attendance. Discussing his years as a hydroplane racer and other challenges in his life, Mr. Hanauer explored strategies to work through injury and pain so as to persevere and triumph over it. He also spent time expounding on the value of teamwork in our jobs, as his successful career was achieved by the work of people working toward a common goal. All agreed the evening was time very well spent and the chapter thanks Mr. Hanauer for his enlightening thoughts.

In 2004, the chapter will again bring in an industry speaker, a political speaker, and motivational speaker to its three meetings. The exact dates for these meetings will be set after the speakers’ schedules are determined.

May 2003 SBC Magazine  630 15
In March, the Northwest Chapter held its winter membership meeting in Bothel, WA. It was well attended with 60 members braving the rain and traffic. The highlight of the evening was Dr. Steve Cramer of University of Wisconsin–Madison talking about the new truss quality program. The presentation sparked a lively question and discussion period. Also at the meeting, nominations for 2003-2004 board positions were taken. Jack Louws, David Motter, Roy Schiferl, and Kris Alberti were elected by mail-in ballots to fill those two-year terms. Next up for the chapter is the 20th annual golf tournament on July 8. To celebrate the anniversary, a $20,000 cash prize will be offered for a hole-in-one. The tournament will be held at Harbour Pointe Golf Club.

April 2003 SBC Magazine  629 14
The Northwest Chapter has been active on a couple of different fronts during the past several months. In October, it presented a half-day training session for the Northwest Chapter of ICBO. There were approximately 50 attendees representing local building departments, building designers, and architectural firms. Topics covered included: design responsibilities, truss bracing, truss connections, and truss installation. Dan Tyrrell, PE of Tyrrell Engineering, and David Motter, PE of Tri-County Truss handled the teaching duties. In December, two of its members traveled to the “other” Washington to testify before the International Trade Commis-sion. Jack Louws of Louws Truss and Roy Schiferl of Woodinville Lumber reported on the impact the lumber tariffs have had on the truss industry. They reported that the commissioners asked some very good questions, and were becoming aware of the adverse impact the duties and tariffs were causing the secondary users. In January, the chapter made a presentation at the Structural Engineers Association of Washington meeting in Sunnyside. The 25-member audience consisted of structural engineers and building department personnel. Quality control in the truss plant and truss repairs were the subjects presented by Rudy Pierce of MiTek and David Motter, PE of Tri-County Truss. In February, Jack Louws returned to Washington, D.C. to lobby Washington State Representatives on the Canadian lumber trade negotiations. Finally in March, the chapter held its annual meeting in Bothel. The featured speaker was Professor Steve Cramer from the University of Wisconsin, and the topic was the new quality assurance standard ANSI/TPI 1-2002. The chapter also conducted elections for four board positions. On July 8, NWTFA will hold its twentieth annual golf tournament. To celebrate the anniversary, a $20,000 cash prize will be offered for a hole-in-one. Last year’s event had 124 golfers, but expectations are high that this year they will fill the golf course with 144 participants. The tournament will be held at Harbour Pointe Golf Club.

March 2003 SBC Magazine  628 13
The Northwest Chapter has remained very active the past few months. In the fall, chapter members Dave Motter of Tri-County Truss and Dan Tyrrell of Tyrrell Engineering put on a seminar for ICBO officials in Everett, WA. The seminar was very well attended, and many provocative issues were raised. In December, Chapter President Jack Louws of Louws Truss and Roy Schiferl of Woodinville Lumber attended the International Trade Commission Hearing in Washington, D.C. They testified on the effect that the softwood lumber situation has had on the market for structural building components in Washington State. In addition, the tenuous position of truss manufacturers in the Pacific Northwest garnered front-page attention this winter. Value-added producers were featured in a front-page article in the Seattle Times. Under the title, “Lumber tariffs nail state’s wood-products plants,” the article profiled Louws Truss as it discussed the harmful effects on competition as the lumber tariffs have distorted the value-added products market. Likewise, the Vancouver Sun ran an article on the front page of the business section in January acknowledging the distorted situation as well. In the meantime, chapter members have continued to make themselves available in public forums as well. In January, Jack Louws attended a meeting of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In March, he was part of a four-hour panel on softwood lumber for over 200 attendees held by the Municipal Finance Authority of British Columbia. Also in March, he spoke at a forum for Seattle reporters sponsored by the Canadian Consulate. Indeed, the chapter seized every opportunity to make more people aware of the real effects of the softwood lumber tariffs and their impact on the value-added products market.

In other news, planning has begun of the Northwest Chapter’s Twentieth Annual Golf Tournament. Slated for July 8 at the Harbor Point Golf Course and limited to 120 participants, the chapter is marking its twentieth anniversary by holding a $20,000 Hole-in-One contest.

August 2002 SBC Magazine  627 12
At its June meeting, the Northwest Chapter welcomed Mr. Robert C. Hamilton, the Trade Advisor to Governor Gary Locke of Washington. Mr. Hamilton received his Masters Degree in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of National Studies and previously spent five years at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He offered an informative presentation on the current state of both the Softwood Lumber agreement and the steel tariff, two issues that are extremely important to the membership.
In other chapter news, results from the recent election have been tallied and Jeff Vanderpol, Rudy Pierce, Ed Hawkinson and Dan Tyrrell were reelected to the Board for new terms. Dave Motter has been selected to serve as Chapter Representative to the WTCA. Last but not least, the annual NWTFA golf outing at Harbor Point Golf Club on July 9 was a great success. Nearly 120 attended this event. The exact date of the next quarterly meeting has not been set, but it is expected to occur in the fall. Watch for more information on the date and speaker as it becomes available.

January/February 2002 SBC Magazine  626 11
The Northwest Chapter has been active throughout the summer and fall. The chapter’s golf tournament at Harbor Point on July 10 was a great success due to the industry sponsors, drawing a field well over 100 golfers. Roy Schiferl and Jack Louws have continued working on the Softwood Lumber issue by meeting with Congresswoman Dunn in her Redmond office and meeting with Governor Locke’s Chief of Staff Paul Isaki and Special Trade Representative Robert Hamilton in the Governor’s office. Chapter members have the support of Dunn and Locke in getting their voices heard as secondary lumber producers. Both have sent letters to the appropriate agencies in Washington, D.C. supporting our position.

In other news, NWTFA was involved in preempting a potential requirement for wet seals in a jurisdiction in the state by offering its assistance in analyzing the impact of the proposed changes. Thanks to Dan Tyrell for his work with this issue! Lastly, the general membership meeting on November 27 in Woodinville was a great success with a turnout of 51 people. The guest speaker was Tony Ventrella, Sports Director of KIRO-7 television in Seattle. Tony’s positive presentation was well received by the membership. Many people said it was one of the best meetings the chapter has ever had.

September/October 2001 WOODWORDS  625 10
The Northwest Chapter has been very active and vocal on the Softwood Lumber Agreement and the truss industry’s losses in Washington state of millions of dollars to Canadian truss manufacturers. Following the May WTCA Open Quarterly Meeting trip to Capitol Hill, the Chapter continued to pursue meetings with Congressional and Senate offices in Washington.

For example, on July 6 Roy Schiferl and Jack Louws met with Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn at her local office. This meeting was very productive. Dunn took the time to listen to our situation and said that she would make sure we are included in any new agreements. We also got the door opened for a group from WTCA to visit her D.C. office. As a follow-up, Travis Sines, Congresswoman Dunn’s local chief of staff, took a tour of the Woodinville Lumber plant and spent three hours with Schiferl to make sure he understood our business. Sines also took the time to call Kirk Grundahl at WTCA–National to see want he would like Congresswoman Dunn to do. It is obvious that if we all work with our representatives our voices will be heard. We plan to meet with the Governor of Washington next.

In other news, the chapter held its annual golf tournament at the Harbor Point Golf Course on July 10. The terrific turnout of 118 players made for a great day. The next general membership meeting is being planned for October and the speaker will be Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn.

June/July 2001 WOODWORDS  624 9
The Northwest Chapter’s quarterly meeting held in Woodinville, WA on April 24 was enlightening with Gary Kieland, VP of Sales and Marketing for Summit Timber, as the featured speaker. He outlined the changes and downsizing that Summit Timber has experienced in the past years due to lack of available timber, regulations and the impact the Canadian lumber producers have had on the timber industry in Washington State. This meeting gave our members a different perspective on the softwood lumber issues we face in respect to the expired SLA and to the possibility of tariffs. This enhanced perspective was utilized by Roy Schiferl (Woodinville Lumber & Truss and WTCA Representative) and Jack Louws (Louws Truss, Inc. and President of NWTFA) as they traveled to Washington, DC for WTCA’s Open Quarterly Meetings on May 3 and 4. Roy and Jack had meetings in 9 of 11 Congressional offices for Washington State. Their main message was that if a tariff or duty was applied to softwood lumber, value added products exported out of Canada (e.g., wood trusses, pallets, etc.) needed to be included in the package. Although it became quite evident that this was not an easy task, they felt good that the message was being heard, and that the groundwork was being laid for future interaction with their Congressional representatives. It was quite apparent that the timber industry is well represented in DC, based on the knowledge Congress has pertaining to timber issues. It was also apparent that our industry’s voice has never been heard before, as most people did not understand the difference between value added wood business and a timber mill.

March 2001 WOODWORDS  623 8
The Northwest Truss Fabricators Association had its largest membership meeting in its history on November 28, 2000. Close to 100 were present to hear Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA). Unfortunately, the state’s Senior Senator lost his reelection bid in one of the closest elections in state history. Like the infamous presidential election, this Senate seat came down to the wire. Senator Gorton was leading by a slim margin right up until the day before he was to speak, when a late batch of absentee ballets put his opponent over the top.

The Senator’s office notified the chapter the day before the meeting that, due to the situation, the Senator did not feel comfortable speaking to our association. His office did, however, put together a program for the meeting. The two speakers were Kent Crawford, a Natural Resources staff member with expertise on the Softwood Lumber Agreement, and Kay Gabriel, an ex-staff member for Slade Gorton who is now the Government Affairs Manager for Weyerhaeuser. Kent and Kay put together an excellent program on very short notice. The chapter’s appreciation and thanks go out to them.

Following the presentations, the question and answer session focused on “what we as individual business owners and an Association can do to combat the constant pressure from government regulations and environmental groups.” The answer from both speakers was to become more involved in politics. They suggested that we invite our local legislators to speak at our meetings, where we can express our concerns about issues. They also encouraged plant tours, especially for political staff people, where we can show them that we are real people struggling to make a living and provide jobs for our employees. Another suggestion was to organize letter-writing campaigns and to make phone calls. Both speakers agreed that this really does work as legislators do pay attention.

We were pleased to have Kirk and Suzi Grundahl as guests for this meeting. Kirk has worked with Senator Gorton and wanted to be a part of this meeting, but sometimes the political world has a different agenda. Kirk closed the meeting for us and took the opportunity to concur with the opinions of both speakers and to drive home the message of “Putting a Human Face on the Truss Industry.”

The board of directors of NWTFA met January 11 after the regional WTCA meeting with Weyerhaeuser and the Potlatch Corporation in Seattle, WA. After a traditional feast of Pacific Northwest oysters, a new slate of officers was elected for the year 2001. Jack Louws of Louws Truss, Inc. was elected President. Filling the remaining positions were Dan Tyrrell of Alpine Engineering as Secretary, Dave Motter of Woodinville Lumber as Treasurer, Rudy Pierce of MiTek as Education Chair, Ed Hawkinson of Woodinville Lumber as Legislative Issues Chair, Jeff Vanderpol of Vanderpol Truss as Information Officer, and Roy Schiferl of Woodinville Lumber> as the WTCA representative. The chapter also welcomed its newest board member, Kris Alberti of Forum Truss and Supply, who will serve as Membership Chair. The chapter was pleased to have her onboard!

A special thanks goes to Ed Hawkinson of Woodinville Lumber who admirably filled the position of President of the NWTFA for the past three years. His leadership was instrumental for the chapter accomplishing its goals of promoting and enhancing the industry. Thanks Ed!

A roundtable discussion was held to identify the chapter’s goals for 2001. The main items of focus will be: continued monitoring of the Softwood Lumber Agreement and reacting politically to outside decisions as they happen; conducting a Pacific Northwest wage and benefit survey; resuming training seminars for building officials, builders and designers with a focus on responsibilities as defined in UBC-97 and TPI1-1995; and promoting membership by highlighting past accomplishments and future goals.

September/October 2000 Woodwords  622 7
NWTFA held a very successful annual golf tournament on July 11. There were 100 members and industry representatives present for an excellent day of golf. After golf, a barbecue lunch was enjoyed, and door prizes and awards were given out. The chapter wishes to thank all of the associate members that helped with their support again this year. Also, the association gave two truss presentations for building officials and builders this quarter. One was for the Northwest Chapter of ICBO in Bellingham, Washington, and the other was for local Master Builders in Moses Lake, Washington. WTCA Truss Technology Workshop information was used.

Among other successes, for the past year a committee of directors and association members has been working with the Washington State Department of Transportation on a code revision that will make it easier to haul oversized truss loads. The revised code became effective on June 7, 2000. In the past several companies had tried unsuccessfully to work with the DOT. About a year ago the State DOT was invited to be a part of one of NWTFA's quarterly meetings. As an association, chapter members were able to get the DOT to listen, and today there is a code that is going to help everyone.

August 2000 WOODWORDS  621 6
On June 1, NWTFA held the second of three meetings planned for this year. Kirk Grundahl presented “Putting a Human Face on the Truss Industry.” The event generated some interesting discussion on how to advance the component industry in the area. The chapter has also had great success in holding Truss Technology Workshops this spring. For example, the June TTW in Moses Lake at the Home Builders Association had great attendance, including several local building officials. The workshops have been covering “Storage, Handling, Installing & Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses” and Inspection of Installed Wood Trusses.” The annual golf tournament on July 11 also had a record turnout.

May 2000 WOODWORDS  619 5
The NWTFA was well represented at the March 2 Wood Solutions Fair in Seattle, Washington. Several members worked at the WTCA booth for the day and gained a better understanding of the needs and concerns of the local building officials and structural engineers in the area. The attendees at the fair were very open and hungry for information. Several appointments were made for training sessions with building officials. The timing was perfect, as one of NWTFA’s main goals for 2000 is to do more industry training. The first session is scheduled for May in Moses Lake, Washington. One of the WTCA Truss Technology Workshops will be presented. The next scheduled chapter meeting for the general membership will be held June 1. Kirk Grundahl will be the speaker presenting “Putting a Human Face on the Component Industry.”

March 2000 WOODWORDS  618 4
On January 20, NWTFA held a meeting which included many interesting guests. The main speaker was Michael Moran from the Moran3 Company. Michael's presentation focused on implementation of Lean Manufacturing Principles. Terry Kerwood with The Wood Products Consortium and the Engineered Wood Research Foundation (a subsidiary of APA) discussed a new web site he is developing called woodsupplier.com. Terry gave an overview showing the benefits of having a storefront on woodsupplier.com. Krassimir Totev was the third and final presenter. An employee of the Washington Manufacturing Service, he discussed the services that they have to offer the truss industry. The Chapter also hosted Peter Mazikins from the AF&PA along with 10 delegates from a China Trade Mission, which the AF&PA sponsored. The China Trade Mission had been touring the United States and their main goal with this visit was to work on revising the China Timber Code. The NWTFA provided a lumberyard tour for the group along with a presentation from Blair Buchanan at Weyerhaeuser Company.

November 1999 WOODWORDS  617 3
On September 16, the chapter meeting included guest speaker Dave Porter, who is the Vice President/National Account Manager for Countrywide Home Loans-National Builder Division. Dave's presentation entitled “Customer Service for Fun & Profit” was a big success with a great turnout of about 54 attendees.

August 1999 WOODWORDS  616 2
Representatives from the Northwest Truss Fabricators Association have met with a group from the U.S. Customs Office in Blaine, Washington, about the importing of pre-cut truss components. Customs said that they were sure that the lumber was being re-cut, and this did not fit within the rules for exempt products. When they were sure that a product was not exempt, they would allow the load to cross the border, but they would request a permit from the shipper. They said that they would keep the chapter informed of any new developments. Discussions have also been started with the Washington State Department of Transportation in an attempt to resolve some delivery issues. The summer meeting/golf tournament was held on July 13, with good member turnout. The next NWTFA Chapter meeting is scheduled to take place on September 16, 1999.

June/July 1999 WOODWORDS  615 1
Manufacturers in the Northwest have been experiencing problems lately with permitting trucks and trailers for over-length loads. The basic problem is when a trailer is towed behind a truss truck, the overall length exceeds the federal limitation of 75 feet. The regulations allow the overall length to be 100 feet if a tractor is used instead of a truck. As a temporary fix, the state DOT is allowing truss manufacturers to consider trucks as tractors if the beds are disabled so that they cannot haul a load. This restricts the loads that can be carried, and the issue of reducible loads becomes critical.

At the May chapter meeting, Ms. Pam Hughley of the Washington State DOT spoke for a few minutes and presented the current laws. Then Officer Rob Sharpe of the Washington State Patrol explained their enforcement. The meeting was then opened up for questions from the floor. There were some heated comments from the members in attendance, but the comments and answers were very constructive. Both of the speakers agreed that the laws and the interpretation of them as they apply to trusses did not make much sense.

Ms. Hughley stated that the farmers and pilot car drivers had been successful in changing the state laws as they relate to their organizations. Her suggestion was to approach the state as an association with the desired changes. She was very helpful and expressed a desire to take a trip with a driver to better understand the problems being faced, and how she could better cooperate and support the association. A committee has been organized to start this rolling. It was a very productive meeting, and everyone benefited.
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