Seeing Is Believing

Integra Steel Truss recently learned the benefit of giving plant tours to young people. “If the industry could only get itself involved in schools that are open to bringing career opportunities,” says General Manager John Hernandez, “it would be absolutely amazing what the industry would see in terms of applicants.” Seeing the production process up close, making personal connections within the industry and becoming familiar with a real, obtainable job is a vital step in changing perceptions of manufacturing and construction careers.

Industry News

  • It’s clear that U.S. trade relationships are critical to component manufacturers (CMs) as the CM industry relies almost exclusively on two commodities, lumber and steel. Unfortunately, domestic markets for both of these raw materials are heavily influenced by a relatively small number of foreign countries.

  • Mike Karceski, president of Atlas Components, Inc. in Cherry Valley, Illinois, gave an SBCA presentation to building officials and building inspectors in the city of Danville, Illinois.

  • Recent data says members of Congress have, on average, more than 8,800 residential construction workers in their districts and more than 3.8 million people across the U.S. working in residential construction (RC) in 2016 – accounting for about 2.5 percent of the nation’s workforce.

  • The recent acquisition of Brohn Homes, a custom homebuilder based in Austin, Texas, is the sixth purchase as Clayton Homes adds to their effort to influence manufactured housing and corner the affordable housing market. 


Upend Your Hip End
Truss Sales

Lay-on gables are an opportunity
for component manufacturers.


Workforce Development

What’s in
Your Backyard?

One CM’s decision to reach out to a local 
community college is a win-win for all involved.


Faces of the Industry

Taft & Colleen Ketchum,
PDJ Components

One couple’s take on running
the family business – together.