Industry Loses Two Pioneers: Sherm Nelson & Kenny Cloyd

Originally published by the following source: SBC MagazineJune 27, 2018
by Sean Shields


We are sad to report the component manufacturing industry lost two of its early pioneers this week, Kenny Cloyd (1953-2018) and Sherman Nelson (1934-2018).

Kenny Cloyd, founder of Cal Truss (which merged and became California TrusFrame (CTF)) and a fierce advocate for component innovation, passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer. Kenny served on the SBCA Board of Directors for two decades and received the SBCA Industry Leadership Award in 2011. CTF President & CEO Steve Stroder said, “He was a founding member of the industry we all work in and he touched many lives in a very positive way. Kenny was the life of the party wherever he went, and he will be missed a great deal.”

Sherman “Sherm” Nelson, another pioneer of the structural building components industry, passed away on June 23. After earning his Masters Degree in Structural Engineering, Sherman spent 30 years working for Trus Joist, becoming their VP of Engineering. His contributions to our industry’s approach to design and engineering are numerous. To read his full obituary, please click here.

SBC Magazine plans to write more about the many contributions these two men made to the industry. If you would like to share your memories of Kenny and/or Sherm, please send them to us.



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