How Canadian CM Meets US & Global Customer Needs

Originally published by the following source: SBC MagazineJuly 8, 2019
by John Arne

   

“We are proud to have been a part of the 3rd Party Inspection program since day one that the company was founded,” says Jean Grondin, Project Manager of AmeriCan Structures in Thetford Mines, Quebec. AmeriCan receives quarterly 3rd Party Quality Audits (QA) from the SBCRI-TPI 3rd Party Inspection program.

AmeriCan Structures, founded in 2002, builds wood roof trusses, wall panels, and floor trusses for use in single-family, multi-family, and agricultural projects. A work force of about 80 drives the design and construction of their products, which are delivered globally with the bulk going to the US market (95% US, 3% Quebec, and 2% other countries.)

Jean says that most of the time, the projects they work on specify the requirement of a 3rd Party Inspection program. This is not unusual for commercial projects since it is a requirement of the International Building Code (IBC) that a plant be participating in an accredited 3rd Party Inspection program. The value of their quality program has led AmeriCan to randomly inspect all of their product lines, not just the ones coming to the US market. They are ahead of the game because soon 3rd Party Inspections will be a requirement in Canada similar to how the IBC requires it in the US.

AmeriCan’s attention to quality has helped them get the attention of developers around the globe in areas such as China, North Africa, and South Korea. International projects do come with some additional challenges, such as dealing with customs delays and unskilled workforces at the job sites. AmeriCan provides all the components of the structure, floor and roof trusses, wall panels, windows, doors, etc. and sends over a few workers to coordinate the build.  Here are a few of the projects they have worked on:

GuangLu Island Project

GuangLu Island Project
20,000 sq ft, Clubhouse and Hotel
2011 Dalian, China

Zhangjiakou Silicon Valley Project

Zhangjiakou Silicon Valley Project
Office for Winter 2024 Olympic (7 buildings of 20,000 sq ft each)
2015 Zhangjiakou, China

Foundation Ismail Omar Guelleh Project

Foundation Ismail Omar Guelleh Project
500 Social Houses
2019 Djibouti, East Africa

Forest Hills Project

Forest Hills Project
250 Residential Units
2018-2019 Boston, MA

Customers all around the globe recognize the value of a good quality product. SBCA/SBCRI staff are here to help our plants meet key industry best practices, while at the same time meeting or exceeding the requirements of TPI-1 and the International Building Code and International Residential Code.  If you’re interested in learning more about the SBCA In-Plant QC program or the SBCRI-TPI 3rd Party Inspection program please contact John Arne at (608) 310-6702 or jarne@qualtim.com.  To view a list of SBCRI 3rd Party program participating plants visit here.