BCMC Continues Building the SBC Community
“This is the best BCMC I have ever been to,” said Dallas Austin of Big C Lumber, a loyal attendee since 2011.
931 CMs set their course for Columbus, Ohio for this year’s BCMC. That number represents 102 more individual attendees and 27 more companies than 2018. Overall, the show saw 297 manufacturing companies, representing 409 locations.
New to this year’s pre-show was a lean workshop, moderated by lean experts Jill Treece and Rick Guba from The Ohio State University. The workshop expanded attendees’ understanding of Operational Excellence (OpEx) and Six-Sigma Lean Principles. Using Mr. Potato Heads, attendees learned value stream mapping and developing effective countermeasures and process maps.
“The workshop was great,” said Casey Carey, of Builders Warehouse Manufacturing. “We have already implemented several aspects of what we learned.”
Tuesday also featured the annual Safety Summit with a presentation by Joe Wheatley of EnPro Industries. Joe helped establish the EnPro Learning System and spoke about his company’s safety culture approach. The summit wrapped up with a panel discussion by SBCA safety experts on best practices for creating and maintaining an effective safety culture in a truss plant.
“We had a lot of really good, in-depth conversations about what it looks like to develop a culture of safety,” said Jason Ward of California TrusFrame and chair of the SBCA Safety Committee that put together the summit. “This is a topic the industry will be focusing on more moving forward with toolbox-talk-type trainings throughout the year.”
The show kicked off Wednesday with a keynote address by Bradley Hartmann. Bradley is the son of an LBM manager and has experience in lumberyards and working for national homebuilders. He shared his insight on how to get inside the mind of a builder and expand your sales opportunities.
After Bradley’s keynote presentation, SBCA once again recognized leaders in the industry with a number of annual awards. This year Jim Finkenhoefer, vice president of operations for True House Inc., was inducted into the SBCA Hall of Fame. Joe Hikel, president and CEO of Shelter Systems Limited, received the SBCA Industry Leadership Award. John Herring, CEO of A-1 Roof Trusses, was awarded the Dwight Hikel Humanitarian Award. Jay Halteman, president of Wood Truss Systems, was named the Dick Bowman Industry Enthusiast. (Read more about this year's award winners.)
BCMC’s educational sessions continue to bring incredible value to the show. With a dozen breakout sessions, three roundtables, and a variety of Learning Labs, there was plenty of opportunities for attendees to learn and gain insight from experts within the industry. Not only were the education sessions well attended, it was clear there is a real need for the industry to explore the topics further in podcasts and webinars in 2020.
“I always appreciate the seminars, they offer a new viewpoint and I write a lot of notes of things I want to try,” said Brad Unruh, of Timberlake TrussWorks. “I enjoy the fact that there are different speakers every year and they stay current with the challenges we are facing.”
SBCA staff provided live demos of the latest version of the Digital QC software in the SBCA booth, which saw a steady attendance throughout the show. Likewise, a breakout educational seminar on the topic drew attendees to hear from SBCA members who are serving as testing sites for the software under development. The Digital QC Program truly has the potential of changing their operations in a positive way.
SBCA’s Emerging Leaders Committee members raised $1,930 for the scholarship fund, which is being used to foster involvement by young industry leaders at SBCA Open Quarterly Meetings (OQMs) in 2020. To raise the funds, the committee hosted its annual Casino night, and brought back the Drive-A-Nail game and Trike races. New to the show was “Top Chord Golf,” where participants had three chances to chip golf balls into different-sized openings in an attic truss.
BCMC week also included the second annual Framer Summit, organized by the National Framers Council, where more than 120 attendees from around the country took part in the three-day event. “Having the Framers Summit at the show is also a great asset that provides an opportunity for us to interact with our customers,” said Jay Halteman of Wood Truss Systems, Inc.
Look for more insights and photos from the show in the December issue of SBC Magazine.