Industry Announcements

Eleco has sold its timber engineering businesses to companies within the Illinois Tool Works Inc group.

It’s the end of the year, and the stockholders have some questions for management. Mr. Truss fields questions at a “press conference” and wishes the industry a Happy Holidays.

This week, SBCA sent a letter to ALSC requesting they provide a clear appeal procedure in writing by the end of the week, to which SPIB issued a response letter.  In addition, AFP shared with its customers its letter succinctly outlining why ALSC should postpone ruling on SPIB's recommendations.

We’ve made our list and checked it twice, and what we here at SBC Magazine really want this year is your industry photos to be part of SBC’s new Online Photo Contest!

Due to the additional resources used for the unexpected Southern Pine lumber issue, SBCA has started a legal and technical fund to help offset the costs.

The results of a working session of Southern Pine lumber producers, component manufacturers, builders, lumber dealers and technical experts regarding proposed design values for visually graded Southern Pine lumber are now available in a  report. 

The Engineered Wood Association recently appointed Boise Cascade executive, Mary Jo Nyblad, as the first woman Chairman of the APA Board of Trustees.

SBCA has tried to foster a positive outcome to the Southern Pine Lumber (SP) design value issue. However, based on the letter issued by the SPIB this week, it appears SPIB is unwilling to consider any alternate approach to the one they took.

A final rule specifically prohibiting commercial truck drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles has been enacted by the FMCSA. SBCA has drafted a template mobile phone use policy for manufacturers to use.

The southern pine situation illustrates what many builders and designers already know: Cold-formed steel framing is not just more stable, durable, strong and uniform than wood framing.