Spotlight: Brisco Manufacturing

On June 30th, 2015, posted in: BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, Client Visits, Engineered Wood, Product Sectors by Comments Off on Spotlight: Brisco Manufacturing

Located in the scenic Columbia Valley of the East Kootenays, Brisco Manufacturing Ltd. (BML) opened its doors in 2002 to become a specialty manufacturer for laminated veneer lumber (LVL) beams. The BC-based company is the Canadian certified laminator for Louisiana Pacific’s multi-billet beams which are sold across North-America.

As standard LVL is used structurally for numerous decades for exclusively non-visual, hidden applications, BML began developing a new product in 2012. They designed a versatile LVL mass timber product made from 100% Douglas Fir, Brisco Fine LineTM. This finely nuanced, elegant and uniformly grained product exhibits exceptional appearance while providing high-quality, superior structural strength and installation precision.

This innovative LVL mass timber, produced up to 60 ft in length, is used for structural purposes, one or two-sided exposed, creating lots of interest among architects and designers for high-finish applications. It is an excellent alternative to other Structural Composite Lumbers and Mass timbers when seeking incomparable aesthetics and dimensional stability used in dry service conditions or exterior applications where adequate weather protection is provided.

BML prides itself on providing excellent product quality and customer service while offering concept, design, custom fabrication and installation services for structural elements used in roof, flooring, wall and stair applications or simply as table tops or work surfaces. Other product lines include Commercial Buildings for the agricultural and equine industry. Recently, BML expanded its Brisco Fine LineTM product line to include non-structural, decorative paneling by remanufacturing their mass timber products.

Over the last year, BML has been involved in a number of exciting projects throughout BC including the first post-disaster Firehall building made from mass timber located in Qualicum Beach. They also had the opportunity to contribute significantly to the new Administrative Offices for the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) in Salmon Arm, Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver, as well as the Wood Innovation Design Centre in Prince George. Other projects currently under completion are exciting office and store renovations as well as private residences.

For more product specific information, please visit their website:  www.briscoman.com

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Specifier’s Program Update

On June 30th, 2015, posted in: Architects, BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, Canada, Global Buyers Mission, Industry News, Markets, Trade Events by Comments Off on Specifier’s Program Update

LUNCH & LEARN SESSIONS

June to September is typically slow for the program and up until last year, putting on L&L sessions at this time of year was non-existent. However, last year and again, this year, we are averaging 2 or 3 a month as the program continues to grow.

WOOD FIRST FORUM

The Wood First Forum (WFF) is the educational portion of the Global Buyers Mission (GBM) for specifiers that includes seminars on Thursday, Friday afternoon’s exhibitor mini-seminars, and Saturday’s lunch & learn session. I am sure you will be reading much about other aspects of the GBM in other articles in this edition of Wood Connections so this article will just focus on the Wood First Forum.

First of all, I am pleased to report that all the speakers have been selected and once again we have a strong lineup including speakers from Finland, the US, and for the first time, Japan, as well as great local speakers.

We are also in the process of working with GBM exhibitors to develop an exhibitor line-up of presenters for Friday afternoon’s mini-seminar program (one of the highlights of the entire WFF for both exhibitors and specifiers).

Saturday’s lunch & learn event is in good hands with the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau who will be celebrating their 100 year anniversary at the GBM with a full day of activities including their very popular and fun packing contest.

Invitations have recently been sent out and it is clear from the early response that we should expect another strong showing from the specifier community – both locally and from our friends and colleagues from the PNW region.

FACTORY TOURS

We are pleased to report that we enjoyed another great tour for architects, engineers, and contractors. The tour was held at Daizen’s new facility in Kamloops. This is also Daizen’s 25th anniversary year so it was very appropriate that we held the tour at this time. Between 20 – 25 specifiers attended and were given seminars by Dai Ona, the owner of Daizen Joinery, on the various aspects of timber framing, as well as seminars on coatings and connections by Neville Pope, Owner, Pioneer Timber Coatings Ltd and Max Closen, Owner, MyTiCon – Timber Connectors Inc. After the seminars, we toured the facility and witnessed several demonstrations including planing, CNC operations, as well as observing skilled craftsmen giving the product its final touches (a very important element as explained by Dai). All in all, another great tour and I wish to congratulate Dai Ona and his staff for a very professional and informative event. It was obvious they prepared well for it.

WOOD FIRST FORUM

The Wood First Forum (WFF) is the educational portion of the Global Buyers Mission (GBM) for specifiers that includes seminars on Thursday, Friday afternoon’s exhibitor mini-seminars, and Saturday’s lunch & learn session. I am sure you will be reading much about other aspects of the GBM in other articles in this edition of Wood Connections so this article will just focus on the Wood First Forum.

First of all, I am pleased to report that all the speakers have been selected and once again we have a strong lineup including speakers from Finland, the US, and for the first time, Japan, as well as great local speakers.

We are also in the process of working with GBM exhibitors to develop an exhibitor line-up of presenters for Friday afternoon’s mini-seminar program (one of the highlights of the entire WFF for both exhibitors and specifiers).

Saturday’s lunch & learn event is in good hands with the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau who will be celebrating their 100 year anniversary at the GBM with a full day of activities including their very popular and fun packing contest.

Invitations have recently been sent out and it is clear from the early response that we should expect another strong showing from the specifier community – both locally and from our friends and colleagues from the PNW region.

NEXT UP

Without question, our primary focus from now to September will be preparing for the GBM. It never ceases to amaze me as to how much time and effort the BC Wood staff put into all the preparation work for the event and this year is definitely no exception.

As always, should you wish additional information on any of the foregoing, or require information on the Specifiers Program, please contact me at rmanion@bcwood.com or call me at the office. I would be pleased to discuss it with you.

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Japan Home & Building Show 2015

On June 29th, 2015, posted in: Industry News, Japan by Comments Off on Japan Home & Building Show 2015

The Japan Home Show is always one of the most important trade events for BC Wood’s Japan Program. This year, the show will be held from November 18th to 20th at Tokyo Big Sight and we are once again expecting this to be a well-attended show.

 

As the Japan Home Show was sold-out very early last year, the organizers have increased the number of halls from three to five for 2015. The JHS has not covered five of Big Sight’s large halls since before the Lehman Shock demonstrating the optimism that has come back to the market. The organizers are expecting an increase in both domestic and overseas exhibitors. The show will again be held in conjunction with Japantex, one of Japan’s largest interior design shows. However, a new section featuring high-end finishing materials and furniture will also be added. The show organizers have high-hopes for this new section and are eager to make it one of the major events for Japan’s interior design industry. This will undoubtedly mean that there will be an even wider spectrum of buyers visiting the show this year, including everything from lumber importers to architectural firms.

The Japan Home Show remains the main show in Japan for foreign companies involved in wood and building products with large pavilions from the USA, Germany, Italy, France, Korea, Taiwan, China, etc. This is a great show for BC Wood members producing millwork, cabinetry, engineered wood, timber frame homes, log homes, 2×4 packaged homes, WRC products, and of course reman and structural lumber. BC Wood’s Japan Office will once again be organizing a large pavilion on behalf of the Canadian wood industry for this event.

Those interested in learning more about the show should contact JimIvanoff at ivanoff@canadawood.jp

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China Market Update

On June 29th, 2015, posted in: China, Industry News by Comments Off on China Market Update

China International Exhibition on Housing Industry in Beijing 2015

Once again, the first show in Asia that BC Wood will be organizing on behalf of members this fiscal year is the China International Exhibition on Housing Industry in Beijing from September 9th to 11th. This show targets the emerging market of wood framed construction and attracts all of the major players in China involved in importing construction lumber, developing resort properties, and building high-end wood-framed structures. Last year, we had a very successful show where both BC and Quebec companies exhibited together in a Canadian pavilion. We are looking at a similar structure this year and expect to build on last year’s presence.

The CIEHI offers the best opportunity in China for Canadian companies looking to export: construction grade dimension lumber, engineered wood products, timber frame packages, packaged 2×4 and log structures, WRC outdoor products, as well as finishing materials. Its main exhibits include: 1) Wooden architecture: wooden houses, vacation cabins, wood gazebos & pergolas, and light wood frame & heavy timber structures, 2) Wooden structural materials, 3) Wooden structures and equipment, and 4) Other wood materials: flooring, decking, fencing, stairs, outdoor furniture, etc. landscape planning, construction, and maintenance: landscape design, golf course design and construction, green roofs, tourism development planning, etc.

Those interested in learning more about the show should contact Jim Ivanoff at  ivanoff@canadawood.jp

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EXPECTING ANOTHER SELL-OUT FOR THE GBM 2015 EVENT

On June 29th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on EXPECTING ANOTHER SELL-OUT FOR THE GBM 2015 EVENT

We will be back at the beautiful Whistler Conference Centre for our 12th Annual GBM and have once again almost sold out the floorspace with Canadian wood products manufacturers and suppliers. We have negotiated excellent hotel rates for you in Whistler Village and you will particularly enjoy the upgrades at the Delta Suites.

If you haven’t already registered, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to showcase your products to over 300 pre-qualified international buyers, North American Architects, Designers, Builders, Contractors, Developers & Engineers. Last year, over $43 million in new business was developed at this event alone. Here’s a link to who has signed up to exhibit already:GBM Exhibitor List

And here is a short video on last year’s event:https://youtu.be/xuLB4lRpoU0

 

 

Pre-qualified Buyers will come from the US, Western Europe, China, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Taiwan, Russia and new markets like Abu Dhabi!

Proposed Program Schedule

Thursday – September 10th

  • BC Wood AGM; CSSB meetings; Wood First Seminars; Exhibitor set-up
  • Evening Welcome Reception at the spectacular Roundhouse Lodge at the Peak of Whistler Mountain for all participants

Friday – September 11th

  • Breakfast with Opening Ceremony and Morning Networking/Tradeshow/Meetings
  • Afternoon Livingston Sponsored Golf Tournament; Architects (Wood First) mini-seminar presentations; or Whistler free time
  • Evening Networking Dinner/Reception

Saturday – September 12th

  • Breakfast and Morning Networking/Tradeshow/Meetings
  • Exhibitor teardown

Exhibitor Fees

BC Wood, WRCLA, CSSB or other BC Based Wood Products Association Member

10 x 10 booth space – $ 2,279

Outside BC Canadian Wood Products Association Member

10 x 10 booth space – $ 2,849

Non-member

10 x 10 booth space – $ 3,329

Each additional company participant $425 / Spousal Program $100 for each Evening event

Exhibit Registration Includes:

  • 2 full participants per booth space
  • Basic electrical, pipe & drape, covered table & 2 chairs, carpet & Wi-Fi
  • All meals during the event including full breakfasts Friday and Saturday, the Thursday night Welcome Event at the Roundhouse Lodge & Friday evening Networking Dinner Event, wrap lunch on Saturday
  • Full access to Thursday Association Programs
  • Complete full page, multi-lingual company listing in the Mission Program Guide

Exhibit space is now limited and will be available on a first-come / first-served basis. If you haven’t already registered, contact us for your online registration link at gbm@bcwood.com or call Randi at 604-882-7100.

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Spotlight: Brisco Manufacturing

On June 29th, 2015, posted in: Client Visits, Industry News by Comments Off on Spotlight: Brisco Manufacturing

Located in the scenic Columbia Valley of the East Kootenays, Brisco Manufacturing Ltd. (BML) opened its doors in 2002 to become a specialty manufacturer for laminated veneer lumber (LVL) beams. The BC-based company is the Canadian certified laminator for Louisiana Pacific’s multi-billet beams which are sold across North-America.

As standard LVL is used structurally for numerous decades for exclusively non-visual, hidden applications, BML began developing a new product in 2012. They designed a versatile LVL mass timber product made from 100% Douglas Fir, Brisco Fine LineTM. This finely nuanced, elegant and uniformly grained product exhibits exceptional appearance while providing high-quality, superior structural strength and installation precision.

 

This innovative LVL mass timber, produced up to 60 ft in length, is used for structural purposes, one or two-sided exposed, creating lots of interest among architects and designers for high-finish applications. It is an excellent alternative to other Structural Composite Lumbers and Mass timbers when seeking incomparable aesthetics and dimensional stability used in dry service conditions or exterior applications where adequate weather protection is provided.

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Specifier’s Program Update

On June 29th, 2015, posted in: Architects, Industry News by Comments Off on Specifier’s Program Update

LUNCH & LEARN SESSIONS

June to September is typically slow for the program and up until last year, putting on L&L sessions at this time of year was non-existent. However, last year and again, this year, we are averaging 2 or 3 a month as the program continues to grow.

WOOD FIRST FORUM

The Wood First Forum (WFF) is the educational portion of the Global Buyers Mission (GBM) for specifiers that includes seminars on Thursday, Friday afternoon’s exhibitor mini-seminars, and Saturday’s lunch & learn session. I am sure you will be reading much about other aspects of the GBM in other articles in this edition of Wood Connections so this article will just focus on the Wood First Forum.

First of all, I am pleased to report that all the speakers have been selected and once again we have a strong lineup including speakers from Finland, the US, and for the first time, Japan, as well as great local speakers.

We are also in the process of working with GBM exhibitors to develop an exhibitor line-up of presenters for Friday afternoon’s mini-seminar program (one of the highlights of the entire WFF for both exhibitors and specifiers).

Saturday’s lunch & learn event is in good hands with the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau who will be celebrating their 100 year anniversary at the GBM with a full day of activities including their very popular and fun packing contest.

Invitations have recently been sent out and it is clear from the early response that we should expect another strong showing from the specifier community – both locally and from our friends and colleagues from the PNW region.

Click here to read the entire article

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8 Trending Tactics for Today’s Trade Show Marketer

On June 29th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on 8 Trending Tactics for Today’s Trade Show Marketer

While trade shows have been around for hundreds of years, what worked back then, or even back not-so-long-ago, doesn’t necessarily work now.

Fortunately, your peers have been busy experimenting with every aspect of their trade shows, and have found many new ways to improve their exhibit marketing. Then, they shared their secrets with us, in the newly published, second version of our very popular white paper, What’s Working in Exhibiting.

From the new report, here are 8 trending tactics exhibitors are doing more that you can use to drive improvements in your program:

1. Selecting Shows: More exhibitors are focusing on smaller, regional shows, exhibiting at their own events, and going international.

2. Booth Staffing: Exhibitors are going beyond salespeople for booth staffing, expanding their use of senior management, marketing, engineering, and customer service employees.

Click here to read the entire article

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Cost-shared funding available for Marketing Assessments & Projects for value-added wood product manufacturers

On June 29th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on Cost-shared funding available for Marketing Assessments & Projects for value-added wood product manufacturers

Do you have difficulty understanding marketing and communicating your company’s benefits? Discover how to effectively communicate your unique selling features and correctly position your company for your target audiences.

A Marketing Assessment reviews and evaluates all your marketing activities and provides recommendations for fine-tuning your strategy to achieve your business goals. Working with a dedicated marketing consultant, you will receive:

  • Expert marketing advice at a fraction of the cost
  • A comprehensive report of your branding, positioning, target audiences and marketing activities
  • Recommended changes to improve your marketing efforts
  • New ideas to stretch your marketing dollars
  • Simple changes to strengthen your brand and better position you against competitors

Marketing Projects:Through the Wood First program, you may be eligible for additional support with your marketing projects. Aimed at developing your marketing skills, these projects may include branding, strategic planning, or project specific consultation.

For more information, please contact Rumin Mann atrmann@bcwood.com or 604-882-7100.

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Building in wood is more environmentally friendly – and cheaper

On June 29th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on Building in wood is more environmentally friendly – and cheaper

A new study funded by the German federal agency for renewable raw materials (Fachagentur für Nachwachsende Rohstoffe, FNR) and conducted by architect and software developer Holger König compares the construction costs and carbon footprint of five public and privately owned timber buildings with the costs and carbon footprint they would have created if realised in other building materials. Mr König remodeled the existing timber buildings with the same square footage and cubage as well as with the same energy standards but replaced all wooden structural components with other materials such as bricks, limestone, porous and reinforced concrete, mineral wool, plastics and aluminium.

When it comes to carbon footprint, all timber buildings produced much better results than their counterparts built with stone, concrete and steel. Two timber buildings even showed a negative carbon footprint due to the large amounts of carbon stored in the building materials. The other three buildings had a slightly positive carbon footprint in each case.

The remodeled buildings, however, all had a clearly positive carbon footprint. According to an interview with Mr König in Holzbau Deutschland, the carbon footprint of the least environmentally friendly of the five timber buildings was still only 1/17 of the comparable stone building.

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US Market Update – Native American Indian Housing Conference (NAIHC) and Trade Show in Phoenix

On May 27th, 2015, posted in: BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, Industry News, Markets, Trade Events, Trade Missions, Trade Shows, USA by Comments Off on US Market Update – Native American Indian Housing Conference (NAIHC) and Trade Show in Phoenix

A few comments, suggestions, and ideas that may be of interest…

A few weeks back, BC Wood, along with five member companies, participated in the Native American Indian Housing Conference (NAIHC) and Trade Show in Phoenix, Arizona. This annual event attracts community leaders and influencers from the major Native American and Indigenous communities across the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. The attendees participate in a number of conferences and seminars relating to the growing need for quality single and multi-family housing. In fact, research released at the conference suggested that there is a current need of upwards of 90,000 single family homes to supply those living on reservations across the United States. In total, the event had an estimated 900 attendees participate in the 3 day conference.

The initial feedback from the event indicated that while there is strong need for housing for tribal communities across the continent, much of the demand is for low cost housing. Cost per square foot was discussed and averaged around $70 to $80USD for a turnkey home. That is a completely finished product ready to live in. This price was driven by the ability to access Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding.

As such, BC’s industry, due to the relatively high cost of manufacturing and shipping, had limited interest in supplying product in the low end of the market. Where opportunity was found was with the Native communities that have access to gaming rights and therefore have greater determination on the size, style, and quality of housing that is built on their lands. Having a Casino creates significant revenue and allows for greater prosperity for native communities. One needs to look no further than across the border in Washington State. The Tukwila band just north of Seattle is a good example of the value gaming rights bring to the prosperity of the community with their award winning casino, community center, shopping, and other amenities.

During the show, BC Wood met with representatives of numerous native communities from Alaska, Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest, and as far south as Florida to discuss their single and multi-family residential housing needs. Meeting with these groups at an event such as NAIHC is the first step in developing longer term relationships and sales opportunities between member companies and Native communities across the US. You first need to develop relationships and build trust in order to create market share and have any success. This is, in fact, a more important consideration than with nearly any other demographic. Representatives from the communities that we spoke to were interested in working with BC manufacturers but only after a mutual level of trust and understanding is established between both parties.

The NAIHC provided a good opportunity to explore this niche and to see if pre-built housing and related products that BC’s industries manufacture are a good fit for the growing Native American housing market. The consensus was that it’s a good market but will take considerable time and effort to create inroads and sales opportunities.

If this market is of interest to you, we have a show coming up in Montreal in July, AFN – Circle of Trade.  The Circle of Trade has become a signature event for the AFN and is an excellent opportunity for BC wood products manufacturers to introduce their products to a growing market within the First Nations communities. For more information, contact Brian at bhwarysh@bcwood.com or myself at dfarley@bcwood.com.

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Specifier’s Program Update

On May 27th, 2015, posted in: Architects, BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, Canada, Designers, Industry News, Markets by Comments Off on Specifier’s Program Update

Over the past 30 days, BC Wood organized 2 factory tours; one in Sidney on Vancouver Island and one in Squamish. We are now working on our 3rd factory tour which will be held in Kamloops in the middle of June.

BC Wood also participated in the Vancouver Regional Construction Association annual conference where we were joined by one of our members. Last but not least, our lunch & learn schedule was still pretty active, too.

As we are still relatively early in our fiscal year, we continue to add companies to the Specifiers Program who are interested in reaching out to the very influential specifier community (architects, interior designers, contractors and engineers). Should you wish additional information on any of the foregoing, or require information on the Specifiers Program, please contact me at rmanion@bcwood.com  or call me at the office. I would be pleased to discuss it with you.

FACTORY TOURS

West Wind Hardwoods, Sidney, BC

Our first factory tour of the new fiscal year was with West Wind Hardwoods in Sidney, BC. West Wind is a flooring / millwork facility and we have been discussing the merits of a tour of their facilities by architects and designers for about a year. The decision was made and on April 30th the event was held and approximately 25 architects and designers attended the 3 hour event. According to all reports, it was a great success. The event consisted of setting the facility up into 5 stations with each offering different information on the various aspects involved in the millwork/flooring manufacturing industry. One of the stages was hands-on where the participants hand finished a wood serving tray that they could take home as a remembrance from the event. I would like to thank Jan Nielson, the owner of West Wind, for this huge leap of faith and also to all the staff of West Wind who made it such a great success.

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FraserWood Industries, Squamish, BC

This was a two part event, the first consisting of seminars at the upper lodge of the Sea to Sky Gondola and the second consisting of a tour of FraserWood’s facitilty.

FraserWood supplied all the glulams that were used extensively throughout the upper lodge of the Sea to Sky Gondola project and the lodge provided an excellent and natural venue for the seminars on heavy timber and glulams. The venue was spectacular and the weather cooperated as we had a beautiful sunny day. Prior to getting into the seminars, all who attended had half an hour or so to take in the scenery and the some of what the venue offered.

The designing architect, Greg Voute of Raymond Letkeman Architects and the construction project manager, Ana DeYong of BLC Construction, participated by also giving a seminar on the issues and challenges of designing and building the entire Sea to Sky project.

After the seminars concluded, we went down the gondola and off to FraserWood’s heavy timber drying and fabrication facility. At the factory, we were shown various drying options and material that was in various stages of completion. The CNC equipment was also fully engaged and was of interest to all.

 

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Next Up

Our next tour will be at Daizen Joinery’s new facility in Kamloops. The event has been approved for educational credits – as are all factory tours that BC Wood organizes, which is a major incentive for the architects to attend. Invitations will be sent out to the interior architects and designers in the next short while.

Vancouver Regional Construction Association Annual Conference, Whistler, BC

This is BC Wood’s third year participating at this 2 day conference by exhibiting and networking on behalf of our industry and attending seminars, some of which were very informative and very relevant to many businesses including ours. The format is for seminars throughout the day with periods before, between, and afterwards for contractors to check out the exhibits.

2015 – 2016 Plans for the Specifiers Program

Our goal this year is to have up to 50 events including lunch & learn seminars, group seminars – primarily outside of the Lower Mainland, and factory tours. While historically, the busiest time for the program is October through to the end of March, the past couple of years have seen the Spring and Summer period also quite active.

Should you wish additional information on any of the foregoing, or require information on the Specifiers Program, please contact me at rmanion@bcwood.com or call me at the office. I would be pleased to discuss it with you.

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US Market Update

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on US Market Update

A few comments, suggestions, and ideas that may be of interest…

A few weeks back, BC Wood, along with five member companies, participated in the Native American Indian Housing Conference (NAIHC) and Trade Show in Phoenix, Arizona. This annual event attracts community leaders and influencers from the major Native American and Indigenous communities across the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. The attendees participate in a number of conferences and seminars relating to the growing need for quality single and multi-family housing. In fact, research released at the conference suggested that there is a current need of upwards of 90,000 single family homes to supply those living on reservations across the United States. In total, the event had an estimated 900 attendees participate in the 3 day conference.

The initial feedback from the event indicated that while there is strong need for housing for tribal communities across the continent, much of the demand is for low cost housing. Cost per square foot was discussed and averaged around $70 to $80USD for a turnkey home. That is a completely finished product ready to live in. This price was driven by the ability to access Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding.

As such, BC’s industry, due to the relatively high cost of manufacturing and shipping, had limited interest in supplying product in the low end of the market. Where opportunity was found was with the Native communities that have access to gaming rights and therefore have greater determination on the size, style, and quality of housing that is built on their lands. Having a Casino creates significant revenue and allows for greater prosperity for native communities. One needs to look no further than across the border in Washington State. The Tukwila band just north of Seattle is a good example of the value gaming rights bring to the prosperity of the community with their award winning casino, community center, shopping, and other amenities.

Please click here to read the entire article

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HD Expo 2015 Show Report

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on HD Expo 2015 Show Report

BC Wood and members participated in the HD Expo in Las Vegas, May 13th to 15th. Four member companies attended including Barker Manufacturing from Victoria, Brent Comber Originals from North Vancouver, Stick & Stones Furniture from Squamish and new this year, Nico Spacecraft from Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast.

This is a very important show for our furniture and design sector as over 900 exhibitors from around the world present their products to interior design companies, architecture firms, resort developers, specifiers, and purchasers that are looking for the latest, most innovative and creative products for their renovations and new builds. Some of our exhibitors sold product directly off the floor!

We turned our 600 square feet into a cohesive, attractive display of our member’s products and received many accolades from visitors on the overall presentation.

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EXPO CIHAC MEXICO CITY & TRADE MISSION, OCT 13-17, 2015

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on EXPO CIHAC MEXICO CITY & TRADE MISSION, OCT 13-17, 2015

BC Wood will coordinate the exhibition of member companies at the EXPO CIHAC MEXICO CITY 2015, together with a trade mission component to meet Mexican wood importers, distributors, manufacturers, and visit construction sites. Member companies that participate in this event will have an opportunity to gain first-hand market intelligence, further develop their Mexico market network, and meet prospective importers and buyers.

This 27th anniversary of EXPO CIHAC is the best exposure for the Building Construction Industry in Latin America. Over 53,000 construction industry professionals participate in 150 conferences, 115 workshops, and see 500 exhibitors showcasing their products in building materials, machinery, equipment, tools, building systems, prefabricated technologies, and industry trends.

BC Wood will have a 21 sqm booth where member participants will have kiosk displays to show their products and services, meet attending delegates, and have the support of bilingual staff. Member participants will also have the opportunity to join the five day trade mission component, running simultaneous with the show days, to meet with qualified importers, distributors, manufacturers, industry associations, and see construction sites.

Contact Ken Hori at khori@bcwood.com for more information and to arrange your participation.

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AFN – Circle of Trade, July 7-9th, 2015 – Montreal, Quebec

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on AFN – Circle of Trade, July 7-9th, 2015 – Montreal, Quebec

The Assembly of First Nation’s (AFN) Circle of Trade Show will take place July 7-9, 2015 in Montreal. The Circle of Trade has become a signature event for the AFN and is an excellent opportunity for BC Wood’s manufacturers to introduce their products to a growing market within the First Nations communities.

The need for housing and infrastructure is considered an urgent and growing concern by First Nations communities. Due to the remote locations of some of these communities, short building season, and the desire to improve the quality of the housing stock in First Nations communities, the prefabricated, log and timber frame homes, and finished building materials supplied by BC Wood’s members are particularly well suited to meet these needs.

The AFN expects over 100 tradeshow exhibitors and more than 4,000 delegates to their conference and tradeshow. Space is available for BC Wood members wanting to participate in the AFN Circle of Trade, but, time is running out to register. I would encourage any companies interested in more information to contact me at bhawrysh@bcwood.com or in BC Wood’s offices at 604-882-7100.

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Spotlight: West Wind Hardwood

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Client Visits, Industry News by Comments Off on Spotlight: West Wind Hardwood

Rumin Mann

West Wind Hardwood is a family owned and operated custom wood business located in Sidney on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. For over 35 years, customers have counted on them for fine quality wood & specialty plywood. Their experienced team offers custom wood milling services; including wood floors and architectural millwork.  Their flexibility and diverse products and services allows them to tackle almost any project. Whether a customer requires a mantel or stair treads to complement their wood floor, or rough lumber simply dimensioned to their specs, they can help.

They are one of the companies that participates in the Specifiers Program and recently invited 25 architects and designers for a seminar and factory tour at their facility. Below is an article on their experience:

April 30, 2015 – Exploring BC’s Millwork Industry: Beyond the Basics

 This was both a challenge and a hoot for us. We’d never considered offering an on-site learning opportunity until Roy approached us. He nurtured us; coddled us; encouraged us. And it was a success, as born witness by this excerpt from the Vancouver Island Chapter of Architects’ Newsletter…

CHITCHAT:
Last week’s BC Wood – West Wind Hardwood Inc., sponsored Lunch was very well presented and very well attended. West Wind treated the Group to in depth information regarding species of hardwood, the history, where they are found, and their uses, cutting and finishing techniques and on and on. Thank you to BC Wood and West Wind Hardwood. A display of 12 species of hardwood formed part of an exciting competition. First three to name the most species each won a bottle of wine. Only one of the 35 attendees (Lawrie Keogh ID) got all 12 correct, second and third places were also won by ID’s (Architects “Where Art Thou”)

For sure there was angst in the planning stages. There was doubt and uncertainty too. In the end, it was fully satisfying knowing we’d successfully created an engaging educational opportunity. We offered two AIBC-approved core LU’s for the architects.

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Specifier’s Program Update

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Architects, Industry News by Comments Off on Specifier’s Program Update

Over the past 30 days, BC Wood organized 2 factory tours; one in Sidney on Vancouver Island and one in Squamish. We are now working on our 3rd factory tour which will be held in Kamloops in the middle of June.

BC Wood also participated in the Vancouver Regional Construction Association annual conference where we were joined by one of our members. Last but not least, our lunch & learn schedule was still pretty active, too.

As we are still relatively early in our fiscal year, we continue to add companies to the Specifiers Program who are interested in reaching out to the very influential specifier community (architects, interior designers, contractors and engineers). Should you wish additional information on any of the foregoing, or require information on the Specifiers Program, please contact me at rmanion@bcwood.com  or call me at the office. I would be pleased to discuss it with you.

 

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Oh No! Where Is My Freight?

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on Oh No! Where Is My Freight?

 

 What do you do when you arrive at your booth space but some or all of your freight has not?

The worst nightmare of any trade show manager or coordinator is having a trade show booth at a show with no exhibit in it when the show starts! If that scenario has happened to you, it is not only embarrassing, but very costly. So, what do you do if you show up at your booth space on the first day of install and your exhibit freight is not there? First off, don’t panic… yet.

There are several important things that you need to always do or make sure your exhibit vendor does every time your exhibit is getting ready to go to a show. If you do these things, you will be that much closer to averting disaster.

  1. Select a freight company that specializes in trade show shipping. Trade show shipping is very different than standard shipping with many special rules.
  2. Make sure that you have an accurate bill of lading that properly reflects the sizes and weights of all pieces that are shipping.
  3. Take a photograph of all pieces that are shipping just prior to loading.
  4. If there are multiple crates, cases, or pallets that are being shipped, make sure that all of your pieces are labeled as 1 of the total. For example, if you are shipping 4 pieces, each one should be labeled as 1 or 4, 2 of 4 and so on.

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Managements Skill Training Courses – June 15 – July 27, 2015

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on Managements Skill Training Courses – June 15 – July 27, 2015

UBC – Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) will be offering two online courses; Quality Management & Control and Business Finance & Investment Evaluation courses starting June 15th -July 27th, 2015.  These wood products industry specific courses are designed for owners, manager, supervisors or management tracked employees.  These are not academic courses and the skills learned can be applied immediately to the work place.  Each part time course is led by a tutor with extensive industry experience.

For more information on the courses, please click on the following link: Management Skill Training or call Jason Chiu at 604 822-0082

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