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

PCBC is the builders show that we attend on an annual basis in San Francisco. This year, we will be participating once again with a group of members that target the residential and light commercial construction sector across the West Coast of the United States. The show draws builders, architects, and distributors primarily from the Northern California market and with the significant improvement in the construction sector in this region, it is expected that PCBC will be a very good show. The show is currently sold out but we have managed to secure some additional space, so if you’re interested, you better jump on it fast.

A hearty congratulations goes out to our former colleague and now CEO of Viceroy Homes, Doug Auer. It turns out that Doug now rubs shoulders with the political and business heavy weights of Canada. Doug recently returned from a trade mission to Korea that was lead by Prime Minister Stephan Harper (see image above). Not only was Doug invited on the mission, he had the honour of flying over to Seoul on the “Canada One” Jet with the Prime Minister and other invited dignitaries. I’m sure that all the high flying will lead to solid business for Viceroy in Korea.

Finally, a couple of new high-end residential and resort developments have been announced in the State of Hawaii. Both projects are a mix of single family residential homes anchored by stunning designed golf club, beach houses, and restaurants. The best news is that both projects feature an extensive use of west coast species including Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir. We are currently working with both the developer and builder on these projects which will lead to good opportunities for our members to bid on the supply of finished products and materials.

As always, for more information on the US market please feel free to contact me at dfarley@bcwood.com

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BC Wood’s last trade event in Asia for fiscal 2013/14 was the Interzum Show in Guangzhou, China held from March 28th to April 1st. This is said to be the largest wood working show in Asia and I do not think this is any exaggeration. The exhibition facility itself is a massive multi-floored complex and the show takes up all of the floor space. There are sections devoted to finished office and hospitality furniture, interior finishings, wood working machines, and of course materials such as wood, needed to make both millwork and furniture.

The wood materials area included large pavilions from the US, Sweden, Germany, Italy, as well as our Canadian display. BC Wood took 4 member companies (Taan, Taiga, Tolko, and WFP) while QWEB took space for Quebec companies. The Americans had over 20 companies in their pavilion and hosted a well-attended reception celebrating the strong business ties between Chinese manufacturers and American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) members. On the softwood side, the Swedes put on a full-day seminar teaching Chinese buyers how to use environmentally friendly Swedish softwoods in furniture and millwork manufacturing. The program attracted a large audience and was also followed by a reception.

The make-up of the visitors was even more international with many buyers from South East Asia, the Middle East, as well as Europe coming by our booth. As with Chinese manufacturers, these companies came looking for new wood working equipment as well as furniture and millwork stock. Additionally, most of the top buyers of construction lumber came by and met with our members. As this is such a large show, even these buyers were drawn to visiting Interzum to learn about new suppliers.

Participating members seemed to be very pleased with the show and based on this, BC Wood will be planning to return to Interzum next March. However, we learned this time that we need book earlier in order to secure our desired amount of floor space as this show sells out very quickly.
If you are interested in attending the event with us next Spring, I suggest you contact me as soon as possible to get your space reserved.  Email me at ivanoff@canadawood.jp.

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Let’s Talk Exports presentation is a popular annual tradition that many of our seasoned exporters attend to find out what the global economy holds for their business over the next 12 months.

Led by Peter Hall, our Vice-President and Chief Economist at Export Development Canada (EDC), this insightful and worthwhile event will guide you through an engaging, in-depth and easy-to-digest analysis of the unique opportunities and risks in export markets around the world, right now. After five years of economic uncertainty, this is your chance to get the most up-to-date information available on what our new, rather atypical growth cycle has in store for exporting businesses of all sizes, in all sectors.

Let’s Talk Exports empowers you with the information you need to make important and effective business decisions. Some of the issues Peter will discuss include:

  • How will a contraction of liquidity affect credit conditions in key corners of the world?
  • Will growth shift once again to the big, developed economies, or will global diversification of trade lead the way?
  • Are higher-risk, capital-hungry business ventures in jeopardy, or will they proceed?
  • Is interest-rate and currency volatility on the horizon?
  • And much more.

In partnership with local business organizations in the Western region, we are pleased to present events in:

Calgary

Edmonton

Saskatoon

Winnipeg

Vancouver

 

Note: If you can’t attend any of the city events, simply  register for our online webinar taking place June 3rd.

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Government of Canada News Release – April 15, 2014

On Tuesday, April 15th at Mitsui Homes in Langley, BC, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification (WD), announced over $1 million in funding to support a project by the BC Wood Specialties Group Association that will promote market development in the Americas.

The goal of the project is to identify opportunities in the western U.S., Mexico, Central and South American markets for value-added wood products, and prepare companies to participate in trade missions and tradeshows in these markets.

Establishing a trade presence in markets across the Americas, would enhance the sales of value-added wood products, thereby increasing exports, boosting foreign investment in western Canada, and creating jobs.

“The wood products sector is one of the cornerstones of our economy and providing jobs and opportunities for economic growth. By promoting the quality of locally manufactured wood products in new markets, this project will further enhance the sector’s value to our economy.”

- Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

“This announcement is good news for Langley, the Lower Mainland, and British Columbia. This investment in value-added wood products and manufacturing demonstrates our Government’s commitment to promoting jobs, businesses, and economic growth through trade and development.”

- Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley

“The value-added wood products manufacturers in B.C. are very pleased with today’s announcement and our partnership with the Federal Government through WD. The collaborative effort by Industry and Government to grow these rapidly expanding regional markets for B.C. value-added wood products will result in increased sales, the expansion of B.C.’s secondary manufacturing capability and the creation of new jobs.”

- John Gillis, Chairman, BC Wood and General Manager, Taiga Building Products

“New regional markets in the Western United States, Mexico and Latin America will be the first step towards increased sales and market diversification for many small and medium sized manufacturers of finished wood products in B.C. The next three years will be a time of rapid economic growth in these regions. With this new program and funding provided by WD, BC Wood and B.C.’s value-added wood products manufacturers will be well positioned to take advantage of that growth.”

- Grant McKinnon, Past Chairman, BC Wood and Partner, Pacific Homes

Click here to read the news release

Click here to read an article from BC Local News

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Brisco Manufacturing, is pleased to announce an open house showcasing Brisco Fine Line™, on Friday, April 25th from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Brisco invites al friends and interested parties to celebrate an innovative, elegant, and uniform mass timber product: Brisco Fine Line™.

The brand-new facilitiy of the Weir-Hones Group showcases this novel mass timber in structurally exposed applications with incomparable aesthetics: columns, beams, floor and wall panels, and stairs.

When: Friday, April 25th from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Where:  Weir-Jones Engineering Consultants, 598 East Kent Ave S, Vancouver BC

Please RSVP to Kim-Jana Henze at khenze@briscoman.com or please contact Kim for additional information.

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Eco-Business – April 7, 2014

US scientists have a new green solution to urban construction: chop down trees and use the wood for buildings. Good strong timber buildings – and there are plans for 30-storey skyscrapers built of wood – would save on concrete and steel, save on carbon dioxide emissions and cut the use of fossil fuel.

The argument may seem counter-intuitive: that is because a substantial component of climate change stems from changes in land use and the loss of forests. And some researchers have demonstrated that even the most mature trees, the forest giants, can go on absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

But Chadwick Oliver, a forester at the University of Yale and colleagues make the case in the Journal of Sustainable Forestry. They argue that if the world stepped up the harvest of the forests and used the wood efficiently, then economies could save on fossil fuel, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and give people a reason to value the forests.

Click here to read the entire article

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The Centre for Advanced Wood Processing invites you to two days of workshops focused on advanced computer-controlled fabrication of timber building components and structures. The event will discuss current and emerging technologies used to fabricate wood elements such as posts, beams, floor and wall panels, and other building components. Specialists from Canada, the US, and Germany with expert technical knowledge will present in an informal environment that will encourage two-way Q&A and knowledge sharing throughout each day. BC innovators, Daizen Joinery, Fraserwood Industries, and others will share their significant experience using the technology.

Who Should Attend?

  • Existing users of CNC-controlled timber processing equipment and those considering investing in such technology
  • Architects, designers and engineers wishing to better understand how digital design and manufacturing tools are impacting the design-fabrication-construction continuum

We invite participants to sign up for one or other of the two workshop days – or both – depending on their specific interests

DAY 1 Theme: Digital Fabrication and Its Impacts on Design and Construction (10am to 4pm)

DAY 2 Theme: The Hundegger ROBOT Drive Machine and the Future for CNC for Timber Construction

For more information and a full agenda call 1-866-822-2297 or visit the CAWP website: http://cawp.ubc.ca/digital-design-construction-of-timber-structures-workshop-2014/

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Since the 9.0 earthquake and following monster tsunami on March 11th, 2011, I have been to the affected area literally dozens of times. The first trip was about a month after the disaster, so along with two COFI staff, I was able to see the tremendous scale of the devastation. Based on that first trip, BC Wood and our Canada Wood partners put together the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project which kept me going back on a regular basis.

During the first year, efforts focused on cleaning-up flattened communities and disposing of the rubble (to the south containing the Fukushima nuclear reactors has of course been the highest priority). Having seen the mountains of garbage that had once been coastal towns, I was impressed by the speed and thoroughness of the clean-up process. However, once most of the debris had been removed by the winter of 2011, progress seemed to get bogged down and signs of rebuilding were very few. This made our first two reconstruction projects special as they were pushed through and led to hope in the communities. Unfortunately these early successes became lonely exceptions.

To be fair to the local governments, there have been many issues blocking progress. Foremost has been that many people who lived in these areas did not want to accept being relocated to higher ground or further inland. Without local buy-in, it was impossible to move forward with rezoning the communities. It has been over three years now and it seems that there have finally been large scale breakthroughs in getting actual reconstruction started.

I was able to witness this recently as the COFI Japan Office Director Shawn Lawlor, Rene Samson of NRCan, and I went to Iwate Prefecture to visit the construction site of our third humanitarian project. After seeing the site, we drove down the coast all the way to Sendai through the hardest hit communities. In nearly every town we passed through we saw heavy equipment moving dirt to raise low lying areas. Most areas will see their coastal sections raised 4-5 meters (imagine raising the entire downtown Vancouver peninsula 5m and then multiplying that by at least a dozen communities). I have never seen so many dump trunks or excavators.

In Rikuzentakada, which was one of the hardest hit towns, we came across a mini-Alex Fraser bridge under construction to connect a nearby mountain with the waterfront. The odd thing about the structure was that the end of it looked like roller coaster coming apart near the water. We asked a worker what they were building and he told us that it would actually become a giant conveyer belt to help take the mountain down and move the dirt to the city area to raise that land there. Unbelievable!

While we did not see any actual rebuilding of homes or businesses in these areas, we have known since the early days that this process of raising communities would have to be completed before any real reconstruction began (we did however see that a lot of the fish processing plants as well as infrastructure for the local fishing fleets had been rebuilt). The fact that this process is now moving ahead full steam, it is only a matter of time before we see buildings being returned to these communities. For the first time, Shawn and I felt a sense of hope for this area. We could also better appreciate the labour shortages across Japan resulting from the Tohoku area bringing in so many construction workers and heavy equipment.

Orandajima Reconstruction Project

As I mentioned above, the main point of the trip was to inspect an after-school care facility in the town of Yamada in Iwate. This town has had close ties with Holland so after the earthquake a group of Dutch business people in Japan got together to start this project. I was approached by the lead architect, who I knew through our design program, to see if Canada could donate WRC as cladding for their planned concrete building. I encouraged him to apply to our reconstruction program and also pitched him on using wood structurally. During the project planning process they changed to a wood structure and as a result almost all of the structural materials will be Canadian wood products supplied through the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project.

After it is completed in May, this facility will not only take care of local children in the afternoons, but will also offer them counseling and other support services. Spearheaded by the Bulgarian wrestler Kotoshu, the Japanese Sumo Federation has also built a sumo ring for local students next door. I look forward to seeing this facility becoming a centre of hope for the children returning to live in the area.

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10 Simple Laws of Trade Show Success

On March 31st, 2014, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off

Skyline Tradeshow Tips -February 25, 2014

You don’t need a law degree to grasp the simple rules of trade show success. To ensure you don’t get jailed by poor trade show performance, or judged guilty of wasting your company’s scarce marketing resources, don’t break these 10 laws:

1. Know why you exhibit before you do anything else
Just as intent is an important factor in the law, it’s essential in exhibiting. Too often exhibitors reserve a booth at a show without knowing why they are going in the first place. Without the guiding light of an overriding goal, they can’t shape their exhibit to match their needs, train their staff to aim at a common goal, or even know if they succeeded.

2. Exhibiting well requires both logistics AND marketing

You may say, “I object, your honor. I only have time to manage the logistics for our trade show.” That’s not going to get you off the hook. To succeed, you must also perform well the marketing tasks that too often get pushed aside in favor of details like shipping, ordering show services, and travel arrangements.

Click here to read the entire article

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Tolko acquires full ownership of Meadow Lake OSB

On November 29th, 2013, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off

MEADOW LAKE, Saskatchewan, Canada – We are pleased to announce that Tolko Industries Limited has acquired full ownership of the Meadow Lake OSB mill in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan as per the terms and conditions as outlined in the original Limited Partnership contract signed in 2001.

“Tolko is anchored in small communities and nowhere is this more evident than in Meadow Lake,” said Brad Thorlakson, CEO. “In 2001, we entered into partnership with the Government of Saskatchewan and a number of aboriginal stakeholders to build an oriented strand board (OSB) plant in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. The past 10 years, while filled with ups and downs in terms of the economy, has demonstrated the value and resiliency of the operation, our employees and the community. Today we are reaffirming our commitment to Meadow Lake and to OSB production and we’re looking forward to realizing the full potential of our asset under the Tolko flag.”

The agreement, signed between Tolko Industries and the CIC at the end of September, has now closed and will see Tolko take ownership of 100% of the Meadow Lake asset effective immediately.

“We are committed to the OSB business as part of our operating model and we are looking forward to continuing to build on Meadow Lake’s position as an innovative, exciting, high quality production facility and great place to work,” said Jim Baskerville, vice president of OSB and Kraft Paper.  “Today’s news dovetails quite nicely with the reopening of our state of the art Athabasca facility, which is due to produce first board early in December. Between these two operations, Tolko is well positioned to have a strong presence in the OSB market for the foreseeable future.

Speaking to customers, Hardy Wentzel, vice president of Marketing, Sales and Logistics confirmed there would be no impact on customer service during the transition. “We do not expect there will be any impact on customer service. Our Meadow Lake operations will continue to deliver quality product, on time and with the same high standard of service that our customers have come to expect.”

Parker Snyder, Plant Manager at Meadow Lake says he is excited for the future. “The purchase comes at an opportune time as we are celebrating both our 10th anniversary of operations and our millionth press load! As we move to become a full member of the Tolko family, I believe we have an opportunity to strengthen our operations, focus on innovation through initiatives such as our IFIT project, and really strengthen Meadow Lake’s position as a quality producer of OSB for the market. We have a great community, employees and the full support of Tolko behind us. We’re feeling very positive and looking forward to moving ahead as a full member of the Tolko team.”

Employees at Meadow Lake have been notified of the purchase and are receiving additional communications around how the change will affect them.

“We do not anticipate there will be any major implications for staff,” said Snyder. “The biggest change will be around the look and feel of Meadow Lake which will change as we move into the Tolko Family. We will make every effort to keep everyone informed in order to make the transition a smooth one for staff, families and the community.”

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Sort of like the bumper sticker that asks ‘How’s My Driving?’, FPInnovations has developed a benchmarking tool that uses a company’s own data to identify strengths and weakness within their current operations, and provide recommendations for action.

Confidential benchmarking studies are established, well recognized methods that provide individual companies with the information they need to prioritize their improvement efforts. The information collected during benchmarking establishes a framework for businesses to measure and improve their performance year over year, and compare their performance to others in their industry sector.

Maintaining confidentiality during benchmarking is crucial. A company is not individually identified, nor is individual company information released to the public. Only aggregate sector information is used to compare an individual company’s performance to that of the sector.

Recently, FPInnovations has been working closely with Canadian businesses in the Kitchen Cabinet, Millwork, and Furniture sectors to define the performance criteria most useful to company owners and managers.

These criteria range from qualitative factors such as the presence of safety programs and sales and marketing practices, to quantitative criteria such as total sales, and average manufacturing labour rate. For example, businesses have indicated that they would be interested in knowing their sales per employee in comparison to their peers, while others have indicated that having a sense of their average labour rate in comparison to the sector would be useful to them.

Through an interview with company owners and managers, a set of questions in ten areas that cover such topics as ‘Sales and Marketing’, ‘Human Resources’, ‘Operations’, ‘Quality’, and ‘Lean Manufacturing’ are asked. In addition, information to calculate Key Performance Indicators is gathered.

Following the interview, collected information is used to generate a set of individual performance graphs under each heading. These graphs also show how activities and performance in each area are inter-related. A summary table shows how the company compares with other companies within the same sector.

Based on the results so far, some interesting information is emerging, notably in terms of sales per square foot of manufacturing space and sales per worker. Individual indicators for inventory, materials and manufacturing labour as a percentage of sales are also generating keen interest from benchmarking participants.

What is most exciting is that the first participants have already begun to implement improvement efforts that were identified through their benchmarking activity. Some of the efforts companies are focussing their actions on include addressing quality issues in order to reduce call backs, implementing Lean Manufacturing principles to improve product flow and gain manufacturing efficiencies, increasing training activities to reduce labour costs, and undertaking other process improvements to reduce manufacturing costs.

Stephanie Roll, VP of Alberta-based Executive Millwork has this to say about her experience with the benchmarking tool. “Our Management Team found the summary information that you delivered quite accurate and beneficial and are looking forward to further evaluation and input from FPInnovations.  We recognize that there are several areas that we require further support and continued growth in, to remain competitive”.

Over the next 5 months, FPInnovations is seeking six BC companies who wish to benchmark their performance – at no cost to them. Companies that participate will be interviewed by a local FPInnovations Industry Advisor from which a customized report that compares their company to that of the sector, as represented in an aggregate form will be produced for them.

While the first benchmark report with a company can identify areas of improvement, to be fully effective, annual benchmarking provides the information to truly gauge if improvement efforts are making a difference.

To find out more about the confidential benchmarking tool and how your business can benefit, contact roland.baumeister@fpinnovations.ca

 

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Currently, Canada is negotiating trade agreements with Japan on two fronts: through the US-backed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and directly for an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). The TPP in particular is moving quickly as Japan and the US have recently stated their commitment to complete a deal by next year. The Canadian Embassy has been very proactive in getting the Canada Wood partners involved in the consultations and I have thus had the opportunity to speak with the negotiating team about issues of importance to the value-added industry.

This is a very positive step as traditionally only the interests of the major lumber producers were brought to the table of such important discussions. The negotiators were very surprised about how many issues the value-added industry faced: F****, the new JAS CLT standard, JIS standards for metal connectors in house/building packages, window/door fire testing, JAS standards for glulam, prefectural procurement policies that require domestic/prefectural wood, inconsistent treatment of value-added products by port/inspector, tariffs on value-added products, and of course the new Wood Points System. Through our discussions I was told that the barriers against “value-added” products is not limited to the forest industry. Generally raw/basic materials have been accepted in Japan because of a lack of natural resources, but there is more discrimination and harassment the further up the value-added chain you go with any product category. I was happy to hear that the Canadian negotiators were aware of this and interested in taking on this battle. Hopefully, with two venues to air our grievances, we can get better terms for all Canadian wood products entering the Japanese market.

Having said that, such negotiations are of course about trade-offs between different industries. The industries that the Canadian government deems the most important will have the strongest political backing and others will be used as bargaining chips to be given away. This is why it is more important than ever for the Canadian wood products industry to stand-up and make its voice heard in Ottawa. We need everyone to know that the forest industry is still and will long remain a crucial driver of the Canadian economy so its interests must be fought for. This is especially true in the case of trade with Japan as wood is on of our main export products to this market.

As the Canadian negotiating team continues to collect information on discriminatory practices against our wood products, I encourage any members who have had such issues in Japan to contact me with their cases. I will also be available at the GBM to talk about such issues.

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Just a reminder, BC Wood is gearing up for our fall shows in Asia. From October 23rd to 25th, we will be participating in the China International Exhibition on Housing Industry in Beijing targeting the emerging market of wood framed construction. This event attracts all of the major players in China involved in importing construction lumber, developing resort properties, and building high-end wood-framed structures.

The CIEHI offers the best opportunity in China for Canadian companies looking to export: construction grade dimension lumber, engineered wood products, timberframe 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 either show should contact Jim Ivanoff at ivanoff@canadawood.jp

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US Market Update

On August 20th, 2013, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off

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

A few years back, I wrote about the market conditions and opportunity for members to sell into the state of Montana. The potential at that time was limited as Montana was hit hard during the collapse of the real estate market and residential construction ground to a near complete halt. Last week, I had the opportunity to revisit the market and was surprised by decent level of construction activity, both in the residential and light commercial sectors.

I started my trip in Bozeman, which is the third largest city in the state behind Billings and Missoula and is home to Montana State University. Bozeman is also the gateway the States major tourist sector with Yellowstone Park and the resort market of Big Sky within an hours’ drive of the airport.

Big Sky is abuzz in construction with over 200 medium and high-end residential builds currently under works. Most of the construction is taking place in the exclusive gated communities of Moonlight Basin, Spanish Peaks, and the ultra exclusive Yellowstone Club. All three emerged from bankruptcy protection last year and have new ownership, with Yellowstone Club now under the direction of Discovery Land Corp who own and manage a number of exclusive resort communities across the United States.

In speaking with both builders and architects working in Big Sky, a noticeable trend occurred; all were extremely busy and had projects on the books for the next 12 to 18 months. One prominent architectural firm that I spoke to suggested that in Yellowstone club alone, a projected $150 million dollars of construction activity is expected over the next 18 to 24 months. That is a significant number, but it helps that Yellowstone Club counts the wealthiest man in the world, Bill Gates as one of its members.

(Image below: Yellowstone Club Gate)

The look and design of architecture in the Big Sky region is quite similar to Whistler with large mountain style homes that showcase an extensive use of heavy timber and western red cedar on both exterior and interior applications. The opportunity for members depends on the products that you manufacture and how they are distributed. For timber framers and log home manufacturers, there are a couple dozen builders and architects in the market who specialize in resort design and construction. For example, Locati Architects,www.locatiarchitects.com, is one of the key firms in the Bozeman and Big Sky markets and a firm worth getting to know (image of their design is below). Residential builder and general contractor, Langlas & Associates,  www.langlas.com, is a firm that specializes in both residential and light commercial construction across the state and has a considerable amount of work in the Big Sky region.

In building product supply and distribution, the two firms that seem to be doing the lions’ share of business in the region are Simkin Hallins and Kenyon Noble. I saw truck after truck packed full of dimension lumber and building supplies travelling up the freeway from Bozeman heading to Big Sky.

In my opinion, the market opportunity and potential in the region is strong and with the recent merger of the two ski resorts announced last week is only going to get stronger. The merger makes Big Sky on par with Whistler and Vail as being the largest three ski resorts in North America.

One of the best ways to take advantage of this market will be to participate with BC Wood and members in the Billings Builder and Home show in February in Billings, Montana. Billings itself is busy with construction in the multi-family market. I will discuss that market in the next newsletter.

As always, for more information on Montana and the Big Sky region, please feel free to contact me at dfarley@bcwood.com

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Buildex Calgary – November 5-6, 2013

On August 20th, 2013, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off

BUILDEX Calgary is the largest regional event for the design, build, construction and management of real estate attended by over 4,000 industry decision makers including:

  • Builders
  • Architects/designers
  • Contractors/renovators
  • Developers
  • Building managers/owners

BUILDEX is held each year at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park and features over 225 exhibiting companies and 30+ accredited educational seminars.

As a BC Wood 2013/14 member, you are eligible for cost savings at BUILDEX Calgary. Space is quite limited so please contact me as soon as possible for more info:

Scott Thompson

sthompson@bcwood.com or 604-882-7100 (office)

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Brian Hawrysh

Later this year, BC Wood will be participating with Industry members in the Denver Log and Timber Home show, September 27th to 29th. The feedback from the members attending last years’ Denver show was generally very positive. The number of attendees, while not back to pre-2008 levels, was definitely higher than they had been in recent years. Most exhibitors reported a more positive attitude from the attendees at the show. Individuals who had been hesitant over the past few years to take the final step towards building their projects came to the show ready to build.

The Denver show featured log home and timber frame displays, smaller out-buildings and finished building products such as roofing, flooring, decking and rustic furniture. Over the past few years, a number of BC Wood members from the log and timber frame home sector have used the Denver show to maintain a toe hold in the US market while they cut back on some of their other promotional activities during the slower economic times.

The BC log and timber frame builders have remained active in a number of regional markets in the US like the Rocky Mountain States, because it has been one of the few areas that has shown some activity. The Rocky Mountain States, due to their close geographic proximity to BC, product acceptance, and the clustering of resort developments catering to a wealthy demographic, have continued to be a relatively strong market for BC producers.

We are talking to members now about their space requirements at the Denver show. If you are interested on more information about the show including costs, please contact me at bhawrysh@bcwood.com or in BC Wood’s offices at 604-882-7100.

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IDS West – September 19-22, 2013, Vancouver

On August 20th, 2013, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off

BC Wood will once again be ramping up its’ presence at the Interior Design Show West (IDS West) this coming fall, September 19th-22nd, 2013 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. In an effort to bring more attention to the growing strength of wood design and manufacturing in BC, BC Wood has partnered with the show organizers of IDS West to create a high profile “Design BC” pavilion. The pavilion will showcase BC Wood members and their products – everything from custom furniture and architectural millwork, to design-inspired finished products such as kitchen cabinets, doors, flooring, and paneling. The objective will be to feature the individual companies, drawing more traffic to the centrally located space.

To register, call 604-882-7100 or email me at sthompson@bcwood.com

For more information, click here

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Join us onboard the MV Harbour Princess for the International Buyers Networking Dinner and Harbour Cruise September 4th!

You are invited to participate in a special networking event to kick-off the 10th Anniversary Global Buyers Mission, on Wednesday, September 4th.

As part of our Extended Mission Program, incoming international buyers will be participating in a private Sunset Dinner & Harbour Cruise aboard the MV Harbour Princess, departing Coal Harbour Vancouver at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, September 4th. This special “pre-event” Global Buyers Mission evening is with our participating International buyers from Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Mexico and Vietnam.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet the pre-qualified buyers and our international Mission Leaders, and is open to all industry members.

Click here for the registration form to guarantee your space on the Cruise!

 

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This one day workshop will provide you with the tools you need to establish gains in Productivity, Quality, Cost, Safety, and Morale.

A positive approach to continuous improvement in your business will result in significant gains! Click here to hear how it worked for Mitsui Homes Canada Ltd. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d268LAFGlM

This workshop will provide you with methods to conduct Continuous Improvement activities. Through a “Learn by Doing” approach, participants will conduct a practice exercise in tracking internal quality, setting measurements, establishing standards and leadership.

Date/Time: September 17, 7:30am-4:00pm

Location: Morgan Creek Golf Course, 3500 Morgan Creek Way, Surrey

To register, Click here

For more information, click here

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Lean Technical Mission – October 27-31, 2013, Toronto

On August 20th, 2013, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off

Build your company’s strategy for economic growth and sustainability!
Join FPInnovations this October and tour seven innovative and leading-edge Lean Manufacturing Companies, which includes the Toyota Manufacturing plant in Cambridge, Boeing Canada,and Duha both in Winnipeg.

Now more than ever, companies need to look outside to learn what others are doing differently. This is an exclusive opportunity for participants to see, learn and share innovative technologies, processes and manufacturing best practices.

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