Reform Industry Fair 2014

On July 18th, 2014, posted in: Japan, Markets by

On June 17th and 18th, BC Wood represented the Canadian wood products industry at the Reform Industry Newspaper’s annual Reform Show at Tokyo Big Sight. This two day show is unique in that it specifically targets professionals (mainly construction companies) in the renovation industry. For this reason, it is not a large show like the Japan Home Show, but it is the best event to learn about the trends in the Japanese renovation industry which many experts expect to grow significantly in the coming years.

This year, the show organizers put more effort into promotions which helped raise the attendance by 62% to 6943 people. Each year they offer a great slate of seminars that help builders learn about everything from the latest materials to sales and marketing techniques. This year’s program was again very impressive and the extra attendees made the show feel much livelier than in the past. I suspect that the increased interest in this show is also due to the post-tax increase lull in new housing starts. Construction companies are looking for new business which the reform market offers.

For BC Wood, we took a single booth and made a simple display of various Canadian finishing materials that are applicable to the renovation market. Many builders commented that they saw growing interest in renovations using solid wood products, especially for the older generation which appreciates the traditional look of wood. Thus, they want to replace the aging vinyl wrapped materials in their homes.

Another interesting trend I was told about was that older couples nearing retirement age are doing renovations to reduce the size of their homes. This seems odd as most people renovate to increase their floor area, but in Tokyo many homes are built with three stories to accommodate as many rooms for children as possible on small-sized lots. After the children leave home, those rooms are redundant but must be cleaned, creating unnecessary work. Also, people do not like the idea of having so many flights of stairs as they get older. By downsizing their homes from three to two stories, they can deal with these issues or even add a roof-top balcony where they can garden or spend their leisure time.

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USA Market Update

On July 18th, 2014, posted in: Markets, USA by

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

BC Wood along with five member companies participated in the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in San Francisco, California June 27 to 28. This trade event, 52 years strong, is the annual gathering for builders, architects, developers, and other folks involved in the residential and light commercial construction sector along the West Coast of North America. This year, it drew over 12,000 buyers and trade professionals to the two day event. That number itself is impressive as it represents the highest number of attendees since the downturn of 2008, but is still a far cry from the 50,000+ that attended during the housing boom of 2004 – 2007.

The feedback from both exhibitors and buyers suggest that the event was successful and a solid number of contacts and sales leads were generated from the show. This year, it seemed to me that there was a very large contingent of developers from the multi-family sector engaging exhibitors and looking for unique and innovative products at PCBC. As in the past, it appears that two markets were responsible for driving development in the multi-family sector: the High Tech and Oil and Gas sectors. The majority of multi-family builders I spoke to had active projects in regions that are hot beds for both of these sectors.

Silicon Valley, and the markets that make up the region, including Palo Alto, Cuppertino, and San Jose continue to see significant market development and demand for high quality condos and town homes. Developers cite the high cost of land and the continued influx of the young, affluent high tech workforce as the reason why this market is booming.

With Oil and Gas, we met with multi-family builders from as far north as Fort McMurray, Alberta and as far South as Houston, Texas. The energy sector is driving increased immigration into remote regions which is responsible for the growth in this market due to the higher demand for employee housing.

PCBC 2014 was a good event and was well received from both buyers and exhibitors. The short two day duration and location in the tourist destination of San Francisco, provided extra incentive for participation at the show. As the residential housing sector continues to grow, PCBC will provide an excellent venue for BC manufacturers to connect with buyers and decisions makers from across the West Coast of North America.

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In late September, BC Wood and its’ members will participate in the Denver Log and Timber Frame Home show, Sept. 26th -28th. The Denver show features displays from manufacturers of log and timber frame home manufacturers, pre-fabricated 2×4 and 2×6 house packages, 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 B.C. log and timber frame builders have remained active in a number of regional markets in the U.S., like the Rocky Mountain States, because it has been one of the few areas that have 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.

The feedback from the members attending recent Denver shows has been generally very positive. The number of attendees, while not back to pre-2008 levels, has been growing each year since 2011. Most exhibitors reported a more positive attitude from the attendees at the show last year. 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.

For more background on the Denver show or to register to exhibit at this event, please do not hesitate to contact me at bhawrysh@bcwood.com

 

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This year, BC Wood is planning a return to the Mexican market to look at opportunities for BC’s wood products. Mexico is a market which was showing good initial promise prior to the economic and construction downturn in the United States in 2008. Even during the downturn, Mexico’s dependence on imported wood products, now at US $1.4 billion per year, has been increasing at 5.5% annually. Softwoods comprise the vast majority of wood products imported into Mexico with some hardwoods used primarily in the furniture industry (hard maple and alder are popular imports).

Almost half of the total wood imports come from the US; much of this share is vulnerable to Canadian competition. Deforestation remains a severe problem and Mexico’s substandard infrastructure compels the country to rely on foreign sources of wood products. As the US and Canadian economies continue to expand, it is expected that Mexico will be forced to depend on larger and larger volumes of wood imports. In 2012, Canada exported almost $17 million of manufactured wood products to Mexico. This was an increase of 30.1% from the previous year. BC’s share of this total was $6 million, a year over year increase of 49%.

BC Wood will coordinate the exhibition of member companies at the Expo CIHAC in Mexico City. Expo CIHAC is the premier event in Mexico and Latin America for the construction industry. This trade event focuses on the importers and distributors of construction and building products, but also goods that are used in industrial application like the packaging and furniture manufacturing sectors. The Expo CIHAC will be a suitable fit for many suppliers for hardwood and softwood lumber and other wood based building materials.

BC Wood will also coordinate a trade mission component post CIHAC that will take participants to directly visit and meet with Mexican wood importers, distributors, and manufacturers. Member companies that participate in this event will have an opportunity to gain first-hand market intelligence, meet with qualified buyers, and increase the sales potential of their products. Space is limited in this program so for more information on CIHAC trade show and the proposed mission, contact Ken Hori at 604-882-7100 or by email at khori@bcwood.com.

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BC Wood will once again be ramping up its’ presence at the Interior Design Show West (IDS West) this coming fall, September 25-28, 2014 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. We will also create a special “feature” area to draw more traffic to the centrally located space.

The show attracts more than 35,000 attendees over 3½ days. This includes 5,000 guests to the Party On Opening Night, 6,000 designers, architects, buyers, builders/developers, and other industry professionals during trade day, and an additional 25,000 consumers interested in design.

A total of 1400 square feet of exhibition space has been set aside for the “Design BC” pavilion and feature area, with BC Wood covering a portion of the hard costs for this sector wide display. If you plan to participate in the IDS West show this year, please contact BC Wood ASAP to see how we can save you money and ensure you higher visibility through the “Design BC” pavilion. Booth space has almost all been allocated, so call Ken soon at 604-882-7100 or email khori@bcwood.com

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Specifier’s Program Update

On July 18th, 2014, posted in: Seminars, Trade Events by

The key areas of focus for the Specifiers Program the past month have been:

  • The Wood First Forum at the GBM
  • Member calls
  • Ongoing Specifier Program activities

The Wood First Forum and Other Programs at the GBM for Specifiers

Speakers have been pretty much finalized. The lineup is a good mix of local and international speakers with each bringing a great message ranging from the latest research with wood in Europe to the introduction of the Tall Wood Building in Prince George, and much in between.

We are also putting together the GBM exhibitor mini-seminars held on Friday afternoon for the specifiers. This is always one of the highlights at the GBM for the architects and exhibitors alike, as it provides opportunities for the exhibitors to present, in an educational format, their products and for the architects to learn about them. A win – win for both parties.

The educational portion of the GBM will wrap up on Saturday with a tour of the Passive House prefabrication facility in Pemberton. We will also visit the timber frame project in Pemberton that was constructed by volunteers from the Timber Frame Guild and will be a key venue for the Pemberton Music Festival which is taking place this week (July 16 – 20th).

Ongoing Visits to Existing and Potential Specifier Program Participants

I continue to visit companies throughout the province that we feel could benefit from the Specifiers Program. If you have not been visited but would like more information on the program, please feel free to contact me atrmanion@bcwood.com and we will set something up.

Ongoing Specifier Activities

Historically, summertime lunch and learn sessions at architect and designer firms have been almost nil until last year, when the summer was very active as several sessions were held. This year is following a similar format as we continue to average almost a session a week. While vacations do play a role and affect attendance, for the most part, it is negligible as we have been presenting to many firms’ full complement of staff. So far this summer, we are pleased to advise that we have been having sessions featuring a great assortment of topics. So much for the “dog days of summer”; it is busy and we love it!

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Kettle River Timberworks designs, manufactures, and installs architectural timberwork, post and beam, and timber frames throughout the Pacific Northwest. It was founded in Vancouver, BC in 2004 by David Petrina, a mechanical engineer with a diverse background in construction, sawmilling, and manufacturing in the technology sector.

Kettle River specializes in building and installing timber frame structures on remote islands including those with no ferry access.  As a licensed general contractor, Kettle River provides a full range of services to their clients, particularly for unique setting projects. They recently completed a stunning 1,000 square foot off-grid timber frame cabin on Nelson Island helicoptering all the materials to the site.  The cabin was featured on the cover of the January 2014 issue of Cottage magazine.

Kettle River Timberworks recently moved to a new location in Burnaby. Be sure to attend their 10th anniversary open house in the Fall to view their new showroom showcasing their high-end work that won them the best in Houzz for Customer Satisfaction Award in 2013. To view their Houzz page,click here.

For more information on Kettle River Timberworks, visit their website:kettlerivertimber.com

 

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Skyline Tradeshow Tips – July 7, 2014

There are countless information sources both online and off (many produced by Skyline around the globe) outlining what you need to do to be a successful event marketer. Topics range from booth design, promotions, choosing the right booth staff, selecting the right shows, and so on.

I was recently asked what I thought was the key to successful event marketing. My first thought was, “Jeez that is a tough question.” My second was, “This answer is not going to be popular!” In my opinion, the key to successful event marketing is planning. Boring, right? But bear with me, because if you create the plan you can then spend more time on all the fun stuff and do it in a strategic and rewarding fashion!

Here are some reasons why you need to create a forward plan for ALL of your events for the next 12 months:

1. Consistent Branding & Messaging

Your plan will outline what you want to communicate for each event. You will know what graphics you need on your display and what they will promote and highlight at your events. This will tie in with the promotional materials, uniforms, and entertainment you will use at each event. This will ensure a consistent message and look and feel across your entire show schedule.

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Log Home Bootcamp

On July 18th, 2014, posted in: Industry News by

Do you want to learn how to build log homes?

Join us for our Surelog Homes Boot Camp. During this Boot Camp you will be learning the fundamentals of log home building not in a classroom but on an actual log home building work site.

Your instructors Terry Hall, the Surelog Homes crew, and guest instructor, Gary Young Chief will walk you through:

  • Log home safety
  • How to choose your logs, both in the forest and in the yard
  • Log preparation
  • Introduction to tools and terminology
  • Foundation basics
  • Scribing methods
  • Basic Notches, windows and doors
  • Assembly and disassembly
  • Intro in basic roof systems
  • And ‘Micro Log Homes”

Watch this video for additional details and to meet your instructors:

 http://vimeo.com/100434492

Surelog Homes 'Log Home Boot Camp 2014'
DETAILS

This boot camp is being held at the Surelog Homes Log Yard in Tappen, British Columbia Canada from August 25 to 29, 2014. 

COST
The cost of the boot camp is $2,600.00 Canadian. This does not include flights, accommodations, and meals.

For more information or to register for this event, please contact Terry Hall at surelog@airspeedwireless.ca

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Please join us for our Co-op Presentation Evening on Thursday,September 25th, 2014.

Intermediate co-op students in the B.Sc. Wood Products Processing degree program at the University of British Columbia will be delivering presentations on their recently completed co-op work terms in the wood products industry.

An extended intermission is scheduled to provide a valuable networking opportunity to meet our industry partners, UBC faculty members as well as the students.  You will be able to meet co-op students in all years of the program, including those available for upcoming work terms.

Date:

            Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Time:

            6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Venue:

            Forest Sciences Centre

            2424 Main Mall

            Vancouver, BC

Map: http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?locat1=353

Please RSVP to sudeh.jahan@ubc.ca by September 12th, 2014

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Climate Progress – June 18, 2014

North America’s tallest modern all-wood building is nearing completion in Prince George, British Columbia, but it might not hold that high rank for long. Other wood buildings are in the works across the world as it gains a reputation for climate friendliness, beauty, and yes, even fire safety.

The Wood Innovation Design Centre will be a six-story building, the maximum for a wood building under British Columbia’s building code, but the Centre’s high ceilings mean it will be about as tall as the average 10-floor building. It’ll join the current highest and second-highest modern wood buildings, respectively, a ten-story Melbourne residential building and anine-story London apartment building.

But no new wood building yet has surpassed the world’s tallest, built in the 18th century. The Kizhi Pogost is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on an island in northern Russia, and has a central cupola 37 meters high, a few meters above the tops of the new wood high-rises. But it likely won’t hold onto the title of tallest wood building for long.

One all-wood building in northern Norway will be 17 stories high, and there’s also talk of a more theoretical 34-story wooden skyscraper in Sweden.

Click here to read the entire article

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The Micro-Business Training Pilot Program (“MBT Program”) offers eligible, small business owners funded training programs in general business skills such as bookkeeping, marketing, social media, management and other areas with the goal of improving productivity, decreasing costs and generating new revenue.

Eligible micro-business owners receive up to $1000 of funding support for courses in a variety of formats (online, classroom and/or one-on-one) offered by training institutions across the province including universities, colleges, PCTIA accredited institutions and Private Trainers.

This program is available to every eligible business owner across the province, and training options are available in every region, including online or elearning options.

For more information or to apply online, click here

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BC Wood’s Asian offices are currently in high-gear recruiting for this year’s GBM, but we are also getting ready for our fall in-market trade show activities. Immediately after the GBM, the first show in Asia we will be the China International Exhibition on Housing Industry in Beijing from September 16th to 18th. 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.

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 including flooring, decking, fencing, stairs, outdoor furniture, etc., landscape planning, construction, and maintenance including landscape design, golf course design and construction, green roofs, tourism development planning, etc.

Those interested in learning more about the show should contact Jim ativanoff@canadawood.jp

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In late September, BC Wood and its’ members will participate in the Denver Log and Timber Frame Home show, Sept. 26th -28th. The Denver show features displays from manufacturers of log and timber frame home manufacturers, pre-fabricated 2×4 and 2×6 house packages, 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 B.C. log and timber frame builders have remained active in a number of regional markets in the U.S., like the Rocky Mountain States, because it has been one of the few areas that have 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.

The feedback from the members attending recent Denver shows has been generally very positive. The number of attendees, while not back to pre-2008 levels, has been growing each year since 2011. 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.

For more background on the Denver show or to register to exhibit at this event, please do not hesitate to contact me at bhawrysh@bcwood.com

 

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This year, BC Wood is planning a return to the Mexican market to look at opportunities for BC’s wood products. Mexico is a market which was showing good initial promise prior to the economic and construction downturn in the United States in 2008. Even during the downturn, Mexico’s dependence on imported wood products, now at US $1.4 billion per year, has been increasing at 5.5% annually. Softwoods comprise the vast majority of wood products imported into Mexico with some hardwoods used primarily in the furniture industry (hard maple and alder are popular imports).

Almost half of the total wood imports come from the US; much of this share is vulnerable to Canadian competition. Deforestation remains a severe problem and Mexico’s substandard infrastructure compels the country to rely on foreign sources of wood products. As the US and Canadian economies continue to expand, it is expected that Mexico will be forced to depend on larger and larger volumes of wood imports. In 2012, Canada exported almost $17 million of manufactured wood products to Mexico. This was an increase of 30.1% from the previous year. BC’s share of this total was $6 million, a year over year increase of 49%.

BC Wood will coordinate the exhibition of member companies at the Expo CIHAC in Mexico City. Expo CIHAC is the premier event in Mexico and Latin America for the construction industry. This trade event focuses on the importers and distributors of construction and building products, but also goods that are used in industrial application like the packaging and furniture manufacturing sectors. The Expo CIHAC will be a suitable fit for many suppliers for hardwood and softwood lumber and other wood based building materials.

BC Wood will also coordinate a trade mission component post CIHAC that will take participants to directly visit and meet with Mexican wood importers, distributors, and manufacturers. Member companies that participate in this event will have an opportunity to gain first-hand market intelligence, meet with qualified buyers, and increase the sales potential of their products. For more information on CIHAC trade show and the proposed mission contact Ken Hori at 604-882-7100 or by email at khori@bcwood.com.

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IDSWest – Vancouver – Sept 25-28

On June 19th, 2014, posted in: Trade Events, Trade Shows 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 25-28, 2014 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. We will also create a special “feature” area to draw more traffic to the centrally located space.

The show attracts more than 35,000 attendees over 3½ days. This includes 5,000 guests to the Party On Opening Night, 6,000 designers, architects, buyers, builders/developers, and other industry professionals during trade day, and an additional 25,000 consumers interested in design.

A total of 1400 square feet of exhibition space has been set aside for the “Design BC” pavilion and feature area, with BC Wood covering a portion of the hard costs for this sector wide display. If you plan to participate in the IDS West show this year, please contact BC Wood to see how we can save you money and ensure you higher visibility through the “Design BC” pavilion. Call 604-882-7100 or email khori@bcwood.com

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We will be back at the beautiful Whistler Conference Centre for our 11th Annual GBM and have once again almost sold out the floorspace for 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 and North American Architects, Designers, Builders, Contractors, Developers & Engineers. Last year, over $33 million in new business was developed at this event alone. Click here to see who has signed up to exhibit already.

Here’s a short video on last year’s event

2013 Global Buyers Mission
2013 Global Buyers Mission

Pre-qualified Buyers will come from the US, Western Europe, China, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Taiwan and some newer markets like the Philippines and Malaysia.

 

Proposed Program Schedule

Thursday – September 4th

  • BC Wood AGM; WRCLA 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 5th

  • Breakfast with Opening Ceremony and Morning Networking/Tradeshow/Meetings
  • Afternoon Teal Jones Group Sponsored Golf Tournament; Architects (Wood First) in-booth presentations; or Whistler free time
  • Gala Evening Reception, sponsored by Alberta

Saturday – September 6th

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

Exhibit space is now VERY 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.

*Above image from Whistler Conference Centre

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Specifier’s Program Update

On June 19th, 2014, posted in: Seminars, Trade Events by Comments Off

Since our last Wood Connections, we have focused (and continue to do so) on three key issues:

  • The Specifiers Program at the GBM – otherwise known as the Wood First Forum
  • The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) and its impact on the Specifiers Program
  • Ongoing visits with existing and potential participants of the Specifiers Program

The Wood First Forum and Other Programs at the GBM for Specifiers

Our search for speakers both international and domestic is just about completed and will be announce in the next Wood Connections. As with past years, all of the speakers are top notch and will be discussing very current developments in their respective fields. We expect this program to be a great draw for the specifiers.

Other key areas we are working on for the specifiers at the GBM are our Friday afternoon mini-seminar sessions with the exhibitors, Saturday afternoon’s program, and of course, getting out the invitations to the Specifiers.

This year, invitations are being sent to specifiers in BC, Alberta, and the US Pacific Northwest – the last two are a result of our Specifier Outreach Workshops we held in those two jurisdictions. As with the speakers, we expect much of the foregoing to be completed and in place in the next couple of weeks.

The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation

You may have read other articles on the new Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). In the case of the Specifiers Program, every architect, designer, contractor, and engineer in Canada we invite to various programs must explicitly agree that they want to continue to receive our emailed invitations. We will be contacting the specifiers to receive their express consent so we can continue inviting them to our programs. As this has caught most of us off guard, we hadn’t planned for the extra time to implement it. However, like the rest of the associations in Canada, we just have to work our way through it.

Ongoing Visits to Existing and Potential Specifier Program Participants

This is a far more pleasant task than the just mentioned one and is actually one of my favorite parts of the job. Although today’s technology almost makes face-to-face visits a thing of the past, to me, there is nothing more dynamic than getting out and visiting participants in their place of business. I am well over half way through these visits and have enjoyed every minute of them, as each visit provides great insight into the people and businesses we regularly present to specifiers.

Should you require additional information on any of the above, please contact me at rmainion@bcwood.com.

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‘Reclaimed Is The New Black’

On June 19th, 2014, posted in: Product Sectors, Species by Comments Off

nakedwood, a Vancouver based creative wood design company is serious about reclaimed and sustainably harvested wood products. After being in the industry for over seven years manufacturing custom cabinetry, Owner/Designer Jaxon Howell was tired of the ordinary. He wanted to combine rustic and modern, making custom pieces for the new generation. While one-of-a-kind, handcrafted furniture and feature walls are nakedwood’s bread and butter, everything from cabinets to signs and picture frames can be crafted beautifully as well. All of the wood salvaged has its own unique character and history.

“Working with reclaimed wood is my passion. I want to reutilize these materials to recreate something fresh and unique. The character in aged wood, the deep grooves in the grain from being weathered, nail holes, wear marks, and scars from its use over the years give each piece a one-of-a kind look and feel, marrying the former story to its new one,” said Howell. Their unique, simple design allows their pieces to live in any style of home.

nakedwood was recently commissioned to provide some exciting pieces for the new HootSuite Media office that opened up last year. Everything from log stools and benches, to feature walls, bistro tables, board room tables, planter boxes, and more. They just finished up work on HootSuite’s latest office as well filling it with many more amazing pieces. They are continuing to supply HootSuite and other West Coast companies like Noodle Box and Lush with unique, custom pieces throughout the year. To view a gallery of images from last year’s HootSuite project, click here

For more information, visit nakedwooddesigns.com

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5 Ways Trade Shows Help Small Businesses Grow

On June 19th, 2014, posted in: Trade Events, Trade Shows by Comments Off

Skyline Tradeshow Tips – June 9, 2014

Small businesses can now garner the same benefits as their larger competitors at industry events and trade shows. Once seen as a corporate Who’s Who of business leaders, industry events are now recognized as an excellent opportunity for smaller local businesses and cottage industries. Trade show booth rentals have become more affordable, making these lucrative events a solid investment in future profitability for even the smallest business. The ROI is undeniable and the up-front investment is surprisingly affordable. Here are just 5 reasons that trade shows can help small businesses grow:

1. Renting Trade Show Booths

If your small business may not be able to afford a staff of marketing specialists or the production of a trade show booth, renting a booth could be a viable option. By renting trade show booths, your small business gets all the advantages of working with a team of experts and housing a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, without the expense. Trade show booths are designed by you, in conjunction with a team of advertising professionals, at a price you can afford. Your brand and your message will make a powerful statement with a rented display, while staying within your specified budget.

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