Specifier’s Program Update

Posted by Roy Manion
June 6th, 2014

We continue the process of meeting with industry to finalize the list of companies who will be actively participating in the Specifiers program for the current fiscal year. I find this to be a very enjoyable task as it allows me the opportunity of visiting many of our province’s manufacturing facilities and meeting with key individuals face to face to determine how best the program can benefit them. I never cease to be amazed with some of the great products our industry produces and am always anxious to assist those companies to expose their products to those who are tasked with specifying or procuring them.

Pemberton Barn Raising Event

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to get to witness a small portion of the Pemberton Barn Raising Event sponsored by the Timber Framers Guild. There were up to 60 timber framers involved in this 12 day event from all parts of North America including some from BC. All participating timber framers were volunteers and for many, these 12 days represented their vacation; a true dedication to their craft. Congratulations to all who participated.

This picture (above) was taken on Thursday, the 9th day of the event and everything was wound up by Sunday. Once completed, this facility will be used to house the Pemberton Music Festival this July 16 – 20 and will be a great legacy for the city of Pemberton, thanks to the Timber Framers Guild and key suppliers.

Vancouver Regional Construction Association Annual Conference, Whistler, BC

This is the second year in a row that BC Wood attended this conference where we exhibited, networked with the contractors, and attended some great seminars. We also used the occasion to increase our exposure with the VRCA and network with some of the exhibitors. One of those exhibitors was Canadian Construction Women.

Canadian Construction Women (CCW)

Not so long ago nursing, teaching, and clerical work were among the few career options available to women. Times have changed; now, non-traditional occupations including working in construction are among the choices women have. Also, more and more, women are becoming key decision makers in procuring product for construction firms. The CCW is an association that acts as a resource for information on construction and exists to attract and retain women in the industry.

After meeting with key personnel from the CCW and learning more about them, I am convinced the association offers some great opportunities for our industry. BC Wood is actively exploring how our two associations can work together to the mutual benefit of both. Stay tuned!

As always, should you require additional information or have any questions relative to this article, please contact me atrmanion@bcwood.com.

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Spotlight: Shelter Residential Design

Posted by Rumin Mann
June 6th, 2014

Vancouver based Shelter Residential Design is an architecture and furniture design company that has evolved out of the desire to create objects, spaces, and buildings that delight and inspire. At the root of Shelter’s design philosophy is a respect for the environment and a desire to reduce their ecological footprint. They bring a strong design vision to every project and understand the collaborative nature of building.

Principal, Mark Simone, has had a lifelong passion for photography and design. Upon completing a degree in Architecture from the University of Waterloo in 2000, he has spent time as a designer, artist, and builder to fully explore his creative vision in architectural and furniture design. His years of experience as a professional renderer allow him to fully capture the client’s vision by showing them how the finished project will look prior to starting on it. By doing so, clients can fine tune certain details to receive a result they are truly satisfied with.

Shelter was involved in BC Wood’s 2014 Structure program where 6 design companies designed a unique seat for a swing set made from Weyerhaeuser’s Parallam material. Parallam is made from laminated strips of veneer that are glued together. The swing spans 30 feet in length and was displayed at the Buildex show.

One of their recent projects was designing and building a 2200 sqft home in Squamish. Careful attention was paid to both building massing and window placement enabling expansive views to the mountains without creating a fishbowl effect from the interior. The defining feature for the home is the relationship between the large south facing clerestorey windows and the curved ceiling over the kitchen. The result fills the home with natural light and ventilation.

For more information, visit buildshelter.com.

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How to Launch a New Product at a Trade Show

Posted by Rumin Mann
June 6th, 2014

Skyline Tradeshow Tips – May 22, 2014

Managing Your Trade Show Booth for an Optimal New Product Launch

Launching a new product or product line is one of the best reasons to exhibit at a trade show. Trade shows give you the opportunity for a live, captive audience, and proves an ideal way to get your product in the hands of your targeted consumer demographic. Additionally, you can gain invaluable insight directly from the crowd about what they think of your product offering.

While a product launch at your trade show booth offers an impressive opportunity for yielded results, the process still requires careful strategy and execution to ensure you don’t leave business on the showroom floor for your competitors to steal. When creating your product launch strategy, follow these simple tips for maximum return on investment.

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

This past while I have been reviewing a number of marketing and sales websites that purport to connect manufacturers to buyers. Some are obviously better than others but two that I think really standout in the North American residential and hospitality sectors are Houzz and TODL.

Houzz targets the residential housing market and is a site designed to help trade professionals including builders, architects, interior designers, and home owners. This platform provides design inspiration, project advice, product information, and professional reviews to help homeowners, designers, and trade professionals turn their ideas into reality.

Watch this quick video on how Houzz has helped companies:

(video link: http://vimeo.com/53188990

TODL (Trade Only Design Library) is a portal that services professionals in the Hospitality and Design sectors. TODL has built the largest pre-qualified group  of design professionals in the world providing over 70,000 interior designers, architects, retail purchasers, facility managers, builders, landscape designes, and other professional purchasers access to more than 300,000 products for their residential, contract, commercial, hospitality, and LEED-certified projects.

I think that it’s worth your time to have a look at these sites and see if they are worth the investment. They are not for every company, and very much product dependent; however, they do provide another avenue of sales and an increased exposure of your product in the market. If you decide to go down this road, I believe that high resolution professional photography is an absolute must.

As always for more information on the US market and opportunities throughout the States please contact me at dfarley@bcwood.com

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The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has named the winners of the 18th annual IIDA/HD Product Design Competition. Presented in partnership with Hospitality Design magazine, Contract magazine’s sister publication, the awards recognize innovation, functionality, and aesthetics in the hospitality industry. The competition is open to exhibitors at HD Expo 2014.

Sticks and Stones Furniture received the award for Best Product Design – Outdoor Seating for their Social Circle fire pit and bench design. Coming in at just under 10 feet in diameter, this fire pit and bench ensemble sits up to six people. With its moving seats, guests can snuggle up together, or enjoy a few solitary moments alone with the fire. This solid yet comfortable piece can be installed both indoors and out. Out of doors, this piece is often seen in gardens and on patios and runs on either natural or propane fuel. Indoors, this ensemble makes for an elegant addition to lobbies and lounges, and runs with an ethanol burner from eco smart fire.

For more information on Sticks and Stones Furniture, visit

sticks-and-stones.ca

For a list of the winners, click here

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2014 BC Creative Achievement Awards

Posted by Rumin Mann
June 6th, 2014


The Carter Wosk BC Creative Achievement Awards for Applied Art and Design celebrate British Columbians who through their creativity contribute to the cultural and economic fabric of the Province.

Both established and emerging artist and designers are invited to apply.Up to three awards of $2,500 each will be presented to applied artists and designers whose work has a practical function. Individuals who work in jewellry, glass, wood, fibre, clay and metal in such areas as, but not limited to, textiles, furniture, weaving, ceramics, fashion and industrial design are eligible.

Deadline for Submissions: July 10, 2014

For complete information, contact the BC Achievement Foundation or visitwww.bcachievement.com/creative/info.php

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Globe and Mail – May 28, 2014

Vancouver furniture designer Brent Comber, whose elegantly simple pieces exploring the materials of the Pacific Northwest have won him international renown, has a new furniture collection that takes him back to a new art form. The collection, called Ikebana, is, as the name suggests, based on the Japanese art of flower arranging.

“Before I decided to get into woodworking full time, I thought maybe I would open a flower shop, actually. I’ve always liked flowers and the discipline of how they’re arranged,” says the man who has been dubbed the “wood whisperer”.

“When I learned more about the Japanese point of view, and the discipline of ikebana, I really appreciated the negative space that they liked and also I liked the idea of honouring the leaf and the stem and the flower all with equal importance,” Comber adds.

The exploration of negative space is highlighted in the ends of occasional tables, and Comber’s interest in materials runs throughout the entire collection, composed of one console table, called Seika, and three solid wood pieces, called Shin, Soe and Hikae, that can be configured – arranged like flowers, in fact – in multiple ways.

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On June 12th and 13th CAWP  invites you to two days of workshops 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 with expert technical knowledge and practitioners with significant experience using the technology will present in an informal environment that will encourage two-way Q&A and knowledge sharing throughout each day.

Who Should Attend?

  • Existing users of CNC-controlled timber processing equipment and those considering investing in such technology (for Day 2 in particular)
  • Architects, designers, and engineers wishing to better understand how digital design and manufacturing tools are impacting the design-fabrication-construction continuum (for Day 1 in particular)

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

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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Free Anti-Spam Legislation Webinars

Posted by Rumin Mann
June 6th, 2014

There are two free upcoming webinars to educate you on the new Anti-Spam Legislation:

Opt-in Canada (Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation): How to Make it Work for Your Business – June 9 at 10:00am to 11:00am

Join us June 9 at 1:00 PM ET to learn all about the law and its implications for you as a small business or nonprofit organization. Lisa Kember, our Eastern Canada Regional Development Director will be hosting a live discussion with special guest Shaun Brown, a Canadian lawyer and expert on CASL. Shaun speaks and writes regularly about CASL regulations and he has recently published a book entitled A Complete Guide to e-Marketing under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation.

Click here to register.

Get Ready for CASL with Constant Contact – June 12 at 10:00am to 11:00am

CASL (the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation) will go into effect on July 1, 2014. Are you ready for it? Do you know what you have to do to be compliant with the law after July 1st? Join us for this webinar which will review some of the core components of the legislation and provide you with some simple guidance on what you can do today to prepare your business and your marketing efforts for the new guidelines. Attendees will learn:

  • The core components and key language of CASL
  • The impact of CASL on non-Canadian businesses and nonprofits
  • What you can do today to set yourself up to be compliant with the law
  • Why all of this matters to small businesses in the context of growing your contact lists

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CASL requires businesses to obtain consent to send commercial email to Canadians. This means if you have an email address in your email marketing list that ends in .ca or that you suspect belongs to a Canadian, or if anyone opens your email in Canada, this law is applicable even if your business is based outside of Canada.

The new legislation, which takes effect July 1, will be one of the strictest anti-spam policies in the world and will significantly affect the communications efforts of businesses of all sizes. The new regulations are part of an effort to crack down on spam, hacking, spyware, fraud, address harvesting and the invasion of privacy.

Commercial electronic messages, or CEMs, are electronic message that encourage participation in a commercial activity, regardless of whether there is an expectation of profit. If a sender is not in compliance, penalties can reach a maximum of $10-million for each violation. The amount is determined based on several factors set out in the legislation and there doesn’t appear to be any grace period – the CASL website notes it is enforceable and compliance is required as soon as the regulation comes into effect.

To read the entire article, click here
For more information on the legislation, click here

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Korea Market Update

Posted by Jim Ivanoff
May 14th, 2014

The Korea Wood Fair 2014

The Korean Wood Newspaper has launched a brand new trade show called the Korea Wood Fair in order to give the Korean wood industry its own unique event. Korea has many massive construction industry shows covering all types of construction and building materials; however, this new show will give BC Wood members a great opportunity to specifically target the majority of the Korean wood buyers all in one place. It will be held at the COEX Exhibition Center with over 70 exhibitors and 12,000 visitors expected (industry people only). Products showcased at the event include structural lumber, remanufactured wood products, interior and exterior finishing products, as well as landscaping materials. As a part of a Korean government drive to internationalize Korean trade shows, the show organizers will be able to subsidize some of our members’ air and accommodation costs. For more information on this program and the show details, please contact me at ivanoff@canadawood.jp.

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Canada Market Update

Posted by Dave Farley
May 14th, 2014

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

Last week, I participated in the Modular and Offsite Construction Conference at the University of Alberta. There were lots of interesting stuff and good speakers, but what impressed me most was how far this type of construction has improved over the last decade. It wasn’t long ago that the word modular was synonymous with the mobile home parked permanently at the trailer park. Back then, your choices were based on width, single wide or double wide. Today, modular construction is seen as the best solution for reducing costs and construction time and in the end, a very high quality product. Of interest was how modular builders and suppliers are being driven by the boom in the energy sector. Growth in oil, gas, and potash across western North America and the need to house thousands of workers in remote regions have led to vast improvements in modular construction. Also, with a relatively short construction window in colder parts of the continent, companies have turned to factory and modular construction to meet their needs. This sector is one to certainly watch over the next while as I suspect that more firms will require that construction activity be completed in the controlled conditions of a factory rather than on site.

One of the companies leading the way in modular construction and one to keep an eye on is Landmark Homes in Edmonton. This company has been around for 30 years and in that time, has become a leader in the design, construction, and erection of pre-built housing across the province of Alberta. They are not dissimilar to BC Wood members, Viceroy and Pacific Homes in that they design and build high quality energy efficient homes in a factory setting. Where Landmark differs is that they have a house from foundation to lock up in two days. In essence, all components of the house are constructed in the factory including the porch, staircases and even the roof with asphalt shingles and all. The benefit of their business model is amazingly quick construction time; the weakness, in my opinion, is that they are subject to a relatively small region on where they can sell their product as everything has to be trucked to site. Currently, they are producing 80 homes a month in their factory and shipping up to 125 kilometer radius around Edmonton. The automation in their factory is state of the art and impressive to see. As mentioned, if they ever figure out how to ship in containers rather than truck, then then they will have a highly exportable world class product.

As always, if you have any comments or questions on this or the US market, please contact me at dfarley@bcwood.com

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Specifier’s Program Update

Posted by Roy Manion
May 14th, 2014

We are almost half way through May and 6 weeks into our new fiscal year. Historically, the first two to two and a half months are spent finalizing companies who will be participating in the Specifiers Program for the coming year; this year is no different. While the majority of activities with the specifiers happen in the last six months of the year, the program is active year round. This fiscal year, we have already held four lunch and learn sessions and are in the process of organizing more for the balance of May and June.

Since some activities, such as organizing factory tours, can take a couple of months, we encourage companies that are considering getting their message out to the specifiers to get involved in the program as soon as possible. A number of companies recognize this and have already signed up which is good to see.

We are also in the process of travelling around the province to meet with companies who we feel the program would benefit. Our travels are currently limited to the Lower Mainland but shortly we will be going to Vancouver Island and the Thompson Okanagan district. If we haven’t contacted you yet but you would like a visit to discuss the program, please let me know and we would be please to arrange a visit with you.

Next week, we will be going to Whistler to attend and exhibit at the Vancouver Regional Construction Association’s annual conference. This will be our second year of participating in the conference which offers excellent opportunities to provide exposure for participating companies’ products to construction firms in the Vancouver Region.

GBM:

Getting Specifiers – architects, designers, contractors, and engineers – to the GBM is a major part of the organizing as their attendance is an important element for many of the exhibitors. Therefore, we work hard to maximize specifiers’ attendance. Two key features for the architects are: the first is the Wood First Forum – a series of seminars given by highly qualified speakers held on the Thursday; the second is the mini-seminar series which is held on the exhibit floor on Friday afternoon. For those unaware of this event, we have up to 20 exhibitors give 15 minute educational mini-seminars to small groups of specifiers throughout the afternoon. This has proven to be a very popular event with both the exhibitors and the specifiers and will definitely be a major activity this year. Stay tuned for more details in future Wood Connections editions.

If you have an interest in gaining product exposure to the very influential specifier community, I can be reached at rmanion@bcwood.com.

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Spotlight: Trueline Moulding Group

Posted by Rumin Mann
May 14th, 2014

Kelowna, BC based Trueline Moulding manufactures high quality interior stairs, railings, mouldings, and trim for builders, developers, architects, and homeowners in the Okanagan Valley. Trueline Moulding was established in 2012 by three partners who each have over 20 years of experience in the industry.  Each partner brings a diverse set of skills to the company, providing the customer with a wide variety of high quality products. Trueline Moulding prides itself on their excellent customer service and going the extra mile for their customer.

The experienced and highly trained staff at Trueline Moulding can custom produce almost any product to meet the needs of a specialized project. One example of this is a custom stair project they recently completed. It is a one-of-a-kind housed curved to straight solid oak stair case with a flair on the bottom. This unique staircase features 3″ thick solid oak treads and stringer, free standing stringer, lighting under the treads, two-part double stacked oak railing square metal spindles, 8″ tapered oak post at the bottom, and a curved inner heel for added support (image below).

For more information on Trueline Moulding, visithttps://www.facebook.com/TruelineMouldingKelowna

Spotlight: Trueline Moulding Group

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Skyline Tradeshow Tips – May 14, 2014

How can you enhance the look of your exhibit at your next show, without breaking the bank? Like any outfit you’ve had for a while, adding accessories can give you a whole new look.

Some of the greatest exhibit designs today use simple accessories to create a new look at their shows, or add a little “punch” to their exhibit. Just like that scarf that adds the right color to an outfit, accessories can add the graphic or addition to your booth you need.

LOOK UP: With the addition of finials or design elements and blocks of color to your exhibit, you can really highlight your corporate colors and create a nice, finished look. Try adding additional lighting to an area within the exhibit to enhance a graphic or a particular area of the booth. You could also use colorwash LED lights to change colors and add some interest to your exhibit.

LOOK DOWN: Just like the right shoes can complete an outfit, exhibitors are now considering the floor as an integral part of their booth design. Flooring can really enhance the overall design by adding richness, tying together your branding, or enhancing the overall environment. To give a more high-class feel to your booth, consider using deep and rich colors for your flooring. This can easily be done with flex-flooring solutions as a cost-effective addition. If you want to maintain an industrial image, use something like brushed metal flooring. No matter what look you’re going for, choose something that is unique and customizable to your message and brand.

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On June 12th and 13th CAWP  invites you to two days of workshops 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 with expert technical knowledge and practitioners with significant experience using the technology will present in an informal environment that will encourage two-way Q&A and knowledge sharing throughout each day.

Who Should Attend?

  • Existing users of CNC-controlled timber processing equipment and those considering investing in such technology (for Day 2 in particular)
  • Architects, designers, and engineers wishing to better understand how digital design and manufacturing tools are impacting the design-fabrication-construction continuum (for Day 1 in particular)

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

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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CAWP offers a Management Skills Training Program as a set of 8 short, affordable training courses for wood products manufacturers. We are offering two management skills training courses from June 9th to July 21st, 2014

-       New Product Development

-       Supply Chain Management

For more information please visit Management Skill Training website:http://cawp.ubc.ca/training/wmc-management-skills-training-program/

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Webinar on Microcracks

Posted by Rumin Mann
May 14th, 2014

Microcracks are thin checks on the surface of wood products. They often show up after you have applied the final finish, and they can lead to costly rework, or even more expensive customer callbacks.

If you are dealing with microcracks on the wood surface of your appearance products, join FPInnovations’ webinar to learn more on the origin of this problem and how to reduce its impact.

The webinar will discuss:

  1. Where do microcracks come from
  2. How to identify wood that is prone to microcracks
  3. How to process solid wood components to reduce the impact of microcracks

Date:  May 29, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 10:30am

Click on the link below to register:
https://www.eply.com/WP_Webinar_Microcracks_May29

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DOING BUSINESS IN THE US: FOR NEW EXPORTERS

This workshop is the start of an exciting new campaign developed to help small to medium size wood products manufacturers’ move into the growing US marketplace.

We start the program with a day-long workshop geared to answering some important questions for first time exporters on helping to minimize the risk of taking your first steps into the marketplace. The morning session will focus on the specific things you need to know about dealing with US Customs and Immigration policies, as well as the logistics and paperwork involved in shipping your sold products to market.

The afternoon session starts with real life experiences and an open discussion from industry members and BC Wood’s US Representative, Dave Farley; then we will talk about important banking and currency considerations; and Neil Godin will finish up the afternoon with effective information on delivering a productive tradeshow in the US. Step two in the program will be active participation in either a trade mission or tradeshow into the market.

WHO SHOULD GO?

Owner/operators, managers, sales managers and salespeople from small to medium size manufacturing firms in BC.

THE DETAILS?

DATE: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
TIME: 8:30AM – 4:30PM
LOCATION: 601 W Cordova St.. Vancouver, BC

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USA Market Update

Posted by Dave Farley
May 1st, 2014

A few comments, suggestions, and ideas for the industry…

The US construction market continues to grow at a solid pace. This was once again evident during my trip to Texas for meetings with one of my favorite building product retailers in the Nation, McCoys Building Supply.

McCoys is the largest independent building products retailer in the United States with 85 stores in five states and boasting projected sales this year of $700 million. More impressive is the fact that McCoys is a fourth generation, family-owned supplier of lumber and building materials; today being run by Brian McCoy and his daughter Megan McCoy Jones.

In meeting with their forest products group, it was brought to my attention that of the $700 million in sales, over one half (51%) will come from the sale of lumber and forest related wood products. That number itself should make our industry take note of the value and importance of working with “smaller distributors and retailers” such as Mccoys.

On the relative strength of the Texas and Southwest US market in which they operate, I was told that on Monday, April 28th, they recorded their busiest “non-hurricane” sales day in the company’s 100 plus year history. When pressed as to why is was so busy, Tom Hastings, who heads up McCoys wood products team, commented that Texas was in the midst of a construction boom not unlike what they experienced in mid-2000.

I enjoy meeting and working with family run independent companies like Mccoys in the South, Hayward and Beronio Lumber in California, and Simkin Hallins in Montana. I believe the way they conduct business and focus on building long term relationships with suppliers is a key to their success. I also believe that these types of firms are a good fit for our members as our base is made up of small family run businesses just like McCoys. We are hoping to have the McCoys team and other independent distributors join us at the GBM in Whistler this September.

For more information on the US market, feel free to contact me atdfarley@bcwood.com.

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