Panel/Modular Tour A Success
Based in South Bend, IN, this May 23-May 25, the Building Systems Councils annual spring tour of panel and modular factories was regarded as a success.

Modular Council President David Endy of Stratford Homes and Panelized Council President Bill Dudley of Carolina Model Homes kept the tour on track. A golf tournament on Sunday morning at nearby Blackthorn Golf Club drew a strong turnout of attendees, who managed to play a full 18, despite a brief rainstorm.

The winning foursome was Joe Kinker of Bonded Builders Home Warranty, Rick Wollums and Jeff Snyder, both of Unibuilt Industries and Roger Nelson of Andersen Windows.

Both days of tours were educational, with the All American and Pinnacle facilities standing out as production plants. All American’s plant in Decatur, the largest in their arsenal, also features an Ameri-Log model home.

Next year, the tour will be based in one of three states-North Carolina, South Carolina or Georgia. Members will likely make a final decision at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando.

BCMC Oct. 6-9 In Charlotte, NC
Mark your calendars for Oct. 8-10. That’s when The Building Component Manufacturers Conference (BCMC) will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC.

BCMC is the premier trade show for the structural building component manufacturing industry and provides the venue for the largest gathering of component manufacturers in the world. This year’s show has a racing theme, “Revvin’ Up The Component Industry.”

“No other show brings together the players and decision makers of the component manufacturing industry under one roof like BCMC,” says Craig Hall with Gilman Building Products Company.

BCMC will feature a number of educational programs, including breakout sessions led by knowledgeable industry representatives. The popularity of last year’s track on wall panels paved the way for a similar program at this year’s show focused on wall panel manufacturing issues, from building your business to daily plant management. In addition, BCMC will offer a new track on material handling in automated and non-automated plants. The presentations will kick off on Oct. 6, with a surprise guest speaker who guarantees to get attendees revved up.

Also featured this year are roundtable discussions from three different manufacturers and three plant tours, including trips to 84 Components (wall panel, roof and floor truss manufacturing), H.W. Culp Lumber (lumber mill) and Stock Components (truss, engineered cut packages and wall panel manufacturing). BCMC favorites will return to this year’s show, including the BCMC Bowl, Carbeck Silent Auction and Dunk Tank, and the Spouse Program. The grand prize giveaway is an entire year’s use of a 2005 J.D.H. Trussmaster 48’x8’6″ Heavy Duty Roll-Off trailer with sliding tandems, hydraulic front end, controllable rollers with remote and flooring options, donated by Lakeside Trailer.

BCMC will feature a number of educational programs, including breakout sessions divided into three tracks. These tracks, led by knowledgeable industry representatives, will share ideas and information on personnel, insurance, safety, business growth opportunities, wall panels and much more. The presentations will kick off with Brad Sherwood, a regular performer on ABC’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and other television programs such as “The Drew Carey Show” and “L.A. Law.” Gary Garcynski, the 2002 President for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will be the keynote speaker. This year’s economic forecast will be given by NAHB’s Assistant Staff Vice President and Director of Forecasting, Stanley Duobinis.

Show organizers are anticipating more than 2,200 attendees and more than 120 exhibitors at this year’s event. For details on the show, please visit the BCMC Web site at or call BCMC at 608-268-1161, ext. 9.