Twister Meets Its Match

When a deadly F3 tornado, packing winds up to 206 mph, ripped through northern Indiana recently, Busk Brothers Furniture was in its direct path. Pre-engineered steel and masonry buildings on both sides were severely damaged or destroyed, but Busk Brothers sustained only very minor cosmetic damage.

That’s because Panzica Building Corporation made the decision to use precast concrete panels manufactured by Fabcon in the building. Fabcon’s VersaCoreª panels provide exceptional structural integrity and durability, helping to protect building occupants and material assets from a variety of demanding conditions, such as wind, force and fire.

“The high-density foam-core construction of VersaCore precast panels make them an ideal choice over other building material options,” says Mike LeJeune, president and CEO, Fabcon. “VersaCore panels have proven to provide superior structural strength and protection against fire, wind and a host of other potentially damaging environmental conditions.”

VersaCore’s unique design helps resist structural damage caused by extreme forces. Each panel continuously bonds together the tensile strength of steel and the compressive strength of concrete to deliver maximum structural integrity and superior protection against potentially damaging forces.

The noncombustible concrete material inherent in VersaCore precast concrete panels also enables them to effectively serve as structural fire protection barriers. Unlike buildings constructed with wood, which also must be equipped with sprinkler systems to actively protect against fire, VersaCore panels guard against fire without an additional sprinkler system.

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, the premier trade show for the structural building component manufacturing industry, provides the venue for the largest gathering of component manufacturers in the world. Show organizers are anticipating more than 2,200 attendees and 120 exhibitors at this year’s event.

BCMC will feature a number of educational programs, including a track for 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 nonautomated plants.

Also featured this year are three different manufacturers roundtable discussions 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).

For details on the show, visit the BCMC Web site at or call BCMC at 608-268-1161, ext. 9.

Single Source For Component Info
Wood Truss Council of America (WTCA) President Daniel Holland and Truss Plate Institute (TPI) President Bill Turnbull turned a corner in structural building component industry history in May with the signing of a “Joint Copyright and Publishing Agreement.”

The agreement, which encompasses the Building Component Safety Information (BCSI) 1-03 booklet, the B-Series Summary Sheets and all industry warning tags, is a significant step for the component industry as it provides building component manufacturers with a single set of documents that serve as a fundamental information base when dealing with the proper specification, storing, loading, handling, installing and bracing of metal plate connected wood trusses.

“The incredible cooperative effort of TPI and WTCA has resulted in what I believe to be the best information the industry has ever been able to provide to its customers,” Holland says.

Details or call 608-274-4849, ext. 8.