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I have done both but started buying direct and then recently started a truss plant for our own internal use.

Next year I am looking to market trusses to builders.

What competitive advantage would you look for in a truss manufacturer that you can't get now?

What do you think of the following names

1. Builders Truss Direct
2. Wholesale Truss Direct
3. Builders Wholesale Truss
 

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If a truss company could actually build the trusses correctly and all the same or even to 1/4" I'd pay them 20% more
That seems odd to me. Mine are delivered strapped together and they are dead on. We use a plumb cut tail for the sub fascia and they don't need trimming, everything is built as it is drawn.

On floor trusses I draw the trusses with dimensions and HVAC chases leaving out the webs. They come out dead on. Even though the trusses themselves start and end at different locations the chases line up perfectly. My HVAC guys love that.
 

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That seems odd to me. Mine are delivered strapped together and they are dead on. We use a plumb cut tail for the sub fascia and they don't need trimming, everything is built as it is drawn. On floor trusses I draw the trusses with dimensions and HVAC chases leaving out the webs. They come out dead on. Even though the trusses themselves start and end at different locations the chases line up perfectly. My HVAC guys love that.
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Biggest thing in buying from small plants are if they are stamped plans.
We must provide engineered designs for each truss with our plans when applying for permits.

My designed plans included the design, without webs, for each truss with accurate dimensions. The truss company used those designs to engineer each truss, provide the engineering, that's what was built.

The trusses were designed to fit the plans, the plans were used to build the house. There was no reason to re-measure. It all starts with accurate plans then a concrete guy who can build a foundation that matches the plans. That makes it relatively easy for the framer to build a house that will fit the trusses that have already been constructed.
 

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I have done both but started buying direct and then recently started a truss plant for our own internal use.

Next year I am looking to market trusses to builders.

What competitive advantage would you look for in a truss manufacturer that you can't get now?

What do you think of the following names

1. Builders Truss Direct
2. Wholesale Truss Direct
3. Builders Wholesale Truss

i KNOW IF THE PRICE AND QUALITY WERE RIGHT, MANY HOME BUILDERS IF CONTACTED DIRECT WOULD DO BUSINESS WITH YOU IN sYRACUS.
 

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Can I send you a print?
I appreciate your interest and input but we are not ready for that yet.

Our goal is to be selling direct to builders this fall after we have perfected our procedures.

We are currently fabricating for our own internal uses only. So far we have the inventory, designs and experience with 24 and 30 foot pole barn trusses and are currently setting up for 40 footers.

Our truss prints are engineered and stamped.

I will be in touch when we are ready to present our capabilities to builders.
 

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PoleBarnsNY said:
I appreciate your interest and input but we are not ready for that yet. Our goal is to be selling direct to builders this fall after we have perfected our procedures. We are currently fabricating for our own internal uses only. So far we have the inventory, designs and experience with 24 and 30 foot pole barn trusses and are currently setting up for 40 footers. Our truss prints are engineered and stamped. I will be in touch when we are ready to present our capabilities to builders.
I'll keep you in mind
 

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Around here, I always go directly to the truss yard. (Have no idea if there is a difference in cost)

But my yard gives great detail drawings always stamped.... they have made several mistakes in the past... and had new trusses out in 1/2 day or an engineer (with lumber) for a fix. (Last time, she (female eng) wanted to make the repair cuts and reinforcements nailing herself.... I did it as a man/lady thing.... but it's a great fabricator)

(Both cases, I believe, it was a fabrication error... not a design error... )

Seems to me it's smart to deal directly rather than a middleman to copy/screw something up.!

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It has been challenging to find a truss manufacturer in every market we serve, that would sell direct, had competitive pricing, competitive delivery to a wide area and had a reasonable wait time for backlog. We have had to deal with a different manufacturer in each metro area we serve to maintain our margins.

Dealing with a middleman also got tiresome for us because of the lack of service, competence and wait time getting quotes back from our local supplier so we moved to another.

The new suppliers truss manufacturer got booked out 8 weeks in late summer. They moved to another and the prices shot up. I just got tired of it all, did my homework and cut all the shenanigans out of it by building our own. Plus we are looking to vertically integrate to increase our margins any way.

Our current issue is delivery of 40, 50 and 60 foot trusses which I think we are going to resolve by hiring it out until we build volume and invest in our own.

I figure other builders have similar frustrations. Perhaps I am mistaken. Time will tell when I start making contact with them to see what competitive advantages they are looking for.

One of the roll formers we deal with has made a business out of faster turn around times but it is a much different market situation so I'm not sure if it carries over to the truss market.

Thank you for all the input.
 
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