Franklin Building Supply

OWNER -TO- OWNER | 208-514-2200 | 9222 W. Barnes Dr. Boise, ID 83709 FEBRUARY 2019


A Conversation With Levi

expect to improve safety, efficiency, and productivity while providing the team with a plant they can be proud to call home. In addition to the new plant, we have some key personnel changes designed to help us grow

In 1999, Franklin Building Supply purchased a chain of Volco lumber and building material stores in the Magic Valley that included a truss “plant” in Jerome. The plant was actually a series of converted buildings and sheds, but together, they formed a functional truss plant. Since then, some of our finest people have worked in that truss plant, and we’ve provided trusses for countless projects across the region. If any of you have visited our Jerome truss plant in recent years or work there now, it’s obvious the plant is showing its age. The team in Jerome does well to make it work, but the tired buildings and suboptimal layout are impacting our ability to grow, improve, and work safely. After two years of preparation and planning, we enter 2019 resolved to begin construction on a new truss plant in the second quarter of the year and plan to finish by late fall. The team is excited and up for the inevitable challenges that lie ahead as we work to construct the new facility, maintain current operations, and pull off a smooth transition. The new plant will be built on a lot we already own that is adjacent to the existing plant. We’ll be able to keep the existing plant up and running until the final switch-over, and then the existing plant and yard will be turned into a yard for the new plant. The new plant will be very similar in size and layout to our Boise Truss plant, with a couple of notable differences including space for the floor machine line that resides in Jerome and bringing design and management offices all under the same roof. Once the team settles into the new plant, we

and take sales and operations in the world of trusses to the next level. As is true across the entire

company, whenever we have succession and new hires, we are able to reach higher because we stand on the shoulders of those who

have come before us. This is true at both Jerome and Boise Truss. Jim Davis, who has been serving as our general manager (GM) for both plants for the past few years, is stepping into a sales and design role, in addition to serving as our project coordinator for the new plant. Succeeding Jim as the GM in Jerome is Chad Witkowski, and in Boise, James Vogel. Along with these changes, I’m stepping away from direct executive oversight of truss, handing that responsibility off to John Hinshaw, who will also focus on assisting Installed Product departments across the company. With all these changes come new opportunities. I’m proud of the team we had before, and I’m proud of the team we have now going into 2019. Every year the executive team carefully evaluates the many capital- expenditure requests that come in from across the company to reinvest in or expand our facilities, fleet, and equipment. It’s challenging to prioritize, and there’s never enough money to go around and address all the needs and wants. As we continue to improve profitability and enjoy the tax benefits of being 100 percent employee-owned, we have more and more resources to grow and reinvest in our business. Your hard work and dedication to serve our customers make it all possible.

–Levi Smith Vice President, Operations


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