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July 2014

Solving the Construction Skilled Labor Shortage

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Mike-Dykstra-SmallThe Construction Workforce Development Alliance of West Michigan (CWDA) was created by the Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter (ABCWM), American Subcontractors Association of Michigan (ASAM), and Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids (HBAGGR). The goal of this alliance is two-fold: to present the construction industry as a smart career choice, and to provide educational opportunities for trade professionals.

Please check out the new CWDA website at

On Wednesday, July 9 at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville, from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m., there will be representatives from the CWDA that will be hosting a discussion about solving the skilled labor shortage. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about opportunities for involvement. To register go to I hope to see you there.

Zeeland Truss and Components Update

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Mike-Dykstra-SmallThe tornado that hit our Zeeland Truss & Components facility on Clay Ave in Wyoming on July 6 was significant.  We are thankful that no one was injured.  Our disaster recovery team is working hard as we manage this situation.  We have a team dedicated to managing the production, meeting daily to ensure we are serving our customer’s needs.

In the long term, we will have a better facility with an improvement on efficiencies and service.  In the short term, we are filling our production needs with our Elkhart, Indiana facility, as well as outsourcing to other truss supplier partners.  We have transferred 30 employees to Elkhart to build trusses and will continue to do what it takes to meet the needs of our customers.   We will also have temporary production on site in Wyoming soon.  Our design staff is in the Zeeland office with new computers and connectivity.

We have made a lot of progress in a week.  This will be a short term disruption on production and we have short term solutions for this.  We have two requests from our customer base.  We are requesting for more lead time notice on new orders.  The more advance notice we have on orders allows us more flexibility in scheduling production.  If possible, we are asking for four weeks advance notice on jobs; this extended lead time is a result of an uptick in business as well as our short term production disruption.  The second request is communication on jobsite delays and schedule changes.  We are committing to doing our part communicating and ask that we are in dialogue on the true requirements for jobsite delivery.  As jobsite schedules change, we want to ensure we are producing what is needed for your jobsite and this will help us work together towards meeting your requirements.

Thanks so much for your business and we are committed to serving our customers with excellence during this time of short term disruption.

Home Construction Loans

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For the next several weeks Zeeland Lumber & Supply’s ‘At Home Show’ is focusing on the real estate market and how it relates to you.  Upcoming guests include real estate agents, lawn care professionals and painting experts.  In the first episode of this series, Mark VandenBosch sat down with Jen Baker from Chemical Bank.  The pair discussed the current state of lending.

In the clip below Jen and Mark talk about home construction loans.  The pair debunk the ‘20% down payment myth’ and outline two loans options for people looking to finance a new home construction build.

Home Construction Lending

Watch our video here.

Storm Damage at Zeeland Truss & Components

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Mike-Dykstra-SmallLate last night, our Zeeland Truss & Components facility on Clay Ave in Wyoming was hit with a tornado.  The office is destroyed and approximately half of the roof collapsed in the main production
building.  This will temporarily disrupt our truss production.  Our wall panel production area was not impacted.  We are thankful that no one was injured as we had third shift employees working on site at the time of the collapse.

Truss-Plant-Office-300x266Our disaster recovery team is working hard to make us operational.  We are committed to communicating and serving our customers with little to no interruption in your jobsite schedules.  We are shifting truss production to our Elkhart, IN facility and will outsource as necessary to meet our customer’s needs.  Thanks for your business partnership and your confidence in our ability to serve you.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Mike Dykstra

President & CEO

Zeeland Lumber & Supply