Stories

People always make the difference. Here are just a few who do.

Casey Collum

Vice President, Builders FirstSource (Huntsville, TX)

Casey Collum knows a vendor relationship going on 20 years is rare. It started in 1999 when he and his father opened Empire Truss. “I started working with Wood Tech Systems because of Jim [Mavrakes]. He was one of the first people who stopped by. So I like to say wherever he goes is where I go,” he laughs.

Dick Fennell

President, Diamond Truss (Ralston, Wyoming)

When Dick Fennell left his Ontario, Canada truss shop to start fresh in Wyoming, there was no doubt he would retain Wood Tech Systems as an equipment supplier. In fact, he credits Jay Halteman with the idea of setting up in the U.S. West. “Jay is the reason I’m here!” he said, explaining Jay knew of a shop for sale and suggested Dick make an offer in 2006. In the end Dick bought land and built his company from the ground up, but Jay helped influence the decision like only a true partner would.

“The single biggest value proposition is Jay’s consultative sales approach,” says Dick, a quality that delivers value time and time…

Nick Linsmayer

President, Villaume Industries (St. Paul, MN)

A family-owned company known for innovation spanning 125 years and four generations, Villaume is proof that innovation is born from an essential combination of leading edge tools and the people behind them. Both are qualities President Nick Linsmayer values in Wood Tech Systems.

As the first wood truss supplier in the state of Minnesota in the 1960s, Villaume earned the “innovator” moniker they’ve become known for. The company’s partnership with Wood Tech Systems dates back to the 1970s when Bob Linsmayer (Villaume) and Bob Halteman (WTS) struck a business relationship that would extend to the next generation.

Soon after sons Nick Linsmayer and Jay Halteman took over for their fathers in…

Peter Ward

Owner, Drouin West Timber and Truss (Australia)

It is safe to say that Peter Ward is a true visionary. It is this very quality that propelled him toward an innovative solution when he needed to grow the truss end of his business, Drouin West Timber and Truss in Australia. His international search for truss equipment lead him to more than just answers. A true partnership, born from innovation, Wood Tech Systems was with Peter through every step of the journey. The year was 2007; Peter sold his sawmilling business in order to focus on building trusses. He realized that in order to achieve this growth, he would need to invest in some good equipment, which led him to Wood Tech Systems’ (WTS) web site.

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