WTCA membership approves name-change to Structural Building Components Association; will remain a separate council under SBCA umbrella

MADISON, Wis. , October 17, 2008 (press release) – The WTCA membership voted to change its name to the Structural Building Components Association (SBCA) on October 2, 2008. The vote took place at the association’s Annual Meeting, held during the Building Component Manufacturers Conference (BCMC) in Denver, CO. The vote, in combination with online input from members immediately prior to the meeting, garnered 119 component manufacturer responses resulting in over 92% of them favoring this direction.

This final evolution comes more than two years after the association’s leadership began discussing the membership’s business activities including products and services being provided beyond just wood trusses. In 2006, the WTCA Board and membership voted to change its name from the Wood Truss Council of America to WTCA – Representing the Structural Building Components Industry. This change most accurately reflected the diverse product lines and value-added services being brought to market by component manufacturer members.

At the time, 2006 president Don Groom said, “Most of our members have embraced many forms of components beyond wood trusses. In the future most of us will embrace new products and consider new raw materials for components. Embracing this change will help our industry continue to focus on the aggressive advancement of our being the future of framing for all building construction.”

SBCA President Ben Hershey, who advocated immediately moving forward with the final name evolution, said, “over the years we have seen component manufacturers expand their market through the production of not only wood roof and floor trusses, but also to wood wall panels; steel roof and floor trusses and wall panels; and the distribution of engineered wood products among other things.”

The completion of the association’s evolution to SBCA will still allow WTCA to remain a separate council under the SBCA umbrella and will function similarly to the Cold-Formed Steel Council (CFSC). “The decision to change our name is more a reflection on what we now produce and market without losing sight of where we started,” Hershey explained.

SBCA Executive Director Kirk Grundahl said, “Our objective is to advance our industry’s best interests through the very positive foundation that the concepts undergirding SBCA foster.”

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