Friday, December 19, 2014

December's Builder Breakfast Passes PFS Inspection

Every month I ask myself if this month's Builder Breakfast will be one of my best yet and this month I knew after just 10 minutes that asking Rick Wenner, VP of PFS the national third party inspector for the modular industry, to speak was one of my best decisions yet.

Rick Wenner, VP of PFS (third from the left)
Rick began by showing us what PFS does that most of us have never known they do. Not only do they do Third Party inspections in modular home factories ensuring that the homes being delivered to modular home builders are compliant with all National and State building codes but they also do specific testing, evaluation and certifications for:

  • Engineered Wood
  • Industrialized Construction
  • Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS)
  • Fire Testing
  • Adhesives and Sealants
  • Wood and Composite Panels
  • Treated Wood
  • Wood Foundations

Their employees include Architects, Engineers, fire specialists, wood scientists and lots of laboratory technicians. PFS also does consulting, forensic investigations, holds seminars and sends out a newsletter.

Rick fielded a lot of tough questions from everyone and in the end we all walked away with a better understanding of how PFS is one of the biggest allies we as builders and manufacturers could possibly have. He also cleared up a lot of misconceptions many of have had about the third party inspection process.

I have one big suggestion for PFS. Make sure that every factory sales person knows exactly what you do and more importantly, don't do, when it comes to third party inspections. The sales reps must include this important information when talking to prospective new home builders that are thinking of switching to modular. It could be the deciding factor for the builder to switch to modular construction.

Rick, Thank You for sharing what PFS does for all of us and I really want you to came back again in 2015 and address even more of the modular housing people about what your company does.

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