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January 31, 2020 | Founder Thoughts 001

 

Last month as Robert and I were sitting in the Cincinnati Airport (CVG) looking out the window waiting for our plane to arrive. I sat there, reflecting on the weekend we had at the first annual Construction Metal Rollforming Show. Before the start of the show, we bumped into a potential client (we’ll call him Mr. X and Mr. Y). Mr. Y had come to Wyoming the week before to meet us at our store, we had not known that they would be at the same show so that was a pleasant surprise. They invited us to lunch and we accepted. After Mr. X prayed for our lunch, we continued our discussion of potential business. It was nice to sit down with likeminded and good-hearted folks.


The show was small in comparison to the previous, similar ones Robert and I have attended, however we expected this since this was the first one. We talked to several vendors that we already use and talked to a couple of vendors that looked promising.

We are eager for 2020 with several things that we are changing. We believe the changes will directly affect you as a consumer in a positive way. We will have a bumpy road ahead of us while implementing these changes, but we are ready to face these challenges as a buffalo faces a storm head on.

These types of trips always get our creative juices flowing. We have barely scratched the surface of where we want to go. We have a strong vision for what we want to become and what we want W.B.S. to become and how that affects you as a probuilder or retailer. We welcome you alongside us as we push our vision forward.

 

 December 7, 2019 | Working With the Weather


The recent trend of weather fluctuations and several snow events have started me thinking about the contractors and how it affects their work.

 

Wyomingites are no strangers to cold temperatures, snow and howling winds. It’s a part of our states DNA. Learning to deal with those conditions and utilizing the proper tools to ensure you stay safe and warm, are important aspects to keep you profitable through our hardest months.

 

Lets look at warmth first. Good solid base layers that wick the water away from your body are the foundation to start with when dressing for your day. Brands like Under Armor, Nike, Duluth and many others offer these products and they are important. 

 

Grandpa’s long john’s are not going to cut it here.

 

You need a thin, quality base to keep your skin dry. Follow this up with multiple layers of quality, thinner products. This allows for better flexibility and the ability to shed layers as you warm up to stay at the optimal temp and not be sweating.

 

Finally, cover in a robust outer layer for wind and moisture protection. Brands like Carhartt and Duluth are coming out with a good line of free motion shell layers that really help keep your flexibility high. 

 

If you are like me, my feet get cold first and I constantly struggle with keeping them warm, but not sweating. A couple of things that work really well for me are a good quality, thin wool sock, and a quality waterproof boot. I even go so far as to take fresh socks to change at lunch time to stay dry. One odd thing that I do on those really cold mornings, is sprinkling some red cayenne pepper on my socks every morning. Be careful here, to much and you will realize how effective it is.Gloves and hats complete the tools to stay warm. Don’t skimp here. 

 

Buy quality products that will serve you well and fit the activity you are doing. Couple all of this with a silk scarf and you will remain toasty and warm.

 

Other products like Milwaukee’s electric coat powered by a M12 battery are phenomenal at keeping you warm and battery life is amazingly good. Products like these can eliminate some or all of the middle layers and keep you more flexible if you are doing a lot of bending through out the day. 

 

One big benefit of this style of coat is if you are constantly going in and out of a heated space like with a remodel project. When you are inside you start to overheat rapidly due to the amount of layers needed to stay warm outside. An outer shell solution like this allows you stay warm in sub-zero temps and shed very quickly to your base layer, once indoors. 

 

Working in cold temps also brings challenges for equipment and tends to highlight problems that were not evident in warmer months. Batteries seem to be a common casualty of the cold and slow cranking can cause for starting frustrations.

 

If a machine is suspect of not starting often, using a good quality heavy set of jumpers right from the get go is the best way to go, instead of using them once the battery has started waning. 

 

Block heaters are nice but often there are no handy outlets available. If its cold and machines are being started, appropriate warmup times, can substantially extend equipment life.

 

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