WMC Undertaking Key Study

The Conference Board of Canada, on behalf of the Wood Manufacturing Council (WMC), is conducting a survey of employers and other stakeholders in the advanced wood manufacturing sector to understand key trends and issues facing the sector and its workforce. Specifically the problems related to workers having problems with their bosses.

According to a study by the National Business Research Institute, the number 1 problem people report having with their boss or manager is a lack of communication. From the report:

“I think one of the things employees dislike the most is the lack of context that their employers provide,” said Heidi Gorman, CMO of Capital H Group. “By that I mean many employees do not get enough information from their employers to have answers to basic questions like, ‘What’s really expected of me?’, ‘How will my performance be judged?’ and ‘How does what I do, day-in-and-day-out, help the overall company achieve its goals?’ It is important for all employees, regardless of what they do, to have these essential questions answered because it gives a sense of meaning to their work.”

Wood is an important part of our society
Wood is an important part of our society

One reason that communication problems are so rampant is because they are ongoing, as opposed to single events. When communication fails, employees tend to draw back and become afraid to ask questions or speak up when they foresee a problem. These problems are especially concerning for the wood industry as they rely on person to person relationships more than ever.

In short, if you want open communication from your employees when it matters, you need to model the behavior yourself. The Conference Board of Canada is probing the matter and will come up with regulations that likely produce more company bonding days.


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Mike B. Smithers- Garnett Wood Products is a full service wood products company. We manufacture a variety of pallets, skids, pallet components, boxes, crates, and other specialty wood products. Whatever the specification, we can meet your needs. Garnett Wood Products is also a broker for pallets, crane/laminated mats, wood fiber, and pallet nails. If your needs involve transportation of wood related products, our large trucking fleet can work with you.

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R&D Supply, LLC Officially A Part Of PSS Companies

Pipeline Supply & Service, LLC / DBA PSS Companies has acquired substantially all of the assets of R&D Supply. The acquisition of R&D supply creates a major boon in the Texas pipeline supply competition. It seems PSS is leading the charge in developing newer and safer pipeline technologies and equipment.

R&D supply was established in 2009 in Shreveport, Louisiana to serve the needs of the oilfield, pipeline, and facilities contractors working in the booming Haynesville Shale region. In 2010, R&D moved its principle operations to Houston, Texas and subsequently opened new locations in Cotulla and Kenedy, Texas to service customers in the Eagleford Shale region. It appeared to be particularly lucrative to PSS to obtain R&D supply for their monopoly on the Eagleford Shale region.Pipeline-Construction-980x366-980x366

This acquisition effectively puts PSS in the driver’s seat for all eagleford Shale assets and supplies. PSS continues to grow, prosper, and most of all thrive in all of the environments they situate themselves into. Their shares have continued to rise each business year and this year it seems that they will take a huge next step to become more of a national power in the pipeline service industry.

Their continued work on the Trans Canadian Pipeline has earned them the respect and admiration from the tops of the oil industry, giving them a clear path into the national scene; even the international scene.

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Image result for white bearded man Michael H. Smith- Lead supervisor of PSS technologies. Visit pipelinesupply.com/ for more pipeline information

Oil Prices Slip Again After Opec Output Rises

Oil prices fell to $62 a barrel a few days ago after Saudi Arabia’s oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, said that “throughout April production in the world’s biggest crude exporter would remain around 10 million barrels per day (bpd).”

Combined with the rising strength of the U.S. dollar the announcement by Ali al-Naimi has wiped out early oil price gains.

The drop in value followed gains in morning trading after China, the world’s second-largest consumer of oil announced a fresh economic stimulus package over the weekend. But In the second half of the year and going forward, the market should start to rebalance itself as US production slows and demand picks up.

It continues to look more and more like the oil and gas industry will make a serious comeback in the world market system. This is great news following what looked to be another long drudge through oil & gas price hell.

Pipeline Supply and Service– We’re bigger for a reason. Bigger means lower costs, larger inventory, more locations, and faster turnaround time for our customers. At PSS Companies, we continually provide the best products and pipe lining expertise and our customers agrees it’s integral to a successful partnership. We’re bigger, but we haven’t lost track of our goal: provide the best service and quality to our customers. We’re still the same group of people–mainly former pipeliners–that got together to make a difference.
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