Press Release by 7HC0YF


									Press Release
May 21, 2007

                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                        Contact: Emmy Thorson-Hanson, 608/310-6702

                 Use of Wall Panels on Extreme Project Impresses Framing Crew
Madison, WI – On yesterday’s special two-hour season finale of ABC’s hit TV show Extreme Makeover:
Home Edition the show went to New York to help one family in need of new home. The build took place in
Colonie, NY with WTCA member Northeast Panel & Truss, LLC supplying roof and floor trusses and wall
panels for the project.

John Workstus designed the roof and floor trusses and Jake Masker designed the wall panels for the project.
One of their top customers, Amedore Homes, was the contractor for the Extreme project, and that is how
Northeast Panel & Truss got involved. “We had done both roof and floor trusses for them before, but they had
never used wall panels, so this was the first time they got to see wall panels in use,” commented Workstus.
“They [Amedore] were really impressed by the ease, speed and quality of the wall panels.”

Workstus also noted how the positive experience they were able to create using wall panels affected the
framers’ opinion of structural building components. “The volunteer framers on this project hadn’t used wall
panels either, and were quite skeptical going into it,” he said. “If something didn’t fit during the framing they
were planning to just keep building without that piece. They ended up using all of the wall panels. We have
gotten several compliments from the framers. They were totally astonished, pleased and impressed that we
could do something like that.”

Debbie Oatman-Gaitan (a single mother of four sons—one biological child and three adopted—two of whom
have HIV) was on the receiving end of this project. The deteriorating condition of their sinking home was a
death trap for her sons’ fragile immune systems. Now, with help from Northeast Panel & Truss, they have a
home where they can be healthy and safe.

For more information about Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and framing with components, visit


       WTCA – Representing the Structural Building Components Industry is an international not-for-profit trade association
      of structural building component manufacturers. Formerly the Wood Truss Council of America, WTCA evolved its name
     in March 2006 to more accurately reflect the work of the association and its membership. Currently, WTCA has more than
           820 component manufacturer members, 32 chapters, and more than 300 supplier and related services members
                             seeking to protect and expand the markets for the products they manufacture.

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