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 www.sbcindustry.com. ### 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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