It has been a very interesting and beneficial experience serving on this board
Moss, TN (Vocus) April 29, 2010
Honest Abe Log Homes, a manufacturer of log homes headquartered in Moss, Tennessee, recently represented the log homes industry at the Timber Products Inspection's (TP) Board of Advisors meeting. Held bi-annually, the meeting brings wood industry professionals from across the United States together to discuss a variety of issues including the current housing crisis. Jeff Clements, Vice-President with Honest Abe Log Homes, currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the TP Advisory Board.
“It has been a very interesting and beneficial experience serving on this board,” stated Clements, who is entering his third year of participation. “TP is involved in so much more than log homes. Participation allows us to gain knowledge into the rest of the wood industry as a whole. Other members represent companies and products that are often used in building our log homes. They have the opportunity to hear from us and network as well.” Ronnie Williams, President of TP notes, “We created our Board of Advisers about twenty years ago. Since the inclusion of log homes into the meeting, Honest Abe has represented our subscribers and their industry. Jeff provides invaluable input to the board.”
Honest Abe sees TP as an integral part of manufacturing a quality log home. As a member of the National Home Builders Association's Log Homes Council, Honest Abe Log Homes is required to follow, and maintain a log grading program. Timber Products Inspection oversees this program for Honest Abe, and provides this service for many other log home companies as well. Beyond log homes, TP grades and tests a variety of wood materials. Buy a 2x4 at the local hardware store, and it may have their grade stamp applied. TP has programs for lumber, pallets, engineered wood, green inspection, heat treatment, panels, trusses, utility products, and the list goes on. The company also conducts physical and chemical testing on a variety of products.
“Being aligned with Timber Products Inspection speaks to how important quality control is,” states Clements. “Every log that goes into a Honest Abe Log Home is graded and stamped to TP standards. That should give customers a great level of comfort and security that their logs are of top quality.”
Clements also reported on recent accomplishments made by TP, “They have made strides in 'green' home certification and rating.” Since November of last year, TP has certified twenty-two homes to the National Association of Home Builder's Green Building Standard. They have also become a RESNET Home Energy Rater, and are capable of certifying homes as Energy Star compliant. “We often lean on TP's knowledge and experience with engineering and grading, and now we look forward to having them as a resource for green building as well.”
About Timber Products Inspection:
Since 1969, the TP goal has been clear: to provide high-quality inspection services to our customers nationwide. Our drive and commitment to integrity keep us on the leading edge of the industry. Our creativity, loyalty, energy and entrepreneurial drive allow us the flexibility to respond to a customer’s every need. In this ever-changing industry, we never stop learning. Our support services are world-class: Specialized labs provide the latest information to our field staff, while active industry involvement keeps employees up-to-date on standards and in tune with promotional activities happening within the wood industry
About Honest Abe Log Homes:
Founded in 1979, Honest Abe Log Homes, Inc. is located in the rural community of Moss, Tennessee. Honest Abe is a privately held, family owned and operated company. From its modest beginnings, the company saw steady and consistent growth, and is recognized as a leading manufacturer of log homes throughout the United States. Honest Abe sells and delivers log homes nation-wide through four company owned models in Tennessee, and through a network of Independent Dealerships throughout the country.