Month: July 2013

AWFS Woodworking Tradeshow 2013 Review

AWFS-Tradeshow-SmallerSo it’s Monday and AWFS 2013 is now a memory … the question being, “How was it Ross?” Personally, I would give it a 90%, which qualifies as an “A” in any university. All those who attended that I had an opportunity to speak with felt the trade show floor was well worth the price of admission. As far as the educational side was concerned, most told me they felt their money was well invested there as well, with very few exceptions.

From my perspective, the three most important takeaways were; the show was well trafficked, the attendance exceeded everyone’s expectation and most importantly, suppliers were writing orders on the floor. While I would never want to diminish the importance of the educational side, the above three factors are far more telling.

We all know the west coast has lagged behind the rest of the country when it comes to the ‘recovery.’ Well, it would appear the healing has begun. In addition, it is evident that practitioners across the country have positive feelings about the future of the economy and how it will affect their business and are continuing to invest in the future of their businesses.

So now we’ll all have to see if the housing market will show some steady growth in the third and fourth quarters. All indicators seem to indicate that we will see a steady but slow uptick in that market and we proceed through the rest of the year … but only time will tell. The waters we’re traveling across are still uncharted. All eyes are on the FED and how what they do will effect interest rates which will have a direct bearing on all of us. I will continue to read, research and bring you the best-calculated opinion in my blog on, and as we continue through 2013 into 2014.

This was written by Ross Scovotti from

Fetzers Architectural Woodwork West Valley City, UT

Fetzers Customer Testimonials On-Screen Takeoff

Fetzers Architectural Millwork utilizes OnScreen Takeoff for Woodworking

We are with Doug Durant with Fetzer’s Architectural Millwork, he is the estimation manager with Fetzer’s and they have been using OnScreen Takeoff for their estimations.

RSA Solutions asked a few questions on how they are using OnScreen Takeoff for woodworking and what it has done for them as a company.

How long have you had OnScreen Takeoff for woodworking and how has it changed the way you do business?

“We have been using OnScreen Takeoff for about two & half years, its made a significant difference in our estimating department. We have actually been able to take the program and we’ve gone totally paperless with our estimating systems. We know longer print plans, everything we do, in our estimating department is done fully computerized. We take the plans and import them in to OnScreen Takeoff right from the start. We able to do a complete takeoff on all our millwork items, we’ve got our conditions pre-defined and pre-named so its a very smooth process for us now, we are excited for what OnScreen Takeoff has done for us as a company.”

You are integrating OnScreen Takeoff for woodworking now, do you have plans to take OnScreen Takeoff any further than what you are doing now. Is it going to a part of your business going forward, and what do you plan to do with the software?

“We definitely plan on using OnScreen Takeoff and improving the way we use OnScreen Takeoff in our business. Its in our plans in the future to not just do our Takesoffs, with OnScreen Takeoff but were going to be integrating with our pricing process were it will flow from takeoff through pricing, integrating it within the rest of our business systems as well.”

Do you see yourself with out OnScreen Takeoff Software?

“Not at all, at this point we definitely don’t want to go backwards, its been such a great program for us, not only has it improved our speed of takeoff so that were getting more takeoff completed in the same amount of time. Its also taken us to cost saving measures, just to the fact we are no longer having to print plans. Its definitely been an improvement and a cost saving program for us as well as improved our efficiency. Its definitely here to stay.”