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Web Link Resource Description WTCA – The Wood Truss Council of America is the central agency that represents the manufacturers of structural building components. They provide leadership for legislative, regulatory issues, and they help in setting standards, such as building best practices for the Truss Industry. They create various products and publications to aid the construction industry. They also are available to address technical questions. TPI – The Truss Plate Institute specializes in plate and truss design engineering. Their truss design and construction standards are developed in accordance with recognized consensus procedures established by the American National Standards Institute. PFS – This organization is an internationally recognized quality assurance agency. They evaluate and certify a broad range of products and structures, including all types of engineered wood products, wood building components, and industrialized building systems. BATC – The Builders Association of the Twin Cities primary goal is to increase the professionalism and quality of the homebuilding industry. They offer educational opportunities and public policy initiatives. BATC presents the Parade of Homes Spring Previews and Fall Showcase as well as the annual Remodelors’ Showcase. Membership directory of BATC Hoo-Hoo – This organization promotes the health, education, and welfare of the forest products industry. Hoo-Hoo is one of the world’s oldest service organizations, having been organized in 1892. TrusWal – TrusWal Systems is a subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works (ITW). They are an industry leader and innovator. They have invested millions of dollars and thousands of labor hours towards the development of state-of-the-art software programs for component design, engineering, building layout, and truss plant management. Simpson – Simpson Strong-Tie is a leading supplier and manufacture of metal connector products. They play a critical role in designing and building structures that are stronger and safer. WWPA – The Western Wood Products Association represents softwood lumber manufactures from our western states. They deliver lumber grading, quality control, technical, business information and product support services to those that use softwood lumber products throughout the world. BCMC – The Building Component Manufacturing Conference is an annual event where all facets of component manufacturers and vendors gather to keep abreast of industry trends and new innovations in software and machines. This forum allows those in attendance to work together to better not just their own facilities, but the industry as a whole.