The COBU team had the opportunity to tour the R & D Thiel, Inc. facility in Belvidere, Illinois. In our office we often use floor and roof trusses in our designs, and this visit gave us a chance to see the next step in the construction process. The team observed how the R & D Thiel staff uses computer automated manufacturing equipment in combination with designers and carpenters to build trusses and wall panels. The material rolls by the rail car full in on trains and rolls out on semi-trucks to various job sites in the Chicago area and beyond.
Thanks to the entire R & D Thiel team for being so welcoming! Special thanks to Steven Drews and Scott Blocker for organizing this event, and Ryan Funk for leading the tour!