June 2016
Meet Our Staff
Jessica Jewett

New to PFS TECO's Manufactured Structures Division is Jessica Jewett, a Plans Examiner working in the corporate office in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. Jessica comes to us with a BS in Civil Engineering, minor in Environmental Engineering, from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  

Originally from southeastern Wisconsin, Jessica served in the US Air Force as an F-22 fighter jet avionics technician, stationed at Langley Air Force base in Virginia.  
   Calendar of Events
Canadian Wood Council Annual Meeting
June 15-16, 2016
Toronto, ON, Canada

American Wood Council Technical Meetings
July 19-21, 2016
Ashburn, VA

September 7-9, 2016
Austin, TX

September 14, 2016
October 13, 2016
Philadelphia, PA

October 26-28, 2016
Las Vegas, NV 

November 2, 2016
Orlando, FL

January 10-12, 2017
Orlando, FL
Our Website(s)
"At its heart, engineering is about using science to find creative, practical solutions.  It is a noble profession."  

-- Queen Elizabeth II
Queen of England

"That Queen is one smart lady."  

-- Jim Rothman, PE
Welcome to the first edition of The Newsletter from PFS TECO.  We could not be more excited about what this merger means for us and our customers, and about what we will be able to do better, and more of, in the future.  

Since the merger last year, we have been working diligently to organize the combined company into a single operation that delivers the most effective and efficient services to our customers.  A few changes that we've made that you will notice include: 
  • this inaugural newsletter replaces the former PFS newsletter (Encore) and the former TECO newsletter (Under the Roof); 
  • we've developed a new brand to market the combined services under (see following article), and 
  • we are developing a new combined website. 
We will publish editions of the The Newsletter whenever we feel we have news to share.  Stay tuned... 

Jim Husom
President & CEO  
Introducing PFS TECO Logo, Marks
In April we unveiled our new logo, and a reminder that our certification marks have not changed. You can still depend on the PFS and TECO TESTED marks, as they are "Marks You Can Build On." 

We've released our new letterhead, business cards, some promotional items and are working on other ways to promote and enhance our new brand.  While the name and the letterhead have changed, our personnel have not.  Manufacturers and code and accreditation authorities can expect to speak with the same 70+ service-focused PFS TECO professionals they have worked with in the past. We are confident that by combining expertise and efficiencies of the two companies, we will be able to deliver better, quicker, and more efficient service than ever before.

If you have any questions about the new organization
or about what PFS TECO can do for you, you can contact the same dedicated PFS TECO individuals you have always worked with.  
Manufactured Structures Division
Training Seminar
Fifty-six professionals of factory-built modular and manufactured home manufacturers participated in PFS TECO's Training Seminar #91 held in State College, PA on January 7-8.  Led by Robert Gorleski, General Manager of the Manufactured Structures Division, the training session gave people in attendance the opportunity to learn about current issues from building code officials and state regulatory personnel.

For information on attending future PFS TECO Training Seminars, contact:

Robert Gorleski, EIT
GM - Manufactured Structures
(608) 839-1393
PFS TECO Unveils 
Research Report Service
Earlier this year, PFS TECO unveiled our Research Report (RR) service, a program developed to provide building component manufacturers with an alternative path to obtaining a Research Report for their products.  Demonstrating code compliance is essential in today's built environment, and a PFS RR accomplishes that goal with a name manufacturers and building code officials know and trust.  

For more information on this program and what it can mean for the products you manufacture, follow this link:

Ron Reindl, RA
Vice President
(608) 839-1170
US Housing Market on the Rebound
Housing starts in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.172 million, 6.6% above the revised March estimate of 1.099 million, according to the official joint release of the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Results for these reports are available at the following link: 

Monthly reports are typically issued mid month.  The next monthly report is scheduled to be released on Friday, June 17.  Read the full release >>
2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project is forecasting a near-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic, which runs from June 1 through November 30.  CSU's TMP is forecasting 12 named storms (not counting Hurricane Alex which formed in January), with five more hurricanes, two of which will be major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher).  

Forecasters name storms when top winds reach 39 mph, and they are classified as hurricanes when maximum winds reach at least 74 mph.  After Hurricane Alex and Tropical Storm Bonnie (the latter of which made landfall in the Carolinas over the Memorial Day weekend), the next names on the Atlantic list this season are Colin, Danielle, and Earl.