Louws Truss moving production facility to Burlington

The Bellingham Business Journal

Louws Truss, a producer of wood trusses and wall panels, is moving its production facility from Ferndale to Burlington.

By March 31, Louws Truss will move its production equipment and 30 employees to a 42,000-square-foot leased building on 5.5 acres at 1010 S. Spruce St. in Burlington.  The corporate headquarters, some sales representatives and a product distribution yard will remain in Whatcom County at a site to be determined. Louws Truss also has a sales office in Everett.

The company’s 6-acre property and two buildings totaling 40,000 square feet at 1431 Sunset Ave. in Ferndale have been sold to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Owner Jack Louws said the move enables Louws Truss to better serve its changing clientele.

“Three years ago, 80 percent of our business was in Whatcom County,” Louws said. “Now 65 percent of our business is in Skagit and Snohomish counties. Moving our production facility to Burlington will place us in the center of our customer base, cutting transportation costs and making us even more competitive.”

The business will undergo another big change. Jack Louws has assumed an advisory role at Louws Truss and a son, John “BJ” Louws, is now heading operations.

John Louws has managed production, purchasing and human resources at the company since 2007. He is president of Northwest Truss Fabricators Association and graduated from Seattle Pacific University with majors in economics and business administration.

For more information, call (360) 384-9000 or visit www.louwstruss.com.

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