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Westfield's Truss Manufacturing Co. changes name, expands product line

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Truss Manufacturing Co., a fixture along U.S. 31 in Westfield since 1959, in October changed its name to TMC Building Products to emphasize its expansion into other supplies.

“Our sales [people] spend a significant amount of time saying, ‘No, no, we do more than just trusses,’” explained President Chris Weintraut.

The privately owned company has about 30 employees and serves residential and light-commercial builders in a 200-mile area around Westfield.

Weintraut said roof and floor trusses account for half of all sales. The other half now comes from pre-fabricated wall panels, exterior sheeting, windows, doors and interior trim.

TMC began making wall panels about two years ago, and expanded into other product lines in the past six months.

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    i am tmc's head yardmen i build the lumber packs and exterior trim packs i have worked at tmc since April 12 of 2010. since i have been a part of tmc's team i have learned a lot of different kinds of trades as tmc has expanded. and believe me they have tramendously, since we have been in our new facility, which is my home town, chris weinraut and his father tom weintraut, the owners of tmc, have made this business a success. i appreciate these two gentlemen making the field of construction a place i am proud to say i'm a part of. So i want to say thank you for everything you guys have done for me and my family.
    tmc's yardman





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