About BBT (Better Built Truss)
The business of truss manufacturing is much like anything else in that it’s the people performing the day to day operations that make the difference. Our team members are the reason that there is a Better Built Truss. In November of 1996 Jeff Qualle took on the role as General Manager for Durabilt Truss in Riverbank California. He quickly recognized the talented and experienced staff in place and put the company on a path of controlled growth. By the early 2000s the company had tripled sales and put the owners in the position to sell in 2006 to Universal Forest Products at the peak of the building boom. 2008 brought on the crash of the housing market and 2010 the closure of the truss plant in Riverbank. Thirty-seven talented and long-term team members, some with over 30 years at the plant were about to become a statistic. Jeff, still the General Manager at the plant happened to mention to his long-time friend Dave Sanders that he was going to be closing the plant. Dave’s first question was “What about the people that work there?” A plan was quickly hatched to purchase the assets and move the plant to Ripon California. Today we are operating as Better Built Truss with more than 60 full time team-members in an indoor facility just off of Highway 99 in Ripon California.