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March 2014

PFS Recognizes James A. Rothman

Pictured from left: Mike Larson, Jim Rothman, Carol Rothman, and Terry Mullen

PFS Corporation recognized James A. Rothman, P.E. for his 40 years of service at a luncheon on June 26, 2013. Mike Larson and Terry Mullen, members of PFS Board of Directors presented Jim with a plaque commemorating his devoted and invaluable service. During his tenure with PFS, Jim held the positions of Staff Engineer, Technical Director, Vice President of Quality Control, Senior Vice President of Corporate Quality Control, Executive Vice President, President and Chief Executive Officer, and member of the PFS Board of Directors. In addition to his many roles at PFS, Jim continues as a member of the Rules Development Committee for the Industrialized Building Commission.

“With Jim’s leadership and guidance, PFS weathered the recent recession and housing crisis. Jim kept PFS on a sound economic footing, and he positioned PFS for future growth and success,” stated Jim Husom, Chief Operating Officer (COO).

 “I have been very fortunate to be in this industry for the past 40 years and having a very understanding wife, Carol, throughout the years. In addition, I am very fortunate to work with a dedicated staff and a committed Board of Directors, making my job easier and our clients’ experiences better,” stated Jim Rothman.

Jim and Carol reside in Deerfield, Wisconsin, and they enjoy spending time with their children, grandchildren, and many friends. Jim and Carol also enjoy vacationing in Mesa, Arizona during the cold Wisconsin winter months. As an avid outdoorsman, Jim spends time hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling at his cabin in northern Wisconsin, and he enjoys a “Leines” while golfing anywhere in the USA.

 

 

PFS Honors Richard M. “Dick” Reinhard

Pictured from left: Judy Reinhard, Jim Rothman, and Dick Reinhard

PFS Corporation honored Richard M. “Dick” Reinhard, P.E. at its Holiday luncheon on December 19, 2013 for his 21 years of service. Dick was PFS’s Manager of Manufactured Housing Operations until November, 2009. Dick provided his technical expertise on modular and HUD code issues for manufactured structures; and he provided consultation on DAPIA, IPIA, and Energy Star Certification services, as well.

“Dick possessed a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, and he earned the respect of co-workers and clients during his tenure with PFS,” commented Jim Rothman, President of PFS Corporation.

Dick and his wife Judy reside in Middleton, Wisconsin, and they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. The PFS Corporate family wishes Dick and Judy much success during their retirement.

 

Tom Allred Retires

Pictured from left:  Jim Rothman, Tom Allred, Larry Beineke

After 30 years of outstanding service to PFS, Tom Allred has retired.   Tom was the Area Training Supervisor for the Southeast Region.  He was recognized at a dinner in his honor at the Angus Barn restaurant in Raleigh, NC.  Although “retired,” Tom will continue to provide modular building inspections as a part-time PFS employee.  Larry Beineke, Vice President of the Southeastern Region says, “In the 28 years I’ve known Tom, he has been a rock.  He has always been there when we needed him, even postponing his retirement for six months until we could make a smooth transition to new staff.  I am thankful that he as agreed to stay on in a part-time role.  That way, I won’t have to say, ‘We’ll miss you’ just yet.”

Tom and his wife, Susie, live in Gibsonville, NC.  They will be spending time with family and doing some travelling.  We wish Tom all the best in his retirement.

 

PFS Welcomes Harold L. Mouser

PFS Corporation proudly welcomes Harold L. Mouser, BCO to its corporate staff as plans examiner and quality assurance auditor for both HUD Code and Modular Home clients. Mouser brings to PFS more than 38 years of experience in the construction industry for both residential and commercial projects. Prior to joining PFS, he owned a successful business as a self-employed mobile and modular consultant, providing services to the manufactured housing industry and consumers in investigation of complaints.

With his background in quality assurance and management, he is well-prepared to provide quality assessment, training, and engineering and code consultation for PFS clients in plan evaluation and building inspection to verify code compliance.

“Harold provides a perfect fit for PFS,” says Bob Gorleski, General Manager of the PFS Manufactured Structures Division. “He is certified through the International Code Council as a Residential Combination Inspector, Building Inspector, Building Plans Examiner, Residential and Commercial Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner, and he is certified by the states of North Carolina and Texas as a Plan Examiner and Inspector.”

Harold and his wife Kathy

 

Harold and his wife Kathy recently moved from Vicksburg, Mississippi.  They now reside in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin.   We welcome Harold to the PFS staff and wish him and Kathy much success in their new home.

PFS Welcomes Back Bradley “Brad” Smrcina

Bradley “Brad” Smrcina

 
 
 
Bob Gorleski, General Manager of the PFS Manufactured Structures Division, is pleased to welcome back Bradley “Brad”Smrcina as a Quality Assurance Auditor servicing PFS HUD Code and Modular clients in the northern Midwest region.

Brad has more than 20 years of construction industry experience and worked for PFS previously in the late 1990s and early 2000s as a Quality Assurance Auditor. During the last ten years, Smrcina owned a successful business as self-employed home inspection service provider performing new home inspections of HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, and Structural systems.  He also worked for the Village of Mount Sterling, Wisconsin, enforcing the zoning and building ordinances as a Zoning Administrator/Code Official.

"Brad is a detail-oriented auditor who provides a common sense approach to auditing PFS clients and is a good fit for PFS,” stated Bob Gorleski.  He is credentialed as a Residential Combination Inspector, Residential Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing Inspector through the International Code Council. He is a certified Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code Structural, HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical Inspector, as well. Brad recently attained credentials as a California Building Inspector, Ohio Non-Residential Industrialized Unit Inspector, and an Industrialized Building Commission Level I Plans Examiner and Inspector.

Brad and his wife Debbie reside in Mt. Sterling, Wisconsin and spend much cherished time with their daughter and two grandsons. He enjoys hunting, fishing and camping during his spare time.

Seminar #89

The PFS Corporation northeast office hosted PFS Seminar #89 for Inspectors, Trainees, and Maintenance of In-Plant Inspectors on Thursday and Friday, January 9 and 10, 2014, at the Atherton Hotel in State College, PA.

Attemdees at the PFS Seminar 89

Rick Wenner, P.E., Vice President of the PFS Northeast Region, reports that thirty-nine manufacturers’ representatives participated in the two day seminar.  An impressive group of talented speakers presented very important topics relevant to factory built construction manufacturers.

 

Rick Wenner, P.E., PFS Vice President of the Northeast Region (photo at right) presented “Residential and Commercial State Code Updates for Factory-Built Construction Systems.”

 

 

Rick Wenner, P.E
Jack Daniels

 

“Fire-Resistant Ratings of Horizontal and Vertical Assemblies for the Construction Type” by Jack Daniels (photo at left) – Building/Fire Code Official from Hillsborough, NJ

 
 
“Factory Built Construction Requirements for New Jersey Coastal Areas” by Norman Hall (photo at right) – Industry Manager for Factory Built Structures with Simpson Strong-Tie from Columbus, Ohio
Norman Hall
G. Anthony Zarrilli
 
 
 
 
New Jersey Flood Plain Construction by G. Anthony Zarrilli (photo at left) – Zarrilli Homes, LLC from Bricktownship, NJ
 
 
 
Designing a Commercial Accessible Building using ANSI A117.1 – 2009 by Jack A. Boekhout (photo at right) – Barrier Free Consultant from Cranbury, NJ
Jack A. Boekhout
Kirby Smith
 
 
 
Massachusetts State Electrical Code Changes based on the 2014 National Electrical Code by Kirby Smith (photo at left) – Quality Auditor for PFS Corporation Northeast Region from Bloomsburg, PA
 
 
 
Common Plan Review Omissions for Manufacturer’s Submitted Plans by Harold Raup (photo at right) – Plans Examiner for PFS Corporation Northeast Region from Bloomsburg, PA
Harold Raup

Modular Home Builder editor, Gary Fleischer also attended the seminar and wrote a compelling article, Another Reason Modular Homes are Better than Site Built,” on his daily blog for the modular industry. For the complete article, please click on the following link.

http://www.modularhomecoach.com/2014/01/another-reason-modular-homes-are-better.html#links

PFS Corporation expresses gratitude to all the manufacturers, speakers, and staff for attending the seminar, and we look forward to seeing everyone next year.

 

 

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