Chamber welcomes a new company Truss

LINCOLN – Summit Structural Systems uses advanced technology to produce timber trusses for residential, multi-family commercial and agricultural construction projects.

The Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed the new business to the community with its traditional groundbreaking ceremony on October 19.

The building has been used in various ways in the past. It was an egg processing center, a metal polishing company, and more recently it had been used as a warehouse.

Ashley Cummings with Summit said owner Jon Tuggle purchased the building in August 2020 and opened it in January 2021. The first farm was taken out of the building in mid-January, she said.

Cummings said the plant was the result of Tuggle and his partner, LD Harris, owner of TCM Enterprises in Fayetteville, who discovered a need for farms in the market.

They bought the building and completely renovated the interior.

Sims said the production to build farms from start to finish is fully automated. He explained the different machines while taking a tour of the facility to chamber members and representatives from the construction industry, real estate companies, engineering companies and other businesses.

As an example, he said the factory uses an automated saw where the computer tells the saw exactly what size and angle to cut each piece of wood.

The process is designed to have minimal waste, Sims said. The company recycles waste by crushing it for use as mulch and chips.

“We’re minimizing every ounce of waste we can,” Sims said.

Sims, a Lincoln High graduate, has worked in the lumber farm business for many years in Texas and the Carolinas.

“I returned to Lincoln, thanks to Jon Tuggle,” said Sims, who lives in Prairie Grove with his wife and children. “I called it the Lord’s timing.”

Lincoln Mayor Doug Hutchens attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and open house, and said the business is a plus for the community.

“It’s a big increase in job opportunities at the local level,” Hutchens said. “There is no downside to this business.”

Summit has 45 employees who work either in the store or in the offices. The building itself is 40,500 square feet.

LYNN KUTTER CORPORATE LEADER Mike Sims, COO of Summit Structural Systems in Lincoln, takes a factory tour. Summit produces trusses for construction projects.

LYNN KUTTER ENTERPRISE-LEADER A view of the production workshop of Summit Structural Systems in Lincoln.  The company has 45 employees.  It opened in January.

LYNN KUTTER ENTERPRISE-LEADER A view of the Summit Structural Systems production facility in Lincoln. The company has 45 employees. It opened in January.

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