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  • Brand Talk: Specifying Fire Retardant Treated Wood

    Brand Talk: Specifying Fire Retardant Treated Wood

    Lonza Wood Protection is a global leader of innovative technologies that improve the performance of wood, by making it resistant to termites, fungi, mold, moisture, flame spread and smoke...

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  • Simpson Strong-Tie Named U.S. LBM Vendor of the Year

    Simpson Strong-Tie Named U.S. LBM Vendor of the Year

    Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural and building materials, received the 2016 Vendor of the Year Award from U.S. LBM, one of the largest specialty...

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  • Increases in Remodeling Market Indicators Reflect Broad-Based Confidence

    Increases in Remodeling Market Indicators Reflect Broad-Based Confidence

    WASHINGTON — The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) rose to 58 in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of five points from the fourth quarter ... Read More

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  • LBM Advantage, IBSA Merger Approved

    LBM Advantage, IBSA Merger Approved

    New Windsor, N.Y.—With overwhelming support of their shareholders, lumber and building material buying cooperatives LBM Advantage and Independent Builders Supply Association (IBSA) completed their...

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  • Deckorators Introduces New Dealer Program

    Deckorators Introduces New Dealer Program

    Grand Rapids, Mich., — Deckorators has introduced the Beyond Ordinary Dealer Program. The new preferred-status program allows dealers to earn incentives on Deckorators products. The new program is...

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  • Brand Talk: 8 Steps To Forklift Safety

    Brand Talk: 8 Steps To Forklift Safety

    Forklifts are as much a part of lumber yards, distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers as trees are to forests. They cruise around the yard, retail or work site carrying loads of ... Read More

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  • Digital Case Studies: Tum-A-Lum Lumber

    Digital Case Studies: Tum-A-Lum Lumber

    Q: Who handles social media posts and social media marketing at Tum-A-Lum? A: As Tum-A-Lum’s social media manager, I oversee all of the digital marketing for our company (social media, ... Read More

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  • Unfinished Business: Reform of Mortgage Market, Part II

    Unfinished Business: Reform of Mortgage Market, Part II

    Unfinished Business: Reform of Mortgage Market, Part I The potential pathways forward. Will the Trump administration fix the mortgage market? There is no question the Trump administration wants to...

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  • NLBMDA Monitoring U.S.-Canada  Softwood Lumber Dispute

    NLBMDA Monitoring U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Dispute

    This month, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) may make a countervailing duty order adding additional fees to the cost of softwood lumber imported into the U.S. from Canada....

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  • Single-Family Production Falls in March

    Single-Family Production Falls in March

    WASHINGTON — Following an elevated February reading, nationwide housing starts fell 6.8% in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.22 million units, according to newly released data from...

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  • Builder Confidence Holds Firm in April

    Builder Confidence Holds Firm in April

    WASHINGTON — Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes remained solid in April, falling three points to a level of 68 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells...

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  • What’s Your Customer Concentration?

    What’s Your Customer Concentration?

    Imagine if you had only one customer. Make no mistake, it would have to be a big customer to keep your yard bays stocked and trucks rolling. But with only ... Read More

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  • Softwood Lumber and OSB Push Building Materials Prices Higher

    Softwood Lumber and OSB Push Building Materials Prices Higher

    For the second consecutive month, prices of softwood lumber, gypsum, ready-mix concrete, and OSB all increased, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) release by the Bureau of Labor...

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  • In Memoriam: Charles ‘Ty’ Edward Requarth

    In Memoriam: Charles ‘Ty’ Edward Requarth

    Charles “Ty” Edward Requarth, 88, died Monday, April 10. Requarth was a fourth-generation owner of Requarth Lumber Co., in Dayton, Ohio and ran the company’s millwork operations until his...

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  • Turn Your Re-Deck Projects Into New Deck Bids

    Turn Your Re-Deck Projects Into New Deck Bids

    A lot of customers come in this time of year looking for new decking materials to put over their old deck frame. In a customer’s mind, it makes perfect sense ... Read More

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  • Answer These Four Questions to Close Business Faster

    Answer These Four Questions to Close Business Faster

    Each time a salesperson makes prospect calls, the prospects are either consciously or subconsciously asking themselves four questions. If you can answer each of these four questions to the...

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  • Lumber Sales Rep’s ‘Jonny Lumber’ Photo Shoot Catches San Antonio’s Attention

    Lumber Sales Rep’s ‘Jonny Lumber’ Photo Shoot Catches San Antonio’s Attention

    When Jonathan LaFleur, an outside sales rep at Shelter Products based in Dallas wanted to get his wife something special for their fourth wedding anniversary, he turned to his brother ... Read More

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  • Product Picks: Decks, Railings & More

    Product Picks: Decks, Railings & More

    Few categories of building products, if any, have evolved as much and as fast as decking, railing and accessories. At LBM Journal, we recognized the explosive growth of the outdoor ... Read More

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  • New Manager at Century Lumber’s Ainsworth Store

    New Manager at Century Lumber’s Ainsworth Store

    Century Lumber in Ainsworth, Neb. has a new manager. Jason Nelson has been promoted to manager of the store. Nelson has been with Century Lumber Center for 16 years. “My ... Read More

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  • ABC Supply Opens Manchester, Conn. Facility

    ABC Supply Opens Manchester, Conn. Facility

    BELOIT, Wis. — Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has opened a branch in Manchester, Conn. With nearly 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Ed Murray has ... Read More

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