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  • Brand Talk: Growing a Business Through Customer Service and Technology

    Brand Talk: Growing a Business Through Customer Service and Technology

    Kelly Fox, CEO for Lumber Traders, Inc., passionately believes in empowering employees, embracing advancing technology and creating deep customer relationships. As the driving force behind Angeles...

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  • Elliott Lumber Celebrates Century Mark

    Elliott Lumber Celebrates Century Mark

    An Oxford, Miss. lumberyard has crossed the century milestone. Elliott Lumber is celebrating 100 years in business this month. Elliott Lumber was founded the great grandfather of current owner...

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  • Digital Case Studies: Kuiken Brothers Company, Inc.

    Digital Case Studies: Kuiken Brothers Company, Inc.

    As LBM dealers continue to search out best practices for utilizing social media to their business’s advantage, many are looking to early adaptors who are experienced and willing to share ... Read More

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  • Remodeler Q&A: Greg Alsterlund

    Remodeler Q&A: Greg Alsterlund

    Q: When and why would you accept a meeting from a new supplier/vendor? A:As I mentioned in the last question, we explored a change because our current vendor was experiencing ... Read More

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  • BlueTarp Financial Releases 2017 1st Quarter Building Supply Index

    BlueTarp Financial Releases 2017 1st Quarter Building Supply Index

    PORTLAND, Maine— BlueTarp Financial has released its Q1 2017 Building Supply Index. The Q1 index value is at 117.90, a material improvement from 107.74 in Q1 2016. To interpret the index, values...

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  • Collins Supply Closing After 56 Years

    Collins Supply Closing After 56 Years

    After 56 years in business, Collins Supply in Athens, Ala. is closing its doors, the News Courier reports. Co-owner Lakin Collins told the paper that the while the business was ... Read More

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  • New Home Sales Slip in April

    New Home Sales Slip in April

    WASHINGTON — Sales of newly built, single-family homes in April dropped for the first time in 2017, falling 11.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 569,000 units, according to ... Read More

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  • Atlantis Rail Systems Opens West Coast Distribution center

    Atlantis Rail Systems Opens West Coast Distribution center

    Plymouth, Mass. —  Atlantis Rail Systems has announced the grand opening of their Atlantis Rail West facility in Las Vegas, on May 30. Stocked with over 1,600 SKUs, the new facility will provide...

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  • With Markets Strong, Should You Delay Selling?

    With Markets Strong, Should You Delay Selling?

    Our markets are roaring. Everyone’s doing great, and party confetti seems to fall like snowflakes every time you look at your monthly sales reports. Projections are that 2017 will continue ......

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  • 84 Lumber Named to Forbes Magazine’s Best Midsize Employers List

    84 Lumber Named to Forbes Magazine’s Best Midsize Employers List

    EIGHTY FOUR, Penn. – For the second consecutive year, 84 Lumber has been named to Forbes Magazine’s 2017 List of America’s 250 Best Midsize Employers. Companies were selected based on an...

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  • Managers Get the Behavior They Hire

    Managers Get the Behavior They Hire

    There has been a lot of talk in the media about how differently management must treat the millennials in the work force; that is, those workers born in the 1980s ... Read More

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  • Do it Best Corp. Unveils New In-Store Paint Experience

    Do it Best Corp. Unveils New In-Store Paint Experience

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Do it Best Corp. used its spring market, which kicked off last week in Indianapolis, to help its member-owners raise the bar with their paint department. The co-op ... Read More

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  • Editor’s Note: Lessons Learned

    Editor’s Note: Lessons Learned

    Our third-grade son begins each month with an ever-larger reading assignment. This month, the goal was 222 pages. For a sports-and-Nerfgun obsessed kid, let’s just say that reading doesn’t top ......

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  • The LBM Industry, Disrupted

    The LBM Industry, Disrupted

    Building materials will be ruled by a marketplace. Will the industry let it be Amazon? Over the past couple years, Amazon has been making a huge splash in B2B distribution. ... Read More

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  • Custom Home Building Market Growth Slows

    Custom Home Building Market Growth Slows

    NAHB’s analysis of Census Data from the Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design survey indicates a slowing of the growth rate for the custom home building market. Over ... Read More

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  • Sponsored: What LBM Dealers Are Saying About UltraLox Interlocking

    Sponsored: What LBM Dealers Are Saying About UltraLox Interlocking

    Growing aluminum railing demand combined with purchase drivers identified by rail installers point to a market ripe with need for dealers who can produce made-to-fit aluminum railing panels. LBM...

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  • WoodWorks Program Marks 10 Years in Public Schools

    WoodWorks Program Marks 10 Years in Public Schools

    Alexandria, La. — Louisiana school board representatives, instructors, and other stakeholders recently gathered at RoyOMartin’s corporate office in Alexandria to celebrate 10 years of the...

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  • Barbes Named VP of National Sales at 84 Lumber

    Barbes Named VP of National Sales at 84 Lumber

    EIGHTY FOUR, Penn. —  Jim Barbes has been named VP of National Sales for 84 Lumber. Barbes started his career at 84 Lumber as a management trainee in New Jersey ... Read More

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  • Fairway Appoints New VP of Sales and Director of Marketing

    Fairway Appoints New VP of Sales and Director of Marketing

    Mount Joy, Penn. – Fairway Architectural Railing Solutions has announced the appointment of two new executive team members, Marcia Fortley, Director of Marketing and Matt Kelly, Vice President of...

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  • Five Questions With: Jonathan D. Wierengo, The Tapco Group

    Five Questions With: Jonathan D. Wierengo, The Tapco Group

    Jonathan D. Wierengo is the Vice President of Marketing, New Product Development, Service and Support at The Tapco Group headquartered in Wixom, Mich. In this position, he manages all Marketing...

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