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  • Brand Talk: What you can do right now to fight cyber attacks

    Brand Talk: What you can do right now to fight cyber attacks

    Like water forcing its way through small cracks to flood a house, cyber criminals depend on small vulnerabilities to steal data, hold computers hostage and expose sensitive information. This...

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  • Housing production makes healthy gains to start new year

    Housing production makes healthy gains to start new year

    WASHINGTON — A surge in multifamily production pushed overall housing starts up 9.7% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.33 million units after an upwardly revised December ......

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  • Waste not with lean principles

    Waste not with lean principles

    Incorporating Lean principles into your yard and manufacturing operation can improve efficiencies and boost your bottom line. On a given day, how much time do you spend searching for paperwork?...

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  • Builder confidence stays strong in February

    Builder confidence stays strong in February

    WASHINGTON — Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes remained unchanged at a healthy 72 level in February on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo...

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  • BlueLinx Minneapolis to distribute Versatex

    BlueLinx Minneapolis to distribute Versatex

    PITTSBURGH —Versatex Building Products has expanded its base of wholesale distributors by naming BlueLinx Minneapolis its latest full-line distributor. The BlueLinx parent organization sells a...

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  • Housing affordability remains flat in 2017

    Housing affordability remains flat in 2017

    WASHINGTON — Data for all four quarters of 2017 show housing affordability remaining essentially flat throughout the year, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo...

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  • Guidelines for incentive compensation in 2018

    Guidelines for incentive compensation in 2018

    There is no topic I receive more calls about than that of incentive compensation. Here are just a few examples of questions that lead to these calls: • How do ... Read More

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  • True Value to members: Focus on local digital marketing

    True Value to members: Focus on local digital marketing

    The message to member dealers at the True Value Spring Reunion in Washington, D.C. was clear. Cable TV advertising was going away, and will be replaced by local digital ad ... Read More

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  • Photos: True Value Spring Reunion 2018

    Photos: True Value Spring Reunion 2018

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  • Webinar: Implementing Lean Practices in Your LBM Business

    Webinar: Implementing Lean Practices in Your LBM Business

    LBM Journal is joining Epicor Software in presenting a webinar featuring lean management expert, Scott Morrison. Join Morrison on Feb. 22 for the inaugural LBM Journal webinar focused on lean ......

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  • Editor’s Note: The LBM Community

    Editor’s Note: The LBM Community

    “The LBM business isn’t like other industries…” That’s a common comment I hear when talking with someone with extensive business experience, but who has only recently joined our world. When ......

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  • Product Picks: February 2018

    Product Picks: February 2018

    Each month, hundreds of products hit the market. Here’s our pick of the ones to watch. Simpson Strong-Tie Fire Wall Hanger The Simpson Strong-Tie DGH fire wall hanger can now ... Read More

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  • Viance hires include Kello as Director of Marketing

    Viance hires include Kello as Director of Marketing

    Edie Kello has joined Viance as Director of Marketing, reporting directly to John Hussa, President. Kello’s background includes more than 15 years of leadership in marketing, advertising,...

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  • Supply-side response to rising home prices has gone missing

    Supply-side response to rising home prices has gone missing

    Home construction remains frustratingly slow, even with the long-expected tailwind associated with the transition of the Millennial generation into their key home-buying years. It has become...

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  • Real Issues. Real Answers. Sharing financial information

    Real Issues. Real Answers. Sharing financial information

    Should we or shouldn’t we? That is one of the questions companies wrestle with when determining what financial information—if any—to share with employees. On the one hand, the more employees ......

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  • Freedonia analyst weighs in on acquisition and merger of Ply-Gem and Atrium Windows & Doors

    Freedonia analyst weighs in on acquisition and merger of Ply-Gem and Atrium Windows & Doors

    CLEVELAND — Two of the country’s leading window producers are set to join forces. Building materials manufacturer Ply Gem – which ranks among the top five suppliers of windows and doors ... Read More

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  • Housing market makes modest gains even as permits slip

    Housing market makes modest gains even as permits slip

    WASHINGTON—Overall housing and economic activity in metro markets across the nation remained on a gradual, upward trend in the fourth quarter of 2017 even as permit activity remained a stubbornly...

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  • 84 Lumber opens Big Pine Key, Fla. location

    84 Lumber opens Big Pine Key, Fla. location

    EIGHTY FOUR, Penn. — To meet a growing need for lumber and building materials across Florida, particularly after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma last year, 84 Lumber has opened ... Read More

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  • Weyerhaeuser Distribution adds Allura siding in Northeast

    Weyerhaeuser Distribution adds Allura siding in Northeast

    Seattle — Weyerhaeuser Distribution’s Easton, Penn. facility will now offer Allura fiber cement siding.  The facility will service markets in the northeast including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New...

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  • NLBMDA unveils national policy agenda ahead of legislative conference

    NLBMDA unveils national policy agenda ahead of legislative conference

    NLBMDA has finalized its National Policy Agenda for 2018 as the Trump Administration begins its second year and following passage of tax reform at the end of 2017. As the ... Read More

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