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James Anderson is Senior Editor at LBM Journal. He can be reached at James@LBMJournal.com or 612.888.5265.
Hilltop Lumber

Hilltop Lumber: Delivering dreams in the land of lakes

In the land of 10,000 lakes, Brian Klimek lives and works among some of the best of them. His family’s company, Hilltop Lumber, supplies builders in the central lakes area of Minnesota, where second homes and vacation properties have brought record sales in recent years.
From the Editor James Anderson

Culture leads the way to success

As the staff here at LBM Journal prepared for our annual LBM Strategies conference last month, I couldn’t help but notice how the importance of company culture stood out in many speakers’ presentations.
Northwest Ranch Supply

Scenic Service: Northwest Ranch Supply’s next generation of growth

In Kremmling, Colorado, nestled along the Colorado River just a few hours west of Denver, it’s impossible for Rory Menhennett not to have a sense of pride in his community.
From the Editor James Anderson

Communication, efficiency, and the new normal

As I interviewed Sunny Bowman for the cover story on Dakota County Lumber here in my home state of Minnesota, the conversation often came back to one simple, yet incredibly important action that most Minnesotans aren’t exactly known for doing well—talking about issues.
Dakota County Lumber team

Open approach: Communication is key at Dakota County Lumber

Ask Sunny Bowman what has led Dakota County Lumber to 12% revenue increases year-over-year, and she’ll tell you it’s the team. As a leader, she is no stronger than the whole of the team and she’s the first to admit it.
Associated Materials, Inc.

Associated Materials completes recapitalization

Associated Materials operates 11 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada which produce vinyl windows, vinyl siding and accessories, and metal building products.
From the Editor James Anderson

Pandemic reveals strength of connections

As I ease into the Editor’s chair here at LBM Journal, I’m grateful for the connections I’ve made in this industry. I strive to continue to tell their stories, and hopefully connect more LBM dealers together in the process.
Bayview Building Materials

Retail expansion holds bottom line strong for Bayview Building Materials

With a robust hardware store within more than 11,000 square feet of remodeled retail space, along with a large lawn and garden facility, Bayview became the perfect destination for a quarantined customer base.
homeownership rates home sold selling for sale open house housing

The homeownership rate is the highest since 2008…or is it?

A homeownership rate of 67.9% in the second quarter, up from 65.3%, makes for a new record — yet there are some questions about the data.
treated lumber shortage

Dealers navigate treated lumber shortage

If you still need evidence of a treated lumber shortage, you won’t find a better example than the front page of the July 9 edition of the South Reporter, the community newspaper in Holly Springs, Mississippi.

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