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Matt Breyer

NADRA update: A CPAC for deck surface materials

As we are at the cusp of traditional “deck building season” for much of our country, we at the North American Deck & Railing...
Population by age graph

Key demographic trends and their effect on the wood products industry Part I

In recent Monthly Macroeconomic Advisers, Spotlights on Immigration, and in Forest Economic Advisors (FEA) Forum Presentations, we have been discussing the expectations for the...
getting paid

Five best practices to minimize financial risk and maximize customer relationships

If you’ve ever chosen not to file a lien or claim against a bond because you were afraid of losing or offending a customer,...
Erin Plummer

Culture makes the difference: Attracting, recruiting and retaining employees at a best place to...

Last fall I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at Hancock Lumber and share some of our “secrets” at the LBM Strategies...
Russ Kathrein

Are you being a manager or a leader?

I recently had the opportunity to give a presentation on Building a High-Performance Team at the LBM Strategies Conference in Dallas. When creating the...
Multi-Family Housing

Navigating the multifamily market

The multifamily market remains steady. Here’s what savvy dealers know about serving these projects. Throughout the housing recovery, the multifamily sector has been booming, in...
Truck Telematics

Turn On, Tune Up, and Rev Out

Pro dealer lumberyards brace for big data truck telematics and self-driving vehicles. Two thousand, two hundred and ninety-nine. That’s how many forklifts and subcontracted delivery...
Employee Recruitment

12 Best Practices for Employee Recruitment and Retention

Finding and keeping good employees requires thinking beyond traditional salaries and benefits. There’s no denying that the rebounding housing market is great for business. But...
Softwood Tariffs

Canadian Softwood Tariffs: Who Benefits, Who Pays More?

Both the U.S. and Canada produce lumber products and have had disagreements over lumber since the 1800s. We have traded wood products in both...
Circuit City Final Days

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...

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