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Winding down and ramping up

By virtually all accounts, 2018 has been a solid year for most companies in the construction supply industry. I’ve talked with many dealers who’ve...
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Editor’s Note: Hearing voices

Just back in the office after the LBM Strategies Conference 2018, there is so much that I want to share—but I’ve managed to pare...

Editor’s Note: Never stop learning

A lot has changed since I joined this industry back in 1990. Back then, it was estimated that there were more than 6,000 separate...

Fresh perspectives and hat tricks

A few weeks ago, my son’s first season of traveling soccer was nearing its end, and he had yet to score a goal. That’s...

Editor’s Note: Leadership

By virtually any metric, it’s a very good time to be in the LBM industry. Builder confidence hit a very strong 70 in May...

Editor’s Note: To our stakeholders—Thank you

The first issue of LBM Journal was published in July 2003. So this issue marks the final issue of our 15th complete year. As...

Editor’s Note: The law of attraction

In the 28 years that I’ve been immersed in this great industry, we’ve gone through booms, busts, and everything in between. Regardless of where...

Editor’s Note: Play your game

With a son who’s an avid hockey player and all-around sports kid, our household gravitates toward sports movies. Without a doubt, our favorite sports...

Lean and agile wins the race

As I write this, the 2018 Winter Olympics are in the record books. Watching the highlights, I was struck with how often the difference...

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...

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