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March 2014

GIVING BACK: Paving the Way for the Future

Kuiken Brothers gives high school students a taste of the LBM industry.One of the key challenges facing our industry is an aging workforce and...

JOHN D. WAGNER: Can 2x6s be Cheaper than 2×4 Framing?

APA Thinks So. And It Can Prove It.Guess how many U.S. homes are framed with 2x6s? I was surprised to learn that it’s 45%....

Lumber and Panels: The Capacity Issue

North American wood products markets are recovering. Where will supply come from?During the Great Recession, the biggest concern facing North American wood products markets...

MANAGING RISK: A Worst Case Scenario

Planning for the unexpected should be part of your technology plan.Just miles away from your workplace, during your morning commute, you begin to see...

NLBMDA: NLRB Reissues “Ambush Election” Rule

On February 6, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a new version of the “ambush election” rule.On February 6, the National Labor Relations...

SHOWROOM STRATEGIES: ProBuild Wilmington

An Interview with Steve Caudill, General Manager of ProBuild Wilmington.Q: Your recent showroom project at ProBuild Wilmington gives you 10,000 square feet of space....

HOT PRODUCTS: 2014 INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS’ SHOW

Our picks from the 2014 International Builders' Show.On February 4-6, the LBM Journal team worked the exhibit floor at the International Builders' Show, which...

Decision-Making: Vegas Edition

Winners play probabilities; losers play possibilities.For those readers who may have accidentally stumbled onto my website, www.LBMResearch.com, this month’s column will sound a little...

BILL LEE: Your Family Business

Will It Stay in the Family?After what our industry has endured in recent years, it’s timely to discuss two key elements of survival: a...

BOB HEIDENREICH: Tracking the Trends

Outdoor living is a significant growth area. Embrace it, and grow your sales.In the previous issue, I discussed how to line your business up...

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