Connecticut lumber dealers host legislative reception

Bruce McCrary, Ridgefield Supply Company, and Carrie Rand-Anastasiades, LDAC lobbyist, speak with Sen. Henri Martin.
Greg Branecky of Miner’s Inc. with Conn. State Rep. John Piscopo.




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Hartford, Conn. — On Wednesday, April 18, the Lumber Dealers Association of Connecticut (LDAC) hosted more than 75 legislators and their staff during the association’s legislative reception at the Connecticut State House.

At the event, legislators had the opportunity to meet with LDAC members to discuss the issues affecting independent lumber and building material dealers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and other associated businesses in the state of Connecticut.

“LDAC represents many family-owned and multi-generational businesses that support their communities and drive the state’s economy,” explained Bruce McCrary, LDAC President. “As small, independently-owned building material dealers and associated businesses, such as manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors, the industry prides itself on offering good jobs, great benefits, such as health insurance, paid time off, and retirement savings programs, and career pathways for residents with various skill sets and talents.”

The Association is currently concerned with proposed increases to the minimum wage as well as the establishment of an expensive state-run paid family and medical leave program.

“The lumber and building materials industry in Connecticut is stronger than ever,” said Joe Ceccarelli, Chair of LDAC’s Legislative committee. “Our industry is providing thousands of good paying jobs and collecting over $23,000,000 in sales tax revenue for the state. Now is not the time to enact heavy-handed mandates that will cause harm to local businesses.”