LBM Journal’s top 10 stories of 2021

Top 10 2021

While COVID-19, inflation, and supply chain issues dominated headlines in 2021, readers also turned to LBM Journal for dealer profiles, a ranking of top lumberyards, product insights, and more. Here’s a look at the 10 most-read stories of 2021.

Small Kansas town rallies around lumberyard
There was a time about five years ago when Randy Kemp was about to lock the doors at Eskridge Lumber for good.

LBM Journal 100
The inaugural LBM JOURNAL 100—a ranking of the nation’s top pro dealers and lumberyards by 2020 sales—reflects much more than a typical calendar year of doing business.

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Redfin economist looks ahead to 2022 housing market
Don’t expect a buyer’s market — just more selection, less frenzy, and slower price growth.

Lumber prices have spiked 95% in 5 weeks
Lumber prices have spiked 95% in 5 weeks as supply issues arise following Canadian floods while demand stays strong.

Tough Call: The battle of Karen
Karen wants to speak to the manager. She wants a refund on her non-refundable custom order and says she’ll raise a public ruckus until she gets her way. What would you do?

Dealer of the Year: Hamilton Building Supply
When John Perna returned to Hamilton Building Supply in 2019 with an MBA and deepened industry experience, he set course to implement best practices from companies that he felt were at the top of their game.

In Depth: Deck Fasteners
Rapid growth of the decking segment promises profits for fasteners.

In a booming home improvement world, siding is poised for growth
Siding is the first line of defense and the one that makes the strongest visual statement. And right now, the siding industry is booming.

Dealer of the Year: Ganahl Lumber
Growing in place is a solid strategy for any business with a corner on its local market. It certainly doesn’t hurt if that market is the nation’s second largest metropolitan area.

Advocacy groups ask commerce secretary to investigate lumber prices
Led by the National Association of Home Builders, more than 35 organizations have sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.


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