NLBMDA meets with commerce secretary’s office on lumber volatility

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Washington, DC — The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) met last week with Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo’s senior staff and other high ranking Commerce Department officials to discuss the ongoing concerns regarding lumber price volatility and the lumber and building material industry. NLBMDA released the following statement:

“NLBMDA, as the national voice of the LBM industry, had a highly productive meeting with Secretary Raimondo’s office and we are confident in her department’s willingness to find workable solutions to address ongoing price volatility,” said NLBMDA President & CEO Jonathan Paine. “We had a very positive and frank discussion about our industry’s concerns, specifically trade barriers to a free market, and the need to reengage in a new Softwood Lumber Agreement. Secretary Raimondo’s staff was receptive to our concerns and expressed a desire to work closely with NLBMDA to find a resolution to the ongoing lumber price volatility. We appreciate Secretary Raimondo’s willingness to examine all aspects of the construction supply chain and NLBMDA looks forward to engaging the Commerce Department’s request for a series of follow-up conversations with us in the weeks ahead.”

Participating in the meeting were:

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U.S. Department of Commerce Officials:
Chief Counselor to the Secretary, Office of the Secretary
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, International Trade Administration
Chief Economist, Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs
Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Secretary
Director of Public Engagement, Office of the Secretary
Deputy Director of Public Engagement, Office of the Secretary

NLBMDA:
Jim Bishop, NLBMDA Board of Directors Chairman
Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President & CEO
Kevin McKenney, NLBMDA Director of Government Affairs
Alex McIntyre, NLBMDA Legislative and Regulatory Coordinator

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