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  • Strong, Stable Growth in Home Improvement, Repairs
  • Housing Starts Surge in December to Second-Highest Pace of Recovery
  • How Donald Trump Just Raised Many Mortgage Bills
  • DIGITAL CASE STUDIES: McCoy's Building Supply
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events

Strong, Stable Growth in Home Improvement, Repairs

The coming year is expected to see sustained momentum in home remodeling and repair spending, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released this week by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The LIRA projects that annual growth in home improvement and repair expenditures will remain elevated throughout 2017, with spending levels ending the year up 6.7 percent at $317 billion, on par with the 6.9 percent growth estimated for 2016.

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Maximize Customer Service and Minimize Delivery Costs.

Ponderosa Software's Mobile Fleet Manager (MFM) transforms LBM dispatch and delivery operations into proactive, automated Customer Service and Traffic Control Center. Powered by the award winning Elite EXTRA™, this integrated, cost-effective solution covers Telematics, Federal Compliance for fuel tax reporting without the need to buy ELDs, as well as Dispatch and Vehicle Maintenance. Stay ahead of changing regulations, improve dispatcher and driver productivity, shorten delivery times and reduce costs with Ponderosa Mobile Fleet Manager.

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Housing Starts Surge in December to Second-Highest Pace of Recovery

Builders broke ground on more homes in December, as confidence in the economy and demand for properties stays strong.

Housing starts ran at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.23 million in December, 11.3% higher than in November and 5.7% higher than the year-ago rate. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast a rate of 1.2 million in December.

Read the whole story at MarketWatch


Protect your product, and your bottom line, with KleerPak

Kleer PVC Trimboards Kleer trimboards with TruEDGE® are engineered to resist dirt and easily wipe clean, but the path from the manufacturing plant to installation can be hard on building materials. With KleerPak, Kleer trimboards are wrapped in small quantities to help prevent dirt and wear along the way. So, dealers can sell smaller quantities without leaving the remaining stock exposed in the lumberyard or warehouse and builders can use the boards they need on a job. After all, of the home finishes a customer can choose, dirty is never one of them.

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How Donald Trump Just Raised Many Mortgage Bills

In one of his very first substantive moves as president, Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that will result in a hike to many first-time homeowners' mortgage bills.

Trump, who claimed a populist mantle in his first speech as a president, signed the executive order reversing an Obama-era policy less than an hour after leaving the inaugural stage.

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Screw Products, Inc. Receives ICC ESR-3654 For Selected Structural Screws!

Screw Screw Products, Inc. has received ICC Code Approval (ESR-3654) for its Bronze Star CCTX Star Drive Structural Lag Screws and Timber Hex TH & THG 5/16” Hex Head Structural / Landscape Screws. The Bronze Star CCTX are packaged in Bulk, 100ct, & 50ct with Free Star Drive Bit. The Timber Hex TH Black and THG Gray are packaged in Bulk & 50ct with Free Hex Bit. These screws are also available individually with UPC sticker. See our website for more information.

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DIGITAL CASE STUDIES: McCoy's Building Supply

As LBM dealers continue to search out best practices for utilizing social media to their business's advantage, many are looking to early adaptors who are experienced and willing to share to help others in the industry. This month, MJ Toops, digital marketing communications specialist at McCoy's Building Supply offers insight into how her company leverages social media.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal


Easy Application, Exceptional Results

deckwise Ipe Oil™ Hardwood Deck Finish is formulated as an oil-based natural hardwood finish. It was created to protect and preserve the natural wood beauty of exterior hardwood decking. Ipe Oil™ Hardwood Deck Finish delivers excellent penetration of dense hardwoods with negligible raising of the wood grain. It conditions and protects the deck wood while preserving a completely natural look. Use it on any outdoor hardwood application such as decks, fences, furniture, steps or railings. For exceptional results on Ipe, Cumaru, Tigerwood, Cedar and many other hardwoods, Ipe Oil™ is your best solution.

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News Briefs

Gordon Lumber Company Announces New GM, Sales Rep. MORE

BMC Names McGaugh Chief Operating Officer MORE

Lezzer Lumber Celebrates 90 Years MORE

NAWLA Announces 2017 Board of Directors MORE


Go Beyond Ordinary With Deckorators

Advertisement Your customers want their decks to stand out and be an extension of their personalities. That’s why Deckorators makes a wide range of decking choices, railings, post caps, balusters, lighting and more. The different styles and finishes help ensure that you can install decks as unique as your customers. Plus, only Deckorators decking is backed by a 25-year Removal & Replacement warranty, a true assurance of quality. For single-source ordering and a vast selection, count on Deckorators.

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Industry Events


Jan. 31, Wisconsin Lumber Dealers Convention, Wisconsin Dells, WI,

Feb. 1-2, Building Material Suppliers Association (BMSA) Building Products Show, Hickory, NC,

Feb. 15-17, Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA) LBM Expo, Providence, RI,

March 8-10, LMC Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA,

March 13-15, LBM Advantage Annual Meeting & Business Conference, Orlando, FL,

March 27-29, National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference, Washington, DC

April 5-7, Lumbermen's Association of Texas & Louisiana (LAT) Annual Convention & Buying Show, Grapevine, TX,

May 20-22, Do it Best Spring Market, Indianapolis, IN,, 888-DOITBEST

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