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  • Transparency and Training Propel Lezzer Lumber
  • A Home for Housing Reform
  • Afraid of a Bubble? Buy Without Fear in These Top 10 Stable, Growing Markets
  • Case-Shiller Reaction: What to Make of Record High Home Prices
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events
Transparency and Training Propel Lezzer Lumber

Mike Lezzer, CEO of Lezzer Lumber in Curwensville, Penn. has a unique way of motivating his staff to provide the best service they can on behalf of the company—he has opened up the books and offered to train everyone to advance their careers..

At Lezzer Lumber, everyone knows the bottom line, and from Mike Lezzer’s experience, opening that information up to employees, showing them how their performance directly affects profits, then allowing them to rise in the company to make the most of their knowledge, has raised the bottom line and improved company’s standing in the market.

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Offer Your Customers a New Standard of Speed and Accuracy

MitekGet the performance and reliability you deserve — and extend it to your customers. MiTek® offers a suite of software, including SAPPHIRE® Supply, to streamline your processes for estimating, quoting, and delivering. And with a full range of USP® connectors, Hardy Frame® wind and seismic systems, and MiTek fasteners and anchoring solutions, your customers can be confident in the quality of their build. Our cutting-edge prefabrication methods accelerate cycle times, optimize framing costs, and reduce jobsite labor, too. Raise your expectations, and theirs.

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A Home for Housing Reform

Tax reform, likely the next big-ticket item on the congressional agenda, provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make critical adjustments to federal housing policy.

The tax code and housing policy are inextricably linked. The federal government spends nearly $200 billion annually on housing. About $150 billion, or 75 percent, flows through various deductions, credits and other code provisions known as "tax expenditures." Unlike appropriated funds, tax expenditures operate on autopilot, automatically renewing each year without congressional review.

Read the whole story at U.S. News

Keep Your Yard Open 24/7 with Ponderosa Software’s Web-based Sales Portal!

PonderosaToday's LBM buyers shop differently and expect more. They want to be involved in researching product choices, designs and colors, and they want to purchase when they want.

Ponderosa Software's web-based Sales Portal lets your customers (and sales reps) view products, submit quotes and place orders 24/7, without having to wait for your customer service department to open! Sell and service your customers like never before with a visualization platform that can truly bring their vision to life!

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Afraid of a Bubble? Buy Without Fear in These Top 10 Stable, Growing Markets

Today’s rapidly skyrocketing home prices are making more than a few people nervous.

After all, it was only about a decade ago that the U.S. real estate market bubble burst, and millions of Americans lost their homes (and for many, life savings). And, as most of us recall all too well, plenty of others found themselves underwater on their mortgages, owing more than the homes were worth. But then came … the recovery. God bless the recovery! The housing market and economy have come roaring back. Some markets, in fact, are booming to historic levels.

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Roseburg DuraTemp® Real Wood Siding

Roseburg Roseburg DuraTemp® siding has a natural textured appearance with a surface that is 100% clear and free of patches and repairs. It’s easy to paint and can withstand exposure to the elements. DuraTemp is manufactured with a strong plywood veneer inner core made of western softwood veneer and a fully water resistant (NAUF) phenolic resin. The surface is a tough hardboard face that won’t split, crack or check -- even with rough treatment. The plywood core is easy to handle and install yet stronger than most other siding products. Unlike vinyl and cement siding, DuraTemp siding is made from real wood, an environmentally friendly renewable resource.

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Case-Shiller Reaction: What to Make of Record High Home Prices

The latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices showed that home prices hit a 31-month high in January, but will those record prices be a speed bump or a brick wall for home buying moving forward? Opinions appear to be a bit mixed in that regard, with some analysts viewing January’s data as a significant drawback for certain segments of the home-buying market, while others say the rising prices aren’t a concern, yet.

Read the whole story at HousingWire

The Hardest Working Gutter Guards in the Business!

E Z E-Z Gutter manufactures 20 different models of gutter guard protection, with multiple levels of mesh screens, multiple types of solid covers, and multiple types of metals – aluminum, steel, and copper. It’s all available by visiting

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News Briefs

BMC Acquires Texas Plywood & Lumber and Code Plus Components MORE

Lumber Dealers Meet with Congress Members MORE

Grand Forks Area Lumberyards Transition to Next Generation MORE

84 Lumber Expands with Riverhead, N.Y. Location MORE

Intregrated Business Management Solutions

Dancik Dancik International, a Kerridge Commercial Systems Group company, provides fully integrated software and services focused on the distributive trades, specifically the building materials, lumber, floor coverings, home décor, electrical and plumbing distribution, wholesale and retail markets. Our functionally rich software provides a fully integrated solution supporting the distributive trades including sales order processing, Finance, CRM, warehouse management, delivery management, equipment leasing, light manufacturing, EDI, online trading, business intelligence and mobile ready. Available either on-premises or in the K-Cloud. Your Business Your Way.

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Industry Events


April 5-6, Lumbermen’s Association of Texas & Louisiana (LAT) Annual Convention & Buying Show, Grapevine, TX,

May 2-3, Kentucky Building Material Association (KBMA) Annual Convention & Expo, Covington, KY,

May 4-5, East Coast Builders Conference, Atlanta, GA,

May 19-22, Do it Best Spring Market, Indianapolis, IN,

July 27-30, Building Material Suppliers Association (BMSA) Summer Conference, Virginia Beach, VA

Aug. 24-26, Orgill Fall Dealer Market, Boston,

Sept. 7-8, LBM Strategies Conference, Frisco, TX,

Sept. 25-27, True Value Fall Reunion, Chicago.

Oct. 13-16, Do it Best Fall Market, Indianapolis, IN,

Nov. 8-10, NAWLA Trader’s Market, Chicago, IL,