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4.18.17
  • Softwood Lumber and OSB Push Building Materials Prices Higher
  • White Paper: Increase Profits by Assembling Aluminum Railings In-House
  • Homes This Spring Are Selling Faster Than Ever
  • Turn Your Re-Deck Projects Into New Deck Bids
  • Robots May Help Build Your Next Home and Fill the Labor Gap
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events
Softwood Lumber and OSB Push Building Materials Prices Higher

For the second consecutive month, prices of softwood lumber, gypsum, ready-mix concrete, and OSB all increased, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The increases were led by softwood lumber and OSB.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

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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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White Paper: Increase Profits by Assembling Aluminum Railings In-House

The outdoor living market, spurred by homeowners’ desire to extend the comfort of their living and entertaining areas outdoors to decks and patios, is showing no signs of slowing down. As a result, the closely aligned deck and railing markets continue to skyrocket. With this growth comes new innovations in materials and assembly methods.

Aluminum railings—powder-coated aluminum railings, in particular—have been gaining in market share due to their aesthetics, durability, low maintenance and varied design and color options. However, one of the main challenges related to any aluminum railing project is finding a product that is engineered for both commercial and residential use, locally available and easy to install.

It is an issue that a national or regional LBM dealer can easily—and profitably—remedy.

  • Simple In-House Assembly
  • What Installers Say
  • What LBM Dealers Say
  • The Interlocking Process

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Unified Purchasing Group: Volume Discounts for Your Organization

UPGUPG offers eligible members significant savings on essential products and services from the most respected brands. We bring together independent suppliers in the construction industry to leverage collective purchasing power to negotiate significant volume discounts with vendor partners such as Verizon Wireless, UniFirst, Staples and other well-known brands. UPG membership provides economies of scale that help your organization better manage supply and operating costs.

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Homes This Spring Are Selling Faster Than Ever

Homes are flying off the shelves this spring, as demand rises and supply continues to drop. Record high prices in some local markets are not thwarting hungry buyers, as they rush to take advantage of the lowest mortgage rates of the year.

Read the whole story at CNBC

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May is just around the corner

Ply Gem Are you ready for Affordable Housing Month? Ply Gem is proud to lead this important campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the need for more affordable housing across the U.S., and we need the help of our distributor partners. It's easy to get involved and show your support. Request a free merchandising kit and help us spread the word about Affordable Housing Month.

 

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Turn Your Re-Deck Projects Into New Deck Bids

A lot of customers come in this time of year looking for new decking materials to put over their old deck frame. In a customer’s mind, it makes perfect sense to tear off the old deck boards and replace them with brand new composite boards and just keep the same old frame underneath. As a LBM professional, you need to know that this is often not the case.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

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The single best value in preventive maintenance and repair…

Perma-BootThe Perma-Boot is a gasket-less two- piece pipe boot repair system designed to permanently repair the most common type of roof leak - the leak around the vent pipes that penetrate your roof.
  • Perma-Boot slides over your existing roof vent boot, preventing leaks ​
  • Installation takes just a few minutes - no tools required ​
  • Designed for all standard roof pitches - 3/12 to 12/12
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Robots May Help Build Your Next Home and Fill the Labor Gap

The future of U.S. homebuilding depends on more people like Cyndicy Yarborough, a 26-year-old former Wal-Mart clerk with no background in construction. At Blueprint Robotics in Baltimore, she works in a factory that builds houses like cars, on an assembly line, using robots that fire thousands of nails into studs each day and never miss. Yarborough operates a machine that lifts floors and walls and packs them onto a flatbed truck, the final step before delivery to a development site where they’ll be pieced together.

Read the whole story at Bloomberg

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Fortify Your Roof Against the Storm

Huber ZIP System® sheathing and tape helps meets FORTIFIED Home™ resilient building standards for a sealed roof deck with a built-in water-resistive barrier and taped panel seams. Learn how to protect your build by using ZIP System® sheathing and tape.

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News Briefs

ProVia Earns 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year MORE

In Memoriam: Charles ‘Ty’ Edward Requarth MORE

Warrensburg, Mo.’s Economy Lumber Closing MORE

ABC Supply Opens Manchester, Conn. Facility MORE

Industry Events

2017

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

May 4-5, East Coast Builders Conference, Atlanta, GA, www.ECBCShow.com

May 19-22, Do it Best Spring Market, Indianapolis, IN, www.doitbestcorp.com

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

Aug. 24-26, Orgill Fall Dealer Market, Boston, www.orgill.com

Sept. 7-8, LBM Strategies Conference, Frisco, TX, www.LBMStrategies.com

Sept. 25-27, True Value Fall Reunion, Chicago. www.truevalue.com

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

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