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  • Trump Slaps Duty on Canadian Lumber, Intensifying Trade Fight
  • Case-Shiller: Home Prices Hit Fourth Consecutive All-Time High
  • One Reason for Dallas’ Soaring Home Prices and Labor Shortage: Immigrants Aren’t Coming to Work
  • Unfinished Business: Reform of Mortgage Market, Part II
  • Digital Case Studies: Tum-A-Lum Lumber
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events
Trump Slaps Duty on Canadian Lumber, Intensifying Trade Fight

U.S. President Donald Trump intensified a trade dispute with Canada, slapping tariffs of up to 24 percent on imported softwood lumber in a move that drew swift criticism from the Canadian government, which vowed to sue if needed.

Trump announced the new tariff at a White House gathering of conservative journalists, shortly before the Commerce Department said it would impose countervailing duties ranging from 3 percent to 24.1 percent on Canadian lumber producers including West Fraser Timber Co.

Read the whole story at Bloomberg

Manufactured Stone by ProVia: Built for Better Curb Appeal

ProviaProVia offers 11 color palettes in manufactured stone veneer, including a variety of eight unique styles of stone suitable for a wide range of interior and exterior applications. Each of our manufactured stones is carefully selected from unique geographic regions and then skillfully molded and cast. The result is artfully crafted manufactured stone that looks and feels like the real thing.

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Case-Shiller: Home Prices Hit Fourth Consecutive All-Time High

Home prices continued to expand in February, hitting their fourth consecutive all-time high, according to the S&P Dow Jones Indices.

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, a national measure of U.S. home prices, increased both month-over-month and year-over-year in February. The National Home Price NSA Index, which covers all nine U.S. census divisions, increased by 5.8% in February, up from last month’s 5.6% increase.

Read the whole story at Housing Wire

Take a Stand Against Mice.

Conv ProdMouse Shield™ contains an EPA-registered pesticide that protects the foam from attack by mice and other pests such as birds, bats and squirrels. It also blocks insects, such as ants, roaches, spiders and bees.

Use Mouse Shield to keep mice and pests outside where they belong. Seal gaps and cracks inside garages, attics, crawl spaces, basements, under sinks, around pipes/electrical penetrations or any areas where pests, insects or drafts can enter homes and living spaces.

Discover Mouse Shield Premium Pest Block at – then order it for your customers today by contacting us at 1-800-325-6180.

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One Reason for Dallas’ Soaring Home Prices and Labor Shortage: Immigrants Aren’t Coming to Work

Dallas home prices are climbing rapidly, and homebuilders are complaining about labor shortages and soaring wages for construction workers. But something else makes this housing boom different from others: Immigrants aren’t riding to the rescue.

For decades, Mexicans and other foreign-born workers have been coming to Texas to build homes, apartments and office towers. By one estimate, they fill almost half the construction jobs in the state, which is about twice as many as in the rest of the nation.

Read the whole story at Dallas News


Effortlessly Transform a Treated Post into a Finished PVC Wrap

Kleer With our unique locking joint and mitered moulding sets, KLEERWrap Post Wraps are so simple and user-friendly, they can be installed easily by one person. And like all KLEER products, our post wraps are covered by a Limited Lifetime Warranty that includes labor for the first two years. They never need to be painted for protection, but if you desire a color other than white, 100% acrylic latex house paint, with an LRV above 55%, can be used with amazing results.

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Unfinished Business: Reform of Mortgage Market, Part II

There is no question the Trump administration wants to make changes to the financial system. (What is not clear is where this issue fits in the long list of other priorities, such as health care, immigration, trade issues, etc.) There are two separate issues that need to be addressed: the Dodd-Frank regulations and reforming the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs). President Trump has talked about the need to “dismantle” the Dodd-Frank regulations. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has some views on these issues as well.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

DeckWise® Altitudes Pedestal™ System

Displaying DeckWise250x300.gifThe engineers at DeckWise® developed the Altitudes Pedestal™ System to transform underutilized sloped roof tops, concrete patios, and balconies into beautiful outdoor living spaces. Pedestals will support and elevate 24" x 24" Ipe hardwood deck tiles over multiple substrate slopes for a perfectly level deck tile surface with a load bearing capacity of up to 1,200 lbs. per pedestal.

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Digital Case Studies: Tum-A-Lum Lumber

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, Natalia Dittmer of Tum-A-Lum Lumber in Hood River, OR offers insight into how the Tum-A-Lum team leverages social media.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal


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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News Briefs

Increases in Remodeling Market Indicators Reflect Broad-Based Confidence MORE

Single-Family Production Falls in March MORE

Builder Confidence Holds Firm in April MORE

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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Industry Events


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. 4-6, Florida Building Material Association (FBMA) Convention and Gulf Atlantic Building Products Expo, Orlando,

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

Nov. 7-9, Western Building Material Association 115th Annual Convention, Marysville, WA,

Nov. 8-9, West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA) Annual Convention and 100th Anniversary Celebration, Rancho Mirage, CA.