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5.16.17
  • Millennials May Be Entering the Housing Market in a Big Way
  • Dealer Profile: Big Creek Lumber’s Big Tech Focus
  • Realtors: Homebuyers Flooded Housing Market in First Quarter
  • U.S. NAHB Housing Market Index Rises Above Expectations in May
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events
Millennials May Be Entering the Housing Market in a Big Way

Amidst all the dysfunction and decay in Washington, some good news about America’s long-term social and economic prospects: Millennials are finally starting to get a foot in the housing market. The Wall Street Journal reports:

After sitting on the sidelines for a decade, millennials are buying homes en masse, promising to kick the already strong housing market into higher gear.

Read the whole story at The American Interest

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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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Dealer Profile: Big Creek Lumber’s Big Tech Focus

In an area that has survived both a dot-com bubble burst and the Great Recession, builders are still fielding plenty of calls for highend building construction, a trend that bodes well for the company supplying materials for those buildings.

Three of Big Creek Lumber’s five pro-dealer locations that division manager Kevin Dussault oversees are along the coast in Northern California, where larger new home construction and major remodels are common. To keep up with customers’ expectations in these markets, Dussault has taught his staff to adapt to changing technology and service expectations, and to continually make an effort to better understand buying behaviors in the market. “We want to know which customers are buying and what services they need,” he said. “Because our markets between the five locations are so different, we want a feel for each of those markets and where our place is in it.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

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Selex CMPC - Always Reliable‚Äč

CMPCAt CMPC USA we are committed to delivering high quality products that create value for our customers. That is why we developed the brand Selex, which identifies our premium product line. Selex products have a superior and consistent top quality, that gives any project a sophisticated refined look. Selex AC plywood offers an outstanding appearance, free of defects, suitable for decorative sheathing, furniture, flooring, laminating and more. Selex Beaded, our beaded plywood is ideal for decorative uses, including paneling and ceilings. It also offers an outstanding appearance, free of defects. In addition, both lines’ excellent solid core construction and consistent lay-up make for easy handling and workability. Exterior glue favors both interior and exterior applications. Today our products are present throughout the world, supporting hundreds of customers and millions of consumers in over 50 countries. We are driven to serve everyone with the same enduring commitment that CMPC was founded on more than 95 years ago.

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Realtors: Homebuyers Flooded Housing Market in First Quarter

The first quarter of 2017 saw the strongest quarterly home sales pace in a decade, according to the latest quarterly report from the National Association of Realtors.

This increase in home sales put downward pressure on housing inventory levels and caused home prices growth to accelerate its rate of increase in the first quarter, the report states. In fact, metro home prices now accelerated for three consecutive quarters.

Read the whole story at HousingWire

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Safety is good for your business: loss control just for LBM

PLM“Safety first” may be a cliché, but it’s also a smart business practice. The unfortunate reality is that LBM businesses face a host of hazards from forklifts to fleet safety to load securement.

But you can face that reality by minimizing potential losses and interruptions. To help your LBM business identify hazards, minimize accidents and avoid major losses, Pennsylvania and Indiana Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company draws on the deep knowledge of our loss control experts. You can tap into their expertise with this comprehensive library of loss control guides:

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News Briefs

US LBM Files for IPO MORE

Golden State Lumber Named Best Place to Work in Bay Area MORE

Capital Lumber to Distribute LP Products MORE

Huttig Partners With American Fasteners  MORE

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DID YOU KNOW?

PlyGemNot a single county in the U.S. can fill 100% of its need for safe, affordable housing. That’s just one reason Ply Gem is proud to lead Affordable Housing Month this May. Now is the time to band together, generate awareness for this important cause and show your customers that you are an advocate for fair, accessible housing. Request a free merchandising kit for your showroom to engage with customers and help us spread the word about Affordable Housing Month.

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Industry Events

2017

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. 20-22, Construction Suppliers Association (CSA) Annual Conference & Expo, Savannah, GA, www.gocsa.com

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

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

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

Oct 24-26, Forest Products & Building Materials Expo, Philadelphia, PA, www.lmc.net

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

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