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  • Construction Boom Exposes Labor Shortage Threatening Homebuilding
  • Freddie Singing a Different Tune on Housing/Mortgage Outlook
  • Home Depot, Menards Face Lawsuits Over Lumber Size Claims
  • J.C. Penney Wants to Remodel Your House
  • How Storytelling Can Help Our Industry
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events
Construction Boom Exposes Labor Shortage Threatening Homebuilding

If you want a view from the front lines of the residential construction industry, talk to Randy Strauss. Seated in the front of his pickup truck and mobile office, with blueprints and files strewn about the passenger seat, Strauss calls me from a job site near Amherst, Ohio, roughly 40 miles east of Cleveland, where his firm, Strauss Construction, is based. He’s been part of the industry since he was a kid. His grandfather was a cabinet maker, and his father was a homebuilder who worked alongside his son from the year they started the company in 1979 to a month before he passed away at age 83.

Read the whole story at Curbed

Manufactured Stone by ProVia: Built for Better Curb Appeal​

ProviaOur unique blend of hands-on craftsmanship and leading-edge automated processes ensures the highest manufacturing standards and the highest degree of curb appeal, style and quality. At ProVia, our goal is to serve you, by caring for details in ways other won’t. We continue to build our products and our company to last a lifetime. Better Curb Appeal—that’s The Professional Way.

Visit to find out how you can experience The Professional Way.

Freddie Singing a Different Tune on Housing/Mortgage Outlook

On November 30, 2016 Freddie Mac's economists issued their monthly Outlook which, in light of the sudden surge in interest rates earlier that month, was decidedly gloomy. MND's coverage of the forecast elicited a lot of concern from readers, especially when we quoted Freddie Mac that, under their new rate and housing expectations, "Mortgage originations (will) get crushed." They predicted a decline in originations of 53 percent from 2016 to 2017.

Read the whole story at Mortgage News Daily

Won’t Crack Under Pressure, Even if the Concrete Does.

MitekOur structural concrete epoxy is designed for anchoring into concrete that is, or may become, cracked due to cyclic loading from wind or earthquakes. It's also a high performance formulate that is very appealing for general anchoring into concrete and may also be used for fully grouted CMU construction.
The extensive testing data and high loads that GEL7C has makes it a best in class epoxy. Couple this with the design software and this gives the designers the confidence they want when designing concrete anchorage.
Do you know how much epoxy your job needs? Easily calculate the number of cartridges using the USP Epoxy Quantity Estimator. Learn more at
Home Depot, Menards Face Lawsuits Over Lumber Size Claims

Two big box stores are being accused of deceptively advertising the size of 4×4 lumber, USA Today reports. Home Depot and Menards stores have been named in a lawsuit for selling 4″ x 4″ boards without specifying that the boards’ actual size is 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

The Perfect High-End, Low-Maintenance Solution for any Homeowner

GrayneNatural cedar is beautiful. With Grayne Engineered Shake & Shingle, you get the same beauty with none of the maintenance. Providing aesthetic advantages, and a look that will last a lifetime, Grayne offers moisture-resistant cellular PVC products to create attention grabbing features that have outstanding performance against nature. And since they don’t splinter, rot, delaminate or swell, they can be installed in direct contact with the ground. You can choose to stick with their brilliant white paint color or paint them to match any surrounding elements.

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J.C. Penney Wants to Remodel Your House

Who says you can't come home? J.C. Penney (JCP, +2.96%) is making a big bet on home remodel services—a new arena for the retailer—to help revive what had been a promising turnaround.

In a 100-store test that is likely to presage a rollout to hundreds more stores, the department store this spring will start offering services like bathroom remodeling and blinds installation, and selling and installing awnings, water systems, and smart home technology. It's a major departure for a retailer better known for its apparel and soft home goods like towels and sheets.

Read the whole story at Fortune

17 Ways Boise Cascade can help you grow in 2017:

BoiseBoise Cascade Engineered Wood Products is committed to helping dealers increase their profitability with better framing products, superior distribution, profitable software tools and ease of doing business; A full line of precision-dimension framing products is backed by a lifetime warranty of quality and performance; Advanced software tools like the new EWP software platform BC CONNECT® help improve dealer profitability in the office and via mobile app with the ability to work from anywhere. Check out “17 Ways to help you operate more profitably” at:

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How Storytelling Can Help Our Industry

I was returning from a trip, visiting LBM customers in Ohio. It was late and the 900-mile road trip had me ready for the weekend. Pulling in to home, the phone rang and my good buddy told me a branch of his company was forced to close. Damn…another one goes down. In my first five years in the LBM industry, I witnessed numerous businesses close, and thousands of people lose their jobs in an overall unwinding of an industry.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

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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News Briefs

Parr Lumber Merges Spokane Locations MORE

84 Lumber Realigns Divisions MORE

Conlon Named U.S. Director of Sales at Royal Building Products MORE

Existing Home Sales Rise 1.1% in May MORE

LBM Strategies Conference 2017. Real Dealers. Real Insights. Real Solutions.

LBM StrategiesJoin other LBM industry leaders from across the U.S. to learn, share and connect this September, then get back to work armed with fresh ideas and actionable insights to grow your sales, your business and your brand. Breakfasts, lunches, coffee breaks and cocktail receptions—all included with your registration—offer an ideal opportunity to reconnect with old friends and build fresh connections.

LBM Strategies 2017 will be held at the new Omni Hotel, Frisco, Texas, (opening: July 2017). The cornerstone of the Dallas Cowboys brand new, state-of-the-art training facility and world headquarters, the hotel is located 20 minutes north of downtown Dallas, and less than 30 minutes from both DFW and Love Field Airports.

Register by June 30 to save $200!

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Industry Events


July 20-21,  Florida Building Material Suppliers Association (FBMA) Summer EducationConference, Orlando, FL,

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

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

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

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

Oct. 22-24, LBM Advantage Forest Products Conference, Baltimore, MD,

Oct 24-26, Forest Products & Building Materials Expo, Philadelphia, PA,

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,

Nov 8-10, NAWLA Trader's Market, Chicago, IL,