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  • Real Issues. Real Answers. Transitioning to New Business/POS Software
  • This will be the best summer for the housing market in a decade
  • Seattle home too dangerous to enter sells for $427,000 after 'insane' bidding war
  • 30-year mortgage rates approach all-time lows
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events

Real Issues. Real Answers. Transitioning to New Business/POS Software

For the vast majority of LBM dealers (92%, according to our survey), their business point-of-sale software is an integral part of their business. While the latest offerings from industry software vendors are more robust and powerful than ever, a sizable number of dealers still rely on systems that are decades old. One reason: reluctance to tackle the process of transitioning from a tried-and-true system to the new and unknown. As readers report here, a well-planned and executed transition can pay serious dividends, but there are ample horror stories of software transitions gone wrong. This month's article shares "been there, done that" insights from dealers who've experienced transitioning to a new business/POS system.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal


Quality Wood Products on a Scale Few Can Match

RoseburgRoseburg’s is one of North America’s largest integrated manufacturers of engineered wood products, lumber and plywood. Our EWP facility has 750,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space on nearly 70 acres. Our Lumber mill produces nearly 400 million board feet annually and our three plywood plants are some of the largest in North America.
  • Engineered Wood: LVL, I-joists and Rimboard
  • Lumber and Small Timbers: Douglas Fir, White Fir, and Hemlock – Green and KD
  • Real Wood Siding: Breckenridge, DuraTemp® and Select Veneer
  • Softwood Plywood: Underlayment, Radiant Barrier & Sheathing

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This will be the best summer for the housing market in a decade

Following the strongest spring in 10 years, the residential real estate market should continue to see growth throughout the summer despite some growing economic headwinds.

Through May, year-to-date home sales (that's non-adjusted existing- and new-home sales combined) are up 6 percent over last year, which was the best year since 2007, according to calculations using National Association of Realtors and Commerce Department data. Meanwhile, home prices are again up 5 percent to 6 percent, according to Case-Shiller and other sources.

Read the whole story at CNBC


A Premium Floor That Saves Time and Money

Thicker Floor SheathingWant a stiffer floor system that can save you time and money? Consider a premium I-joist floor system using 7/8 Performance Category OSB or plywood glued and nailed to 14-inch-deep I-joists that are spaced at 24 inches on center. The system drives a lot of savings compared to conventional floors with 16 inch-on-center framing, including:
  • 1/3 fewer joists to install by the framing crew
  • 1/3 fewer fasteners and hangers used to install the joists
  • 1/3 less floor construction adhesive
  • 1/3 less floor sheathing fasteners
  • 1/3 fewer holes to drill for running ductwork, electrical and plumbing.

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Seattle home too dangerous to enter sells for $427,000 after 'insane' bidding war

Four years ago, the average house in Seattle cost a little under $427,000. Today, that'll buy you a house so dangerous that you can't go inside.

With crumbling floors and ceilings that could collapse at any moment, about five feet of standing water and toxic air not safe to breathe, a West Seattle house was listed recently with the condition that only licensed contractors who sign a legal waiver could enter it.

Read the whole story at The Seattle Times


Together We're Better.

PLMINS PLM and ILM have combined their strengths to become the premier insurance provider for the lumber, woodworking and building material industries.

Founded "by lumbermen, for lumbermen" in the 1890s, both companies have focused on the wood industry throughout their histories. PLM/ILM offers competitive rates, loss control programs and prompt claims response and handling. We are financially strong and carry an A.M. Best rating of A- (Excellent).

For more information on the services we provide, please contact us at 800-752-1895 or visit our website at

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30-year mortgage rates approach all-time lows

Mortgage rates tumbled in the past two weeks, approaching all-time lows as the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union drove down Treasury yields.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.41% this week, down from 3.48% a week ago and 4.04% a year ago, mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday.

Read the whole story at USA Today


New Nature-Inspired Shingle Siding Colors from Georgia-Pacific Vinyl Siding and Accessories

Georgia-Pacific Vinyl Siding Shingle siding is a defining feature of many classic American home styles, but to keep that character over a lifetime, longstanding color technology is essential. Georgia-Pacific® Vinyl Siding and Accessories now offers even more shingle siding colors through its low-maintenance Cedar Spectrum line. The new colors for 2016 – Palm, Bayou and Hazelnut – are inspired by green, blue and brown hues found in coastal settings. The Cedar Spectrum polymer Double 9” Hand-Split Shake and Double 7” Shingle are made with a color-lasting formula and have been modeled after real hand-split and sawn cedar for a textured wood look.

Georgia-Pacific Vinyl Siding and Accessories are distributed exclusively by BlueLinx to Lowe's and lumberyards and their builder and contractor customers.

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News Briefs

Epicor Enters Acquisition Agreement With Investment Firm KKR MORE

Novik Seeks Insight From Dealers MORE

Dow to Construct New STYROFOAM Brand Insulation Manufacturing Facility MORE

CoreLogic: Home Prices Up 5.9 Percent This Year MORE


Real Dealers, Real Insights and Real Solutions at the LBM Strategies Conference 2016

LBM Strategies Conference 2016 We took the top business challenges facing LBM pros—finding and hiring good people (including millennials), managing credit & collections, winning against low-cost competitors, leveraging emerging technologies—and found industry pros who’ve faced down these challenges, and won! Hear their stories, and get fresh insights to use at your business at the LBM Strategies Conference 2016, September 6-8 at the Omni Charlotte, North Carolina.

Register today to save $100!

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Industry Events

July 28-30, Handy Hardware Market, Houston, TX

August 18-20, Ace Hardware Convention, Chicago, IL

August 24, LMC Hardware Express, Las Vegas, NV

August 25-27, Orgill Fall Dealer Market, Las Vegas, NV

September 6-8, LBM Strategies Conference 2016 presented by LBM Journal, Charlotte, NC,

September 14-16, Construction Suppliers Association Annual Conference & Expo, Biloxi, MS,, 678.674.1860

September 16-18, True Value Fall Reunion, Denver, CO

Oct. 5-7, Florida Building Material Association (FBMA) Convention & Trade Show, Kissimmee, FL,, 352.383.0366

Oct. 6-7, DeckExpo/Remodeling Show Baltimore, MD

Oct. 7-10, Do it Best October Market, Indianapolis, IN,, 888-DOITBEST

Introducing the LBM Century Club!

LBM Century Club LBM Journal has launched the LBM Century Club to honor and celebrate lumberyards that have been serving their communities for more than 100 years. There's absolutely no cost to belong; we figure that companies who've been around for more than a century have already paid their dues! Thanks to sponsorship support from Epicor, members will be recognized in LBM Journal and on, and will receive a certificate, window clings, a press release, a special logo and more. Plus, inductees qualify for one complimentary registration to the LBM Strategies Conference, where they'll be honored with the other members in attendance.

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Nominate a company for membership at

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