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7.25.17
  • 12 Best Practices for Employee Recruitment and Retention
  • U.S. Housing Starts at Four-Month High Give Boost at Quarter-End
  • U.S. Home Sales Stumble as Prices Hit Record High
  • Study Shows Steady Gains in Remodeling Activity Moving into 2018
  • This house had 22 offers. Here’s why the owners didn’t take the highest
  • NAFTA fight could rock timber industry
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events
12 Best Practices for Employee Recruitment and Retention

There’s no denying that the rebounding housing market is great for business. But the market turnaround has reintroduced a familiar problem for both dealers and their customers: a labor crunch.

“Many factors are beyond our control, [such as an] aging work force retiring and taking a lot of knowledge with them, more competition for top talent, and hiring/ retention challenges,” says Tony Misura, President and Owner of Misura Group, an executive recruiting firm specializing in the LBM industry. “All of this is taking place while demand for LBM products and services is steadily rising.”

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

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

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U.S. Housing Starts at Four-Month High Give Boost at Quarter-End

The pickup in construction last month reflected more starts of single-family homes as well as apartment and other multifamily dwellings. The gain in June starts ended a three-month slide that indicates residential building will do little for second-quarter economic growth.

While construction improved in June and demand is holding up, builders have become a bit less upbeat because of higher costs for construction materials such as lumber. Sentiment dropped to an eight-month low, according to an industry report yesterday, wiping out the post-election boost in enthusiasm as builders expected deregulation and tax reform to spur more growth.

Read the whole story at Bloomberg

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Add Striking Curb Appeal with Grayne’s One-of-A-Kind Natural Finish

GrayneNatural cedar is beautiful. With Grayne Engineered Shake & Shingle, you get the same beauty with none of the maintenance. Its absolute color technology recreates the color differentiation found only in natural cedar shingles. Grayne was designed to keep its shape over time, and is easy to clean and maintain. It will look as spectacular as the day it was installed. It’s the perfect high-end, low-maintenance solution for any homeowner.

 


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U.S. home sales stumble as prices hit record high

U.S. home resales fell more than expected in June as a dearth of properties amid strong demand pushed prices to a record high, keeping first-time buyers on the sidelines.

The housing market has experienced an acute shortage of homes for sale for about two years. As the labor market churns out more jobs and builders struggle to secure land, building materials and skilled labor, the situation could worsen.

Read the whole story at Reuters

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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 warrantee 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: http://bc.com/ewp/17ways/

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Study Shows Steady Gains in Remodeling Activity Moving into 2018

Healthy and stable growth in home improvement and repair spending is anticipated for the remainder of the year and into the first half of 2018, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released today by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The LIRA projects that annual increases in remodeling expenditures will soften somewhat moving forward, but still remain at or above 6.0% through the second quarter of 2018.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

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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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This house had 22 offers. Here’s why the owners didn’t take the highest

Real estate agent Laura Barnett put a Dallas-area house on the market three weeks ago and quickly received 22 offers, but she did not take the highest offer. Instead, she took the cash offer because that was the only way to ensure the sale would go through.

Sales and prices are moving so quickly in Barnett's market that appraisals are not keeping up. If the appraisal doesn't match the contract price, the buyer doesn't get the mortgage, and the deal dies.

Read the whole story at CNBC

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Looking for an E-Log Loophole?

GPSWhile there is no getting around the Electronic Logs Mandate on December 18, 2017, the FMCSA has made it clear there are some exceptions to the rule. Although the FMCSA has outlined clear exemptions and exceptions, don’t assume your fleet or your drivers can take advantage of them. If you are not exempt, equip your fleet with a cutting-edge, yet simple to use E-Log solution from GPS Insight.

 


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NAFTA fight could rock timber industry

U.S. lumber producers like a Trump administration move to drop part of the North American Free Trade Agreement’s dispute resolution system they say handcuffs their ability to fight unfair Canadian timber sales.

But Canadian timber analysts warn the move could further muddy a wood market already clouded by political maneuvers.

Read the whole story at The Missoulian

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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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News Briefs

Parr Lumber Acquires Property for Second Truss Plant MORE

CPG International Names Joe Ochoa President of AZEK Building Products MORE

Hardwoods Distribution Acquires Downes & Reader Hardwood MORE

Oklahoma Lumbermen’s Association Partners with BlueTarp Financial MORE

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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 July 31 to save $150!

Learn more and register today at LBMStrategies.com 

Industry Events

2017
 

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, IL, www.truevalue.com

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

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

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

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