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  • How Best to Prepare to Go to Market
  • Gain in U.S. Pending Home Sales Shows Market Is Stabilizing
  • Canadian premier says ‘hopeful’ of softwood lumber deal with U.S. in August
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events
How Best to Prepare to Go to Market

I used to work for the marketing department of a large building products manufacturer, and the executive in charge had a saying that has always stuck with me. Whether we were preparing the marketing, packaging, messaging, or trade show presence for product rollouts, he’d say, over and over again, “Well-presented, half sold.”

That’s true for product launches, but it’s also true when you are selling your company. The presentation of the company, typically in the form of a deal book (a.k.a. Informational Memorandum and accompanying financial statements and tax returns), is viewed as an indicator of the overall state of the company and its operations.

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Roseburg DuraTemp® Real Wood Siding

Roseburg Roseburg DuraTemp® siding has a natural textured appearance with a surface that is 100% clear and free of patches and repairs. It’s easy to paint and can withstand exposure to the elements. DuraTemp is manufactured with a strong plywood veneer inner core made of western softwood veneer and a fully water resistant (NAUF) phenolic resin. The surface is a tough hardboard face that won’t split, crack or check -- even with rough treatment. The plywood core is easy to handle and install yet stronger than most other siding products. Unlike vinyl and cement siding, DuraTemp siding is made from real wood, an environmentally friendly renewable resource.

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Gain in U.S. Pending Home Sales Shows Market Is Stabilizing

A rebound in contract signings for the purchase of previously owned U.S. homes shows housing demand is stabilizing after a three-month downturn, National Association of Realtors figures released Monday showed.

The increase puts the group’s gauge in line with its average since the start of 2016 and shows growth in the residential real estate market is being sustained while contributing little to the economy. Housing remains driven by trade-up purchasers who have taken advantage of low mortgage rates and are taking in stride higher asking prices. Limited choices of cheaper properties, however, are hindering entry-level buyers.

Read the whole story at Bloomberg


The Hardest Working Guards in the Business

E-Z These hardworking new gutter guards from Midwest Enterprises are engineered for a fast install – no fasteners needed! They’re designed to stay put during rough weather, but snap out for maintenance. All E-Z-Shield gutter guards will fit 5” gutter and come in 4’ sections.

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Canadian premier says ‘hopeful’ of softwood lumber deal with U.S. in August

British Columbia Premier John Horgan said after talks with Trump administration officials on Thursday he was hopeful a dispute between Canada and the United States over softwood lumber could be resolved before NAFTA talks begin in mid-August.

Horgan told Reuters he saw no reason why the dispute should be part of the three-way North American Free Trade Agreement talks between the United States, Canada and Mexico, which begin on Aug. 16.

Read the whole story at Bangor Daily News

Modern Architectural Lines

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News Briefs

TAL Holdings Acquires Browne Lumber MORE

Carter Lumber to Invest $10M in Kentucky Facility MORE

Hess, Pittman Retire from Roseburg Forest Products MORE

Digital Case Studies: Franklin Building Supply 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 August 31 to save $100!

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Industry Events


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,

FREE Builders’ Show Expo Pass in August!

IBSDuring the month of August, dealers and distributors can register for a free expo pass to the 2018 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS). IBS is the building industry’s biggest event, featuring unparalleled networking opportunities to meet vital business partners while exploring the largest trade show in North America showcasing the latest building products, trends and technology. Join us in Orlando, January 9-11, to grow your business and increase your sales.


Register for your free expo pass today!