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  • Builder confidence drops as hurricanes add uncertainty
  • Mortgage applications leap nearly 10% on lowest rates in almost a year
  • Acquirers want leadership continuity and succession planning
  • Innovations Driving Down Cost in Housing Design and Construction
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events
Builder confidence drops as hurricanes add uncertainty

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes fell three points to a level of 64 in September from a downwardly revised August reading of 67 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

“The recent hurricanes have intensified our members’ concerns about the availability of labor and the cost of building materials,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. “Once the rebuilding process is underway, I expect builder confidence will return to the high levels we saw this spring.”

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

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MiTekIntroducing the New Standard in Structural Wood Screws
  • Cut point feature offers fast start and reduces torque during installation
  • Yellow Zinc and Exterior finishes
  • Lengths from 1 1/2" to 10" long
  • Technical bulletins available for Deck Ledger and Multi Ply EWP connections
  • All screws in the Pro Series are listed under ICC-ES ESR-2761 and is code complaint to the 2015 IBC/IRC.

Hex Head Screw - For Deck Ledgers and Other Wood-to-Wood Connections
The MiTek® Pro Series Hex Head is ideal for numerous framing applications including wood-to-wood and metal-to-wood connections.

Bugle Head Screw - For General Purpose Wood-to-Wood Connections
The MiTek® Pro Series Bugle Head is the ideal structural wood screw to drive the head flush or countersink it below the wood surface. The WSBH is easy to install and is a high strength alternative to traditional lags, bolts and pole barn nails.

Washer Head Exterior Screw - For Deck Ledgers and Other Wood-to-Wood Connections
The MiTek® Pro Series Washer Head is an ideal alternative to traditional lag screws and through-bolts. It is easy to install and reduces labor on the jobsite. The large, flat washer head maximizes bearing area and allows for less interference after installation.

Washer Head Interior Screw - For Multi-Ply EWP and Multi-Ply Truss Girders
The MiTek® Pro Series Washer Head is the ideal screw for interior Multi-Ply EWP and Dimensional wood connections. The specific lengths of the WSWH allow for one-sided connections on multi-ply beams and truss girders.

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Mortgage applications leap nearly 10% on lowest rates in almost a year

Homebuyers are clamoring to capitalize on the lowest interest rates in almost a year, driving total mortgage application volume 9.9 percent higher last week.

The Mortgage Bankers Association's seasonally adjusted weekly index is still 19 percent lower than the same week last year, due to lower refinance volume. The week's results included an adjustment for the Labor Day holiday.

Read the whole story at CNBC

Unified Purchasing Group: Volume Discounts for Your Organization

UPGUPG offers eligible members significant savings on essential products and services from the most respected brands. We bring together independent suppliers in the construction industry to leverage collective purchasing power to negotiate significant volume discounts with vendor partners such as Verizon Wireless, UniFirst, Staples and other well-known brands. UPG membership provides economies of scale that help your organization better manage supply and operating costs.

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Acquirers want leadership continuity and succession planning

Think of your business as if it were a large tactical ship. Now, imagine a potential acquirer of that ship admiring it from the shore. “Man-o-man,” the acquirer says, “look how well that ship runs! The officers in charge must manage it really well, because everyone looks up in awe as it sails by. I’ve got to buy it!

Next thing you know, the acquirer makes a successful offer for the ship. He can’t wait to get aboard and meet the great leadership team and crew, only to be disappointed when he walks onto the bridge to see that all the officers have left.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

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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Innovations Driving Down Cost in Housing Design and Construction

In 2015, when entrepreneur Aaron Holm was seeking funding for Blokable, his modular smart housing startup, he encountered a venture capital (VC) landscape that was reluctant to step into the affordable housing arena.

Fast-forward one year and numerous VC firms are jumping into the growing market for technology-based solutions for the affordable housing issues that communities around the globe are facing. “The capital markets are waking up to the fact that this is a huge problem and we’re going to need technological solutions,” Holm, a former Amazon manager, said during a panel discussion at the ULI Housing Opportunity 2017 Conference in New Orleans.

Read the whole story at Urbanland

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

Fourth year in row: Hancock Lumber named Best Place to Work in Maine MORE

Meek’s announces new corporate CEO MORE

Poulsbo, Wash. lumberyard closing after 60 years MORE

Georgia-Pacific to build lumber production facility in Talladega MORE

Windows With Real Results

PlyGemYou want built-to-order, no-hassle windows delivered on time. Every time. At Ply Gem, we’re here to deliver just that. We offer an impressive selection of windows that meet your customers’ demands — from color to configuration to price.

We help create more opportunities for you to grow your business, with a wide variety of vinyl, wood and aluminum windows – all built to your customers’ exacting standards. It’s our commitment to deliver what really matters to Pros like you.

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Industry Events

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,

Jan. 10-12, International Builders Show, Orlando, FL