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  • A Historical Look at Hurricanes' Impact on Construction
  • Worried About Housing? You're Not Alone
  • Builders Brace for Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew
  • Shelly's Opens New Philadelphia-Area Showroom
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events

A Historical Look at Hurricanes' Impact on Construction

It's been more than a decade since Central Florida was hit with a major hurricane and the full fallout from Hurricane Matthew remains unknown at this time.

One thing's for sure, the real estate and construction industries certainly will see a plethora of impact, including more work for construction workers as ravaged areas need to be rebuilt. Insured losses typically result in increased spending on building products.

Read the whole story at Orlando Business Journal


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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Worried About Housing? You're Not Alone

Rising mortgage rates, overheating home prices, nothing for sale, pre-election jitters - the list of reasons to lose confidence in the housing market is growing.

In fact, the share of consumers who think now is a good time to buy a home fell 5 percentage points in September in a monthly housing sentiment survey (known as HPSI) by Fannie Mae. The only drop that was bigger was the share of consumers who think mortgage rates will fall.

Read the whole story at CNBC


Is another economic downturn headed our way?

BlueTarp IndexBlueTarp's quarterly Index shows how the health of the building supply industry is trending, compared to last year, by taking a look at driving factors:

• BlueTarp proprietary contractor spend and delinquency

• Building permits

• Consumer confidence

• Construction spend

Register to download BlueTarp's Index and review the factors influencing the overall state of the industry.

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Builders Brace for Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

New construction isn't the only concern. In Florida alone, up to 954,000 homes valuing $189 billion are vulnerable to damage from storm surges, according to CoreLogic. More than 620,000 additional homes in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia are also at risk, worth more than $137 billion in reconstruction value. Florida metros including Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Miami and Jacksonville are among the most at-risk for damage from storm surges. CoreLogic's damage projections do not consider the impact of wind, with gusts of up to 150 miles per hour reported.

Read the whole story at ConstructionDive


Unified Purchasing Group: Volume Discounts for Your Organization

Unified Purchasing Group UPG 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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Shelly's Opens New Philadelphia-Area Showroom

Shelly's Supply, one of the oldest and largest suppliers of lumber, hardware, building materials and manufactured components in eastern Pennsylvania has opened a new design showroom.

Elevations by Shelly's is a new 5,000 square foot showroom that houses multiple displays that showcase a variety of cabinetry, countertops, vanities, hardware and millwork. The functional displays also include working demonstrations of the latest in kitchen and bath storage solutions.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal


New Lasting Dark Colors from Ply Gem Windows 1500 Vinyl Collection

Plygem Black and dark-colored window frames add a tasteful accent to conventional homes, but dark colors can fade over time. The Ply Gem Windows 1500 Vinyl Collection solves this problem for builders with a black or dark bronze capstock over a white co-extruded under layer, which reflects sunlight and limits color fading. Available now with a dark bronze exterior on the 1500 Vinyl Collection brickmould windows,with black exterior coming soon! In addition, these windows are customizable – builders pay only for the upgrade options they need.

The 1500 Vinyl Collection – designed for multi-family, systems-built, production builder and custom home applications – is available through a network of distributors.

For more information, visit or call 888-9PLYGEM.

News Briefs

Lundberg Named Northwestern Lumber Association Board Chair MORE

Mabel Lumber Opens in Mabel, Minn. MORE

84 Lumber Partners with The DeAngelo Williams Foundation MORE

Hughes Lumber & Building Supply in Charleston Closing MORE


Ponderosa Software Announces Mobile Fleet Manager

Computer Associates Mobile Fleet Manager, powered by Elite EXTRA and integrated within the Ponderosa ERP Software, is an easy-to-use, web-based solution that provides Pro Dealers and their distributors with real-time truck route optimization, dispatching and fleet tracking. The solution increases dispatcher and driver productivity, optimizes routes to shorten delivery times and reduce costs, pinpoints ETAs, sends manifests right to the drivers' laptop, tablet, or smartphone, captures electronic proof of delivery, tracks trucks via GPS and more!

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Industry Events

Oct. 16-18, LBM Advantage Forest Products Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Oct. 18-21, Building Component Manufacturers Conference, Knoxville, TN,, 608.274.4849

Oct. 20-22, House Hasson Hardware Dealer Market, Sevierville, TN,

Oct. 25-27, NLBMDA ProDealer Industry Summit, Charleston, SC,, 202.367.1169

Oct. 26-28, North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) Trader’s Market, Las Vegas, NV

Oct. 31-Nov. 4 - World Millwork Alliance (WMA) Annual Convention & Trade Show, Atlanta, GA,

Nov. 3-4, LMC Forest Products & Building Products Expo, Philadelphia, PA

Nov. 8-10, Western Building Material Association (WBMA) Annual Convention, Portland, OR,, 888.551.9262

Jan. 11-13, International Builders Show, Orlando, FL

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