LBM Alert Header File
In This Issue
  • It’s Not a Millennial Problem; It’s a Leadership Problem
  • 5 Big Real-Estate Trends to Watch in 2017
  • Dispatch from #HousingOurFuture: Not Enough Real Estate Agents are "Culturally Sensitive"
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events

It’s Not a Millennial Problem; It’s a Leadership Problem

Along with four others, I participated on a panel titled “Real World Strategies to Attract, Hire, and Retain Millennials” at September’s LBM Strategies conference. As a group we had one goal in mind: to put to bed the myth that the LBM industry was not “sexy” enough to attract, recruit, and retain millennials. As a millennial and HR Director myself, I found this panel mildly humorous. I don’t view myself as a stereotypical millennial (entitled, lazy, job-hopper, social media-obsessed, etc.). Nor do I work for a company that holds such beliefs.

As I networked with other organizations within the industry, I was surprised that many of them discuss attracting and retaining millennials as a large challenge. I then asked myself, “what strategies have allowed Drexel Building Supply to attract and retain our 50% millennial demographic when other companies find this to be their Achilles heel?”

Read the whole story at LBM Journal


Ponderosa LBM Software. It Starts and Ends with Service.

Today’s LBM buyers shop differently and expect more. They want to be involved in researching product choices, designs and colors, and they want to purchase when they want.

Ponderosa Software’s web-based Sales Portal lets your customers view products, submit quotes and place orders 24/7, without having to wait for your customer service department to open! Sell and service your customers like never before with a visualization platform that can truly bring their vision to life! 

Learn More

5 Big Real-Estate Trends to Watch in 2017

A surprising twist toward the end of 2016 with the election of real estate magnate Donald Trump as president is likely to presage some dramatic changes in 2017 for the housing industry, which saw healthy increases in values this year, thanks to factors including low interest rates, lower gas prices, stronger wage growth and millennials getting off the fence and entering the market.

Still, as demonstrated by the Nov. 8 presidential election, anything can happen. Here are five things to watch for in real estate in 2017 — don’t get blindsided:

Read the whole story at MarketWatch


Trust Epicor® ERP Software to Help Boost Your Profitability

Epicor Century WhiteIn today's market, you need business management systems that help you do more with less. Our customers-LBM dealers and distributors like you-say they have increased profitability through:
  • Increased employee efficiency,
  • Smarter purchasing and stock management,
  • Insightful pricing, rebate, and margin control,
  • Timely and accurate information, at all branches and while mobile, for better decision-making,
  • Enabling customer self-service.
We look forward to showing you the impact Epicor systems can have in your business. Explore Epicor LBM industry solutions at or contact an LBM specialist at 1.888.463.4700 or

Learn More

Dispatch from #HousingOurFuture: Not Enough Real Estate Agents are "Culturally Sensitive"

In the coming decades, the rate of homeownership among Hispanics and Asians will roughly double, and the housing industry is not ready, a panel of experts said Friday.

The panel, titled "Reigniting the First-Time Homebuyer Market," took place at the Housing America's Families Forum currently underway in Dallas at the George W. Bush Presidential Library. The event is hosted by the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America's Families.

Read the whole story at HousingWire



Dricon Fire retardant treated wood Dricon® Fire retardant treated wood has been repeatedly called “over-engineered” since its launch in 1981, but after 35 years of performance excellence, we’re ok with that.

Innovative TruEDGE® technology provides sharper, cleaner edges that resist dust and dirt, and a smooth finish that’s easier to clean than wood trim or PVC boards without sealed edges. UV inhibitors provide long lasting protection over time, they are perfect for creating authentic accents around windows, doors and more. 

Whether you’re using plywood or lumber, Dricon® has an unmatched record of protection against flame spread, smoke development, rot and decay. We back that up with a 40 year roof-system warranty against heat degradation, and the industry’s only preservative warranty on fire retardant wood.

Learn More

Homebuilding Is Hot Again. And Not Nearly Hot Enough

New residential construction rose to a nine-year high in October, according to census data published today. Builders started new homes at an annualized rate of 1.32 million, the most since August 2007 and the largest month-over-month increase since July 1982. That's good news for a housing market struggling with low inventory in recent years, driving up prices and forcing prospective buyers to delay purchases, even as the vaunted millennials age into their prime homebuying years.

The less-good new is that there's still a long way to go.

Read the whole story at Bloomberg


Eliminate the Guesswork with Take-Offs Everyone Can Agree On.

Create material take-offs that both you and your customers can be confident in with SAPPHIRE® Supply software. As the industry's most advanced EWP layout and design system, SAPPHIRE Supply’s visual approach helps you create take-offs that can easily be traced to their source. Compatibility with customer-friendly SAPPHIRE® Viewer puts everyone on the same page, and integration with back-office & POS systems saves you setup time.

Contact us at to set up a demo, or visit us at for more information.

Mitek specs Advertisement

News Briefs

Akre Named First Female WBMA President MORE

Boral Buys Headwaters MORE

Mid-State Lumber Corp. Opens New Office in Massachusetts MORE

HDW Purchases Handy Hardware MORE


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

Learn More

Industry Events


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

Jan. 16-17, Northwestern Lumber Association (NLA) Building Products Expo, Bloomington, MN,

Jan. 17-19, North Dakota Retail Lumberman's Association Annual Convention, Fargo, ND,

Jan. 31, Wisconsin Lumber Dealers Convention, Wisconsin Dells, WI,

Feb. 1-2, Building Material Suppliers Association (BMSA) Building Products Show, Hickory, NC,

Feb. 15-17, Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA) LBM Expo, Providence, RI,

March 8-10, LMC Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA,

March 13-15, LBM Advantage Annual Meeting & Business Conference, Orlando, FL,

March 27-29, National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference, Washington, DC

April 5-7, Lumbermen's Association of Texas & Louisiana (LAT) Annual Convention & Buying Show, Grapevine, TX,

May 20-22, Do it Best Spring Market, Indianapolis, IN,, 888-DOITBEST

linkedin Twitter Facebook
Contact Us | Advertise | Submit News