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  • The Lopsided Recovery in the Housing Market
  • CoreLogic Predicts Housing Market Growth in 2017
  • Homebuilders Super Happy But Not Building More Homes: Here's What's Up With That
  • Shortage of High-Skilled Construction Labor Could Blunt Trump's Infrastructure Plan
  • Multifamily Decline Pushes November Housing Starts Down
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events

The Lopsided Recovery in the Housing Market

The quarterly economic treasure trove known as the Federal Reserve's financial accounts of the United States, released in early December, painted a rosy picture of Americans' finances. Household net worth rose to a new all-time high and home equity rose to just a hair below its level in 2006, before the housing bubble burst, the Federal Reserve data showed.

Read the whole story at MarketWatch


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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CoreLogic Predicts Housing Market Growth in 2017

Economic growth will be the theme of the housing market in 2017, according to theforecast from Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic senior vice president and chief economist. The economy will see growth between 2% and 2.25% in 2017 with increases in five areas, Nothaft predicted.

Read the whole story at HousingWire



Viance Viance's warranty coverage includes Above Ground treated wood framing members that are critical to the safety and performance of the structure, including joists and beams. Recent modifications to the AWPA standards have created confusion, and the misconception that all deck framing must be Ground Contact treated; this simply isn't true.

Above Ground treatments remain code compliant for framing, including joists and beams, and should meet customers safety and performance expectations without introducing excessive chemicals into the environment, or to potentially increase costs unnecessarily. Compare other warranties to see for yourself.

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Homebuilders Super Happy But Not Building More Homes: Here's What's Up With That

At face value the numbers make no sense. A monthly survey of homebuilder confidence in December released Thursday from the National Association of Home Builders spikes to the highest level in 11 years. The one-month move, entirely attributed to Trumponomics euphoria by NAHB executives, was the biggest in 20 years.

One day later, the monthly numbers on home construction are released by the U.S. Census, and they tank 19 percent. So builders are super happy, but they're not building more homes.

Read the whole story at CNBC


How long will we be holding steady?

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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Shortage of High-Skilled Construction Labor Could Blunt Trump's Infrastructure Plan

President-elect Donald Trump's drive to rebuild U.S. roads, bridges, ports and other public works projects with a $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan would come as the country faces a shortage of skilled laborers.

Read the whole story at the St. Louis Post Dispatch


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

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Multifamily Decline Pushes November Housing Starts Down

A sharp decline in multifamily starts pushed overall housing production down 18.7% in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Overall permit issuance was also down 4.7%.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal


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.

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Stop by International Builders' Show (IBS) Booth 3141 on January 10th in Orlando to see our full line of builder products.

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News Briefs

Meagan McCoy Jones Promoted at McCoy's MORE

Mitek Opens Atlanta Warehouse and Distribution Facility MORE

Beacon Roofing Acquires BJ Supply MORE

BlueTarp Announces New Midwest Sales Manager MORE


Screw Products, Inc. Receives ICC ESR-3654 For Selected Structural Screws!

Screw Products 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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Industry Events


Jan. 10-12, 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

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