Category : Articles

How Best to Prepare to Go to Market

4 days ago

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 … Read More

12 Best Practices for Employee Recruitment and Retention

5 days ago

Finding and keeping good employees requires thinking beyond traditional salaries and benefits. There’s no denying that the rebounding housing market is great for business. But the market turnaround has reintroduced … Read More

Real Issues. Real Answers: Managing Evolving Inventories

6 days ago

“Evolve or die.” That jarring little sentence from an LBM Journal reader packs a powerful punch, and in today’s LBM industry, it is more relevant than ever. Not only is … Read More

Canadian Softwood Tariffs: Who Benefits, Who Pays More?

7 days ago

Both the U.S. and Canada produce lumber products and have had disagreements over lumber since the 1800s. We have traded wood products in both directions with and without tariffs. Previous … Read More

Five Questions With: Gregg Renner, MiTek-US

2 weeks ago

Gregg Renner is the VP of Marketing for MiTek-US. A Berkshire Hathaway company, MiTek-US is the world’s largest supplier of software, structural connector systems, equipment and services to the component … Read More

Product Picks: July 2017

2 weeks ago

Each month, hundreds of products hit the market. Here’s our pick of the ones to watch. LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing LP FlameBlock Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing is certified to meet … Read More

Editor’s Note: Desperately Seeking Good People

2 weeks ago

When I first joined the LBM industry back in 1990, the major threat was the explosion of big box stores—and the prematurely projected demise of the independent lumber dealer. Later … Read More

Tough Call: Bridging the Sales/Culture Gap

2 weeks ago

What to do when your relationship-based sales reps collide with price-only buyers? As the second-generation owner of a company with four full-service yards, most of your operation is running better … Read More

In Depth: Siding

2 weeks ago

Above: Elm Grove™, the latest vinyl siding offering in the Exterior Portfolio® brand from Royal Building Products, features a new raised woodgrain that, according to the company, captures the look … Read More

The One Thing More Important Than Industry Experience

3 weeks ago

A respected lumberyard owner recently told me that he’d never hire someone without industry experience. I disagreed with the gentleman, and when he asked why, I told him the story … Read More