Brand Talk: Spruce keeps company strong and profitable as it grows

January 19, 2018

When it comes to supporting growth-oriented lumber yards and hardware stores, nobody does it better than Spruce™ software from ECi. Just ask Janelle Armentrout, chief financial officer at Butler, Missouribased … Read More

Hancock Lumber acquires Mainley Trusses

January 18, 2018

Hancock Lumber has acquired Mainely Trusses, a roof and floor truss manufacturing facility based in Fairfield, Maine. Two Maine businesses are joining forces with the acquisition. The addition of Mainely … Read More

Signs your job ad stinks—and how to make it better

Job ads have been a staple for as long as companies have existed. It started with hanging a sign in the window (“Inquire Within”), then moved on to newspaper classifieds, … Read More

Builder confidence remains strong as new year starts

January 17, 2018

WASHINGTON — Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes dropped two points to a level of 72 in January on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing … Read More

Winter is a good time for vendor reviews

It seems that the only time you notice major issues with a vendor is when you’re just too busy to deal with it. That’s why I recommend taking some time … Read More

Odom named Business Manager for Roseburg’s Plywood and Lumber Business

January 16, 2018

Springfield, Ore. – Roseburg Forest Products has announced that Phil Odom has been named Business Manager for Roseburg’s Plywood and Lumber Business. The newly-created role consolidates the reporting structure of the … Read More

Canada begins appealing duties in softwood lumber dispute

Tensions continue to escalate in the softwood lumber dispute between the United States and Canada following actions taken by the two countries in November and December. Although the two countries … Read More

Builders see materials prices and labor access as top challenges in 2018

The monthly NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index includes a set of “special” questions on a topic of current interest to the housing industry. In December 2017, the special questions asked … Read More

Residential remodeling spending trends upward

January 15, 2018

Spending on residential remodels will continue to grow at a modest pace in the next two years, said industry experts at a press conference hosted by NAHB Remodelers at the … Read More

Softwood lumber, OSB, and gypsum lead 2017 price increases

Prices paid for OSB (-13.0%), softwood lumber (-1.0%), and inputs to residential construction (-0.1%), all decreased in December, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) release by the Bureau of Labor … Read More