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Category : May 2018

NLBMDA holds annual Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference

May 31, 2018

NLBMDA held its annual Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., from March 19 to March 21. NLBMDA members attended association committee meetings, listened to public policy experts, and … Read More

Brand Talk: Why we can’t ignore the affordable housing crisis

May 30, 2018

A Q&A with Gary E. Robinette Gary E. Robinette is chairman and CEO of Ply Gem Building Products, a leading North American manufacturer of exterior building products based in Cary, … Read More

Remodeler Q&A: Bob Gallese

Q: What do you wish LBM suppliers understood about your business? A: I’m pretty sure that most understand the construction business. One thing I need them to truly take to … Read More

From lumberman (or kid) to lawyer

May 29, 2018

I recently read with interest the LBM Journal feature on Davis-Hawn Lumber entitled “From lawyer to lumberman.” My story is the opposite. I grew up in the lumber business, and … Read More

Key demographic trends: Overall household formations and mix of starts Part III

May 25, 2018

This is the final segment of the Spotlight series on demographics and implications for housing starts. The purpose of this Spotlight is to shift the focus to the forecast for … Read More

LinkedIn: Cleaning up your first impression

May 24, 2018

Over the past six months, our team at 21 Handshake has conducted a number of experiments on LinkedIn. If you’re unfamiliar with LinkedIn, think of it as Facebook for work … Read More

Five Questions With: Doug Asano, Huber Engineered Woods

1 Q: With new construction and residential remodeling red hot in many markets, what do you see as the biggest opportunity for LBM dealers? A: With increasing labor shortages affecting … Read More

Beyond strengths and weaknesses

May 21, 2018

An introduction to interview questions. Successful hiring managers have mastered the art of determining candidates’ “hot points” and using that information to both determine if they are the right fit … Read More

Maintaining (and increasing) gross profit margins

May 18, 2018

It’s hard to underscore enough the importance of maintaining consistency with your Gross Profit Margins (GPMs) over a period of years. In every deal we are involved in, the acquirer … Read More

Product Picks: May 2018

May 17, 2018

Each month, hundreds of products hit the market. Here’s our pick of the ones to watch. Boise Cascade AJS 24 FMJ I-joist Boise Cascade has increased production of its AJS … Read More