Lumber Associations OLA, CSA to Merge
(Aug. 17, 2017) The boards of the Oklahoma Lumbermen’s Association and the Construction Suppliers Association voted Aug. 15 to merge, effective Jan. 1, 2018. The combined group will cover Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma.
Both CSA and OLA serve independent lumber dealers. Industry consolidation has led several groups to merge in the past five years to maintain critical mass of members to support programs and services, including the Midsouth Building Material Dealers Association joining CSA in 2014.
The merged group will retain the CSA name, and the headquarters will remain in suburban Atlanta, Ga. A satellite office will be maintained in Oklahoma City, Ok., and OLA’s executive director, Karen Baker, will serve on the CSA staff as Oklahoma regional director.
Key programs and services provided by OLA, including a full government affairs program, will continue. Oklahoma dealers will also gain the ability to participate in CSA programs, such as roundtables, safety and DOT consulting, HR consulting, and other educational opportunities.
Associate members will now have access to more dealers in five states, while only paying dues to one organization.
“We believe this merger opens new opportunities for Oklahoma dealers,” said Sean Stevens, president of OLA. “We honor the 70-year history of OLA by continuing all of the great services Oklahoma dealers have come to appreciate, while giving them access to some great new programs that can really make a difference in their profitability.”
OLA members will have an opportunity to learn more about the merger, ask questions, and meet the CSA staff at informational sessions in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Ok., in October.