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After a 20-year run, the Hawaii Lumber Products Association dissolved, effective Dec. 31, 2022.
The association said it was founded in 2003 during a time of uncertainty in Hawaii’s lumber industry, as competitors were actively campaigning against the use of wood for Hawaii structures and spreading false information to consumers and contractors. The HLPA was formed to connect local lumber businesses through up-to-date resources, guides, and educational and networking opportunities.
Over the years, HLPA has provided more than $35 million worth of educational public relations and advertising, promoting the benefits of building with wood and wood products—including more than $1 million in 2022.
With the local lumber economy “once again thriving,” HLPA considers its mission fulfilled, and its board determined that its 20th anniversary was the right time to dissolve the organization.
HLPA president Mark Schwinn said, “Although the closing of this organization is bittersweet, I believe Hawaii Lumber Products Association has been an integral part of Hawaii’s lumber industry and I am proud of the work we have done and the impact we have made on local businesses. To this, I feel confident that our work is done, and we can close the organization with peace of mind.”
Westlake Ace Hardware has signed lease agreement to open two more stores in the greater Los Angeles area, bringing to 17 its store count in the state, including eight in Southern California.
Renovations will begin this summer on a 16,000-sq. ft. facility in Simi Valley, Ca., with an anticipated soft opening in the fall under the name Ace Hardware of Simi Valley.
Work will start later in the summer on a 12,500-sq. ft. location in Glendale, Ca., projecting a December soft opening for Ace Hardware of Glendale.
In addition to offering such services as key cutting and automotive key fob replacement, a propane tank exchange, and knife sharpening, both stores will sell lawn and garden supplies, fasteners, tools, plumbing, and electrical supplies. The new store will also feature several specialty departments and store-within-a-store concepts.
A previously-announced branch now under construction in Porter Ranch, Ca., is opening this summer.
Based in Kansas City, Mo., 118-year-old Westlake Ace Hardware operates more than 150 stores in 12 states. The chain has been affiliated with Ace Hardware since 1959.
The Lumbermen’s Association of Texas (LAT), a non-profit trade association that represents the Texas lumber and building materials supply chain, has announced its 2023 Public Policy Priorities for the 88th Texas Legislature.
“Texas has an opportunity to invest in its future and continued economic prosperity,” said Meagan McCoy Jones, Co-Chair of LAT’s Legislative Committee and President & CEO at McCoy’s Building Supply. “LAT supports increasing the homestead exemption as one tool in addressing housing affordability and we stand ready to support the legislature in identifying other opportunities to lower taxes and create jobs.”
“LAT has a long history of engagement at the Texas Legislature,” said Tim Moore, Co-Chair of LAT’s Legislative Committee and General Counsel at Cassity Jones Building Materials. “When our members gather in Austin for the 2023 LAT Action Day, we will also ask legislators to invest in CDL training and licensing. The significant driver shortage impacts every LAT members ability to grow and to serve their customers today.”
According to the Texas Trucking Association, the shortage of CDL drivers continues to negatively impact the supply chain, with a projected 62,000 new job openings due to growth over the next 10 years. LAT’s 2023 Texas Policy Priorities include:
• With a historic budget surplus, Texas leaders have an opportunity to make investments in the state’s future. LAT supports an increase to Texans homestead exemption as it will impact the housing affordability crisis. LAT will also work with Texas business leaders to advocate for tax relief that helps our economy create jobs.
• A $103 million investment to expand CDL training and testing sites at Texas State Technical College’s Professional Driving Academy increasing capacity to approximately 2,400 drivers annually.
• Protect the Truck Litigation Reforms from 2021 and work with the Texas Department of Insurance on its monitoring of the impact of the reforms.
• Oppose efforts to weaken the state’s Mechanic’s and Materialmen’s Liens laws and the ability of Texas suppliers’ ability to get paid for materials sold.
• Support legislation that will allow Mobile Loaves & Fishes to expand its CommunityFirst! Village with the construction of 700 homes in Central Texas. For many years, the LAT membership has partnered with Mobile Loaves & Fishes in their mission to support our homeless neighbors and to serve as a model to address homelessness in other Texas communities. Our commitment to this work is emblematic of our members deep Texas roots and investment in the communities we serve.
LAT will host a virtual briefing on its priorities and information on how members can support this work on Wednesday, February 1st. This meeting will prepare the membership to participate in the LAT 2023 Action Day Presented by UFP Industries. Members interested in participating should contact LAT for additional information.
“There will be many worthy investments before legislators this session and I ask my fellow Dealers, manufacturers, and suppliers to join us in telling the story of the Texas LBM industry.,” said Peyton Ritter, President of LAT’s Board of Directors and President at Ritter Lumber and Triple R Brothers. “We are able to devote significant resources to this work because of the tremendous support of our government affairs sponsors that understand how powerful our collective voice and actions are in Austin.”
LAT’s Government Affairs program in 2023 is sponsored by Boise Cascade, DW Distribution, Hixson Lumber Sales, Lumber Insurance Services, Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company, Southwest Moulding & Millwork and UFP Industries.
By the end of the year, 84 Lumber will open three new stores—all in the West—and make improvements to 54 existing locations.
The nation’s largest privately held building materials supplier currently operates 310 facilities, which include 234 stores, 14 component manufacturing plants, 28 engineered wood product (EWP) centers, and 34 door shops.
The new store openings include Stockton, Ca., and Denver and Greeley, Co. The company is relocating existing stores to larger facilities in Morgantown, W.V, and Sarasota, Fl.
84 Lumber is also opening a door shop in Denver, Co., and component plants in Boise, Id.; Winter Haven, Fl.; Columbia, S.C.; and a second plant in Atlanta, Ga. The current EWP facility in Atlanta is being relocated to a larger location in Cartersville, Ga., and new centers will be opened in the New Jersey and Boston markets.
“With the opening of these new stores and manufacturing facilities, we remain strong in our continued prospect for growth,” said president Maggie Hardy. “We value our customers and listen to what is important to them to grow their businesses. As a result, we are growing and expanding in two ways—opening new locations and investing in existing markets.”
Yakama Forest Products is installing a USNR-supplied Revolver Lug Loader and a Multi-Track Fence to reinvigorate their systems and increase the quality of the product at its White Swan, Wa., location.
The Revolver Lug Loader is designed for versatility and can be applied to a wide range of functions. The Multi-Track Fence is the industry’s top fence solution for high-speed mills thanks to its cost effectiveness and accuracy. By replacing older models of each machine, Yakama Forest Products can enjoy a more efficient system while enhancing lumber quality.
Spartan Railing, Bloomington, Mn., has rolled out a new brand identity—IG Railing—to better align with its illuminated glass railing systems.
The launch, which includes new brand logo and website (www.IGRailing.com), creates a better connection to global partner and patent holder Illuminated Balustrade Australia. Spartan Railing LLC remains the U.S. business entity.
IG Railing is a patented, frameless glass railing system featuring over 12 LED color options via WiFi or remote control.
“IG Railing as a product and brand is the result of executing our ownership group vision starting in 2020 to create a category shift to glass railing through LBM dealer and distributor supply chain” said co-owner Mike Kunard.
IG Railing has also signed up several new partners— Great Lakes Railing, Grand Rapids, Mi., and The Garham Group, Nunica, Mi., to service Michigan and portions of Indiana and Ohio; sales rep Langenfeld Sales, Oswego, Il., to support existing distribution in Wisconsin, Illinois, northwest Indiana, and eastern Iowa; and Building Material Distributors, Inc., Riverside, Ca., to supply Southern California. BMD’s Galt, Ca., location began stocking the hardware, lighting and low-iron glass last March.
Specialty Building Products has agreed to acquire Midwest regional building material distributor Amerhart.
Founded in 1940, Amerhart is a third-generation, family-run distributor of building materials serving customers from 10 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri.
Following the completion of the acquisition, expected in first quarter 2023, Amerhart will maintain its current brand name, geographic locations, management team, and team members, led by CEO Mark Kasper and president/COO Chad Warpinski, as part of SBP.
Specialty Building Products’ other operating brands are U.S. Lumber, Alexandria Moulding, DW Distribution, Millwork Sales, and Reeb.
Effective Jan. 7, the Anthony Timberlands curtailed operations at its sawmill in Malvern, Ar., for one month, while it works with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to ensure its water permitting and waste management programs are in order.
During that time, lumber inventory levels are being drawn down at the facility’s planer mill, which also will eventually pause operations.
ATI president Steve Anthony charges that some in the community are trying to shut down the mill, falsely claiming that a massive petrochemical spill at the mill harmed livestock downstream. “There has never been, in the 48-year history that ATI has operated the Malvern sawmill, any kind of largescale petrochemical spill,” Anthony says. “During that time, we have not had a single environmental complaint.”
He insists the mill generates “very little process water discharge, primarily kiln condensate and boiler blowdown, which is essentially city water”—basically rainfall. Stormwater running through the facility is routed to a water clarifier, cleansing out any petroleum products. The clarifier is regularly cleaned and water gathered in it is pumped to a log watering, settling pond.
ADEQ water quality analysis in 2019, 2020 and 2021 showed no impairment or presence of heavy metals.
During the temporary closure, Anthony said, “ATI will evaluate its options going forward and determine whether local residents and government officials desire the 180+ direct jobs and $12 million annual payroll that the facility brings.”
Mendocino Companies Complete Acquisition in Utah.
Allweather Wood parent The Mendocino Companies, Santa Rosa, Ca., has completed purchasing the assets of Utah Wood Preserving, Woods Cross, Ut., and portions of its affiliates.
The acquisition complements existing operations throughout the U.S. West, covering the fastest growing regions, in a strong market for building materials. The acquisition improves service and product offerings for customers of all sizes.
UWP’s manufacturing facility in Woods Cross is a well-maintained, highly efficient preservative treating plant on a large, fully paved site with dry kilns and rail service. The facility will continue to operate as it has successfully for decades. A distribution yard, operating as ABS in Denver, Co., was included in the asset purchase.
Robert Moore, UWP principal architect and partner, has agreed to join many great UWP employees working for Mendocino’s Allweather Wood business. Moore, bringing valuable expertise, has a 40+ year career as a pioneer in the forest products industry.
“We welcome UWP employees as colleagues and look forward to working together on initiatives creating opportunities for everyone,” said Mendocino Cos. CEO Bob Mertz.
The Mendocino Family of Companies include Allweather Wood, Humboldt Redwood Co., Humboldt Sawmill Co., Mendocino Forest Products, and Mendocino Redwood Co.
In aggregate Mendocino owns 440,000 acres of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC C013133) certificated timberland, constitutes the largest waterborne wood treater in the western U.S., and is the largest producer of redwood lumber in the world. Collectively providing 900 employees and their families with excellent wages and benefits in rural communities of the Western USA. Additionally, Mendocino owns and operates a 25-megaWatt biomass Cogen plant and largest wood pellet plant in California.
APCO Siding & Window Co. has moved into a larger facility in Columbus, Oh., to accommodate continued growth for the foreseeable future.
The facility includes 30,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space, 20 offices, two conference rooms, and a showroom with 35 siding walls, 27 full-size windows, 28 full-size doors, and five full-size decks.
Great Southern Wood Preserving will invest $5.9 million expanding its remanufacturing facility in Mansura, La.
It will add four new production lines, increasing the facility’s capacity and allowing for the manufacture of components used in the oil field and for storm relief and mitigation. In addition, manufacture of supplemental decking components, such as rails and balusters, will shift to the Mansura plant from facilities outside of the state.
“Our expansion in Mansura is phase two of the long-range plan we had in mind when we began operations here in late 2011,” said president and CEO Jimmy Rane. “With the growth of various manufacturing segments in Louisiana, our goal is to be able to support these industries by providing both a greater volume of products as well as more variety in the products they need to continue their growth. We’re looking forward to getting underway in early 2023.”
Construction is forecast to start in January and be complete in October.
Metrie, the largest manufacturer and distributor of millwork in North America, has acquired the hemlock and alder manufacturing and distribution business of solid wood moulding specialist Fred Tebb & Sons, Gig Harbor, Wa.
The sale includes the machinery from Tebb’s plants in Dallas, Or., and Salt Lake City, Ut., which will be shuttered.
Tebb will continue selling hemlock and alder rough stock, Sitka spruce, animal bedding, pallets and firelogs from facilities in Dallas and Corvallis, Or., and Hoquiam and Elmo, Wa.
“As well as being the largest MDF moulding manufacturer and distributor in North America, Metrie also has nearly 100 years of expertise in solid wood production. We know quality solid wood products and services when we see them,” said Kent Bowie, president and CEO of Metrie. “Tebb has long been a leader in sustainably sourced and certified Pacific coast hemlock and western red (knotty) alder moulding products. This acquisition enhances our solid wood product mix and service offering to existing and new customers.”
“Like Metrie, we are a fourth-generation, family-owned millwork company, with hopefully many more generations to come,” noted Rick Tebb, president, Fred Tebb & Sons. “However, now is a good time to pass on the alder and hemlock trim part of our business, and I am sure Metrie will continue to build on the excellent customer service and product lines we have established.”
This is the fourth acquisition by Metrie in the last two years, following the purchase of Tinder Wholesale and EL & EL Wood Products in 2022, and Pacific MDF Products and Canadian MDF Products in 2020.
Owners Mark and Monica Walters are targeting a February opening for 1610 Hardware in Santa Fe, N.M.
The Do it Best store is moving into a 23,500-sq. ft. space formerly occupied by Office Max.
The name 1610 is a nod to the year the city of Santa Fe was founded.
Understanding compensation is critical to staying competitive in today’s volatile labor market. As we prepare for 2023, real wage growth is a concept that is particularly important.
Overall wages are projected to increase 4.0% or more during 2022. Although this is the largest projected increase in several years, the current inflation rate of 8.5% (the highest recorded in 40 years) results in negative wage growth for many employee groups.
Real wages/income is calculated by dividing the current wage by 1 plus the current inflation rate. For an employee currently making $40,000, the individual’s real income is reduced to $36,866 when the current inflation rate is considered.
Staying competitive requires both short- and long-term planning. Some of the things you’ll need to think about include:
Organizations frequently spend a lot of time (and money) setting starting salaries for new hires, developing salary ranges to accommodate new positions, and even developing and implementing formal salary structures. All of these are positive steps, but often they are implemented and abandoned. To remain competitive, ongoing salary administration is required. This includes:
SALARY REVIEWS should be performed annually, more frequently when recruiting and/or retention issues occur. Hopefully, you’ve done some market pricing during the year to give you a baseline understanding of salaries in your competitive market(s).
Combined with market pricing information, regular salary reviews will help to identify pockets of salary compression (e. g., new hires making more than long service employees doing the same work), the range of pay for employees performing the same work relative to performance and length of service, and other potential pay equity issues.
SALARY RANGE AND SALARY STRUCTURE REVIEWS are also a critical piece of successful salary administration. If you’ve developed salary ranges or more formal salary structures, you’ve most likely based them on market information. But the market can change quickly. It is important to review and update those ranges and structures regularly. Affinity HR Group usually recommends this review be done every other year.
SALARY BUDGETS are the third important component to successful salary administration. Many organizations don’t prepare any type of salary budget, but those who want to anticipate future salary expenditures often prepare an annual salary budget that includes:
- Performance based and across the board salary increases (more on those below)
- Salary increases to address inequities as the result of reviews of paid salaries
- Salary increases to address inequities as the result of reviews of salary ranges and/or salary structures
- Anticipated payouts under bonus and incentive plans
Once you’ve completed the basic salary administration activities described above, it’s time to think about salary increases. There are dozens of types of salary increases; some of the most common (and those that affect the most employees) are described below:
PAY FOR PERFORMANCE or MERIT INCREASES are common in all types of organizations. These increases are generally awarded for successful achievement of some measurable criteria. These criteria may be established and communicated in a formal performance review form or by less formal notes, discussions, etc.
Most organizations using a pay for performance increase system will award increases based on some type of schedule—end of year, end of organization’s fiscal year, or employee service anniversary. Awarding all increases at once has become a more commonly used approach, since it allows the organization the opportunity to view all employees at once and award increases that align with salary increase budget parameters.
When salary increase budgets are low (they’ve averaged around 3% for the last several years), it can become challenging to award true pay for performance increases. For example, a top performer earning $60,000 might get a 5% increase ($3000). An average performer earning the same might get a 3% increase ($1800). After taxes, etc., there isn’t a lot of difference.
ACROSS-THE-BOARD salary increases are generally given to all employees on a scheduled basis—most often at the end of the calendar year or the organization’s fiscal year. Often, the amount is determined based on the organization’s past performance, rather than determined through an advance salary planning/budgeting process.
These increases are usually awarded as a percentage of base salary, and all employees generally receive the same percentage.
Giving all employees the same increased amount can perpetuate pay inequities that may exist in an organization.
LONGEVITY or LENGTH OF SERVICE salary increases are based solely on an employee’s length of service with an organization. There is generally no performance component to these increases, which are often mandated by contractual agreement. These types of increases are most common in government and education.
COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT (COLA) salary increases are linked to a rise in the cost of goods and services. They are designed to help employees maintain (rather than increase) their purchasing power.
In the past, these increases have often been awarded to all employees. They are now used less frequently, because of vast differences in local and regional pay markets (e.g., pay in San Jose, Ca., is approximately 41% higher than the national average). The increase in the number of remote workers in multiple locations also reduces the effectiveness of this type of salary increase.
Susan Palé, CCP, is vice president for compensation with Affinity HR Group. Reach her at (877) 660-6400 or email@example.com.
WHAT WE SAY is important. There is a right time to ask questions, follow up questions and a right time to close. But more important than what we say is how we say it. We may say the coolest thing in the world, but if we sound nervous, too aggressive, or uncertain even if what we are saying is true, it will be difficult for our potential customers to believe and buy from us.
We cannot control goosebumps. We can’t stop them from coming any more than we can make them happen. Goosebumps are involuntarily triggered in the “flight or fight” part of our brain, the amygdala. This is the part of the brain that our tone(s) speak to, so if our tone is bad our customers can’t help but be reluctant to buy, and if our tone is good, they can’t help but want to buy from us.
Tone for Receptionists
Most salespeople are professionally polite with receptionists—they are not rude—but the majority treat the receptionist like furniture; they even call them “gate keepers”!
The Master Seller’s tone is friendly, warm and not in a hurry when speaking with the receptionist. Their pace is slower and more deliberate than normal. They have a slight smile on their face. This makes it easier for the receptionist to understand the voice they are hearing for the first time.
Master Seller: “Good morning. This is Sarah Hopson with ABC Wholesale out of Jonesboro, Ar. How are you today?” Moving our intonation up on the “you” makes it sincere. Maybe some small talk, depending on the vibe from the receptionist then… “Could you tell me who does your lumber buying please?”
Students often ask me, “Why do I have to tell them who I’m with and where I’m calling from?” Because the receptionist wants to know, even if they don’t know they want to know, so now we have scratched an itch they didn’t know they had! It also helps us stand out from the crowd of salespeople who don’t do it.
Tone for Promotion
When we are proposing something to our customers we should have a tone of excitement. Jordan Belfort calls it “Bottled Enthusiasm,” meaning we sound enthusiastic but not exaggeratedly so. With an upbeat tone, we should give them several reasons what we are proposing is a good deal.
Tone for Closing
After we give the customer the reasons what we are promoting is a good deal we change our tone from excitement to a positively assumptive tone. We sound like we know they are going to say yes. This is part of our pre-call psyche up. We must convince ourselves that what we are offering is a good deal—enthusiasm—and then we must convince ourselves before the call that the customer will say yes.
The “We know they are going to say yes” tone is not arrogant; it is a what I call a “positively naïve” tone. It’s the tone we use when we offer a friend something we know they are going to say yes to.
This sounds simple, but after getting a series of “no’s” many sellers start to sound the opposite. They have what I call the “You’re probably not going to buy this but…” tone. That’s why positive pre-call self-talk is important.
Overcoming Objections Tone
The highest level of technical sales skills is overcoming an objection and closing. When a customer gives us an objection we:
- 1. Don’t say anything! Many sellers say things like, “OK” or “Gotcha” even before the customer has finished the objection! Don’t. This means, “You’re right, I give up.”
- 2. Count to three. This makes the customer feel they we have heard them and are considering what they have said. In addition, customers will often restart with the real objection if we are patient.
- 3. Then we say, “I completely understand what you are saying, but let me tell you why in this circumstance we should put this together.”
Our tone is relaxed and sincere. If we are nervous, overly aggressive, or whiny, the chances of overcoming the objection and closing are infinitesimally small.
Vary Our Tone
Monotone is a killer in sales. We don’t have to be sing-songy, but we must vary our tone, or we will bore our customers.
James Olsen is principal of Reality Sales Training, Portland, Or. Call him at (503) 544-3572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FastenMaster has launched two new additions to its fastener line: the VersaLOK Structural Wood Screw and the MVP Multipurpose Wood Screw.
VersaLOK provides the strength of a 1/2” lag bolt with the installation ease and speed of a LOK. The flat-head, heavy-duty wood screw comes in 6”, 8” and 10” lengths, does not require predrilling, offers higher design shear strength than 1/2” lag bolts, and has a TORX ttap drive system for stable installation and a ProjectLife coating guaranteed for the life of the project. It’s ideal for angle bracing, retaining walls, and carrying beam connections.
The MVP Multipurpose Wood Screw is designed for framing, cabinetry, and other wood-to-wood applications. The 10-gauge fasteners feature a TORX ttap drive, SureSink head to prevent spin outs, ProjectLife coating for superior corrosion resistance, and SureStart Point for easy installation, in lengths from 1” to 4”.
Feeney’s new Stainless Steel Intermediate Pickets for DesignRail offer a sleek alternative to square, powder-coated pickets, providing an even lower profile alternative for DesignRail with CableRail infill where posts are spaced more than 3 ft. apart.
Available in three configurations (36” Level, 42” Level, Universal Stair), the 5/8” diameter 316 stainless steel tubes are pre-drilled for 1/8” diameter cable at 3” spacing, and are field trimmable.
Bosch Power Tools has entered the drywall category by launching an 18V brushless 1/4” hex screwgun and a brushless cut-out tool.
The GTB18V-45 screwgun includes variable speed for controlled operating speed, while the GCU18V30 18V cut-out tool has soft-start technology to reduce startup torque. Both have brushless motor technology to provide the power user and get the job done when working with and cutting through drywall.
Both are cordless and feature ergonomic handles.
Glow Path Pavers are a great way to light any paved, recreational area, adding a modern feel while maintaining the appearance of classic brick pavers.
Sun-powered aggregates are integrated into the surface of each paver, providing a subtle, continuous glow for six to eight hours after dark.
The pavers deliver low-level illumination and visual accents to pedestrian walkways, pool decks and backyards while improving safety in unlit areas.
Andersen Windows & Doors is expanding its E-Series product line to include white oak. The new species option allows consumers to choose from a variety of factory finishes including a clear coat option to achieve a neutral, natural interior.
E-Series windows are made to customers’ exact specifications for unmatched flexibility and design freedom, offering 50 standard exterior colors, custom colors and anodized finishes, plus a range of interior wood species and interior stains.
Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced the Strong-Drive PPHD Sheathing-to-CFS screw, a multipurpose, self-drilling, pilot point screw suitable for attaching sheathing, drywall, or subflooring to cold-formed steel framing.
Designed as an update to the existing PPSD Sheathing-to-CFS screw, the PPHD features a larger #5 pilot point with a longer flute and comes in popular #8 sizes. In addition, the fastener has buttress threads and a new dog-eared point for improved drilling performance through sheathing and metal.
PPHD screws can be purchased in bulk quantities for hand-drive applications or collated for auto-feed driving with the Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive PRO300SG2, PRO250G2, and PRO200SG2 auto-feed screw-driving systems. The fasteners are also available in two levels of corrosion resistance—the Quik Guard coating is suitable for a wide variety of exterior applications and the yellow-zinc coating is for dry-service and low-corrosion environments.
CAMO is moving beyond deck-top solutions to offer a new line of structural screws that are engineered to start fast, drive smooth, and hold strong, with no pre-drilling required.
Rigorously tested and approved for use with pressure-treated lumber, the fasteners are IRC and IBC code-compliant and great for trusses, rafters, multi-ply beams, deck posts, beams, railings and general multi- purpose construction.
All structural screws feature CAMO’s Protech Ultra 4 coating for corrosion resistance.
The CAMO Structural Screw line includes 6” Truss Screws, Multi-Ply Screws are available in specific lengths for both sawn and structural composite lumber beams, Ledger Screws, 2” and 3” Framing Screws, and Multi-Purpose Screws in Flat and Hex heads.
Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas has launched the new Cat DP60HP-DP100CP forklift series—13,000 to 22,000 lb. capacity internal combustion pneumatic tire trucks built to lift and haul heavy loads in lumberyards, distribution centers, and other challenging environments.
Its turbocharged, electronically controlled Kubota V3800 diesel engine pours out massive torque at low rpm—producing very low emissions. A class-leading four-cylinder common rail turbo diesel EPA Tier 4 engine produces high power at all times.
A heavy duty clear-view mast contributes to faster cycle times. Simplified design with fewer service points means quicker, simpler maintenance. And a large meter panel features a warning system that alerts the operator to help protect the machine’s critical components.
Fortress Building Products’ new Fe26 Axis horizontal steel railing delivers sought-after contemporary aesthetic to decks, front porches, patios and balconies.
Backed by a 15-year limited warranty, it is offered in Black Sand, and can also be used for indoor applications.
Axis is the newest infill option for Fe26, Fortress’ panelized, quick-to-install railing system.
Avery Dennison Performance Tapes is rolling out a interior surface bonding solutions for the building and construction segment. Offered are nine pressure-sensitive tapes featuring a variety of adhesive technologies applicable for bonding materials to commercial and residential interior surfaces.
Strong, durable, flexible and easy to use, the tapes can join, mount, attach or fasten without the use of mechanical fasteners or wet glue systems.
Applications include wall mounting, backsplashes/tiles, ceilings, flooring and blinds.
Combilift’s new Combi-CSS is a free-standing, electric-powered, semi-automated machine for loading and unloading of 20-ft., 40-ft., and 53-ft. containers transporting lumber and panel products.
It has a container-chassis docking system and a bi-direction, horizontally moving Hardox Steel Slip-Sheet with a capacity of 65,000 lbs.
To load, the container-chassis docks to the CSS and the pre-loaded slip-sheet powers into the container. With the load inside the container, a gate closes across the doorway, securing the load until the slip-sheet retracts. To unload, the container-chassis docks to the CSS, and the slip-sheet power-glides under the load into the container.
With a single operator, it enables cycle times of six minutes with greater safety and less product handling, lift-truck use, and product damage.
Big Joe Forklifts is rolling out two new material handlers featuring lithium power supplies, extremely compact chassis designs, and power steering.
The RPL44 Rider Pallet Truck features a 24-volt AC drive motor, capable of transporting pallets weighing up to 4,400 lbs. at speeds up to 5 mph. Reportedly the smallest rider pallet truck on the market, it can operate efficiently in congested areas with the same duty-cycle of larger and heavier machines thanks to its onboard 205ah lithium battery and 120vac opportunity charger.
The PTT60 Pedestrian Tow Tractor provides 6,000 lbs. of easy-to-control towing capacity in the palm of your hand.
Milwaukee engineered the new M12 Green Cross Line & 4-Points Laser to offer the brightest green beams, all-day run-time, and easier set-up, for improved jobsite efficiency.
When paired with an M12 RedLithium CP 3.0 battery, users get at least nine hours of continuous run-time for ultimate productivity. The high-intensity green laser offers users superior visibility for long-range applications up to 125 ft. The vertical and horizontal lines allow for easier alignment and leveling applications, while the plumb points help with floor-to-ceiling point transfer, and the horizontal dots squaring points give users the option for quick and accurate squaring alignment.
It’s fitted with amplified rare earth magnets, providing a secure hold and ensuring it won’t slide on steel studs. It is impact rated for drops up to 1 meter.
The kit Includes: Green Cross Line, 4-Points Laser, responsive laser alignment target, M12 RedLithium CP 3.0 battery, battery charger, and carrying case.
The newest Rehau surface line, RAUVISIO ingrain wood fiber laminate, combines natural wood fibers with synchronized etching for a luxurious veneer aesthetic.
New to the North American market, wood fiber laminate is cellulose fibers derived from wood pulp bonded using vegetable-based adhesives, resulting in a high-performing, sustainable surface. With high-definition printing and precision duo-gloss embossing, its immersive patterns deliver an atmosphere of eco-conscience luxury to designed spaces.
It comes in three color groups—the bold Timeless, sunny Horizon, and impactful Atmosphere collections, including 15 colors of PSA laminate and edgeband as well as double-sided boards, finished panels and modern cabinet doors. The wood-fiber paper is crafted in Italy, laid-up stateside on a particleboard core using PUR glue and seamlessly finished with LaserEdge for a monolithic effect.
The fourth generation of Metal Devil circular saw blades from The M. K. Morse Co. delivers unrivaled blade life and surface finish for steel, stainless steel, and aluminum/non-ferrous applications.
With multiple blade sizes, the line can partner with any tool, from hand-fed to chop saws, to make faster, cooler, cleaner cuts with a smooth, burr-free finish that needs virtually no rework.
Premium materials improve blade durability and maximize life. A thin kerf blade creates less heat for a faster cut and less battery drain when using cordless tools. Optimized tooth geometry reduces vibration for improved surface finish, less rework and enhances blade versatility.
The steel cutting blades last 220% longer in steel plate than the previous generation of Metal Devil blades. The aluminum/non-ferrous blades last 153% longer than the top competitor in 80/20, and 48% longer in aluminum plate. The stainless blades last 328% longer than the top competitor on stainless steel tube.