Clean-cutting Hole Saws

Spyder Products’ Tarantula line of carbide-tipped hole saws provide up to 50 times more cuts than standard bi-metal hole saws.

LEAN ON US

RailFX railing systems combine the durability of aluminum with innovative design details to ensure lasting beauty, structural integrity and ease of installation—all while reducing long term maintenance expenses.

Olsen on Sales: The Wrong Way Works

Doing sales, the right way is still a challenge, but we make four times as much money and often more doing sales the right way. Below are common sales mistakes and their better way counterpart.

PhilaPort Increasing Capacity for Forest Products

PhilaPort, the Port of Philadelphia, Pa., has broken ground on a new 100,000-sq. ft. warehouse to facilitate the use and handling of forest products.

The Fear of Appearing Needy

I was in Beverly Hills last week keynoting two events in the financial industry. At both sessions, the audiences were financial advisors who sold insurance products. Feedback was extremely positive, as it tends to be for my live work, but one person’s comments stood out.

It’s All Relative: Stepping in at Family Firms

The circumstances that lead people to the wood products profession range from the ironic to the serendipitous but, in my case, I like to say the industry ganged up on me!

Distinctive Stone Veneers

Oldcastle APG’s Echelon brand is introducing Aria Slim Stone veneers, delivering the distinctive appearance of long, clean lines with increased durability and reduced installation time.

NJ Dealer Kuiken Expands

Kuiken Brothers has opened its ninth residential and commercial building materials location in Newark, N.J

MI Windows Acquiring Milgard

MI Windows & Doors, Gratz, Pa., a leading manufacturer of precision-built vinyl and aluminum windows and sliding patio doors, agreed to purchase Milgard Windows & Doors, Fife, Wa., from parent company Masco Corp. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

US LBM Expands into Ohio

US LBM Holdings has expanded into Ohio with its acquisition of Forge Lumber, which operates locations in Cincinnati and nearby Kentucky.

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Olsen on Sales: The Wrong Way Works

Doing sales, the right way is still a challenge, but we make four times as much money and often more doing sales the right way. Below are common sales mistakes and their better way counterpart.

The Fear of Appearing Needy

I was in Beverly Hills last week keynoting two events in the financial industry. At both sessions, the audiences were financial advisors who sold insurance products. Feedback was extremely positive, as it tends to be for my live work, but one person’s comments stood out.

Going For It: A Career in Lumber

Lumber isn’t glamorous, they say. I’ve had a taste of that life, and it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. At the start of my college years, I aspired to a career in fashion—it doesn’t get more glamorous than that, right? I thought so, too, until I entered a fashion merchandising degree program and found myself surrounded by superficiality.

Dealer Profile: Idaho’s Orofino Builders Supply

“There’s a shortage of housing out here in the West, so there’s a healthy amount of new-home construction,” says the fourth-generation owner of Orofino Builders Supply, founded by his great-grandfather in 1924.

Olsen on Sales: Calling Markets, Making Markets

The fact that the lumber market moves is one of the things that makes working in the lumber industry interesting and exciting. I worked on a trading floor that owned hundreds of cars and trucks of lumber daily. We were always on one side of the market or the other—and sometimes both at the same time.

Dealer Profiles: Missouri’s Wood Shed Lumber

Despite a clever disguise as owner of Wood Shed Lumber & Hardware Supply, Sharona Eiserer is really Wonder Woman.

The Call of the Wood

A Special Series from NAWLA

How to Maximize Sales with Sales Perseverance

I’ve worked with thousands of salespeople, helping them improve and sell more. My typical clients add 10 to 20% to their company sales, but individual salespeople often increase their performance by 50%, 100%, even 200% (yes, tripling their sales) in a single year.

Dealer Profile: Oklahoma’s Boehs Building Supply

"In 2000, Dad started building ready-to-move homes, enabling him to buy lumber wholesale. His salesman talked him into offering the lumber to the retail trade, too, so we built a warehouse open to the public."

Year One: Reflections of a Rookie

A Special Series from NAWLA

Don’t Trust Your Job to Inferior Panels

Imported plywood panels continue to appear in U.S. markets from Brazil, China and other countries. Many of these panels bear trademarks that state compliance with U.S. Voluntary Product Standard PS 1, Structural Plywood.

Olsen on Sales: Rapport Makers & Breakers

Most of us are standoffish and/or shy with strangers. It is natural, but it causes us to make rapport-breaking mistakes and makes us forget our natural rapport building skills.

5 Ways Small Retailers Can Compete Against Big Boxes

Small to mid-sized LBM stores, or independent retailers, should take a tip from their counterparts if they want to avoid being lumped into the 0.3% of stores that closed in recent years.

Canadian Producers Settle into Southern Pine

It wasn’t too long ago that it was inconceivable to imagine Canadian companies would be selling southern pine. But today three of the five largest producers of southern lumber are headquartered in Vancouver, B.C.

Dealer Profile: Trico Lumber of Texas

The Eighties,” intones Trico Lumber’s Kyle Morgan in his easy-listenin’ Texas drawl, “were not good times. The oil fields went south, plus our biggest employer (here in the northeastern corner of the state), Lone Star Steel, shut down.”

3 Steps to Better Branding on Social Media

Everyone says your business should be on social media, so you made an account. But now what?

Olsen on Sales: Overcoming Objections

The highest level of sales on the emotional side of the skill set is the positively assumptive attitude (without arrogance). A relaxed and professional approach puts the customer at ease and makes them want to buy from us.

More Lumberyards Move to Electric Forklifts

Even lumberyards are switching to electric forklifts, after discovering that energy-efficient, environmentally friendly machines can do virtually anything emission-producing internal combustion (IC) forklifts do.

Trim Job: Why & How to Sell Exterior Packages

A home is a compilation of hundreds of decisions and thousands of products. So when it comes to the exterior, focusing your sales approaches on the whole cohesive package—and showing builders, remodelers, and their homeowners what those packages look like—may improve your opportunities to increase upgrades, boost efficiencies, and further satisfy customers.

The Revenue Growth Habit: Thousands of Failures

We’re moving homes, and my wife has been on a shredding mission. While reviewing file boxes that have not been opened in many years, she came across my first business head shots, taken about 20 years ago.

Olsen on Sales: Controlling the Call

The majority of sellers are too nervous, under-prepared, or just don’t now how to control sales conversations. Most don’t even think they should.

Great Southern Sinks Teeth Into New Marketing Campaign

What do you get when you combine YellaWood brand pressure treated pine with a mischievous band of beavers driven to create their own oasis at the lodge? “The Woodland’s Most Wanted.”

Redwood Getting Updated Life Cycle Assessment

Today, many building products boast about their environmental benefits. Relatively few, however, back up such claims with scientific evidence. For decades, the California redwood industry has supported its claims with scientific data.

A Regional Look at North American Hardwoods

Natural hardwoods offer sustainability, authenticity and comforting natural beauty. The added bonus? They are all derived from a material straight from the soil.

Staying Nimble to Promote Western Red Cedar

As anyone working in the softwood industry would agree, 2018 was a predictable and uneventful year.

High-Impact Upgrades with Southern Cypress

When it comes to interior home designs, trends are constantly changing. But if there’s one thing that never seems to go out of style, it’s natural wood.

10 Tips for Your Best Ever Demo Event

For manufacturers, dealers and distributors, demonstration events for builder and contractor customers are an important part of a marketing schedule.

Olsen on Sales: The Gentle Art of Changing the Subject

To succeed in sales, we must control the conversations we are in.

Olsen on Sales: The Pareto Rules

Three things will affect our success. We apply Pareto’s Principle to all three. If we don’t we will be part of the bottom 80% fighting over 20% of the pie. 

7 Trim Accessories to Complete the Deck

When it comes to decks, much thought is given to the planks, the colors, the layout, and even the railings and balusters. But even the most beautiful of outdoor spaces can feel incomplete if the designer and builder neglect the other important accessories: the trim.

Boost Sales with Treated Wood Training Course

Retailers and distributors can get a leg up on expanding treated wood sales by educating employees with a popular new online course developed by Western Wood Preservers Institute.

DEALER PROFILE: Ohio’s McCabe Lumber

This isn’t going to be one of those “beloved, third-generation hometown yard builds on its legacy” stories. Nope. McCabe Lumber, of Lovelace, Oh.—20 miles from the Cincinnati metro area and serving Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana as well—didn’t even exist in the 20th century. Today, it’s a blockbuster, both in market share and innovation.

Olsen on Sales: Thank You, Sir, May I Have Another?

Building our sales book of business is challenging. For many of us, it will be the most challenging thing we will do in our careers. Building trust with new customers is a test. When we do break through and they start to give us business, it feels fantastic!

Up Your Social (Media) Game

Many of the old tried and true methods still work for us—as they do for others. However, like many, we have jumped on the digital bandwagon to explore new horizons and capture the Millennial market, in particular.

Dealer Profile: New York’s Arnold Lumber & Concrete

In May 1951, young Robert Arnold, fresh from college, snagged his first job, working for his stepmom’s boss. That job was selling feed in upstate New York in a small town called Malone. But that didn’t last long. The older gent was in a hurry to retire. He approached the Arnolds. Young Bob voted “no.” His dad, however, voted “yes”—and “yes” prevailed. Ironically, Dad passed away two years later, leaving Bob to run the show.    

The Low-Down on Hardwood Lumber

The building and construction industry is booming—and has been growing steadily since 2011. Much of this growth can be attributed to the residential sector, led primarily by single-family construction, which is projected to see a 9% growth, while multi-family construction, which hit its peak in 2017, is expected to decrease slightly.

New OSB Technologies Offer Solutions to Old Problems

If you’re still categorizing OSB as a commodity or treating it as an afterthought, it’s time to rethink your approach. Thanks to advances in manufacturing, OSB has evolved into a category where dealers can sell panels based on builders’ specific needs, from budget to functionality to labor concerns. Options abound, with some premium panels offering performance like never before.

Mining Social Media Data to Grow Western Red Cedar Sales

The Western Red Cedar Lumber Association represents a significant portion of North America’s WRC manufacturers, distributors and retailers, and supports their members’ business through programs including advocacy, education, and advertising and marketing; of which social media has been playing an increasingly bigger role.

Bringing the Indoors Out with Southern Cypress

Decks, patios and porches have long been popular for relaxing and entertaining guests, but today’s homeowners are increasingly requesting spaces that are even more functional—outdoor rooms. To meet these needs, design professionals and builders are relying on products, such as cypress, that offer good looks, durable performance, and versatility for indoor and outdoor use.

Pro Closer or Faux Closer?

Here are five examples

Eliminate Financial Guesswork when Choosing to Lease or Buy a Fleet Vehicle

The challenge most contracting companies face is ensuring these decisions are based on financial and operational facts rather than being clouded by unanswered theoretical questions.

Follow These Rules of the Road to Become a Shipper/Customer of “Choice”

There’s a long list of incentives that can be used for leverage when companies jockey for a favored relationship with carriers, but those that want a better shot at moving to the front of the line will want to focus on the following elements

Selling Gratefully

Study after study shows that grateful people outperform ungrateful, or cynical ones. They’re more successful. They’re happier. They persevere more. 

DEALER PROFILE: LA CROSSE LUMBER OF WISCONSIN

What do you get when you plant a lumber company named Lacrosse (a town on Wisconsin’s bank of the Mississippi) into a community called Louisiana?

The Rise of Primed Fingerjointed Trim

Exterior trim is often overlooked as an essential point for curb appeal when building or remodeling.

Millwork Certification Program Launches

World Millwork Alliance is partnering with Keystone Certifications to introduce a new product certification program.

NAWLA: Forest Forever Exhibit Engages New Generation 

Traveling children's museum allows kids to interact with the lumber and construction industry.

Why Builders Are Looking to Privacy Windows

Homebuilders are increasingly using decorative glass privacy windows as upgrade options for their clients 

The Fear of Calling Customers

The fear of rejection has cost you a lot of money. There’s a lot of business you haven’t asked for, or followed up on, because of fear. There are a lot of referrals you haven’t asked for because of fear.

Olsen on Sales: How to Give the Price

By holding back the price on the first part of the offering we force the customer to engage with us. Humans want to know what’s behind the curtain; we can’t help ourselves.

Hardwood Industry Takes Up Rules Changes

National Hardwood Lumber Association members will vote this fall on proposed hardwood rules changes that could significantly affect the industry.

Building Business, One Relationship at a Time

A Special Series from North American Wholesale Lumber Association

Minnesota Yard Calls It Quits

Holmquist Lumber Co., Grove City, Mn., shut down March 31 with the retirement of Charlie Holmqvist.

Native Son Saves Texas Hardware Store

Weakley-Watson Hardware, Brownwood, Tx., was preparing to shut its doors after 140 years.

Dealer Profile: Lugbill Supply Center of Ohio

Archbold, a tiny town tucked into the northwest corner of Ohio.

Olsen on Sales: Relationship Selling

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