TAL Buys Mount Vernon Building Center

Ten-unit TAL Holdings, Vancouver, Wa., has agreed to purchase Mount Vernon Building Center, Mount Vernon, Wa., from Kevin Kok. After a transition period, Mount Vernon Building Center will begin operations as part of the TAL family of companies on April 19. Kok will stay on to manage the store’s daily operations.

Hancock Purchases Maine Lumberyards

Hancock Lumber Casco, Me., is acquiring Lapointe Lumber, a fourth-generation independent building materials supplier that’s operated in Augusta and Gardiner, Me., since 1947.

Russin Plans Finishing Plant

Russin has broken ground on a state-of-the-art factory finishing operation across the street from its main distribution center in Montgomery, N.Y. Called “RFF” for short, Russin’s factory finishing operation will continue to provide the market with industry-leading wood priming, top-coating and staining services for customers in its 13-state trading area.

What Doesn’t Kill Your Business Makes It Stronger

NAWLA had just wrapped up its Leadership Summit early last March when the significance of the COVID-19 outbreak slammed home. Attendees had no idea then, but that would be the last in-person industry gathering for the foreseeable future.

Peel & Stick In-Floor Heat

The only peel-and-stick, primerless, cut-to-fit, ground wired in-floor heating system in an ultra-thin profile has been introduced by Protecto Wrap. Peel & Heat Cutting Edge’s length can be cut down to fit the room’s layout right out of the box with no dry or curing time needed.

LP Converting Maine OSB Mill

Louisiana Pacific Corp. is investing $150 million to convert its LP Houlton, Me., OSB mill to begin manufacturing SmartSide engineered wood strand siding. Within the coming year, the facility will cease manufacture of laminated strand lumber products for its EWP division and in 2022 will begin SmartSide production.

Raise Your Margins with Value-Added Treated Wood

All pressure treated lumber is not equal. Beyond preservative type and retention level, wood preserving companies are increasingly adding “extras” to their treatments to make their products more durable and more attractive.

Olsen on Sales: Partner or Adversary?

If we ask 100 salespeople, “What kind of seller are you?” most of them will say, “I’m a relationship seller.” My question is, “What kind of relationship and what are you doing to make that happen?”

RP Acquires Farm & Ranch Chain

R.P. Lumber Co., Edwardsville, Il., has agreed to purchase the assets of the Stock+Field family of stores and plans to begin operations under new management this month. The stores will retain the Stock+Field name, and the new owners will seek input from employees and the communities they serve as they plan for the future of the brand.

Drill & Plug

Envision Building Products now offers the Pro Plug Hidden Fastening System for use with all full-profile deck boards and colors. Made by Starborn, Pro Plug allows installers to face-fasten deck boards while eliminating visible screw heads and holes.

US Fence Parts with Binford Supply

U.S. Fence Solutions Co., a portfolio company of investment firm Building Industry Partners, has sold Binford Supply to Fencing Supply Group. FSG is a new investment platform focused on building a group of leading independent fencing distributors, and is an affiliate of The Sterling Group, a private equity firm based in Houston, Tx.

Big Creek Creates Forestry Scholarship

In 1946, Big Creek Lumber, Davenport, Ca., was founded by brothers Bud and Lud McCrary through a combination of hard work, ingenuity, a foundation in the skilled trades, and a passion for sustainable forestry.

DW Enlarging Millwork Operations

DW Distribution, DeSoto, Tx., is expanding its millwork operations with the addition of a new door unit production facility.

Assessment Increases for Softwood Checkoff

The assessment for the Softwood Lumber Checkoff has increased from 35 cents to 41 cents per thousand board feet, effective April 1. The Softwood Lumber Board, which administers the program with oversight by the USDA, says the additional funds will allow it “to build on its success in maintaining and expanding markets for softwood lumber.”

Mighty Miter Saw

Designed with a powerful brushless motor, the new RIDGID 18V 7-1/4” Dual-Bevel Sliding Miter Saw delivers more runtime, more power, and longer motor life.

Weyco Buying Alabama Timberlands

Weyerhaeuser Co. has agreed to purchase 69,200 acres of high-quality Alabama timberlands from Soterra, a subsidiary of Greif, Inc., for approximately $149 million.

Olsen on Sales: Selling Without the Wood

How can I sell when I can’t find anything to sell much less what my customers are looking for? This is the number one comment from my students (since about March of 2020) when we talk about challenges.