Mantis Clip Installation

Sure Drive USA manufacturers a wide variety of deck fastening solutions. Its recent YouTube video walks you through the installation process of its hidden deck fastener line, which includes The Mantis Clip for grooved boards, voted as the easiest hidden deck fastener to install- a favorite with decking contractors as well as DIY homeowners.

Dealer Profile: Montana’s Central Lumber

Jeff Sell has earned his stripes at making lemonade—although that’s one of the few items that his business, Central Lumber & Hardware, Harlowton, Mt., doesn’t sell.

In the Moment

Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced newly validated slope beam and multi-axis moment applications for its Yield-Link moment connection for structural steel construction.

Know Your Redwood Grades

Redwood Lumber is available in more than 30 different grades, from general-purpose grades to highly specialized grades intended for a single specific use.

OSB Surges

After bracing for the worst when the pandemic hit, the OSB industry has come roaring back to life during the summer, as supply heats up, producers scramble to restart idled operations, and prices experience record week-to-week jumps.

NELMA Updates Grade Rule Book

As of August 2020, the most recent addition of Standard Grading Rules for Northeastern Lumber is available from the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA).

AHC Hardwood Expands in Reman

AHC Hardwood Group has added expanded remanufacturing capabilities at its AHC Clarksville location in Clarksville, Tn.The addition increases the plant’s overall capacity by 25%.

Builders FirstSource to Merge with BMC Stock Holdings

Builders FirstSource, Dallas, Tx., and BMC Stock Holdings, Raleigh, N.C., are joining forces in an all-stock merger transaction, creating an $11-billion-a-year supplier of building materials and services from 550 distribution and manufacturing operations in 42 states.

You CAN See the Forester for the Trees

I've always been a forester at heart. My lifelong love of the outdoors blossomed as a child and only grew as I did.So when I gravitated toward majoring in forestry at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, I can’t say anyone was surprised.

Olsen on Sales: The Next Call

We build relationships with our customers one call at a time. Our goal is to daisy-chain these calls together to make the process faster. Many salespeople call their customers in a willy-nilly fashion. This creates willy-nilly results.

Outdoor Cabinetry Open to Southern Cypress

Outdoor living space has become one of the most sought after features for today’s homeowners and buyers. From basic lounge and cooking areas to extravagant entertaining spaces, the upward trend toward spending more family time outside presents a new opportunity for lumber dealers and cabinet manufacturers: outdoor storage solutions.

Turning Western Red Cedar Leads into Sales

Anyone in the retail and distribution business knows the value of a good lead. But the value of that lead can quickly diminish when it hits the various hurdles that can get in the way of converting it to a sale.

New Owner Rescues Spokane Hardware Center

Miller’s Do it Best Hardware, Spokane, Wa., reopened Aug. 12 under new owner Stace Heston.

HPM Acquires Maui Dealer

Eight-unit HPM Building Supply, Hilo, Hi., has acquired Miyake Concrete Accessories’ four building supply stores and one truss plant on Maui.

BlueLinx Sells Denver Facility

BlueLinx Holdings has completed a sale-leaseback transaction for its owned distribution facility in Denver, Co., for $10.6 million.

HD Supply Selling White Cap

HD Supply Holdings agreed to sell its White Cap, Home Improvement Solutions, and Brafasco construction and industrial divisions to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice for $2.9 billion. The deal is expected to close in October.

Ace Dealer Purchases Imperial Do it Center Chain

Inland Builders Supply, Blythe, Ca., has purchased 111-year-old, third-generation-owned Imperial Hardware Co., Holtville, Ca., and is transforming its three stores from Do it Centers to Ace Hardware formats.