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.

A Durable Fencing Collection

The collection combines the durability and low maintenance of PVC with a unique coloring process, yielding a multi-dimensional finish that is popular in the marketplace.

Columbia Signs Sales Pact with New MDF Plant

Columbia Forest Products has signed a deal with MDF producer CalPlant I to be the exclusive sales agent for all MDF made at its new plant in Willows, Ca.

The High Cost of Low Grade Lumber

One buyer reported that in late spring he visited a massive sawmill in Georgia. The facility was running at maximum capacity, while telling all callers they’d love to sell them lumber, but didn’t have a stick to spare.

Commercial Insulation Climbs

U.S. demand for insulation in the commercial building market is forecast to increase 3.0% annually through 2022 to $3.1 billion, according to a new Freedonia Group report.

Making a Post Connection

OZCO Building Products is expanding its line of decorative wood connectors by adding Post Bands for wood structures like decks, pergolas and pavilions.

Operator Eyes Foreclosed Oregon Sawmill

The Dexter Mill had not operated for years and had fallen into disrepair until it was foreclosed on by the county last September.

Happy 85th Birthday, NELMA!

June 1933. Deep in the middle of the Great Depression. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as part of his New Deal, instituted the National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA), legislation authorizing the President to regulate industry and permit cartels and monopolies in an attempt to stimulate economic recovery.

Arauco Buys Panolam’s Albany Operations

The Panolam complex, which will be called Albany Treating & Lamination, sits about 10 miles from Arauco’s existing particleboard and TFL operations in Albany. The site includes two thermally fused lamination lines, as well as two impregnation lines and warehouse capacity.

An Unlikely Path to the Industry

My big break came in the second half of last year, after running into some employees of Canadian Wood Products whom I met at Global Buyers Mission 2016. Those connections landed me an audience with the company’s senior officials soon after.

Clip-in Water Protection

Kebony launched its new Passive Rainscreen System for commercial and residential facades. The clip-based rainscreen attachment system can be applied over exterior and interior envelope design types, including over mineral fiber exterior insulation.

Olsen on Sales: Nudge for the Business

Being too pushy is the number one fear of underachieving salespeople. Because they are so afraid of being pushy, they don’t push at all.

Lumber Family Unloads Self-Storage Facilities

The owners of Koopman Lumber & Hardware are getting out of the self-storage business.

Martha’s Vineyard Yard Sold

Hinckley’s Lumber, Vineyard Haven, Ma., has been sold to real estate investor Larkin Reeves for $2.3 million.

Dealer Profile: Wyoming’s Build-Rite Do it Center

“110 miles from any big city—Laramie, Rock Springs, Casper”—says Matt Arnold, the third-generation (by marriage) owner, who wedded his college sweetheart, who happened to be the boss’s daughter. Six kids later, he’s in the boss’s chair himself, returning after his father-in-law retired three years ago.

Convenient Lifters

Combilift’s new Combi-OP, is the first purpose-built order picker on the worldwide market for long products. Customers no longer have to modify traditional order pickers to cope with the specific demands of long loads.

Thank a Framer

Norbord Inc. is launching its second video to kick off “Thank a Framer” month this September. This video follows the process of manufacturing oriented strand board (OSB) from the forest to the construction site, paying homage to workers in the supply chain along the way. It aims to highlight the vital role framers play and supports Norbord’s efforts to ease the construction labor shortage.