ProDealer Industry Summit Going Virtual

After careful consideration, dialogue with key stakeholders and legal counsel, as well as considerable evaluation of the evolving concerns surrounding COVID-19, the NLBMDA Board of Directors has decided to cancel the traditional in person ProDealer Industry Summit, scheduled to take place October 7-9 in San Antonio and transition to a virtual experience over the same dates.

Eyeing Pros, Ohio Dealer Gordon Slashes Store Count

Gordon Lumber Co., Fremont, Oh., will pare back its retail presence from four locations to one, as it beefs up its contractor building services.

Westlake to Buy St. Louis Ace

Westlake Ace Hardware, Lenexa, Ks., will purchase Brandt & Sons Ace Hardware, Maryland Heights, Mo.

84 Lumber Refuses to Slow Aggressive Expansion Plans

Intent to stay on course with its aggressive expansion plans announced early last year, 84 Lumber has opened a new door shop and engineered wood products hub in Greenville, S.C.

It’s Smarter Innovation: the Fortress Total Solution

We see you. You are the maverick on the front line, working hard to bring your customer’s decking project to life. You’re breaking out of boxes to solve design problems and scouring the marketplace to ensure the use of resilient, refined outdoor products.

Combilift Earns High Honors

Combilift was honored with a 2020 Red Dot Design Award for its recently launched Combi-CBE4 material handler—the world’s first compact counterbalance design electric powered multi-directional forklift with its patented traction on all wheels.

Sure Drive’s Mantis Installation Video

Sure Drive USA manufacturers a wide variety of deck fastening solutions. The company's hidden deck fastener line includes The Mantis Clip for grooved boards, voted as the easiest hidden deck fastener to install.

Dealer Profile: Idaho’s Hess Lumber

It’s 7 a.m. in Malad City, Id., when Doug Crowther picks up the phone for our conversation. (Mercifully, it’s 8 a.m. at my home base in Minneapolis.) But that’s business as usual, the GM of Hess Lumber assures me.

NELMA Launches Final Online Learning Grading Series

Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association has launched the final, most challenging element of the NELMA Grader Academy online learning opportunity with the 400 Series.

Russin Lumber Rebrands

Russin Lumber, Montgomery, N.Y., has unveiled a rebrand, with a vibrant new logo and digital footprint designed to recognize the evolving needs of today’s building materials industry.

DeckExpo Relocates as Sister Remodeling Show Goes Online

To meet the need for inpatient care, the exhibit hall of the Baltimore Convention Center has been converted into a facility to treat those recovering from COVID-19.

Yellawood Sponsors NASCAR Race

Great Southern Wood Preserving, Abbeville, Al., has inked a multi-year deal for its YellaWood brand to be title sponsor of the fall NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

The Follow-Through

Although a term often associated with baseball and other sports, the meaning of “follow-through” goes far beyond that. The definition is: to engage in an action or complete some task that one said or implied one would do.

Olsen on Sales: Caring & Curious vs. Needy & Greedy

I often hear journeymen salespeople say, “I can’t believe she says that kind of thing to her customers! I could never talk to my customers like that.” If you listen to Master Sellers talk to their customers, you'll be amazed at how hard they push and the statements they get away with.

Roseburg MDF Recertified

Roseburg Forest Products, Springfield, Or., has published its eighth certified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), providing standardized and objective information about the lifecycle environmental impacts of the company’s wood products, and now including MDF.

Lumber E-Sales Platform Goes Live

Two former Chicago lumbermen have teamed with two financial tech services executives to launch a new e-commerce platform for lumber that they promise has worked the kinks out of previous failed systems.

3 Tips for Improving Lumberyard Efficiency

Running an efficient and productive lumberyard is a tall task. Shipment frequency is increasing and lead time expectations are getting shorter.