How to Engage Your Employees

Recently, a lumber distributor, struggling to attract and keep qualified talent, asked how to get his employees more engaged and energized. His assessment was that they were not motivated, were not “giving it their all,” and his recent efforts to put in place a bonus incentive program had done little to change any of that. Sound familiar?

Pioneer Expanding in Arizona

Pioneer Landscape Centers, Highlands Ranch, Co., has acquired Granite Express, Mesa, Az.

Butte Ace Doubling in Size

Butte’s Ace Hardware is building a larger, $6.8-million replacement store to open early next year.

Marketing Tips for Retailing Lumber

As the trend in showrooms become an obvious necessity, often we see retailers forget to promote one of their most profitable stock items, treated lumber.

The Best Known EWP Company You May Not Know

Pacific Woodtech Corp. is a mega-producer of engineered wood products that many have not come across—or have you? It has been producing laminated veneer lumber and I-joists with others’ names on them for about 20 years—until recently.

Raymond Buys Forklift Dealer

The Raymond Corp. has acquired Raymond Handling Concepts Corp., Fremont, Ca., a dealer of Raymond forklifts to Alaska, Idaho, western Montana, Northern California, northern Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

The Customer Is Afraid, Too

Fear costs us salespeople a lot of money. Fear is the reason we don’t pick up the phone to call our customer proactively, when there is nothing urgent or terrible happening.

Clear the Air: What You Need to Know About the New Formaldehyde Emissions Regulation

Here are answers to common questions about the EPA’s regulation on wood-based products from Steve Zylkowski, director of Quality Services for APA – The Engineered Wood Association.

Coast Wood Closes Shop

Coast Wood Preserving, Ukiah, Ca., has ceased treating operations after 47 years

Ex-Builders Team Opens New Yard in New Mexico

A new building supply yard has been launched in Roswell, N.M., by former Builders Do it Center president Justin Ellis and previous branch manager Aaron Coats.

Pro Closer or Faux Closer?

Here are five examples

An Update on Fire Safety in CLT Buildings

Mass timber is becoming popular because it offers an economically favorable construction method for mid-rise buildings, provides for greater sustainability, and looks very different.

Flameproof Bursts on to Scene in the West

Pacific Flameproof & Wood Specialties Corp. has opened in Lake Oswego, Or., as the exclusive provider of FlameTech interior fire retardant treated wood to the western U.S.

US LBM Picks Up R&K

U.S. LBM Holdings has acquired Arizona’s R&K Building Supplies.

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