Newbies Get Their Feet Wet at NAWLA Traders Market

With NAWLA’s Traders Market fast approaching, it’ll be exciting to see how the demographics pan out at this year’s event. Based on my personal experience and observations, attendance appears to be trending toward younger and newer participants in recent years. Could it be that more and more employers are recognizing the myriad benefits that come with orienting rookie talent to the business through these events?

Versatex Rolls Out Training Center

Versatex has debuted its 2,000-sq. ft. Training Center designed to support customers and dealers and distributors, as well as the company’s in-house team of about 150 operations, administrative, sales and marketing personnel at its Alquippa, Pa., headquarters.

Central Valley Buying Foster Lumber Yard

Central Valley, Napa, Ca., has agreed to purchase Foster Lumber Yard, Vallejo, Ca., expanding Central Valley’s Northern California footprint with a ninth location.

Olsen on Sales: Thank You, Sir, May I Have Another?

Building our sales book of business is challenging. For many of us, it will be the most challenging thing we will do in our careers. Building trust with new customers is a test. When we do break through and they start to give us business, it feels fantastic!

Oldcastle Adopts New Name

Oldcastle Precast, Atlanta, Ga., has unveiled a new name and new brand, Oldcastle Infrastructure.

Strong-Tie Tools Garner Awards

Simpson Strong-Tie, Pleasanton, Ca., received a Pro Tool Innovation Award in the Specialty Drill Bits category for its Deck-Drive DCU screw plug.

Murphy Preps for Expansion

Murphy Co. has applied to fill in its former log pond to create a log storage and loading area at its 64-acre complex in Eugene, Or.

“Smarter Lumberyard” Opens

Three Missouri contractors have teamed up to open a “smarter lumberyard” at the former site of Strafford Building Supply, Strafford, Mo.

Interfor Continues Upgrades

Interfor Corp., Vancouver, B.C., will modernize its Thomaston and Eatonton, Ga., and Georgetown, S.C., for Phase II of its Southern Investment Strategy, increasing their combined annual capacity by 275 million bd. ft.

Up Your Social (Media) Game

Many of the old tried and true methods still work for us—as they do for others. However, like many, we have jumped on the digital bandwagon to explore new horizons and capture the Millennial market, in particular.

Boise Cascade Selling Oregon Mills to Woodgrain

Boise Cascade, Boise, Id., has agreed to sell its lumber mills in La Grande and Pilot Rock, Or., plus its Island City, Or., particleboard plant to Woodgrain Millwork.

Andersen Selling Silver Line

Andersen Corp., Bayport, Mn., has agreed to sell its hollow core vinyl window and patio door business, which includes its Silver Line and American Craftsman brands, to Ply Gem, Cary, N.C.

Lumbermen’s Expands Door Division at New Location

Lumbermen’s has relocated its Door Division to a larger facility in Byron Center, Mi.

Woodgrain Acquires Plastic-Coated Lumber Businesses

Woodguard, founded over 30 years ago by Don Kain, is known for pioneering a patented plastic coating process that is applied to a variety of wood products such as closet poles, fencing, sign posts, and playground equipment.

Dealer Profile: New York’s Arnold Lumber & Concrete

In May 1951, young Robert Arnold, fresh from college, snagged his first job, working for his stepmom’s boss. That job was selling feed in upstate New York in a small town called Malone. But that didn’t last long. The older gent was in a hurry to retire. He approached the Arnolds. Young Bob voted “no.” His dad, however, voted “yes”—and “yes” prevailed. Ironically, Dad passed away two years later, leaving Bob to run the show.    

Kodiak Adds Denver’s Direct Lumber

Kodiak Building Partners, Littleton, Co., has purchased Direct Lumber & Door, Denver, Co., from Tom Kostelecky and Russ Brown.

US LBM Adds NC’s Blevins

U.S. LBM Holdings has acquired Blevins Building Supply, a building materials distributor with five locations in western North Carolina and one in southern Virginia.