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NLBMDA Announces Meagan Johnson as Keynote Speaker for the 2017 ProDealer Industry Summit

NLBMDA is excited to announce that Meagan Johnson will be a featured speaker at the 2017 ProDealer Industry Summit in Phoenix. Meagan is a Generational Humorist for the Johnson Training Group, where she challenges her audiences to think differently and act decisively when dealing with multiple generations. 

The ProDealer Industry Summit is an exclusive, three-day educational and networking forum designed to promote the growth of lumber & building product dealers, distributors, wholesalers, and the manufacturers who supply them. LBM dealers will benefit from sharing insights and best practices with leaders in the industry in a relaxed, three-day format that encourages networking and personal interaction. 

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release.

Please click here to access the 2017 ProDealer Industry Summit webpage.

Limited Edition NLBMDA 100th Anniversary Lapel Pins Available

This year, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) celebrates its 100th Anniversary as our association continues to grow and our industry continues to prosper. NLBMDA's anniversary coincides with the return of pro-business governance to our nation's capital and in many states across the country. Electoral victories in 2016, and continued success in 2017, as well as movement to repeal burdensome regulations, has improved the legislative and regulatory outlook for the lumber and building material industry.

In order to continue this positive momentum, NLBMDA is officially launching a new effort to support Lumber Dealers Political Action Committee (LuDPAC). Now when you make a contribution of $50 or more to the LuDPAC, NLBMDA will send you a limited edition 100th Anniversary Commemorative Pin. (while supply lasts)

Please click here to learn more and donate today!

DMSi Joins NLBMDA's Manufacturers and Services Council

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced today that DMSi is the newest member of the association's Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC). The council is composed of the leading building material manufacturers and service providers serving the LBM industry.

NLBMDA's MSC members are established industry leaders who supply products and services to lumber and building material dealers and regional chains across the nation. The dedicated members of the council share a commitment to promoting and enhancing the success of independent dealers and regional chains.

"DMSi is excited to partner with a premier association like NLBMDA. We appreciate this opportunity to work with other members of the MSC to better serve the building material industry," said Jason Niemi, Director of Platform Integrations for Building Results CRM.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Revised Heath Care Reform Proposal Released by Senate Republicans 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) released an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (H.R. 1628). The revised proposal comes after Republicans failed to approve health care reform legislation prior to the Independence Day break.

Senate Republicans plan to vote next week on the legislation; however, it does not appear that McConnell has enough votes yet for approval. Passage of health care reform in the Senate remains challenging given the narrow Republican majority and unanimous Democratic opposition. Republicans can only lose two Republicans and still pass the legislation using Vice President Mike Pence as the tie-breaking vote.

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release. 

NLBMDA Praises Reintroduction of Resilient Federal Forests Act

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) praises the introduction of the Resilient Federal Forests Act by (H.R. 2936) Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR). The legislation helps protect the national forest system by implementing best practices intended to lessen the threat of wildfires. Original cosponsors for the bipartisan bill include Reps. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Scott Tipton (R-CO).

Poor land management during the past 30 years has led to declining health of national forests. This has resulted in fewer jobs and productivity in the forestry sector, fewer board feet of domestically produced lumber entering the market, and a marked increase in acreage ravaged by insects, disease and fire. Rep. Westerman introduced the legislation during the previous Congress in 2015, where it passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 262-167 with support from 21 Democrats who crossed the aisle to support the bill.

NLBMDA urges its members to take action by contacting their Representative and asking them to pass the Resilient Federal Forests Act (H.R 2936). Please take action and ask your Representative to allow for greater sustainable harvesting of federal forests by passing the Resilient Federal Forests Act (H.R. 2936).

If you have any questions, please contact Ben Gann at ben@dealer.org.

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release and learn more. 

Antidumping Duties Placed on Canadian Softwood Lumber Imports to the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced it is placing preliminary antidumping duties on softwood lumber imports from Canada to the U.S. Antidumping duties ranging from 4.59 to 7.72 percent are being applied on softwood lumber from four Canadian companies (Canfor, Resolute, Tolko, and West Fraser). All other Canadian softwood lumber producers and exporters will pay a rate of 6.87 percent.

Yesterday's announcement follows action taken by the federal government on April 24 to place preliminary countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports. In its earlier determination, countervailing duties between 3.02 and 24.12 percent were levied against five Canadian timber producers (Canfor, J.D. Irving, Resolute, Tolko, and West Fraser) with other companies paying a tariff of 19.88 percent. Combined countervailing and antidumping duties for Canadian imports now range from 17.41 percent to 30.88 percent.

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release. 

NLBMDA Applauds U.S. Department of Labor's Withdrawal of Interpretations for Joint Employment and Independent Contractor Classifications

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced on Wednesday, June 7, the withdrawal of its 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors. Both interpretations represented moves during the Obama Administration to address what it perceived as abuses by employers using contractors or claiming contractor status to avoid certain employer responsibilities and instances where employers could unwittingly become liable under an expansive interpretation of joint employment.

NLBMDA President and CEO Jonathan Paine applauded the withdrawal decision as bringing greater clarity for employers who rely on independent contractor relationships and said, "This helps re-establish an environment where employers and independent contractors may partner in ways that create the most efficient and effective means to deliver goods and services to customers and consumers."

Please click here to view NLBMDA's full press release. 

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