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NLBMDA Announces Dr. Robert Dietz as Keynote Speaker for the 2017 ProDealer Industry Summit

NLBMDA is excited to announce that Dr. Robert Dietz will be a featured speaker at the 2017 ProDealer Industry Summit in Phoenix. Robert is Chief Economist for NAHB, where his responsibilities include housing market analysis, forecasting and industry surveys, and housing policy research. Prior to joining NAHB in 2005, Robert worked as an economist for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. Robert's session will closely examine the current trends within the LBM industry. 

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

NLBMDA Praises Reintroduction of Resilient Federal Forests Act 

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) praises the introduction yesterday 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).

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.

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

Centennial Woods Joins NLBMDA's Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC)

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced today that Centennial Woods 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.

"Centennial Woods is very excited and happy to now be a part of this fine organization helping the overall industry. We look forward to our participation and becoming more involved in the coming years." - Ed Spal, CEO, Centennial Woods

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. 

NLBMDA Celebrates National Home Ownership Month

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) celebrates President Donald Trump's proclamation that June is National Homeownership Month. NLBMDA is committed to working with Congress and the Administration on policies that help more Americans achieve the dream of owning a home.

"NLBMDA thanks President Trump for ensuring that Americans enjoy a fair chance at becoming home owners, said Jonathan Paine, President and CEO of NLBMDA. "Our members remain committed to their role in the building supply chain, which helps provide high-quality housing options to current and prospective home owners."

Please click here to access NLBMDA's press release.

Please click here to view President Trump's proclamation. 

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

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced it is placing countervailing duties on softwood lumber imports from Canada to the U.S. Levies ranging from 3 to 24 percent are being applied on softwood lumber from five Canadian companies. All other Canadian softwood lumber producers and exporters will pay a rate of 19.88 percent.

The action taken by the federal government is in response to a petition filed by the U.S. Lumber Coalition, a group representing American softwood lumber producers, alleging harm caused by unfair subsidies for the Canadian softwood lumber industry. The countervailing duties on Canadian imports are retroactive to January 25. A separate decision by the Department of Commerce on antidumping duties is scheduled for June 23.

Please click here view NLBMDA's full press release. 

NLBMDA Files Comments in Support of Short Term Rental Exemption to ELD Rule

Today, NLBMDA has submitted comments in support of a petition filed by the Truck Renting and Leasing Association for an exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) Mandate for short-term truck rentals.

NLBMDA supports this petition because of the undue burden the ELD Mandate would impose on dealers and others who will occasionally need to use short-term rentals to meet higher than expected demand or replace vehicles temporarily out of service.

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

Expansion of OSHA Recordkeeping Violations is Repealed

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) applauds the repeal of OSHA's five-year look-back for recordkeeping violations. On April 3, President Donald Trump signed a congressional resolution repealing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule that extended the statute of limitations from six months to five years regarding the length of time the agency could issue a citation for an employer's failure to record an injury or illness. NLBMDA worked with its industry partners, including the National Association of Manufacturers, to roll back the requirement.

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

NLBMDA Signs Onto Congressional Letters Supporting Small Business Regulatory Reform

NLBMDA has signed onto a letter drafted by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) that expresses industry support for the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvement Act. The legislation would reform the regulatory process to ensure that all federal agencies appropriately consider the impact of their rules on small businesses across America. As a result, federal agencies would issue smarter regulations that minimize inefficiencies and unnecessary burdens while still protecting public health, worker safety, and the environment. NLBMDA has signed onto both the version sent to House leaders as well as the version sent to Senate leaders. 

Please click here to view the House version of the letter.

Please click here to view the Senate version of the letter. 

Congressman Farenthold Introduces Innocent Sellers Act

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) applauds the reintroduction yesterday in the House of Representatives of the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 1118). Sponsored by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), the legislation provides product liability protection in certain circumstances for wholesalers and retailers - such  as lumber dealers - that merely sell products, and do not manufacture or alter them. Reps. Jimmy Duncan (R-TN) and Lamar Smith (R-TX) are original cosponsors of the bill. Unfair and unfounded lawsuits disproportionately affect small business. According to a study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, small businesses bear 81 percent of business tort liability costs. The legislation addresses this problem faced by lumber dealers. While state reforms have helped, a federal solution is important to ensure uniformity for suppliers who often operate in multiple states.

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

NLBMDA Releases 2017 National Policy Agenda

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) today released its national legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2017. The document brings focus to the common interests of the industry and includes policy goals for continued growth in the nation's housing and building industry. "Lumber and building material dealers continue to play an important role in furthering America's economic growth as part of the building supply chain and residential housing sector," said NLBMDA Chair George W. Lester II, Chairman and CEO of The Lester Group in Martinsville, Virginia. "The 2017 NLBMDA National Policy Agenda provides a common-sense, pro-business framework that eliminates unnecessary regulatory burdens, and promotes sound fiscal policies needed for sustained economic expansion."

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

NLBMDA Manufacturers & Services Council Members