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The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) represents its members in the national public policy arena, with emphasis on efforts to 1) promote the industry and educate legislators and public policy personnel; and 2) assist legislative, regulatory, standard-setting and other government or private bodies in the development of laws, regulations and policies affecting lumber and building material dealers, its customers and suppliers. Founded in 1917, the association has over 6,000 members operating single or multiple lumber yards and component plants serving homebuilders, subcontractors, general contractors, and consumers in the new construction, repair and remodeling of residential and light commercial. www.dealer.org.

 

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Registration Open for 2015 NLBMDA Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 04, 2014

Registration is now open for NLBMDA's Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference which will take place from March 23-25, 2015 at the Renaissance DuPont Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The LuDPAC fundraising luncheon speaker on Monday, March 23 will be Margaret Hoover, a CNN Political Contributor and Best-Selling Author. This is a special ticketed event. Read more

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Ten Reasons to Attend the ProDealer Industry Summit

Posted By NLBMDA, Wednesday, November 12, 2014
[September 4, 2014] We are excited to welcome dealers from across the country to the ProDealer Industry Summit at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, California from October 28-30. If you are attending, or if you're still thinking about registering, check out ten top reasons you should look forward to this exclusive three day industry summit. Read the Top Ten Reasons to Attend!

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Set Up a Congressional Visit!

Posted By NLBMDA, Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NLBMDA wants to give you the tools you need to engage your elected officials during their campaigns as members of the House and Senate return to their districts/states.

Click here for all the materials you need to set up a great visit and helpful talking points.

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NLBMDA Alert: Tell Congress That We Need E-Fairness

Posted By NLBMDA, Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The House of Representatives should move forward and approve the Marketplace Fairness Act (H.R. 684), or other online sales tax reform legislation, which would level the playing field between local retailers like lumber yards and out-of-state Internet retailers. Online-only retailers are exploiting a massive loophole by not collecting sales tax at the point of purchase despite the fact that the tax is still due. The Marketplace Fairness Act helps fix this antiquated system and makes it fairer so the same rules that apply to local retailers apply online. Click here for more details.

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NLBMDA Names Paine as New President & CEO

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 04, 2014
[San Diego, CA- 10/30/2014] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association's (NLBMDA) Board of Directors appointed Jonathan Paine as the new president and CEO of the organization at its annual meeting on October 28 at the ProDealer Industry Summit in San Diego, California. Paine has been serving as the association's executive vice president since 2012 and replaces outgoing president, Michael O'Brien, who is assuming other responsibilities with NLBMDA's management firm. Read more.

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J.D. Saunders of Economy Lumber Elected Chair for 2014-2015

Posted By . ., Tuesday, November 04, 2014
[San Diego, CA- 10/29/2014] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) elected its new leadership team yesterday installed at the ProDealer Industry Summit in San Diego, California. At the association's annual meeting, the NLBMDA Board of Directors elected J.D. Saunders as the new chair of the association. JD is vice president of Economy Lumber in Campbell, California and is replacing outgoing chair Chris Yenrick, president of Smith Phillips Building Supply in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Read more.

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Huber Joins NLBMDA's Manufacturers and Services Council - 4/21/2014

Posted By NLBMDA, Thursday, May 22, 2014
NLBMDA announced that Huber Engineered Woods is a new 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.

Huber Engineered Woods offers specialty products such as AdvanTech® flooring and ZIP System® sheathing and tape. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Huber has manufacturing operations in Maine, Georgia, Virginia and Oklahoma, as well as research and development facilities in Georgia. For more information, visit www.huberwood.com.

Builders who build strong with AdvanTech flooring know the product is engineered to resist swelling, cupping and delamination. AdvanTech® flooring features industry-leading strength and stiffness, superior moisture resistance and superb fastener-holding to deliver the quiet, solid feel of a quality built home. AdvanTech flooring has been voted number one in quality for 13 years by builders in a survey by BUILDER magazine. For more information, visit www.AdvanTechPerforms.com.

ZIP System® sheathing and tape allows builders to Zip it Tight™ with extreme protection. The product is a one-of-a-kind structural roof and wall system with a built in energy-efficient barrier that keeps air and moisture out, installs with ease and adds structural durability for a quality built home. For more information, visit www.zipsystem.com.

"Huber Engineered Woods is honored to support the independent lumber dealers of NLBMDA as a member of the Manufacturers and Services Council," said Doug Asano, vice president of field sales and national accounts for Huber Engineered Woods. "Independent lumber dealers are a core part of our business and the success of AdvanTech flooring and ZIP system sheathing and tape. We are excited to join this organization and support its members."

For more information on the NLBMDA Manufacturers and Services Council, click here.

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NLBMDA Urges OSHA to Withdraw Proposed Injury/Illness Reporting Rule

Posted By Stephen Kendrick, Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
[Washington, DC] - Yesterday, NLBMDA urged the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to withdraw its proposed Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule that would require employers to report injury and illness data more often, submit reports in new electronic formats, and allow the agency to release the raw data to the general public. NLBMDA questioned the legal authority under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) to issue such a regulation that would publicly release the injury and illness reports and warned of the potential unintended consequences. 
 
OSHA's proposed rule would require companies with more than 250 employees to electronically submit the records on a quarterly basis to OSHA.  OSHA is also proposing that establishments with 20 or more employees, in certain industries with high injury and illness rates (including LBM dealers), be required to submit electronically their summary of work-related injuries and illnesses to OSHA once a year. OSHA plans to eventually post the data online. 
   
"The release of injury and illness reports could lead to mis-characterizations about an employer's safety record. OSHA is proposing to release this information without context or clarifications about each incident. This creates the opportunity for, and will likely result in, misuse of the information. This would punish good actors and reward bad actors by creating the incorrect presumption that employers with several reports operate with hazardous work conditions and those with few or no records are workplaces with very safe conditions," said Michael O'Brien, NLBMDA president and CEO.  "The opposite is likely to be true because employers that keep meticulous records and diligently report to OSHA are more likely to closely monitor safety conditions and quickly correct any issues that may arise at the workplace than those that fail to report." 

NLBMDA recognizes the need for adequate levels of transparency and accountability in reporting and record-keeping, where such reporting and record-keeping requirements are justified. The association will continue its efforts to improve workplace safety through education, training, and communication.  

 

Click here to read NLBMDA's comments to OSHA. 

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NLBMDA Applauds Bill Introduction in Senate to Reform EPA Lead Rule

Posted By Admin, Thursday, March 07, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) applauded introduction of legislation last night in the U.S. Senate that would reform the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule. This bill would reduce the burden the rule has placed on lumber & building material (LBM) dealers in the home retrofit market, and also protect pregnant women and small children from lead hazards. The Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2013 (S. 484) was introduced by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) and six cosponsors. NLBMDA has sought re-introduction of this reform bill in the Senate following the introduction of a similar Senate bill in 2012 that expired with the last session of congress.
 
"Over the last several years of the housing industry downturn, the remodeling and retrofit market has been a key source of business for LBM dealers, either through their installed sales operations, serving remodelers, or both," said NLBMDA Chairman Chuck Bankston, president of Bankston Lumber in Barnesville, Ga. "While we support the goal of protecting pregnant women and small children from lead hazards, EPA's effort to expand the Lead Rule beyond its original intent, its aggressive pursuit of paperwork violations, and its failure to approve a lead test kit meeting its own rule has been an extreme burden on a residential market that is just starting to recover from the recession.  We commend Sen. Inhofe for his continuing leadership on this issue and will make the legislation a focus of our upcoming Legislative Conference in Washington."
 
In July 2010, the EPA removed the "opt-out provision" from the LRRP rule which granted homeowners the right to forego the use of rigorous LRRP work practices if pregnant women or children under six did not live in the home. The LRRP rule requires that renovation work disturbing more than six interior square feet and work replacing doors or window in a pre-1978 home to follow burdensome and costly work practices. These projects must also be supervised by an EPA-certified renovator and be performed by an EPA-certified construction company. 
 
EPA more than doubled the number of homes subject to the LRRP Rule by dropping the opt-out provision and the EPA has estimated that their amendment adds more than $336 million per year in compliance costs to the regulated community, which includes homeowners.
 
In addition, despite EPA stating a commercially available test kit producing no more than 10 percent false positives would be on the market when the rule took effect in 2010, no test kit on the market meets this standard. The lack of EPA approved test kits meeting the rule's standard for false positives has added millions in compliance costs with consumers paying for unnecessary work because of false positive test results.
 
Among its key provisions, S. 484 would restore the "opt-out" clause, suspend the rule for owner-occupied housing built between 1960 and 1978 when a small child or pregnant woman does not live in the home (if EPA cannot approve a test kit meeting its own standard for false positives), it would prohibit expansion of the rule to commercial buildings until EPA conducts a study demonstrating the need for such action, and provide a de minimis exemption for first-time paperwork violations. 
 
In addition to Senator Inhofe, the original cosponsors of S. 484 are Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Charles Grassley (R-IA), and David Vitter (R-LA). NLBMDA has made passage of S. 484 a top legislative priority. 

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GAF Joins NLBMDA's Manufacturers and Services Council

Posted By Jonathan M. Paine, Thursday, February 28, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced today that GAF 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.
 
Founded in 1886, GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. The company's products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and commercial roofing systems, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by its commitment to Advanced Quality, Industry Expertise, and Solutions Made Simple for contractors, specifiers, and property owners alike. In 2011, GAF was the first roofing manufacturer to offer a Lifetime limited warranty on all of its laminated shingles and, in 2012, it introduced the GAF Lifetime Roofing System.
 
With a focus on social responsibility, GAF has developed Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology, which provides superior durability and wind resistance while reducing the use of scarce natural resources. The company has also developed single-ply and asphaltic membranes with superior durability and high reflectivity to meet the most rigorous industry standards while helping commercial property owners and designers reduce energy consumption.
 
"The GAF team is excited to join with other industry leaders to support America's lumber and building material dealers. Membership in NLBMDA's Manufacturers & Services Council will allow GAF to further our relationships with dealers across the country," said GAF Vice President of National Accounts Jim Durkin. "Together we will build a stronger lumber and building material industry."
 
For information on the NLBMDA Manufacturers and Services Council, click here.
For information on GAF visit www.GAF.com.

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