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

Posted By Stephen Kendrick, 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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Additional Keynote Speaker Announced! Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) will Talk at LegCon

Posted By Frank Friedman, Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NLBMDA is excited to announce that Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) will be a featured speaker during the Washington Briefing breakfast at the Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference to be held from March 18-20 at the Crystal City Marriott in Alrington, Virginia.
 
Rep. Johnson entered the U.S. Air Force in 1973, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after a distinguished military career of more than 26 years. 
 
Following his retirement from military service, Johnson turned to creating and building high technology businesses. He cofounded Johnson-Schley Management Group, Inc., an information technology (IT) consulting company. From 2006 through 2010, Johnson served as Chief Information Officer of a global manufacturer of highly engineered electronic components for the transportation industry headquartered in Northeast Ohio.
 
Rep. Johnson was reelected to a second term this past November and now serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee.
  
Senator Angus King Jr. (I-ME) to Address NLBMDA Members

 On January 3, 2013, Angus S. King, Jr. was sworn in as Maine's first Independent United States 
Senator. Senator King joins a long line of independent leaders from the State of Maine. He is a steadfast believer in the need for greater bipartisan dialogue and relationship building among legislators. 
 
In 1994, Senator King was elected Maine's 71st Governor. During his two terms in the Blaine House, he focused on economic development and job creation, and also achieved significant reforms in education, mental health services, land conservation, environmental protection, and the delivery of state services. He was re-elected in 1998 by one of the largest margins in Maine's history. 
 
Bill Kristol to Speak at LuDPAC Fundraising Luncheon 

On Monday, March 18, the NLBMDA LuDPAC fundraising luncheon will feature Bill Kristol, the editor of the influential Washington-based political magazine, The Weekly Standard. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading political analysts and commentators and regularly appears on FOX News Sunday and FOX News Channel.  This is a special ticketed event.
  
To register online and to make your hotel reservations click here.
 
NLBMDA would like to thank the sponsors that make this event possible:
  
Diamond Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors:
 
Gold Sponsors:
 
Silver Sponsors:

For questions regarding the conference and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jonathan Paine at (202) 367-2496 or email jonathan@dealer.org.

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New LegCon Speaker Announced! President of Builder Homesite, Inc. to Address NLBMDA Board Meeting

Posted By Admin, Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
NLBMDA Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference
March 18-20, 2013
Arlington, VA
Early registration has been extended until Friday, February 22 for NLBMDA's Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference which will take place from March 18-20, 2013 at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, VA. Space is now based on availability at the hotel so make sure to book your room today. 
 
Just Announced for the NLBMDA Board of Directors Meeting!
All About the "Start Fresh. Buy New." Campaign
  
We are pleased to announce that Tim Costello, President & CEO of Builder 
Homesite, Inc. (BHI) will be addressing the NLBMDA Board of Directors on Monday, March 18. All NLBMDA members are welcome to attend.

Headquartered in Austin, Tex., Builder Homesite, Inc. (BHI) was founded in 2000 with the mission to bring homebuilding industry leaders together to develop world class technology and marketing solutions. BHI is a consortium of 32 of the nation's largest homebuilders.  This year BHI is launching a new initiative "Start Fresh. Buy New." to promote the advantages of new construction homes. The initiative represents a significant industry first, supporting home construction as an entire industry and uniting home builders nationwide. This multi-year, multi-million dollar marketing and advertising campaign is aimed at increasing preference for new construction homes among potential home buyers who are comparing new homes with existing homes. 
 
Bill Kristol to Speak at NLBMDA LuDPAC Fundraising Luncheon


On Monday, March 18, the NLBMDA LuDPAC fundraising luncheon will feature Bill Kristol, the editor of the influential Washington-based political magazine, The Weekly Standard. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading political analysts and commentators and regularly appears on FOX News Sunday and FOX News Channel.  This is a special ticketed event.
  
To register online and to make your hotel reservations by the February 18 deadline click here.

NLBMDA would like to thank the sponsors that make this event possible:
  
Diamond Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors:
 
Gold Sponsors:
 
Silver Sponsors:

For questions regarding the conference and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jonathan Paine at (202) 367-2496 or email jonathan@dealer.org.

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Keynote Speaker Announced! Senator Angus King (I-ME) to Address LegCon Attendees

Posted By Admin, Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Keynote Speaker Announced!
Senator Angus King (I-ME) to Address Attendees  
 
 
NLBMDA is excited to announce that Senator Angus King (I-ME) will be a featured speaker during the Washington Briefing breakfast at the Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference.  
 
On January 3, 2013, Angus S. King, Jr. was sworn in as Maine's first Independent United States Senator. Senator King joins a long line of independent leaders from the State of Maine. He is a steadfast believer in the need for greater bipartisan dialogue and relationship building among legislators. 
 
In 1994, Senator King was elected Maine's 71st Governor. During his two terms in the Blaine House, he focused on economic development and job creation, and also achieved significant reforms in education, mental health services, land conservation, environmental protection, and the delivery of state services. He was re-elected in 1998 by one of the largest margins in Maine's history. 
 
Bill Kristol to Speak at LuDPAC Fundraising Luncheon

On Monday, March 18, the NLBMDA LuDPAC fundraising luncheon will feature Bill Kristol, the editor of the 
influential Washington-based political magazine, The Weekly Standard. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading political analysts and commentators and regularly appears on FOX News Sunday and FOX News Channel.  This is a special ticketed event. 
  
To register online and to make your hotel reservations by the February 18 deadline click here.
 
NLBMDA would like to thank the sponsors that make this event possible:
  
Diamond Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors:
 
Gold Sponsors:
 
Silver Sponsors:

For questions regarding the conference and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jonathan Paine at (202) 367-2496 or email jonathan@dealer.org.

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ALSC Approves New Design Values for Southern Pine

Posted By Stephen Kendrick, Friday, February 01, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Effective June 1, 2013
 
NLBMDA Sought Transition Period for Changes in Design Values

(Washington, D.C.) - The American Lumber Standard Committee's (ALSC) Board of Review has approved new design values for the remaining sizes and grades of visually graded Southern Yellow Pine dimension lumber.  Following recommendations from the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and other stakeholders, the Board of Review has recommended a transition period for the changes with an effective date of June 1, 2013.
 
"NLBMDA is pleased that the Board of Review has listened to industry concerns about sudden changes in lumber design values and the impact they can have on the value of dealers' inventory and dealers' customers," said NLBMDA President Michael O'Brien.  "We believe a standard transition period will cause less disruption in the supply chain and give dealers time to plan for the changes."
 
The changes in Southern Pine design that went into effect on June 1, 2012 only applied to visually graded Southern Pine and Mixed Southern Pine sized 2" to  4" wide and 2" to 4" thick (2x2s through 4x4s) in No.2 and lower grades (No.2, No.3, Stud, Construction, Standard and Utility).  The changes taking effect June 1, 2013 make some changes to those grades and set new design values for the remaining sizes and grades.
 
"As the ALSC Board of Review now considers changes in design values for other species currently under review, we will continue to advocate for reasonable transition periods," added O'Brien.
 
The Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) has detailed Q&As, as well as span tables based on the current and new design values at www.southernpine.com

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NLBMDA Announces "Dealers Helping Heroes" Program

Posted By Admin, Thursday, January 31, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
(Washington, D.C.) - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) today made public its "Dealers Helping Heroes" program to help injured military veterans renovate their houses or to build new homes.
 
Many of the most severely wounded veterans are treated at Walter Reed/Bethesda Naval Hospital and at Brook Army Medical Center (BAMC). As they transition to civilian life, they are often in desperate need of assistance in remodeling, renovating, or building a home that will work for their particular disability.  However, they only receive $7,000 for a remodel and $64,960 for building a new home from the federal government.

"This industry wants to support our country's military veterans and one way we'll help is with the Dealers Helping Heroes program. The Yellow Ribbon Fund and the Helping A Hero Organization have some great ideas on how construction supply businesses can make an impact in the lives of military families and we look forward to working with them," said NLBMDA Chairman Chuck Bankston, President of Bankston Lumber in Barnesville, Georgia. "Servicemen and women suffering with severe injuries deserve homes that will accommodate their new way of life and I call on lumber dealers to consider adopting a wounded warrior."
  
When a veteran is ready to transition home, their name is added to a master list maintained by Helping a Hero  www.helpingahero.org. Participating state/regional building material associations will receive a list bi-weekly of veterans looking to transition and where they are transitioning to.  The state/regional association will identify a local dealer willing to "adopt" the veteran and provide whatever assistance they can to help them with the building project. Helping a Hero will contact the dealer to further discuss the needs of the local veteran, to answer any questions, and define the parameters of the project.  Once the dealer is fully on-board, Helping a Hero will pair the veteran with the dealer and work with them to complete the home project. 
 
"These American heroes have given so much to our country.  The Dealers Helping Heroes program is a small way for the building material industry to thank them for their service and sacrifice on behalf of all Americans," said NLBMDA President Michael O'Brien.
 

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NLBMDA Releases 2013 National Policy Agenda

Posted By Admin, Thursday, January 17, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
[Washington, DC] - The National Lumber and Building Material Industry (NLBMDA) today released its national legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2013. The document brings focus to the common interests of the industry and includes policy goals to revitalize our nation's housing and building industry.
 
"Our industry was hit hard by the recession, but our members have rebounded with lessons about what needs to be done to set the housing industry on the path to economic growth. We need policymakers to focus on eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens, creating sound fiscal policies, and reforming our tax code in a way that will aid in the fledging economic recovery," said NLBMDA Chair Chuck Bankston, President of Bankston Lumber in Barnesville, Ga. "The 2013 NLBMDA National Policy Agenda outlines what our vital small businesses need to boost employment and get our country back on track."
 
NLBMDA will continue to advance pro-growth policies that will strengthen small businesses and protect the many multi-generational family-owned businesses in the industry. The association's agenda includes our industry's positions on: housing & construction; tax & economic policy; legal reform & consumer protection; workforce policy; the environment, health, & safety; product supply & trade; energy policy; transportation policy; and highway safety.

NLBMDA's 2013 National Policy Agenda will be distributed to members of Congress and key Administration officials and will be used by NLBMDA members when they visit their members of Congress during the NLBMDA Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference on March 18-20 in Washington, D.C.
 
The NLBMDA 2013 National Policy Agenda can be downloaded here.

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