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2018 ProDealer Industry Summit


This year’s Summit will take place from October 17-19, 2018 at the Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel in Chicago, IL. This 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. Keynote speakers include Legendary Commander Mark Nutsch, John Burns, John Burns Real Estate Consulting and Ed Hudson, Director, Market Research Division, Home Innovation Research Labs.


The ProDealer Industry Summit’s conference hotel, the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel is completely sold out at this time. NLBMDA has secured an overflow hotel at the Hyatt Regency which is directly adjacent to the Radisson.

To reserve a room at the Hyatt Regency, click here

To register for the Summit, click here.


NLBMDA Applauds President Trump's Signing of Workforce Development Legislation


NLBMDA applauds the action taken yesterday by President Trump to sign the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Both the House of Representatives and Senate passed the legislation, which reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act that provides federal support to state and local career and technical education (CTE) programs.The law provides $1.3 billion annually for CTE programs across the country.


To read our full press release, click here.


Lawmakers Request Administration Officials Return to the Negotiating Table in Softwood Lumber Dispute


171 members of the House of Representatives have sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, the United States (U.S.) Trade Representative, asking that the U.S. return to the negotiating table with Canada and redouble efforts to reach a new softwood lumber agreement. NLBMDA led the way in building support for the letter, and comes as lumber prices have reached record highs.


To read the entire press release, click here.


NLBMDA Applauds Changes to Banking and Finance Laws


The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) applauds action taken by the White House and Congress to make needed changes to America’s banking and finance laws. The changes alleviate some of the regulatory constraints on community banks that have impeded a more robust housing and economic recovery. NLBMDA supports the changes and is a welcome development for the housing industry.


To read the full press release, click here.


White House Extends Steel Tariff Exemptions for Canada, European Union, and Mexico


President Donald Trump has announced the United States (U.S.) is providing a 30-day extension exempting steel imports from Canada, European Union (EU) member countries, and Mexico from tariffs. The temporary exemption expires on June 1 and U.S. trade officials have said that there will not be any further short-term exemptions. The decision comes as the temporary exemptions were set to expire today.


To read the full advocacy alert, click here.

NLBMDA Releases National Policy Agenda for 2018

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) released its national legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2018. The document brings focus to the common interests of the lumber and building industry and includes public policy goals for the continued success and growth of the nation's housing and building sector.

Click here to learn more and download the full 2018 agenda.


NLBMDA Manufacturers & Services Council Members