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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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NLBMDA Encouraged by U.S. - China Trade Deal

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 3, 2020
On December 13, the Trump Administration announced that a Phase One trade agreement had been reached between the United States and China. As a part of this deal, the U.S. will cancel a proposed 15 percent tariff on additional goods imported from China that were expected to go into effect on December 15th. 
 
“NLBMDA is pleased by news of a trade deal with China and are hopeful that this will bring much needed stability to U.S.-China relations”, said NLBMDA President & CEO Jonathan Paine. “However, this agreement does not include tariff relief for imports on Lists 1-3 which contain many products used in residential and commercial construction." 

To read the complete press release, click here.

 

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MaterialsXchange Joins NLBMDA's Manufacturers & Services Council

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 3, 2020
In December, NLBMDA announced MaterialsXchange (“MX”) as 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 Lumber and Building Material industry.
 
NLBMDA’s MSC members are established industry leaders who supply products and services to lumber and building material dealers across the nation. The dedicated members of the council share a commitment to promoting and enhancing the success of independent lumber dealers.

To learn more about MaterialsXchange, read the complete press release here.

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NLBMDA's Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference Opens Registration

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 3, 2020

NLBMDA is happy to announce that registration is now open for the 2020 Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference to be held in Washington D.C. from March 23 - 25 at our new venue, the Westin Washington City Center Hotel.

The early bird registration and hotel deadline is Friday, February, 14 2020Make sure to register and make your hotel accommodations prior to this date.This is a critical election year and NLBMDA needs your support on Capitol Hill this March. To register please click here.

Visit our conference website here for more details.

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NLBMDA Chair Celebrates Successful ProDealer Industry Summit

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 17, 2020

Earlier this month, NLBMDA Chair, Bob Sanford, shared with members a summary of the ProDealer Industry Summit held in Colorado Springs from October 7 – 10.  It was an exciting meeting filled with engaging discussion, networking opportunities, fundraising events and large decisions.

To read about the highlights of the conference, please click here.

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Clarence Wilkerson & Scott Engquist Honored with NLBMDA Chairman's Award

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) was pleased to honor both Clarence Wilkerson and Scott Engquist with the 2019 NLBMDA Chairman’s Award in October. NLBMDA Chair, Bob Sanford surprised Clarence and Scott with the award during the annual ProDealer Award Dinner event on October 8, during the ProDealer Industry Summit in Colorado Springs. Bob recognized Clarence and Scott for their years of dedicated service and outstanding contributions toward advancing the mission and goals of NLBMDA and for being a relentless advocate in Washington D.C. on behalf of the entire lumber and building material industry.

To read more about Clarence’s contributions to the LBM industry, please click here.

To read more about Scott's contributions to the LBM industry, please click here.

 

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Celebrates Max Guetz with Distinguished Service Award

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) is pleased to honor Max Guetz with the NLBMDA Distinguished Service Award. NLBMDA Chair, Bob Sanford surprised Max with the award during the annual ProDealer Award Dinner on October 8, during the ProDealer Industry Summit in Colorado Springs. Bob recognized Max for his years of service and contributions to NLBMDA, the Mountain States Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (MSLBMDA), and to the entire lumber and building material industry. 

To read NLBMDA's complete press release on the award recipient, please click here.

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DOL Addresses NLBMDA Priorities in New Overtime Rule

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 18, 2019

On Tuesday, September 24 NLBMDA released a statement in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule that will raise the overtime salary limit for workers from $455 per week to $684 per week, which is equivalent to $35,568 per year for a full-year worker.

“This is a victory for the LBM industry and we are pleased that DOL agreed with NLBMDA, by name, on key points in the rule,” said NLBMDA President & CEO Jonathan Paine. “The Agency’s approach to make the overtime threshold a reasonable level, along with engaging the regulated community for future threshold increases, reflects their diligence in crafting a feasible rule for workers and employers.”

To learn more about the new rule, please click here for a fact sheet provided by DOL.

 
To read NLBMDA's complete Press Release, click here.

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NLBMDA Escalates OSHA Crane Rule to Congress

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Last month NLBMDA met with members of Congress in the House Education and Labor Committee, to brief them on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) crane rule, the material delivery exemption, and the 2016 Letter of Interpretation (LOI). The committee was receptive to the concerns of the association and they made a commitment to work with the leadership at the agency towards a resolution.

OSHA is now revisiting the Letter of Interpretation per NLBMDA’s formal request to withdraw it. There is currently no specific date for withdrawal or clarification. NLBMDA is continuing to work with OSHA on addressing the issue and is confident that the agency will give a good-faith examination of the errors in the letter. The association will have more information in the coming months regarding a resolution.\

To read the complete update, please click here.

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NLBMDA Applauds Federal Budget Agreement ​

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 29, 2019
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) is applauding President Trump for signing the Bipartisan Budget Act which establishes a federal budget for fiscal years (FY) 2020 and 2021 and also suspends the debt limit through July 31, 2021.

“NLBMDA is pleased that Congress and the President could come together and pass this budget agreement,” said President & CEO Jonathan Paine. “Establishing these spending levels and addressing sequestration will provide for a more robust and healthy appropriations process. We urge policymakers to work diligently on appropriations to avoid any threat of a government shutdown at the end of September.”

Click here to read the complete press release.

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Russ Kathrein Talks Leadership, Travel and LBM on NLBMDA Podcast

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 24, 2019

This month, Lumber Talks sits down with Russ Kathrein, NLBMDA's Chair Elect, for a fun and inspiring conversation on leadership and professional development. You may recognize Russ from his popular column on leadership in LBM Journal. Listeners will get an inside look into how Russ has developed as a professional in the LBM industry and learn from the experience he's gained over the course of his career. You won't want to miss this dynamic conversation with the future leader of NLBMDA! 

To listen to July's episode, and more episodes like it, visit NLBMDA's Public Policy Podcast, Lumber Talks, online.

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