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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 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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Cadsoft Corporation Joins NLBMDA's Manufacturers and Services Council

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced that Cadsoft Corporation is the newest member of the association’s Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC). Cadsoft is an international developer of software tools for the homebuilding industry. Its flagship product, Envisioneer, offers an easy to use visual take off tool with a streamlined on-screen interface that makes producing material lists fast and easy. 

"We are proud to join the team of NLBMDA members and are excited to collaborate with the NLBMDA to help in their initiative to grow the home building industry and develop solutions for building material dealers" shares Chantale Pitts, Director, Cadsoft Corporation.

To read the complete press release, click here.

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NLBMDA Applauds House Reintroduction of Energy Code Legislation

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 2, 2019
 National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) is applauding reintroduction of the Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act (H.R. 3586), sponsored by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR). This important bill defines the Department of Energy's (DOE) role in new model energy code development and guarantees that certain products and technologies are not given preferential treatment. 
 
“This bill is an important step towards increasing transparency, ensuring product neutrality, and promoting cost-effectiveness in the energy code development process, which has the ability to affect the residential and commercial construction markets," shares NLBMDA President & CEO, Jonathan Paine. "We will continue to work with the Senate and other industry groups on a companion bill, along with ways to enact this legislation into law.”

To read the complete press release, click here.

 

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NLBMDA Supports Executive Order to Establish Council on Affordable Housing

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 29, 2019
National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) released the following statement on President Trump’s Executive Ordercreating the “White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing.”
 
“NLBMDA is encouraged that the Trump Administration will be examining ways to make housing development more affordable,” said Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President & CEO. “Regulatory barriers at all levels of government, while well-intentioned in many cases, can impede the development of affordable housing. NLBMDA stands ready to work with the Administration to make housing more affordable for all Americans. Incentives such as the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit have been an effective means to expand the supply of affordable housing and we hope the Administration will complement these incentives with smart regulatory reforms.”

To read the complete press release, click here.

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