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NLBMDA Statement on the New United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) released the following statement on the signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the G20 Summit. USMCA is a trilateral trade deal with Mexico and Canada that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if the legislatures of the three countries ratify it.

“NLBMDA is pleased that the U.S., Mexico, and Canada have reached an agreement and are moving forward to update NAFTA,” said NLBMDA President and CEO Jonathan Paine. “The U.S. should build on this positive momentum by resolving the softwood lumber dispute with Canada and ending the steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from Mexico and Canada.”

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What You Need to Know: Upcoming Changes to the OSHA Crane Rule
The Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it is finalizing changes to the certification requirements for crane operators established in the 2010 rule. OSHA is keeping theNovember 10 deadline for companies in the construction industries that are subject to the rule to comply with the crane operator certification requirement.

Under the rule, operators must still be certified by type of crane. That means that if a company is currently covered by the rule, it is required to have its operators certified by November 10. This is not a new requirement. It has been in place under the original 2010 rule and extended twice. OSHA’s revision to the rule will not extend the November 10 compliance date for operator certification. Additionally, based on its pre-published guidance, OSHA states that it will delay enforcement for only the new verification and training requirements.

NLBMDA will send a detailed analysis of the revisions, including the new training and evaluation requirements, to its members in the coming days after the final rule is published in the Federal Register.

To read the full press release click here.

Questions? Contact Ben Gann, NLBMDA Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs at or 202.367.2346.


NLBMDA Reiterates Support for Tall Wood Building Construction

NLBMDA reiterated its support for tall wood building construction following approval a few weeks ago of 14 tall wood building code change proposals at the International Code Council (ICC) Public Comment Hearing (PCH) in Richmond, Virginia.

The proposed code changes, focused primarily on fire safety and building height, must still be voted on through the ICC’s Online Governmental Consensus Vote (OGCV) that will start two weeks after the conclusion of the Public Comment Hearing. If the tall wood building proposals are approved through the online voting process, the changes will be incorporated into the ICC’s 2021 edition of the International Building Code (IBC).

The action taken at the ICC Public Comment Hearing comes as tall wood building construction is starting to make inroads in the United States. Earlier this year, Oregon became the first state to adopt language allowing for construction of tall wood buildings between eight and 18 stories.

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NLBDMA Honors Frank Moore with Distinguished Service Award


The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) honored Frank Moore, Regulatory Counsel for NLBMDA, with the Distinguished Service award at the 2018 ProDealer Industry Summit in Chicago, Illinois last week.


Frank has served as NLBMDA Regulatory Counsel since 2008, when SmithBucklin began managing the association. Frank has worked as Government Relations Counsel for SmithBucklin since 1993.

NLBMDA members are familiar with Frank for his work on regulatory issues such as the OSHA Crane Rule, transportation safety, and labor and employment compliance. 
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John Bates & John Smith Honored with NLBMDA Chairman's Awards


The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) honored John Bates and John Smith for their contributions to the association and the lumber and building materials industry during the NLBMDA Installation Dinner on October 17 in conjunction with the ProDealer Industry Summit held in Chicago, Illinois.

NLBMDA Immediate Past Chair Rick Lierz said of Bates: "When asked who I thought should receive this prestigious industry recognition John immediately came to mind. His passion for the industry is incredible to witness and is infectious. We are truly grateful for John's continued dedication and contributions. The entire lumber and building material industry has benefited from his passion and he has made all of us better."

To read the full press release on John Bates, click here.


Lierz said of Smith: "His dedication to education and community engagement has been recognized by many organizations and we are honored to have had the opportunity to partner with him and PLM. We are especially grateful for his service and leadership on NLBMDA's Investment Oversight Committee, which has been invaluable."

To read the full press release on John Smith, click here.


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