Wayne, Pa.-based LMC hosted member dealers from around the country during LMC’s Forest Products & Building Materials EXPO last month in Philadelphia.
In the spirit of LMC’s philosophy of ‘Building Business Together’, key forest products suppliers participated in a forum with insights on the state of forest products manufacturing today and the forces that will impact production and availability in 2014.
According to event organizers, the buzz throughout the show floor centered on meeting the needs for anticipated higher housing starts in 2014. LMC’s EXPO also afforded time for attendees to meet and exchange ideas. Dealers toured Weaber Lumber Mill -- a full capacity hardwood lumber facility and mill, a wood flooring plant and a brand new state of the art prime/paint plant. A Gypsum Specialty Forum also met to discuss category challenges and opportunities. A market overview for 2014 specific to the gypsum distribution channel was provided.
Bill Morse of Wm. B. Morse & Sons, Rochester, N.Y., said: “This is a critically important LMC meeting for dealers to attend. Few distractions combined with key contacts all in one room helps us cement relationships, and the lumber business is all about relationships. This is one of the most valuable meetings LMC holds.”
The event also saw increased attendance over last year, according to LMC.
LMC (Lumbermens Merchandising Corp.) is a leading forest products and building materials buying group owned by independent lumber and building material dealers. There are about 1,300 LMC dealer locations.