Performing in a tough business environment was one of the themes at the LMC annual meeting held this month in Fort Worth, Texas.
“The essence of LMC is the collective strength of our dealers,” said John Somerville, LMC’s president and CEO, during his general session remarks. “Obstacles abound, but the strength of our dealers, suppliers and our staff has allowed us to beat expectations. While single-family housing starts declined 9% in 2011, LMC’s sales finished up 5% from 2010.”
Several LMC dealers were cited for their contributions to the industry including TW Perry as Home Channel News Pro Dealer of the Year and Kuiken Brothers as Pro Sales Dealer of the Year. Also recognized was LMC Dealer Cally Fromme, from Zarsky Lumber who was installed in October as new Chair of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association.
The Fort Worth event also showcased some new initiatives for Wayne, Pa. based LMC (Lumbermens Merchandising Corp.). For instance, Somerville pointed to the LMC Dealer Exchanger, The Aspiring Leaders Group and the Dealer Roundtables to foster communication and growth for participants. The show floor also included the LMC Modernview Brands Feature display, offering exclusivity in windows, decking and cabinetry.
The event was the 77th annual meeting for the LBM buying group.