84 Lumber launches ‘All American’ initiative
Las Vegas — Pro dealer 84 Lumber is launching a new program aimed at encouraging builders and consumers to consider constructing homes with materials sourced in the United States. Called “We Build American,” the initiative was announced Jan. 23 at the International Builders’ Show here.
A group of 84 Lumber executives were joined by Marnie Oursler, president of Marnie Homes of Bethany Beach, Del., who founded We Build American and recruited 84 Lumber to join her efforts to promote the concept. “If we get other builders on board, we can make a difference,” said Oursler, referring to the creation of more jobs in the United States.
The We Build American website already lists approximately 180 companies who sell American-made building materials and products. “We know there are [more] vendors out there we may not be aware of,” said Jeff Nobers, VP marketing and public relations. Builders who are willing to construct homes with at least 95% U.S.-made materials are also encouraged to sign up. A search function for consumers who want to build a USA-sourced house is being added.
Montana builder Jake Lewendal, who has been featured in a number of news stories for his All-American built homes, also spoke at the announcement.
Nobers told HCN that 84 Lumber plans to create a system where the pro dealer, which now operates in 30 states, can give builders two bids for building plans: one with “American content” and the other using foreign-sourced materials. Builders may be surprised, he predicted, at the narrow gap in total costs, especially when labor and productivity are factored in. The quality of U.S.-made products may also win some converts, he added.
84 Lumber is planning a prototype store that will showcase the U.S.-made building products. Chief operating officer Frank Cicero told HCN that the LBM chain is looking at a location in an area where the company has a high concentration of stores, such as the Baltimore/Washington, D.C./Virginia area.
Nobers stressed that 84 Lumber was taking a “big tent” view of the We Build American initiative. “This just can’t be an 84 Lumber thing,” he said. “We think everyone should take a look at this.”
Obituary: Cassity Jones of the Cassity Jones Cos.
Cassity Jones, entrepreneur and founder of The Cassity Jones Companies, passed away Jan. 21, at his home in Longview, Texas.
During his career, he was a building contractor; a developer; and owned an automobile dealership, a grocer/wholesale company and various real estate ventures — all which led him to found the Cassity Jones Companies, which now includes Cassity Jones Lumber, Home Plus Floors, A-1 Rental, Winn Tile Co., and CJ Commercial.
Cassity served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corps. After returning, he taught at Panola College. Thanks to postwar demand, he began building houses and opened a lumberyard.
In recent years, his company has been under the leadership of his sons John Jones, CEO; Jim Jones, CFO;and Jerry Jones, director of marketing. His grandson, Jeb Jones, is the chief operations officer. Stores are now located in Longview, Carthage, Tyler, Henderson, Marshall, Nacogdoches, Terrell and the Dallas area.
Cassity was a member of the East Texas Home Builders Association and the Texas Lumbermen’s Association, and was honored by this organization in 2000 as the “Lumberman of the Year” for the state of Texas. He served on the board of the National Lumbermen’s Association.
Recently, he was chosen by the Carthage ISD Alumni Association for the “Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.” Panola College also honored him with a permanent plaque on the campus’ “Panola Pony” in appreciation of Cassity’s support and service to the college and community.
Builders’ Show to co-locate with KBIS
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) signed a deal to co-locate the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas beginning in February 2014.
The two events will remain separate and distinct shows held simultaneously at the Las Vegas Convention Center through 2016, creating Design and Construction Week, one of the world’s largest gatherings focused on new ideas, products and technologies to design, build and remodel homes.
“This new format allows exhibitors to reach a full range of design and construction professionals who buy, specify and influence the products that go into American homes,” said NAHB chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. “For attendees, it means access to two expansive trade show floors and hundreds of additional suppliers to meet.”
“Two shows, two associations and one place to see and connect with every aspect of residential construction and remodeling,” said John Morgan, NKBA 2013 president and president of Morgan Pinnacle, a manufacturer’s representative for cabinetry and technology brands. “We couldn’t be more excited to deliver this special event for the industry.”
The new mega-event will be held Feb. 4-6, 2014 in Las Vegas, with each show occupying a separate hall. Kitchen and bath brands that have participated in both shows can choose to exhibit in the KBIS or IBS hall. One pass will provide access to both exhibits. NKBA and NAHB will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events. Future show dates are Jan. 20-22, 2015, and Jan. 19-21, 2016, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Design and Construction Week 2014 is expected to draw more than 75,000 specifiers, builders, dealers and suppliers and 2,000 exhibiting brands, based on recent trends for both shows.
IBS is the largest annual light construction show in the world, with 50,000 attendees expected at the 2013 show. Builders, remodelers, developers, architects and other industry professionals from more than 100 countries attend to see the latest products and services from nearly 1,000 exhibitors in more than 200 construction categories, attend dozens of cutting-edge education sessions, visit show homes featuring the latest trends and innovations and network with peers. Now in its 69th year, IBS is organized, produced and managed exclusively by NAHB.
Held annually for the last 49 years, KBIS is the largest event in North America focused on the kitchen and bath segment, attracting more than 700 exhibitors. The 2013 show, to be held in New Orleans, April 19-21, is expected to attract more than 20,000 buyers and specifiers from more than 50 countries, as well as 300 members of the media. Attendees include dealers, designers, architects, remodelers, wholesalers and custom builders. KBIS is owned by NKBA, sponsored by K+BB magazine and produced by Nielsen Expositions.
“Co-locating IBS and KBIS will enable kitchen and bath professionals to benefit through a greater understanding and familiarity with related products, such as windows, doors, flooring and mechanical systems, all of which are critical to overall consumer satisfaction with project outcomes,” Morgan said.