Activant, LMC extend agreement
Activant Solutions Inc. and Lumbermens Merchandising Corp. (LMC) have announced an expansion of their 20-year marketing relationship, which will offer the building materials co-op access to the Activant Eagle system and the Activant Catalyst platform. More than half of LMC’s 360 members run their businesses on Activant Solutions, according to the announcement.
The Wayne, Pa., buying group has also actively embarked on an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) 820 initiative, designed to encourage the use of EDI technology to share remittance advice information across businesses.
“We are working closely with Activant to advance the use of EDI and other technologies that improve efficiencies for our dealers and LMC, while improving communications and lowering overall operating costs,” said Dave Gonze, senior VP finance and technology for LMC.
NLBMDA publishes 2011 National Policy Agenda
The National Lumber and Building Material Association’s (NLBMDA’s) released its 2011 National Policy Agenda. The document reflects an effort to spur new home construction by mitigating federal red tape and encouraging banks to renew lending activity.
The association’s agenda includes statements on housing, legal reform, workforce policy, tax policy, product supply, transportation and energy.
"With Congress kicking off the 112th Congress already focused on reviewing and possibly eliminating burdensome regulations, the NLBMDA stands ready to work with policymakers to roll back the red tape and costly mandates that have hampered our economic recovery," said Joe Collings, NLBMDA chairman and CEO of Ferguson Lumber in Rockville, Ind. "It is essential that Congress focus on job creation and sound fiscal policies that will restore housing as the cornerstone to our strong national economy. We look forward to working with Congress to pass common-sense, pro-growth policies that will put the building supply industry and our national economy back on the path to recovery."
In a statement, the NLBMDA also said it will continue to advance pro-business policies that will strengthen small businesses and protect the many multi-generational family-owned businesses in the industry.
Masco and Owens Corning tighten partnership
Owens Corning is the new preferred fiberglass insulation provider to Masco Contractor Services, in a deal announced Monday. The partnership between the two companies is designed to create a more efficient supply chain.
"Working closely with Owens Corning enhances Masco Contractor Services’ ability to grow its sales," said Timothy Wadhams, President and CEO at Masco Corporation. "Collaboration throughout the supply chain will create efficiencies in logistics, lower working capital, consistent supply and better service for its customers."
Builders and homeowners will be served nationwide by the two companies, with more than 150 locations of Masco Contractor Services and the substantial manufacturing footprint of Owens Corning.
"We are particularly pleased that this agreement will feature our revolutionary new Owens Corning EcoTouch insulation, which was recently introduced at the International Builders’ Show," said Owens Corning Chairman and CEO Mike Thaman.