Ainsworth to close Minnesota OSB plant
Lumber producer Ainsworth will temporarily shut down an OSB mill located in Bemidji, Minn., according to a report in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
The company said a drop in housing starts has dramatically reduced the need for OSB products in the United States.
Ainsworth idled a nearby plant in Cook, Minn., in January, which is expected to remain closed through 2009, the newspaper noted. A further plant in nearby Grand Rapids, Minn., was also idled over the summer.
The Vancouver, B.C.-based lumber producer said it will revisit plans in October for the Bemidji facility, which employs around 140 people.
USGBC and Island Press launch ‘green’ book club
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is teaming with Island Press, a non-profit environmental book publisher, to launch GreenWorks, a book club that will offer books on green building at discounted prices.
GreenWorks, created for USGBC members, will offer a selection of featured books each month, while also connecting readers to the latest green building industry books and authors.
“This book club is about starting a conversation,” said Peter Templeton, senior vp-USGBC. “USGBC members are full of ideas and solutions. The book club will offer professionals a place to connect with others in the field, share their thoughts on various books, ideas and authors, as well as learn more about all things green building.”
Island Press has been publishing resources on the environment for almost 25 years. “By working with USGBC, one of the primary sources for planners, architects and other professionals, we will be able to offer a wide range of ideas and solutions to those looking for expertise on these critical issues,” said Charles S. Savitt, president and publisher of Island Press.
The green building trend is gaining steam across the industry, with several retailers launching environmentally friendly labels. In addition to Home Depot’s Eco Options and Lowe’s Healthy Home program, each of the co-ops have introduced green labels in the last year: True Value’s Greener Options, Ace’s Helpful Earth Choices and Do it Best’s enviroLINK. Orgill, the Memphis, Tenn.-based distributor, also launched the Green Friendly program earlier this year.
NLBMDA announces incoming leadership team
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) today announced its new slate of elected officers at the ProDealer Industry Summit in Chantilly, Va., an event jointly sponsored by the NLBMDA and Home Channel News.
At the association’s annual meeting, the NLBMDA board of directors elected Paul Hylbert, CEO of ProBuild, as the association’s next chairman, replacing outgoing chair Harold Baalmann of B&B Lumber Co. of Wichita, Kan.
“I am honored to serve as chairman of NLBMDA,” said Hylbert. “I want to thank my colleague and friend, Harold Baalman, for generously giving his time and resources to the NLBMDA in the last year, and I realize he has given me big shoes to fill.”
Outlining his priorities for the coming year, Hylbert continued, “We have done significant listening and work to understand what is most important to serve the industry going forward. Our focus will be on doing a few things well; on legislation and regulation, on growing NLBMDA’s voice of the industry to advance our policy agenda; and on bringing dealers, manufacturers and suppliers together for top-quality business and networking meetings, just as we are doing here at the ProDealer Industry Summit.”
Hylbert serves as CEO of ProBuild, the nation’s largest pro dealer. The company operates 550 locations in 40 states, with 450 lumberyards, 50 component plants and nearly 50 millwork shops.
Also elected to the Executive Committee for 2008-2009 were the following:
· Chair-Elect: Dan Fesler, Lamperts, St. Paul, Minn.
· Vice Chair: Joe Collings, Ferguson Lumber, Rockville, Ind.
· Treasurer: Linda Nussbaum, Kleet Lumber, Huntington, N.Y.
· Manufacturers & Services Council Chair: John Somerville, Dow Chemical, Marietta, Ga.
· Federated Association Executives Chair: Rick Seely, Michigan Lumber & Building Materials Association, Lansing, Mich.
· Immediate Past Chair: Harold Baalmaan, B&B Lumber, Wichita, Kan.
· President: Michael O’Brien, NLBMDA, Washington, D.C.