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Boise Cascade opening St. Louis distribution center

BY HBSDealer Staff

Boise Cascade Company revealed that it is opening a new distribution center, which will serve the St. Louis metro market and surrounding areas.

The new facility in Pontoon Beach, Ill.. will be open for business on Nov. 15. Boise Cascade has served the St. Louis market for many years from its Memphis distribution center. The new location will have a sales and operations staff and indoor/outdoor storage space to handle a broader range of products.

"We`re excited about expanding our footprint in St. Louis," said Randy Zulager, Memphis, Mo., branch manager. "With this facility, we`ll be able to significantly increase our product offering and service capability for our customers to support the area`s growth in home construction as well as remodel and repair."

Based in Boise, Idaho, Boise Cascade is one the largest U.S. manufacturers and distributors of engineered wood products, plywood, and building products. 

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Executive moves at Eastern Engineered Wood

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Bethlehem, Pa.-based Eastern Engineered Wood Products, a wholesale distributor of structural wood products used in residential and light-commercial construction, added two new employees.

Wade Buick joins the company as director of operations. His background includes leadership and executive experience in the truck manufacturing and chemical industries, as well as the United States Navy. He will oversee all aspects of production, customer service, technical service, and logistics.

Jeff McLaughlin is the most recent addition to our team of outside sales representatives. He has a wealth of sales experience and customer relationships acquired from past positions in building products distribution, retail, and component manufacturing, the company said. He will be responsible for collaborating with retail dealers and component manufacturers in Maryland and Northern Virginia, as well as the counties of Kent and Sussex in Delaware.

“Wade and Jeff will play important roles in elevating our customers’ experience and further leveraging our wide-reaching distribution platform,” states Todd Lindsey, President of Eastern Engineered Wood Products. “In addition, we expect that Wade will positively impact our employees’ work experience.”

Servicing the Northeastern United States, Eastern Engineered Wood Products incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1998. The company designs and distributes structural floor and roof systems to the professional contractor trade through a network of retail lumber yards and truss manufacturers.

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LMC hosts Forests Products Expo

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LMC hosted its annual Forest Products & Building Materials Expo from October 24 through the 26th at the Marriott in Center City Philadelphia.

“The most important part of this event is the face-to-face meetings and the relationships built by hearing the stories of the LMC staff, our vendors, and the individual dealers,” said Kyra Bishop, LMC board of directors chairwoman. “It affords LMC dealers the chance to get some time with various vendors as well as get in some networking with others in the industry.”

The event kicked off on Tuesday, October 24, with several executive meetings including the meeting of the board of directors. Wednesday opened up with a forum on the 2018 outlook for the forest products industry. Three speakers—Jim Abbott of LP Building Products, Christian Gilbert of JD Irving Limited, and Wendy Minichiello of Weyerhaeuser—all discussed the upcoming year and gave their insights on what can be expected.

“Be bold,” advised Minichiello as she gave her predictions for 2018. She explained that the lumber market will be influenced by a number of factors next year, namely a high demand coupled with supply volatility due to the amount of Canadian lumber that will be available in the US market.

One hot topic at the forum was the issue of Millennials and when, or if, they will enter the housing market.

“Look at Millennials and history,” Dr. William Dunkelberg said. “They are still five or more years away from their peak home owner time.”

The general consensus throughout the event was that forecasters cannot rely on the actions of generations past when it comes to predicting how and when Millennials will enter the market.

 

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