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Bosch Blaze tools measure up

BY HBSDealer Staff

Mt. Prospect, Ill.-based Bosch says it developed tools for professionals looking for precision and ease of use – the Bosch Blaze One and Blaze Pro measuring devices. The products package a precision laser measure with 165 ft. range, accuracy up to ±1/16 In., a backlit display, among other features.

The Blaze One is a one-button measurement tool that offers real-time measurement, which adjusts measurements the closer to or farther away from the target the laser measure is located. The Auto Square function automatically calculates square footage for determining room sizes and material purchase estimates.

The Blaze Pro is a fully featured, simple-to-use tool that delivers real-time point-and-shoot measurement, plus area, volume, indirect measuring functions and a 10-measurement storage capability. The laser measure also includes addition/subtraction functionality.

They “offer capabilities professionals look for in a quality measurement device, plus an extended 165 ft. range,” said Brandon Eble, product manager, measuring tools, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation. “Users don’t want to give up capability to get distance and with the Blaze One and Blaze Pro that’s not something they have to worry about.”

The Bosch Blaze One and Blaze Pro laser measures, sell for about $70 and $90, respectively.

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Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Nov. 22, 2017.

Western: regional species perimeter foundation
Southern: regional species slab construction

Crow's Market Recap: A condensed recap of the market conditions for the major North American softwood lumber and panel products as reported in Crow's Weekly Market Report.

Lumber

A plummeting January futures contract kept SPF buyers on the sidelines, prompting one trader to note, “Futures is speaking loud.” Mill order files well into December generated no incentive to lower prices. Eastern producers sought sales at lower price levels.      

  • Southern Pine mills experienced good sales activity through Tuesday, but expected a slower pace Wednesday. Upward price pressure persisted in narrow widths. Wide width increases were sparse, with 2×10 and 2×12 sometimes discounted to sell excesses.
  • Coastal species producers experienced solid demand for a holiday week. Truckload volumes were preferred as buyers purchased hand-to-mouth heading into the holiday season. Lower priced carloads out of Canada were noted. Supply-side issues remained a concern among traders.
  • Inland lumber was reported to be fairly stable. Most producers said they did not accept counters, reporting generally firm prices. Some slippage did show in Fir-Larch 2×4 and 2×6 #2&Btr, but Hem-Fir 2×4 showed a gain of $5.
  • Western SPF stud producers struggled to move limited volumes while mills in eastern Canada sold at the prior week’s price levels or discounted where necessary. Producers and secondaries often cited recent steep declines in futures as a reason for limited sales activity.
  • Some sellers are discounting Radiata Pine Mldg&Btr.
  • Ponderosa Pine industrial lumber has tightened in the last several weeks, although buyers report that they are finding adequate supplies. Buyers are taking a high percentage of what is being offered in both 5/4 and 6/4 Shop. Ponderosa Pine boards continue to show “not much excess,” according to one source. Demand has slowed over the last several weeks, causing mill files to shrink modestly, but prices have generally been stable.
  • Western Red Cedar buyers filled in inventories to maintain limited inventories heading toward year-end. Others stepped in to purchase volumes for delivery the first quarter. Canadian mills continued shipping volumes across the border to reloads prior to duties. 

Panels

OSB pricing continues to lose ground this week, as markets try to find a bottom. Mill-level numbers are off as much as $28, while delivered prices fell as much as $25. Hand-to-mouth buying is the norm.         

  • Sales activity in Southern Pine plywood was modest. Deep rated sheathing discounts mixed more moderate price cuts. Wholesalers reported difficulties selling at exceedingly low price levels. Prompt rated sheathing was available, and producers discounted to nail down what few sales transpired.
  • Western Fir plywood producers looked for sales while buyers showed little enthusiasm for purchasing. Monday was often the peak of activity for the week. When necessary, buyers purchased prompt shipping volumes and checked on placed orders frequently.
  • Little change occurred from last week in the Canadian plywood market, with pricing unchanged. Buying is being done as needed, and most order files are out in the week of December 4 through Dec. 11.
  • Sales activity in particleboard and MDF markets were described by one producer as, “What you might expect.” Others echoed those sentiments after entering the week with modest expectations. Buyers continued to fill out their needs for December delivery at a decent pace. 

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Husqvarna digs deeper roots in Arkansas

BY HBSDealer Staff

Husqvarna Group, a manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, is expanding its operations in Nashville, Ark., with the construction of a 350,300-square-foot distribution center and materials warehouse facility.

The project is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2018.

The facility will serve primarily as warehouse, staging, and storage, and will be located adjacent to the current manufacturing facilities in Nashville where chainsaws, trimmers, blowers, pole saws, and hedge trimmers are made for the Husqvarna, Poulan Pro, Jonsered, McCulloch, and Weed Eater brands.

The addition of the new distribution center to existing Nashville manufacturing operations will significantly impact operational efficiencies — primarily by localizing distribution operations and automating the transfer of finished product from the assembly line to the warehouse. The investment includes an adjacent four-acre site to be used as a trailer court. Once the new facility is operational, the company’s manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution footprint in Nashville will exceed 874,000 square feet.

“We’re always looking for ways to better serve our customers in an increasingly competitive market, and this new state-of-the-art facility will help us improve our product/cost value position by optimizing warehousing and distribution,” said Jim Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Sourcing, Operations, and Supply Chain for Husqvarna Group’s Consumer Brands Division.

The Nov. 8 ground-breaking event was attended by Billy Ray Jones, Mayor of Nashville, Arkansas; Larry Teague, Senator of Arkansas District 10; and various members of the Husqvarna Group senior leadership team. The ground-breaking event for the new facility coincided with the “flip-the-switch” event for the company’s new solar power generating facility at its injection molding plant nearby.

 

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