Employee arrested for embezzlement at lumberyard
A man who worked at a Raleigh, N.C., lumberyard was arrested and jailed on March 9 for allegedly using a credit card belonging to his employer, according to an article in the News and Observer.
Kendryl Direlle Garner, 42, was accused of making $797.40 in unauthorized purchases in April using the credit card of his employer, American Woodyards, a supplier of custom, cut and specialty lumber.
Garner was taken into custody on a $3,000 bond.
NLBMDA convenes Legislative Conference
Members of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) descended on Washington, D.C., this week to promote dealer interests.
The three-day event begins in earnest Tuesday, with "Lobbying 101" instruction for dealers followed by legislative briefings and visits with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Providing the direction for the event is the recently published NLBMDA 2011 Policy Agenda.
"From health care and taxes to environmental regulation, the government has imposed costly burdens on the building supply industry that impair our ability to weather the housing downturn," wrote NLBMDA chairman and Ferguson Lumber president Joe Collings, in the agenda’s introduction. "We look forward to working with Congress to review and roll back regulatory red tape and to pass common-sense, pro-growth policies that will put the building supply industry and our national economy back on the path to recovery."
Tuesday’s NLBMDA Legislative Conference agenda includes presentations from Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, and Fox News anchor Bret Baier.
Boulder green building store on the block
Ellie’s Eco Home Store, a green building materials outlet in Boulder, Colo., is up for sale, according to an article in the Boulder Daily Camera.
Owner Steve Savage, who has recently launched a distribution company called National Eco Wholesale, told the newspaper that he no longer has the time to devote to the retail end of the green products business.
Ellie’s Eco Home Store opened in 2008 as part of the spinoff of the building supplies division of Eco-Products Inc., a longtime Boulder firm that included eco-friendly food service products. The building supplies were accompanied by thousands of other general merchandise, home and office supplies. Last year, Savage repositioned Ellie’s by liquidating most of the general merchandise items and shifting the focus back to more green building products.
Savage said he has had a couple conversations with potential buyers, and mentioned both the competition and the consolidation in the green products retail industry. Last month, New York-based Green Depot acquired Ecohaus, the largest West Coast dealer of green building materials, with locations in Seattle and Portland.