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ENAP expands in the South

BY Brae Canlen

ENAP, a forest products and building materials co-op headquartered in New Windsor, N.Y., added 11 new members in 2012. 

The buying group’s strategic plan to enter the southern region “has clearly paid off with the majority of new yards coming from the sales office in Monroe, La.,” the announcement said. 

“ENAP is very excited to have lumber dealers of this caliber join our cooperative. We remain solidly committed to the region as we expand our presence and enhance our capabilities to serve these dealers and this market,” added Stephen Sallah, president and CEO. 

The newest members are:

  • Whit Davis Lumber in Jacksonville, Cabot and Greenbrier, Ark.
  • TD Home Center in Mountain View, Ark. 
  • Allen Millwork in Shreveport, La.
  • Terry’s Modern Building Supply in Batesville, Ark.
  • Hipp Modern Building Supply in Mountain View, Ark.
  • Home Builders Supply Co. in Greenville, N.C.
  • Wilson Lumber in Huntsville, Ala.

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Trucking industry recruiting building contractors

BY Brae Canlen

Builders and pro dealers who are reporting a shortage of skilled tradesmen can put some of the blame on the trucking industry, which is heavily recruiting construction workers, according to a report by Prime Inc., a refrigerated, flatbed and tanker trucking company.

The American Trucking Association (ATA) is conducting a national driver recruitment campaign in order to employ a Global Insights predicted shortage of 111,000 drivers by 2014 in the trucking industry. The campaign focuses on increasing its pool of driver applicants by appealing to those who became unemployed during the housing slump. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), an estimated 1.4 million residential construction jobs were lost between April 2006 and October of 2011.

The ATA estimates that at the current trends, the driver shortage could balloon to as much as 239,000 drivers by 2022. In addition, the ATA estimates that 96,178 drivers will be needed every year over the next 10 years to account for the shortage. “The transition of individuals from other industries into trucking can play a large role in bridging the gap on the driver shortage,” the report stated.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment in the construction industry remains at low levels because of the 2007-09 recession, and employment in most construction occupations is not expected to reach pre-recession levels. The most recent Engineering News Record Construction Industry Confidence Index (CICI) survey showed a six-point drop, registering 50 on a scale of 100.

Companies such as Prime are promoting trucking jobs as a source of steady employment and excellent employee benefits. The company also offers incentives designed to promote safety, on-time service, fuel consumption, tractor maintenance and training.

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Dunn Lumber acquires another location

BY Brae Canlen

Dunn Lumber, an 11-unit pro dealer based in Seattle, has added Parker Lumber to its chain of  lumberyards. Now called Parker Lumber East, the Bothell, Wash., unit is located near Dunn’s Mill Creek location.

Founded in 1869, the company is owned and operated by the third and fourth generation of the Dunn family. It ranked No. 63 on the 2012 Pro Dealer Scoreboard.

 

 

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