iLevel expands distribution of X-Beam
iLevel by Weyerhaeuser distribution centers serving California, Colorado, Oregon and Utah are now offering the Rosboro X-Beam, the only full framing-width stock glulam in an architectural appearance. Rosboro X-Beam includes 3.5-in. and 5.5-in. beams, columns and I-joist compatible depths.
iLevel, a full-service distributor of structural framing materials for homes, multi-family and light construction, now serves customers through 27 distribution centers in the United States.
Schaad Lumber closing in Knoxville, Tenn.
According to an article in Knoxvillebiz.com, Schaad Lumber of Knoxville, Tenn., will close its doors after 87 years in business.
Owner John Schaad III is quoted in the article: "After several decades of running Schaad Lumber Co., I have decided to retire and close the business. Schaad Lumber has always been a family business, and there is no family member who is interested in taking over."
The Do it Best member operates on 10 acres and employs about 17 people. The business is reportedly winding down in an orderly fashion, with no clear closing date.
Residential construction slips 4.1% in December
Figures released by the U.S. Department of Commerce on Feb. 1 showed continued low levels of construction spending on both residential and non-residential projects during the month of December 2010. Overall spending on private construction fell 2.2% from November, with residential construction slowing at 4.1% and non-residential construction at 0.5%.
In year-end figures, $507.3 billion was spent on private construction in 2010, 14.3% below the $592.3 billion spent in 2009. Residential construction in 2010 was $241.4 billion, 1.7% below the 2009 figure of $245.6 billion. Spending on non-residential construction was $265.9 billion in 2010, 23.3% below the $346.7 billion spent in 2009.