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Kodiak signs up for a special day of charity

BY HBSDealer Staff

Kodiak Building Partners will give back to the communities it serves during this holiday season.

The Denver, Colo.-based collection of pro dealers announced that it will take part in #GivingTuesday, an international day taking place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving that encourages philanthropy and generosity while stepping away from the commercialism of the holidays. Kodiak said that each of its companies and employees created their own charitable projects for #GivingTuesday.

The organizations that will benefit from Kodiak’s projects include: Toys for Tots, St Jude’s Children’s Research Center, New England Home for Little Wanderers, Laredo School of Contemporary Dance Pre-Professional Program, Caney Creek Conservation Foundation, Coastal Bend Food Bank Weavers of Love, St. Vincent de Paul Society at St Cecilia Catholic Church, Christ’s Kitchen, Homes for Displaced Marlins, Habitat for Humanity, Children’s Health of Dallas, Chester County Futures, Vrain Safe Shelter, the Salvation Army, Denver Rescue Missions, and Detroit Dog Rescue.

“Kodiak Building Partners is very intentional in its culture of giving,” said Steve Swinney, CEO of Kodiak Building Partners. “#GivingTuesday kicks off not only the traditional charitable season, but within our companies, service projects are mapped for all of 2018.  As all of our companies are locally driven, we choose to give back to those communities.

“When we are successful, everyone should benefit.  We like to ‘do well, so that we may do good.’  A side benefit of our giving projects is the camaraderie that is cultivated among employees and deeper employee engagement,” Swinney said.

Kodiak operates 53 locations in Texas, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Delaware, Maryland, and Massachusetts. 

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NLBMDA to provide legislative and regulatory updates

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The National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association will provide members with a Legislative Update Webinar regarding the latest issues impacting dealers in Washington, D.C.

The Nov. 30 webinar will be led by Ben Gann, NLBMDA’s vice president of legislative and political affairs. 

Topics on the agenda include tax reform and what it means for dealers, updates on the Canadian softwood lumber dispute, and political analysis of upcoming elections. Dealers can also suggest topics for the discussion. 

Participants can register for the webinar here

Separately, the NLBMDA’s Washington Regulatory Update Webinar will be held on Dec. 7 and look at key regulatory issues affecting dealers, including those currently in place and those pending. The webinar will be led by Frank Moore, NLBMDA’s regulatory counsel, and participants will have any opportunity to ask questions during the presentation. 

The webinar will look at recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules such as those affecting hours of service recording and review key compliance elements for cargo securement and other known sources of roadside inspection citations. OSHA standards will also be reviewed with an eye towards those standards most cited in LBM yards during inspections and recent developments, such as an employer’s responsibility in reporting work-related injury and illnesses, the federal court ruling against the Overtime Rule, and prospects for a new rulemaking on crane operator certification. 

The webinar will also review the recent federal court ruling in Fuchs v Menards, Inc. on how dealers market and label dimensional lumber. 

Participants can register for the Washington Regulatory Update webinar here

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Mill Creek Lumber invests in software

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Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a software solutions provider, reported that Mill Creek Lumber & Supply Company has chosen K8 as its business management software for their LBM business.              

Mill Creek will leverage the KCS product portfolio to take their business industry standards and prepare for future growth, KCS said in a press release. In business for more than 80 years, Mill Creek operates over 20 locations across Oklahoma and Kansas.

Mill Creek’s offerings include windows and doors, roofing, custom millwork, and hardware. The Broken Arrow, Okla.-based dealer also operates a carpet and tile division.

“Kerridge Commercial Systems is a leading software company that provides a highly integrated system with proven capabilities in two core industries that are vital to Mill Creek – lumber and building materials as well as flooring materials,” Mill Creek CFO Wade Lennon said. “The software, combined with KCS’s culture and drive to work with its customers, proved to be the right solution for our company.”

Based in Cary, N.C., KCS and its software products are focused on servicing the building materials, lumber, floor coverings, home décor, electrical and plumbing distribution, wholesale and retail markets.

 

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