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LBM trade group partners with Schaffer Associates

BY Brae Canlen

Building Product Retailers Alliance (BPRA), a coalition of LBM trade groups, and Schaffer Associates, an executive recruitment and human resources firm, have formed a partnership to help BPRA members recruit new staff members to replace those lost during the housing bust. 

“In talking with our members, their primary concerns are having the financial and staffing resources to handle an increase in business,” said Larry Adams, president of the Southern Building Material Association. “The [BPRA] executive committee has spent hours discussing how our regional and state trade associations can help their members satisfy these needs. One of our decisions was to leverage the aggregated membership of seven associations to the benefit of the individual member. Carrying forward this decision, we have endorsed Schaffer Associates to help our members recruit outstanding employees.”   

Located in Charlotte, N.C., Schaffer Associates specializes in building human resource infrastructure through acquisition, retention and development. Chairman Jim Schaffer has more than 40 years of experience in the building supply channel.

The BPRA consists of the Construction Suppliers Association, Florida Building Material Association, Illinois Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, Kentucky Building Material Association, Northwestern Lumber Association, Southern Building Material Association and the Western Building Material Association. Their mission is to help companies doing business in the building supply channel develop services and products that make them more effective, efficient and less prone to liability.

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Lumberyard fire: 30 firefighters, 9 engines, little damage

BY Brae Canlen

A fire that broke out on July 14 at Padula Lumber in Coyote, Calif., brought 30 firefighters, nine fire engines and two trucks to contain the blaze, according to an article in the San Jose Mercury News. One building was gutted and another seriously damaged, the newspaper reported. But owner Doug Morse told Home Channel News that the extent of the damage was pretty minimal. 

“My [delivery] truck got burnt up, and one of the metal boxes we use for storage,” he reported. No buildings were damaged, however. A tenant on the property who makes furniture out of recycled and reclaimed wood did suffer some losses, however.

Although the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Morse said there was some speculation about the involvement of a transient on the nearby railroad tracks.

As for the overwhelming response to the early morning incident, Morse explained that Coyote, located in an unincorporated area near San Jose, seems to be in several fire districts. At least four jurisdictions responded to the emergency call, he said.

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Weyerhaeuser expands production of sheathing product

BY Brae Canlen

Weyerhaeuser has announced the addition of a production line this summer for its radiant barrier sheathing (RBS) at its oriented strand board (OSB) mill in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. The added manufacturing capacity will help meet demand for the product in California, Arizona and Nevada, the company said.

The Federal Way, Wash.-based company already produces RBS in Arcadia, La. The product is a foil-laminated OSB roof sheathing that helps lower home energy use by reflecting 97% of the sun’s radiant energy, cooling homes and also reducing energy bills. 

The panels offer an efficient and cost-effective way to help keep homes cool and comfortable while reducing energy bills.

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