Lobbying 101: Be nice to Congress
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association is encouraging dealers to invite their legislators to take a tour of the yard.
The timing is right – members of the House of Representatives are scheduled to leave Washington, D.C., July 30, and the Senate clears out Aug. 7. Both chambers return to Capitol Hill Sept. 8.
“Now is the time to take action in your local districts and schedule meetings with your members of Congress during its annual August Recess,” reads an e-mail from the NLMBDA to its members. The association even offered a guide on how to host a lumberyard tour.
The NLMBDA also recommended dealers promote the following policy items, and provided the following advice:
• Protection from Unfounded Lawsuits – "Ask your Representative to cosponsor the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 2746) protecting building material dealers, distributors, and other retailers from unwarranted and unfounded product liability lawsuits."
• EPA Lead Rule Reform – "NLBMDA supports common-sense reforms to EPA's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, including restoration of the opt-out provision and suspending the rule's requirements for some home owners until the Agency approves a more accurate lead paint test kit. To make matters worse, EPA is exploring expanding the rule to public and commercial buildings."
• Online Sales Tax Fairness – "The Marketplace Fairness Act provides a federal solution addressing the lack of sales tax parity between community-based retailers, such as lumber yards, and out-of-state merchants selling products online."
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Jordan Lumber & Supply Company joins AWC
Jordan Lumber & Supply Company has become the newest member of the American Wood Council.
”AWC is pleased to welcome Jordan Lumber & Supply Company to the more than 75% of the structural wood products manufacturing industry we represent. Our members produce the vast majority of structural wood products used in the United States,” AWC president and CEO Robert Glowinski said. “Our members, now including Jordan Lumber, make products that are essential to everyday life from a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon. AWC advocates on behalf of wood products manufacturers to ensure a level playing field for wood products, whether in government policies or building codes and standards.”
The Mount Gilead, North Carolina-based lumber company produces about 340 million board feet of lumber a year.
Green lights for BLDR-ProBuild deal
Builders FirstSource says it has received all third-party and governmental consents necessary for the completion of its acquisition of ProBuild Holdings.
All that remains now are the “satisfaction or waiver of certain customary conditions at closing,” the company announced Monday morning in a press release under the headline: “Builders FirstSource Expects to Consummate Acquisition of ProBuild.”
The acquisition is expected to close in early August 2015 in conjunction with Builders FirstSource's previously announced financing transactions.
The $1.63 billion Builders FirstSource-ProBuild deal was announced in April. The deal is expected to create the nation’s largest pro dealer.