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NHRLA reveals 2018 legislative priorities

BY HBSDealer Staff

The New Hampshire Retail Lumber Association (NHRLA) recently announced its 2018 legislative priorities during an annual breakfast at the New Hampshire State House.

A record attendance of nearly 200 state legislators came to the event where NHRLA members discussed concerns regarding mandated scheduling requirements and compensation for earned, but unused work time. Additionally, NHRLA members advocated for the passage of asbestos trust transparency legislation that will help provide more disclosure between asbestos trusts claims and tort actions.

“For 90 years, the NHRLA has been advocating for independent lumber dealers, and associated businesses in New Hampshire,” said Dan Keith, general manager of Selectwood in Portsmouth, N.H. and NHRLA Legislative Committee Chair. “Today, we’re here advocating, not just for the lumber and building material industry but, for all small businesses which hope to be successful in N.H.”

NHRLA’s 68 member locations represent independent lumber and building material dealers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and other associated businesses in the state of New Hampshire. The lumber and building materials industry employs nearly 17,500 New Hampshire residents.

Founded in 1928, NHRLA is one of fourteen state and local associations across the Northeast associated with the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA).

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RLDAM awards four Brian C. Thayer Scholarships

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The Retail Lumber Dealers Association of Maine’s (RLDAM) Board of Directors recently met with a recipient of one of their four annual Brian C. Thayer Memorial Scholarships. 

RLDAM President Joe Hondel, Deering Lumber; along with JoAnne Tarr, Lapointe Lumber; and Jim Murphy, Riverside Millwork; traveled to Central Maine Community College (CMCC) in Auburn to congratulate scholarship recipient Alexander Cormier of Biddeford.

Cormier, who has had a passion for construction, is currently a first-year student in the Building Construction and Technology (BCT) Program at Central Maine Community College (CMCC). 

The RLDAM group also heard from CMCC Department Chair and Instructor Don Varney. Varney showcased the many areas where students learn about the products and installation techniques that give them a great head start in the industry. He added, “It’s a good time for young people to come into the industry. If you’re ambitious, you can really make a good living.”

The BCT program at CMCC prepares students for successful employment in construction-related fields. Through a combination of classroom study, mock-ups, and live projects, students obtain hands-on experience and become broadly familiar with methods, standards, and codes commonly associated with the construction industry. The program offers students the opportunity to earn a certificate or an associate in applied science degree. 

The RLDAM board of directors renamed the RLDAM Scholarship the Brain C. Thayer Memorial Scholarship in 2006 in honor of the late Brian Thayer of Lavalley Lumber. At the time of his death in 2006, Thayer was vice president of RLDAM and served on the board of trustees of the Maine Community College System.

RLDAM has awarded four $1,000 scholarships annually since 2004, a grand total of $56,000 since inception. These scholarships are available to students enrolled in building trades programs at four of Maine’s community colleges. Scholarship recipients are nominated by their instructors.

This year’s other scholarship recipients include Janine Kimball from Veazie attending Eastern Maine Community College, Emile Woodruff from Buxton attending Central Maine Community College, and Benjamin McEndarfer from Woodland attending Northern Maine Community College.

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Hancock Lumber expands in Maine

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Hancock Lumber, the Casco, Maine-based pro dealer, has acquired Mainely Trusses.

Based in Fairfield, Maine, Mainely Trusses is a market-leading roof and floor truss manufacturer. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In prepared statement, Hancock Lumber said that Mainely Trusses is a great fit for the dealer. The move also makes Hancock Lumber the first retailer in Maine to own and operate its own roof and floor truss manufacturing facility.

“Mainely Trusses has an excellent reputation in the construction industry across Maine. The company also has a set of core values that we like, admire and feel is aligned with Hancock’s,” said Hancock Lumber President and CEO Kevin Hancock. “People matter at Mainely Trusses and the company has high standards in terms of employee engagement and customer service. We felt there was a lot we could learn from the company and some value we could add. When the opportunity to acquire Mainely Trusses materialized we recognized quickly that it would be a good long-term move that strengthened both companies.”

Manufacturing is not new to Hancock Lumber: the company’s roots began in 1848 with milling logs into lumber and continues today with its three Eastern White Pine sawmills and wall panel manufacturing facility. Adding engineered truss systems to their manufacturing portfolio offers another key product line for their customers in Maine and New Hampshire, the company said.

“The people, products and reputation of Mainely Trusses have always been very important to me,” said Mike Boulet, general manager of Mainely Trusses. “When the opportunity to join the Hancock team presented itself, it quickly became evident that the two companies shared the same values. Transitioning ownership to a company that could help continue to improve Mainely Trusses for its employees and customers is the top priority for me.”

Including Mainely Trusses, Hancock Lumber now operates 10 retail locations in Maine and New Hampshire along with sawmill and timberland operations. The company also operates three Home Again design centers in the Pine Tree State.

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