NLBMDA convenes Legislative Conference
Members of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) descended on Washington, D.C., this week to promote dealer interests.
The three-day event begins in earnest Tuesday, with "Lobbying 101" instruction for dealers followed by legislative briefings and visits with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Providing the direction for the event is the recently published NLBMDA 2011 Policy Agenda.
"From health care and taxes to environmental regulation, the government has imposed costly burdens on the building supply industry that impair our ability to weather the housing downturn," wrote NLBMDA chairman and Ferguson Lumber president Joe Collings, in the agenda’s introduction. "We look forward to working with Congress to review and roll back regulatory red tape and to pass common-sense, pro-growth policies that will put the building supply industry and our national economy back on the path to recovery."
Tuesday’s NLBMDA Legislative Conference agenda includes presentations from Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, and Fox News anchor Bret Baier.
Boulder green building store on the block
Ellie’s Eco Home Store, a green building materials outlet in Boulder, Colo., is up for sale, according to an article in the Boulder Daily Camera.
Owner Steve Savage, who has recently launched a distribution company called National Eco Wholesale, told the newspaper that he no longer has the time to devote to the retail end of the green products business.
Ellie’s Eco Home Store opened in 2008 as part of the spinoff of the building supplies division of Eco-Products Inc., a longtime Boulder firm that included eco-friendly food service products. The building supplies were accompanied by thousands of other general merchandise, home and office supplies. Last year, Savage repositioned Ellie’s by liquidating most of the general merchandise items and shifting the focus back to more green building products.
Savage said he has had a couple conversations with potential buyers, and mentioned both the competition and the consolidation in the green products retail industry. Last month, New York-based Green Depot acquired Ecohaus, the largest West Coast dealer of green building materials, with locations in Seattle and Portland.
84 Lumber to sponsor national award
The Community Action Partnership has announced that 84 Lumber will sponsor its annual National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award, which recognizes outstanding efforts promoting community development as a core strategy to increase economic security and reduce poverty.
The award was created last year to honor exemplary community economic development initiatives that are helping low-income people and communities. Fourteen Community Action agencies received the inaugural awards in 2010 for work in areas such as Community Revitalization, Affordable Housing, Energy Efficiency and Job Creation.
“84 Lumber understands community action and has been a great partner and supporter of our work helping low-income individuals and families become self-sufficient. They are actively involved in our Community Action Agencies’ Weatherization efforts — providing state-of-the-art building materials and supplies to help make the houses of low-income homeowners more energy efficient," said Stacy Flowers, the Partnership’s director of community economic development.
"Amid an increased demand for services, Community Action agencies across the country are demonstrating their unique ability to respond proactively to community needs in original and cost-effective ways," said Maggie Hardy Magerko, president of 84 Lumber. "The National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award provides a prestigious platform for spotlighting these innovative efforts, and 84 Lumber is proud to sponsor it."
Founded in 1956 and headquartered in Eighty Four, Pa., 84 Lumber now operates 277 stores and manufacturing plants in 35 states.
Based in Washington, D,C., the Community Action Partnership provides training and other services to more than 1,000 Community Action agencies across America that assist low-income individuals and families.