NLBMDA elects new leaders
Orlando, Fla. — The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced its new leadership team installed on Oct. 14 at the ProDealer Industry Summit here.
At the association’s annual meeting, the NLBMDA board of directors elected Joe Collings, CEO of Ferguson Lumber in Rockville, Ind., as the association’s new chairman, replacing outgoing chairman Dan Fesler of Lampert Yards in St. Paul, Minn.
“I am honored to serve the NLBMDA as its chairman, continuing the long tradition of leadership within the industry,” Collings said. “The current economic climate certainly provides a great number of challenges for each of our independent dealers throughout the country. The NLBMDA and its federated state associations continue to provide the support for each of our dealers to survive through these difficult times in the history of our industry. Through our joint efforts we will continue to focus on our strengths in the coming year. By providing a strong united voice we will continue to work as an advocate for the industry in Washington.”
As president of the Ferguson Lumber Corp. of Rockville, Collings is a longtime leader of his industry on both the state and national levels. Collings’ family-owned company was founded in 1868 in west central Indiana, and resides in four locations: Veedersburg, Avon, Danville and Plainfield. A fifth-generation Ferguson, Collings is very aware of the importance of continued growth and excellence in running his business, even in very challenging economic conditions.
“I am proud to have Joe lead NLBMDA as chairman. His breadth of experience, involvement in the industry and unwavering dedication to the business will be a huge advantage for the association as NLBMDA continues to press on in this difficult economic climate,” said NLBMDA president Michael O’Brien. “I also want to recognize Dan Fesler for the outstanding leadership and commitment he has provided to the association and his enthusiasm for moving NLBMDA forward. He has been an exceptional example for NLBMDA members, and we have him to thank for much of the progress made over the past year.”
In addition to Collings, the other members of the 2010-2011 NLBMDA Executive Committee are:
• Chair-Elect: Cally Coleman Fromme, Zarsky Lumber Co., Victoria, Texas • First Vice Chair: Chuck Bankston, Bankston Lumber Co., Barnesville, Ga. • Second Vice Chair: Chris Yenrick, Smith-Phillips Building Supply, Winston-Salem, N.C. • Treasurer: Linda Nussbaum, Kleet Lumber Co., Huntington, N.Y. • Manufacturers & Services Council Chair: Carlos Guilherme, Weyerhaeuser Company, Federal Way, Wash. • Federated Association Executives Chair: Chris Quinn, Kentucky Building Materials Association, Louisville, Ky. • Immediate Past Chair: Dan Fesler, Lamperts, St. Paul, Minn. • President: Michael O’Brien, NLBMDA, Washington, D.C.
Weyerhaeuser enters into sustainable-forestry agreement
Federal Way, Wash.-based Weyerhaeuser announced it has entered into a shareholder-managed Sustainable Forest License (SFL), covering the Kenora Forest in Ontario.
The company partnered with several First Nations, the Government of Ontario, and other forest companies and contractors in signing the historic agreement.
First Nations is a term of ethnicity that refers to the indigenous people of Canada who are not of Inuit or Metis decent. There are currently more than 630 recognized First Nations governments or bands.
Participants in the agreement include Wabaseemoong Independent Nations, Naotkamegwanning First Nation, Ochiichagwe’Babigo’Ining First Nation, Weyerhaeuser, Kenora Forest Products, Wincrief Forestry Products, Kenora Independent Loggers, and other companies with forestry operations on the Kenora Forest. The new arrangement also provides an entry mechanism for additional First Nations who would like to join the new company.
Under the new licence agreement, Nations and industry shareholders will take over management of forestry operations. Miitigoog LP will handle all forest management aspects of the Kenora SFL, including planning, certification, compliance, road construction and maintenance and silviculture.
“I am pleased that industry and First Nations can work together to improve opportunities for First Nations members and Ontario citizens,” said Chief Eric Fisher of Wabaseemoong Independent Nations and president of the new board of directors of Miitigoog.
“The transfer of this Sustainable Forest License is a terrific example of cooperation between private sector and First Nations companies in the north,” said Michael Gravelle, Ontario Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry. “Both Weyerhaeuser and Miitigoog are to be commended for being good corporate citizens, and the McGuinty government is proud to have supported these partners throughout the process, as we transition into a new tenure and pricing system.”
“Today’s agreement shows that industry, First Nations, governments and others can come together in economic ventures that provide for access, representation, respect, understanding and collaboration,” said Anne Giardini, president of Weyerhaeuser Co. “We look forward to working with and learning from our new partners.”
Consolidated Horticulture files for bankruptcy
Irvine, Calif.-based Consolidated Horticulture group, a major nursery supplier to Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart, filed for bankruptcy protection along with its affiliate Hines Nurseries, according to Bloomberg.
The group, which had $123 million in sales last year, cited declines in sales as the reason for filing.