NLBMDA embraces pro-growth agenda
The National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association released its national legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2014.
The 2014 National Policy Agenda brings focus to the common interests of the industry and includes policy goals to revitalize our nation’s housing and building industry.
"Our industry was hit hard by the recession, but our members have rebounded with lessons about what needs to be done to set the housing industry on the path to economic growth," said NLBMDA Chair Chris Yenrick, President of Smith Phillips Building Supply in Winston-Salem, N.C. "We need policymakers to focus on eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens, creating sound fiscal policies, and reforming our tax code in a way that will aid the economic recovery.
"The 2014 NLBMDA National Policy Agenda outlines what our vital small businesses need to boost employment and get our country back on track," Yenrick said.
NLBMDA will continue to advance pro-growth policies that will strengthen small businesses and protect the many multi-generational family-owned businesses in the industry. The association’s agenda includes the industry’s positions on: housing & construction policy; tax & economic policy; legal reform & consumer protection; workforce policy; the environment, health, & safety; product supply & trade; energy policy; transportation policy; and highway safety.
NLBMDA’s 2014 National Policy Agenda will be distributed to members of Congress and key Administration officials and will be used by NLBMDA members when they visit their members of Congress during the NLBMDA Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference taking place March 31 – April 2 in Washington, D.C.
BidClerk updates its Enterprise software
BidClerk Enterprise, a software tool designed to help building product manufacturers manage their operations, is now available in a new iteration that features VisualSpec technology to help clients visualize and stay on top of market trends.
"BidClerk Enterprise has experienced unprecedented growth in 2013 due to our strong project information, complete contact data, and unique features that allow users to reach key players at the right time," said Craig Fuss, VP enterprise sales. “BidClerk Enterprise continually evolves to meet industry demands and it is now the number one choice for building product manufacturers.”
BidClerk Enterprise is made up of several tools related to sales, marketing and project management, allowing manufacturers to optimize their product marketing via searchable architectural plans and more.
Among the new features added by VisualSpec are a "heat map" of activity based on search criteria, analysis of competitor activity with project valuations and counts, a tool that allows users to find out who is specifying certain products, and a time series analysis.
Meet the Hom-Bot, LG’s answer to the Roomba
With 35 awards to take home at the conclusion of this year’s event, LG was one of the bigger names at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Among the multiple innovations it was recognized for was the Hom-Bot Square, a robotic vacuum cleaner unveiled at the show.
The automatic vacuum’s main claim to fame is its square shape, which is designed to fit into corners neglected by previous models. Its Corner Master technology features the use of two long brushes and corner-detecting sensors, which allow it to access hard-to-reach corners.
The Hom-Bot also includes a top- and bottom-mounted camera that allows the vacuum to chart its course throughout the house and store information for future use regarding furniture placement and other obstacles.
Additionally, users of the Hom-Bot can use LG’s Home Chat mobile technology to control the vacuum with their phones, making remote activation a possibility.
Last, but not least, the Hom-Bot runs at a low noise level of 60dBA to minimize distraction while it’s in use.