NLBMDA kicks off annual conference
Las Vegas The National Lumber and Building Materials Association (NLBMDA) kicked off its Industry Summit yesterday by deciding to turn its day-to-day operations over to a trade association management company. In a unanimous decision, the NLBMDA board voted on Oct. 4 to sign a contract with SmithBucklin, which will handle staffing, accounting, educational programs, government relations, and other functions.
The NLBMDA will close its office in Washington D.C. and move into SmithBucklin’s office, also inside the Beltway, during a 60-day transition period. By contracting with an outside firm, the trade association will save approximately $170,760 a year, according to an analysis by SmithBucklin.
Other issues discussed during the board meeting were state and federal legislation that deal with frivolous lawsuits, illegal logging, OSHA regulations and organized scams against retailers.
The three-day conference, held at the J.W. Marriott, continues today with sessions on strategic visioning and market differentiation. Other events include a silent auction, a golf tournament and networking receptions.
Whirlpool plans 100-year celebration of Maytag
Maytag will host a 100th “birthday party” event this month at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, featuring a consumer laundry exhibit, Maytag antiques and other historical items on display.
Maytag, acquired last year by Whirlpool, saw its first washing machine built and sold in 1907 by Frederick Louis Maytag, who owned a farm-implement company. The first model was called the “Pastime.”
As part of the event, which is free and open to the public, the first 100 visitors will receive $100 gift cards to Home Depot. Additionally, the newly selected “Maytag Repairman,” Clay Jackson, and NBC Today Show weatherman Willard Scott will greet guests at the event.
The event is slated for Oct. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Benjamin Moore to expand distribution center in Pell City
Paint maker Benjamin Moore will expand its distribution facility in Pell City, Ala., according to the [Talladega County, Ala.] Daily Home newspaper.
The company is planning a 100,000-square-foot addition to its 128,000-square-foot warehouse in the city, with construction of the first phase expected to be complete by next year.
The plant will expand from its current 800,000-gallon capacity to 1.5 million gallons. The facility is expected to further expand over the next 10 years.
Benjamin Moore, a Berkshire Hathaway company, manufactures paint, coatings and sundries under the Benjamin Moore, Moore’s and Moorcraft brands.