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NLBMDA releases policy agenda

BY Brae Canlen

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) has released its national legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2013, which will serve as a guideline for meetings with members of Congress and key administration officials on March 18 to 20.

"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 Chuck Bankston, president of Bankston Lumber in Barnesville, Ga. “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 in the fledging economic recovery." 

As part of its 2013 mandate, the 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 positions on: housing and construction; tax and economic policy; legal reform and consumer protection; workforce policy; the environment, health and safety; product supply  trade; energy policy; transportation policy; and highway safety.

NLBMDA’s 2013 National Policy Agenda will be the focus of the organization’s Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. To read a copy of the agenda, click here

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84 Lumber exec retires

BY Brae Canlen

Jim McCorkle, a 35-year veteran of 84 Lumber, will retire on Jan. 18. McCorkle began his career as a manager trainee at the West Mifflin Junction in 1978. (Junctions were stand-alone home centers that were next to 84 Lumber stores.) A year later, he became co-manager in Canonsburg, Pa. McCorkle then moved to the Murrysville, Pa., location, serving in the same position. In 1984, he became store manager at Butler, Pa.

In 1997, looking for a new challenge, McCorkle moved to 84 Lumber headquarters and served as a credit manager. A year later, he was promoted to his current position of collections manager.

“Jim’s warm personality and sense of humor have made him very popular with associates in the field and at team headquarters,” said 84 Lumber president and owner Maggie Hardy Magerko. “Jim’s integrity and work ethic have made the company a better place and he has certainly earned his well-deserved retirement.”

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CertainTeed, Bailey Metal Products to form grid joint venture

BY HBSDealer Staff

Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed will form a joint venture with Bailey Metal Products (BMP) of Concord, Ont., to manufacture suspended ceiling grid in Canada and the United States.   

“Our customers want to work with a company that provides innovative, unique and comprehensive ceilings solutions to their construction challenges,” said Graham Thayer, VP and general manager for CertainTeed Ceilings.  “That means the total package of high quality ceiling tiles, grid systems and the technical expertise to support their needs.” 

In the short term, grid products in Canada will continue to be sold under both the Bailey and CertainTeed brands, with a gradual transition for all grid products to the CertainTeed brand.   

“This joint venture will literally open the door for CertainTeed, giving us broad capacity for growth throughout Canada and the United States,” Thayer said. “CertainTeed and Bailey represent the perfect marriage of technical expertise and production capacity to allow CertainTeed to provide an unrivaled combination of ceilings products to the industry.” 

Bailey Metal Products is a lightweight steel framing manufacturer and a provider of drywall trims and accessories. The company currently offers Canada’s largest product portfolio, which includes steel framing, drywall trims and accessories, ceiling grid, Comslab composite floor system and vinyl and paper-faced metal bead. 

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