Parr Lumber helps kids map Portland
A group of preschoolers stung by wasps have transformed their experience into a giant map of Portland, thanks in part to a donation by Parr Lumber. The Maple classroom at Growing Seeds, a children’s learning center in North Portland, was given two large sheets of plywood by the Northwestern pro dealer to transform into a mural of their favorite places in Portland.
The mural project started when a few of the three-to five year olds got stung by wasps while walking around the neighborhood one day, according to their teacher, Jeffery Hotchkiss. “Their interest in maps continued for months afterward,” Hotchkiss said.
The mural features Portland landmarks of importance to the children, among them students’ homes, parks, Peacock Lane, downtown, the Rose Garden, all the bridges, Oaks Park and the zoo. The preschoolers unveiled their masterpiece at a dedication ceremony on April 12, 2012, at Parr Lumber’s flagship store on Martin Luther King Blvd.
Headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, Parr operates 38 facilities in Oregon, Washington and Arizona including pro/retail building material yards, contractor focused facilities and cabinet outlets.
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WOLF releases LBM index
Building materials distributor WOLF has announced the creation of a proprietary new metric aimed at measuring how building materials buyers see the near-term future of the residential construction industry.
The WOLF Key Buyer Index (KBI) will gather from a monthly survey of key buyers at independent building materials dealers in the distributor’s 18-state sales territory. The initial survey, from the week of March 23, found that 63.8% of respondents reported their purchasing would increase over the following four weeks, 31.9% said purchasing would remain about the same, and 4.3% said purchasing would decline.
Based on these responses, WOLF calculated the initial Key Buyer Index at 79.8. A WOLF KBI score of 50 reflects a neutral outlook, a score above 50 reflects a positive outlook, and a score below 50 reflects a negative outlook.
CEO Tom Wolf, who created the new industry metric, said that the initial KBI indicates optimism for April among buyers — the group best positioned to offer an informed assessment.
“WOLF maintains ongoing communications and close relationships with hundreds of independent dealers,” Wolf said. “The WOLF KBI captures their near-term sentiment in a statistically significant way that informs dealers, manufacturers, builders, the media and others.”
Wolf noted that the company calculates the KBI using a formula similar to the monthly Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), a highly anticipated monthly indicator developed by the Institute for Supply Management.
WOLF will publish the Key Buyer Index each month in an effort to forecast industry sentiment and identify trends. WOLF will also develop a workable set of statistical adjustments for the index to reflect seasonal, market and product-category variations.
For more information on the WOLF Key Buyer Index, read the detailed explanation on Tom Wolf’s blog or see the latest KBI score at wolfleader.com.
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R.A. Yancey Lumber hosts Virginia congressman
In Crozet, Va., Congressman Robert Hurt talked politics and business at the local lumberyard, according to a report by WVIR-TV.
Gas prices were one of the macroeconomic topics of discussion. Hurt, a representative from Virginia’s 5th District, also discussed the case for a “sensible domestic energy policy,” according to WVIR-TV.
The congressman received a tour of the R.A. Yancey yard.
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