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In Rhode Island, yard closes suddenly

BY Ken Clark

Wickford Lumber closed its doors "abruptly," according to local media reports in North Kingston, R.I.

Monday was the True Value-affiliate store’s last day of business, and it closed without notice, according to the NorthEast Independent newspaper.

The Wickford Lumber website describes the business as "the place to come when you are looking for first-quality products, reasonable pricing and plenty of service."

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Roofing manufacturer GAF joins NLBMDA

BY Ken Clark

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced today that GAF is the newest member of the association’s Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC). The council is composed of the leading building material manufacturers and service providers serving the LBM industry. 

NLBMDA’s MSC members are established industry leaders who supply products and services to lumber and building material dealers and regional chains across the nation.

Founded in 1886, GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. The company’s products include steep-slope and commercial roofing systems, which are supported by a national network of factory-certified contractors. 

"The GAF team is excited to join with other industry leaders to support America’s lumber and building material dealers. Membership in NLBMDA’s Manufacturers & Services Council will allow GAF to further our relationships with dealers across the country," said GAF VP national accounts Jim Durkin. 

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Plum Creek to reopen Montana Mill

BY Ken Clark

Plum Creek Timber Co. will reopen a sawmill in Evergreen, Mont., according to a report in the Montana Standard. 

The facility closed back in 2009. The news outlet quoted Plum Creek VP Tom Ray, who said steady improvement in the U.S. housing market caused the reopening. 

The mill comes back on line in early April, according to the report.

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