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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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Congressman to join dealers in D.C.

BY Ken Clark

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced that Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) will be a featured speaker during the Washington Briefing breakfast at the Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference. 

The event will be held March 18-20 at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Va.

Johnson entered the U.S. Air Force in 1973, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after a distinguished military career of more than 26 years. He cofounded Johnson-Schley Management Group, an information technology (IT) consulting company. From 2006 through 2010, Johnson served as chief information officer of a global manufacturer of highly engineered electronic components for the transportation industry headquartered in Northeast Ohio. Johnson was reelected to a second term this past November and now serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee.


The conference will also include a special-ticketed event featuring Bill Kristol, who will speak during the March 18 NLBMDA LuDPAC fundraising luncheon. Kristol is the editor of the influential Washington-based political magazine, The Weekly Standard. He is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading political analysts and commentators and regularly appears on FOX News Sunday and FOX News Channel.

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