Tempest in a two-by-four: Design values to change?
The National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) expressed serious concern over the potential impact of a proposal to lower the design value of Southern Pine lumber.
The issue comes to the fore as the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) has said that recent testing calls for a reduction of grade-marked Southern Pine lumber design values.
An Oct. 6 letter from SPIB president James Loy, "Proposed Design Values for Visually Graded Southern Pine," can be read here in its entirety.
The proposal for lowering the design values — by about 25% to 30% — will be considered at an Oct. 20 meeting of the Board of Review of the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC).
The NLBMDA has come out with serious concerns.
"NLBMDA is very concerned that this proposal, unfortunately timed as the economy and housing market struggle toward recovery, offers no phase-in period or implementation strategy to dampen any detrimental impact on the already depressed building market," according to an NLBMDA alert released Wednesday. "We are also concerned with the extremely limited amount of time the marketplace has been given to anticipate the upcoming Board of Review decision and its impact."
The trade association pointed to three troubling possible outcomes of the proposal:
• Possible stoppage and delays to thousands of single-family, multi-family and commercial construction projects directly resulting from a publication of new design values for Southern Pine;
• Re-designs of buildings, units of buildings and entire projects resulting directly from the publication of new Southern Pine design values; and
• A significant reduction in the economic value of the Southern Pine lumber inventory for dealers, component manufacturers and builders.
Representatives of the NLBMDA will attend the ALSC meeting next week to present its concerns.
ProBuild Holdings’ Joseph Todd leaves the company
Joseph Todd has left ProBuild Holdings. He was the Denver-based pro dealer’s executive VP specialty distribution and pricing.
ProBuild’s Jennifer Thurman, VP corporate communications, confirmed the executive’s departure but declined to elaborate. Todd’s departure from the company follows other recent executive departures — president of operations Jim Cavanaugh in August,and CEO Bill Myrick in July.
Todd was executive VP of the Strober-Haddonfield Group before taking a similar title at ProBuild. Todd also had several high-level positions at Haddonfield Lumber Co. before becoming partner in 1994. The company website also said Todd founded a computer-related home-building business called Total Computer Services.
Earlier this week, ProBuild Holdings confirmed that it plans to leave the Chicago market, closing its Yorkville, Ill. and Westmont, Ill., facilities by Dec. 16.
Russin Lumber adds to outside sales team
Montgomery, N.Y.-based LBM distributor Russin Lumber hired Larry Caron in the position of territory manager for the Eastern Pennsylvania market.
The company’s veteran sales manager Jim Speros will continue to work in the territory, which Russin Lumber believes is “poised to take off” because of the housing recovery.
“We were extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to bring Larry Caron into our team,” said Jordan Russin, VP for the company. “By adding the strong relationships that Larry has to a large territory that Jim Speros has managed so well, we will be bringing our customers a deeper level of support than any other supplier in the market.”
Russin Lumber is a distributor of building materials covering 13 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. The company owns and operates manufacturing and distribution facilities in Montgomery, N.Y.