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Union poster rule struck down

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) applauded the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (D.C.) Circuit invalidating a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule requiring nearly 6 million employers to post an 11-in.-by-17-in. notice regarding employee rights to unionize.

In its decision, the court held that the NLRB did not have the authority under the National Labor Relations Act to issue the poster rule. 

Last spring the D.C. Circuit Court issued an injunction against the rule, two weeks before it was set to take effect, prohibiting the NLRB from requiring employers to comply with the regulation as the court considered an appeal of a lower court decision upholding the rule. 

"NLBMDA agrees with the court’s ruling that the NLRB does not have the authority to issue the poster requirement," said Michael O’Brien, NLBMDA president and CEO. "The decision by the D.C. Circuit Court is welcome news and hopefully will help the NLRB strike a better balance between the rights of employers and employees.”

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LP reports strong Q1

BY HBSDealer Staff

Louisiana-Pacific reported net sales of $538 million, an increase from $362 million in the first quarter of 2012. For the first quarter of 2013, LP reported income from continuing operations of $65 million, compared with a loss from continuing operations of $11 million for the first quarter of 2012.

“LP’s strong financial results were driven by a broad recovery of building activity across all regions of the U.S., which led to improved demand for our products and increased OSB pricing,” CEO Curt Stevens said. “In addition, our South America segment continued to perform well.” 

The OSB segment reported net sales for the first quarter of 2013 of $287 million, an increase from $149 million of net sales in the first quarter of 2012. For the first quarter of 2013, the OSB segment reported operating income of $98 million compared with break-even results in the first quarter of 2012. 

The Siding segment reported net sales of $134 million in the first quarter of 2013, an increase of 18 percent from $113 million in the year-ago first quarter. For the first quarter of 2013, the Siding segment reported operating income of $21 million compared to $17 million in the year-ago quarter. 

EWP sales in the first quarter of 2013 totaled $63 million, an increase from $49 million reported a year ago. Operating losses were $4 million for the first quarter of 2013 compared to $3 million in the first quarter of 2012.

“I am confident that all of the work we have done to prepare for the housing upturn will allow us to meet customer demand,” added Stevens.

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Perennial Wood adds Northeast dealers

BY Ken Clark

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Kingsport, Tenn.-based Perennial Wood, maker of modified, real wood product added to its distribution network three dealers in Massachusetts and one in Rhode Island. 

The company announced the following new dealers, which are serviced by the distributor Boston Cedar:

  • Humphrey Building Supply, Tiverton, R.I.
  • Timberline Enterprises, Gloucester and Newburyport, Mass.
  • Shrewsbury Lumber, Worcester, Mass.
  • Marine Home Center, Nantucket, Mass.

“We are pleased to expand our offering in the Northeast,” said Jim Flickinger, market development manager for Perennial Wood decking. “These new dealers are experienced at marketing to our brand’s target customers and are well respected for providing top quality building products and reliable service.”

Distributor Snavely Forest Products and Lowe’s also carry Perennial Wood.

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