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NLBMDA taps Iowa senator for LegCon

BY HBSDealer Staff

An upcoming conference of lumber dealers in the nation’s capital will include a presentation from Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA). She will be a featured speaker at the Washington Briefing Breakfast during the 2018 Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference.

Ernst is not only the first woman to serve in federal elected office from the state of Iowa, she’s also the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the U.S. Senate. In Washington, Ernst serves on four Senate committees: Armed Services; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Environment and Public Works; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

“Sen. Ernst is focused on growing a vibrant economy and ensuring the government runs effectively and efficiently, which means cutting out-of-control spending, reducing taxes, eliminating harmful regulations and balancing the budget,” said the NLBMDA, in the announcement of her participation in the event.

Early bird registration for the conference ends Feb. 23. For more information. The conference swings into action with visits to Capitol Hill and federal agencies March 19-21.

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NHRLA reveals 2018 legislative priorities

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The New Hampshire Retail Lumber Association (NHRLA) recently announced its 2018 legislative priorities during an annual breakfast at the New Hampshire State House.

A record attendance of nearly 200 state legislators came to the event where NHRLA members discussed concerns regarding mandated scheduling requirements and compensation for earned, but unused work time. Additionally, NHRLA members advocated for the passage of asbestos trust transparency legislation that will help provide more disclosure between asbestos trusts claims and tort actions.

“For 90 years, the NHRLA has been advocating for independent lumber dealers, and associated businesses in New Hampshire,” said Dan Keith, general manager of Selectwood in Portsmouth, N.H. and NHRLA Legislative Committee Chair. “Today, we’re here advocating, not just for the lumber and building material industry but, for all small businesses which hope to be successful in N.H.”

NHRLA’s 68 member locations represent independent lumber and building material dealers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and other associated businesses in the state of New Hampshire. The lumber and building materials industry employs nearly 17,500 New Hampshire residents.

Founded in 1928, NHRLA is one of fourteen state and local associations across the Northeast associated with the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA).

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RLDAM awards four Brian C. Thayer Scholarships

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The Retail Lumber Dealers Association of Maine’s (RLDAM) Board of Directors recently met with a recipient of one of their four annual Brian C. Thayer Memorial Scholarships. 

RLDAM President Joe Hondel, Deering Lumber; along with JoAnne Tarr, Lapointe Lumber; and Jim Murphy, Riverside Millwork; traveled to Central Maine Community College (CMCC) in Auburn to congratulate scholarship recipient Alexander Cormier of Biddeford.

Cormier, who has had a passion for construction, is currently a first-year student in the Building Construction and Technology (BCT) Program at Central Maine Community College (CMCC). 

The RLDAM group also heard from CMCC Department Chair and Instructor Don Varney. Varney showcased the many areas where students learn about the products and installation techniques that give them a great head start in the industry. He added, “It’s a good time for young people to come into the industry. If you’re ambitious, you can really make a good living.”

The BCT program at CMCC prepares students for successful employment in construction-related fields. Through a combination of classroom study, mock-ups, and live projects, students obtain hands-on experience and become broadly familiar with methods, standards, and codes commonly associated with the construction industry. The program offers students the opportunity to earn a certificate or an associate in applied science degree. 

The RLDAM board of directors renamed the RLDAM Scholarship the Brain C. Thayer Memorial Scholarship in 2006 in honor of the late Brian Thayer of Lavalley Lumber. At the time of his death in 2006, Thayer was vice president of RLDAM and served on the board of trustees of the Maine Community College System.

RLDAM has awarded four $1,000 scholarships annually since 2004, a grand total of $56,000 since inception. These scholarships are available to students enrolled in building trades programs at four of Maine’s community colleges. Scholarship recipients are nominated by their instructors.

This year’s other scholarship recipients include Janine Kimball from Veazie attending Eastern Maine Community College, Emile Woodruff from Buxton attending Central Maine Community College, and Benjamin McEndarfer from Woodland attending Northern Maine Community College.

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