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Video: Kuiken Brothers throws an Expo

Scenes from the pro dealer’s high-energy LIVE Product Expo.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Kuiken Brothers LIVE Product Expo attracted more than 1,700 builders, remodelers, architects and designers to Mahwah, N.J.

Attendees arrived from 21 states, and a Canadian delegation gave the annual event an international flavor. This year’s event kicked off with a keynote panel focused on Inspiring the Next Generation of Craftsmen and Craftswomen with Kevin O’Connor from This Old House’ Tyler Grace, TRG Home Concepts; John Hourihan, Vintage Builders; and Nick Schiffer, NS Builders.

The Nov. 8 event included hands-on installation seminars for a variety of products, and a focus on demonstrations and new product information throughout the Expo.

Fairlawn, N.J.-based Kuiken Brothers was recognized as the HBSDealer 2017 ProDealer of the Year. It operates eight locations, with a facility in Newark, N.J., soon to open.

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NLBMDA seeks crane-regulation input

Survey will examine value and need of compliance material for dealers.

BY HBSDealer Staff

In an effort to determine the dealer interest and industry need for a crane operator training and certification program, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association is asking to dealers to participate in a fact-finding survey.

Condensed to 12 simple questions, The survey results will help us determine how best to address current and proposed changes to the OSHA crane rule.

Here is the survey link.

“NLBMDA is committed to making sure that its members have the resources and tools to help them and their employees meet recommended guidelines to protect their crane operators from potential hazards and accidents,” said NLBMDA President & CEO Jonathan Paine. “We are asking for feedback from lumber dealers across the nation on their crane operator training and certification processes. This feedback is critical to NLBMDA as it works to respond to recent developments related to the crane rule and anticipated new training and certification requirements.”

The survey will close on Nov. 2.

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Pro Dealer Industry Summit readies for Chicago

The exclusive 3-day event is designed to promote growth for LBM dealers and distributors.

BY HBSDealer Staff

There is still time to register and attend the only national conference by lumber dealers for lumber dealers.

Registration is still open for the Pro Dealer Industry Summit set for Oct. 17-19 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago.

The ProDealer Industry Summit is an exclusive 3-day educational and networking forum designed to promote the growth of lumber & building product dealers, distributors, wholesalers, and the manufacturers who supply them. LBM dealers will benefit from sharing insights and best practices from leaders in the industry in a relaxed format that encourages networking and personal interaction.

This year’s event features Green Beret Commander Mark Nutsch, portrayed in the movie “12 Strong” and author of New York Times Best-Seller, “Horse Soldiers.” Nutsch will share insights on leadership and team dynamics in overcoming insurmountable odds in what was described as “the most important mission of the free world.”

Also on hand will be John Burns, CEO of Real Estate Consulting, LLC, who will discuss a national housing market overview and share his outlook for the future – including findings from his groundbreaking book “Big Shifts Ahead: Demographic Clarity for Executives.”

Additional speakers include Jim Hooper, vp of mergers and acquisitions at U.S. LBM; David Helmers, vp of distribution at Weyerhaeuser; Russ Kathrein, president and CEO of Alexander Lumber; and Mike McGaugh, executive vice president and COO of BMC Stock Holdings, among others.

A full listing of speakers and events is available here.

The ProDealer Industry Summit is presented by the NLBMDA (National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association) and by Hardware + Building Supply Dealer (HBSDealer).

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