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Last Chance: Send us your logo

Deadline for entering the first-ever HBSDealer All Industry Logo Contest is Aug. 10.

BY HBSDealer Staff

There’s still time to enter first-ever HBSDealer All Industry Logo Contest. And it’s still free to enter.

The contest was created to bring attention to the artistic creativity and marketing savvy of the hardware and building supply industry. Two logos will be crowned as winners – one representing dealers, and another representing the supplier and vendor community.  The professional design staff of HBSDealer and HBSDealer’s sister publications at EnsembleIQ will select the winners.

So far some 80 logos have been submitted. Including logos from Dutch Country Ace Hardware, Citizens Building Supply, Craftwood Lumber & Hardware, The Deck Demon; Riverhead Building Supply and TW Perry, to name just a few. The contest is open to all kinds of companies, and all kinds of logos — as long as the company is part of the hardware and building supply industry.

Here’s how to participate: All you have to do is send us your logo. It’s free.

Please send submissions to [email protected]. You can also post your logo in a comment on our Facebook page contest post. While you’re there, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook, and also tell us about the ideas behind your company logo.

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Maibec sells two sawmills

The mills include locations in St-Pamphile, Quebec and Masardis, Maine.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Maibec, the wood and building products manufacturer, has sold 2 of its sawmills to Groupe Lebel of Rivière-du-Loup.

The mills include locations in St-Pamphile, Quebec and Masardis, Maine. Combined, the mills employ 315 people who will maintain their jobs with Groupe Lebel. Both companies are private and terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Maibec said it will now focus on growing its pre-stained exterior siding’s systems based on lap sidings and shingles manufactured with solid wood or wood-based engineered material. The company recently announced the launching of the Maibec Resistech siding systems manufactured on LP SmartSide from Louisiana-Pacific.

“This transaction allows the Maibec employees who work in both sawmills to join a family owned Quebec company that is well established in the Lower St-Lawrence lumber industry,” said François Tardif, president of Maibec. “Group Lebel will continue to develop its sawmilling sector and will be able to face new challenges in this sector with renewed confidence.”

Based in Lévis, Quebec, Canada, Maibec manufactures wood sidings white cedar shingles. The company specializes in exterior siding systems

Group Lebel is a family business that has been working in forestry for over 60 years. Headquartered in Rivière-du-Loup in Lower St. Lawrence, Canada, the company maintains operations in 13 municipalities in Quebec and 2 in Ontario. Once this transaction is complete, the company will employ approximately 950 people.

 

 

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Section 404 permit authority given back to states

The NAHB says the move lessens restrictive regulations while boosting builder business.

BY HBSDealer Staff

In a move that is projected to create jobs and hasten construction projects, including home building, the power of decision-making when it comes to Section 404 permit authority has been given back to the state level.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released a memorandum taking initial steps to empower U.S. states and tribes in assuming Section 404 permit authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA). In taking on this authority, States and tribes can accelerate job-creating economic development and infrastructure, all while continuing to protect the environment.

Letters have been sent to all 50 state governors and the tribal leaders for all the federally recognized tribes encouraging them to assume what has been traditionally a  federal government permitting ability.

Under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, a permit is required before dredged or fill material can be discharged into navigable waters or certain wetlands.

Activities undertaken using these permits are infrastructure projects like highways or airports, mining operations, dam or levee construction, or other economic development, according to the USACE. To date, only Michigan and New Jersey have assumed administration of the Section 404 program while the USACE retains permitting authority for the rest of the country.

“This action supports this administration’s dedication to infrastructure by providing states and tribes the clarity they need to better balance their environmental protection mission with their economic development goals,” said R.D. James, assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works. “In my view, implementing Section 404 in this clear and decisive manner not only adheres to the language of the statute and the intent of Congress when enacting Section 404(g), but it is also in the overall best interest of the Army and the regulated public.”

The National Association of Home Builders is in support of the changes, saying it will lessen regulations that burden the industry.

Randy Noel, chairman of the NAHB and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., supports the Trump administration’s announcement that clarifies over which waters states can assume Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting authority rather than the federal government.

“NAHB commends this latest action by the Trump administration to enact common-sense solutions to reduce regulatory burdens for small businesses,” Noel said in a statement issued by the NAHB. “The Army Corps of Engineers’ recent memorandum will help to promote the federal/state partnership envisioned by the Clean Water Act, reduce duplicative administrative burdens and create a more streamlined authorization process for builders and developers whose projects occur near wetlands. In turn, this will boost housing affordability while also protecting our nation’s wetlands and waterways.”

“We are hopeful that by providing this clarity, more states will take steps to assume Section 404 permitting authority,” Noel added.

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