LBM Advantage hits Atlanta

LBM Advantage members, mills and manufacturers gathered in Atlanta, Ga. last week for the buying group’s Annual Fall Conference.

Holding the Fall Conference at this location accommodated additional members from LBM Advantage’s emerging Southern and Western regions, the company said.

A NextGen meeting took place Georgia-Pacific’s corporate headquarters and benefitted members of a new leadership program, LBM Advantage said. Attendees learned the life cycle of OSB, from timber harvest to shipment.

At the conference, held at the Omni Atlanta Hotel, discussions included a rollercoaster year of challenges including trucking shortages and record level pricing.

Several seminars were offered, including an overview of Rayonier Advanced Materials from CEO Paul Boynton, as well as a mill perspective on the shift to Southern yellow pine by more Northern markets, and the impact of the political climate on the industry. Specialized user group meetings were also held.

LBM Advantage NextGen Students.

New members to the co-op, whether through merger or new signing, learned more about their cooperative and took advantage of everything the Fall Conference had to offer, according to LBM Advantage.

The main thrust of the Fall Conference is to provide a foundation for members to plan their next year’s purchasing strategy in conjunction with their traders and preferred mills, the co-op said. Contracts and commitments are at the forefront. New this year was the inclusion of select building products manufacturers which allowed dealers to plan for 2019 across multiple product categories.

LBM Advantage is a member-owned forest products and building materials cooperative with locations in in New Windsor, N.Y., Grand Rapids, Mich., Smithfield, N.C., and Monroe, La.