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REPORT: Toward wildfire relief

A CNBC report examines how California is looking to the timber industry for possible help.

BY HBSDealer Staff

As California’s largest wildfire on record continues to burn,  the state forestry association wants to change rules and regulations to make it easier for private industry to thin forested land.

This CNBC report examines the state’s desperation for a plan to fight forest fires, and the realization that the timber industry can play a meaningful role.

Some of the stats presented in the article include the California Forestry Association’s estimate that tree density is higher than its ever been. 150 years ago in the Sierras, there were roughly 40 trees per acre. Now there are hundreds.

Also, the U.S. Forest Service estimates the number of dead trees in California is about 129 million. Wildfires feed on these dead trees.

The Mendocino Complex Fire – the largest fire in the state’s history – continues to burn in Northern California. More than 280,000 acres have been burned.

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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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