The following statement was released by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association:
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) strongly criticized the decision of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA) to leave the NLBMDA, saying it ignores the accomplishments of the past year, divides the industry, and reduces its political influence at a critical time.
Last year, in the middle of a global health pandemic, the actions of the NLBMDA were the only reason lumber and building material dealers in the United States were able to keep their doors open. NLBMDA utilized its decades of relationships and partnerships and recognition on Capitol Hill to ensure that the industry was deemed ‘essential’. The unilateral decision of the NRLA board to withdraw from the NLBMDA – without the input of its members – disregards that accomplishment.
The NRLA board’s action is dividing the industry, without offering an alternative vision. In several recent NLBMDA meetings, the NRLA failed to convey a specific concern or governance idea to NLBMDA and, in fact, voted just last month for a $10 NLBMDA dues increase (from the current $90) and proposed bylaw changes designed to enhance the advocacy abilities of the association.
Finally, it is critical that the industry speak with one voice in Washington D.C. or risk losing its influence. The NLBMDA has unique knowledge, credibility and depth that simply cannot be replicated by the NLRA’s idea of a third-party lobbyist. The entire LBM Industry will be better-positioned with the unified, credible voice of the NLBMDA.
Our industry must be united, transparent with our dealers, and following the best political strategy. The NLBMDA is committed to that approach and urges the industry’s support.