Volume 17, Number 1, January 8, 2018
MLA Lumber Industry News Express
Here's the new issue of the Mid-America Lumbermens Association online newsletter. We'll send a new issue every two weeks to let you know what's happening in the industry, at your MLA, and in the world that affects your business. We welcome your opinions and ideas. If you have information you'd like to share with other members, we'd be happy to include it in our next issue. We welcome both personal and industry-related news - members would love to hear your news and views - so don't hesitate to email us with information.
A Construction Boom is Shaping Up for 2018
All signs and numbers point to a huge year for the construction industry. Even in December, with much of the nation frozen, the  construction industry added 30,000 jobs , according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For all of 2017, construction added 210,000 jobs, a 35 percent increase over 2016. Read more .

Source: CNBC, January 5, 2018
Kansas Winter Meeting

The Kansas Lumber Activities Committee will hold their annual event on Thursday-Friday, January 25-26, 2018, at Flint Oaks Lodge in Fall River, Kansas. This is an opportunity for Kansas lumber dealers and guests to gather for education, camaraderie and meaningful conversations. Click here for more information and a registration form .
Have You Checked Out the MLA Online Campus?

The MLA Online Campus provides you and your employees with high-impact, "real-world" training that develops your leaders, retains your best people and increases your customer loyalty. Each employee has a unique username to access the campus, which houses more than 700 courses on customer service, sales, leadership and more. Want to try a program for yourself? Click here to view an example. If you like what you see, contact us for a one-week trial subscription to see the hundreds of available courses. Learn more
Time to Consider the MLA MEP
MLA has offered a “group” MLA 401(k) plan for members for more than two years. It is saving participating dealers on their fees and offering a great benefit to reward their loyal employees. If you haven’t taken a serious look at this program, now would be a good time. Find out why smart dealers are making the move to the MLA program. Call the MLA Hotline at 800-747-6529, or click here to learn more .
Member News

Philip Goff Obituary

It is with sadness we share the news that Phil Goff passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Phil was true to the lumber industry, and always showed his sales force that the lumber Industry played a huge part in Delden's success.
Joe Rethford, Delden Mfg., recalls, "I have fond memories of being on the road with Phil. When he walked into a yard that he had worked with for years, the smiles and handshakes that went out to him. Also the stories they shared made me realize he believed in the local lumberyards."
Lumber News

Registration Now Open for NLBMDA Spring Meeting… NLBMDA’S Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference is taking place March 19 - 21, 2018, at The Renaissance Dupont Hotel in Washington, D.C. The agenda includes several opportunities to learn about key issues affecting the lumber and building material industry from Washington policy experts and political commentators, and will culminate with a day for you to conduct in person meetings with your elected officials in Congress, making your voice heard on Capitol Hill.  Read more .

Another 103 store closings for Sears… Sears Holdings reported today that it will close another 103 stores this spring. The troubled retailer said it will shut down 64 Kmart locations and 39 Sears stores by April of this year. Another 63 closings, announced last year, are scheduled to be completed by the end of January. Read more .
Source: HBS Dealer, January 4, 2018

How One CEO Explained Tax Reform to His Team… Tax reform ranks among the biggest things in LBM life that are both extremely significant and extremely confusing. That's why Kevin Hancock, CEO of Hancock Lumber, felt it was important to write to his leadership team with his views regarding how the recently enacted tax changes could affect the company. Here, with his permission, is the memo from the 2017 ProSales Dealer of the Year. Read more .
Source: Craig Webb, ProSales, January 2, 2018
Free Webinar: A Top Ten List You Can't Ignore

Each year, OSHA releases a summary of their list of Top Ten workplace safety violations. Often the violations don’t change from year to year. Do you ever wonder why? This webinar will take a look at OSHA’s Top Ten violations in 2017. More importantly, however, it will focus on risk management policies, procedures, training, resources, and implementation to help reduce employee accidents and injuries. Click here for complete information .
This service provided courtesy of Federated Mutual Insurance Company, your association’s recommended insurer.
The Last Word

" The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have ."
- Vince Lombardi   
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