Volume 17, Number 26, December 26, 2017
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.
Happy Holidays from your MLA!

Our office is closed until January 2nd so our staff can enjoy the holidays with their families. We look forward to serving you in the year ahead, and wish you happiness and prosperity in 2018!
Registration Open for NLBMDA Tax Reform Webinar
President Trump plans to sign the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will make historic changes to the federal tax code. The law, which takes effect for 2018, will have significant impact for both you and your employees. LBM industry leaders need to be aware of the changes and how it will impact your business operations.
Learn about the new tax treatment for pass-through entities, C corporations, depreciation and expensing, deducting mortgage interest, and much more. Understand and apply the changes to make your company more competitive in 2018 and beyond.
The webinar led by Ben Gann, NLBMDA’s Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs, will detail how the new law differs from the old law, and what it means for independent dealers.
This will be a fast-paced 45 minutes, packed with information you do not want to miss, so make sure to register today !

Source: NLBMDA, December 22, 2017
MLDAC Winter Meeting

The Missouri Lumber Dealers Activity Committee (MLDAC) will hold their annual meeting on Friday, January 5, 2018, at CHIC Lumber Company, 2625 E. Terra Lane, St. Peters, Missouri. There is no charge to attend this program. Three featured speakers may be of interest to the entire membership and you are invited to attend.
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 .
Lumber News

Electronic Logging Device Phase-In Requirements and Exemptions… The ELD Rule applies to most motor carriers and drivers who are currently required to maintain records of duty status (RODS). Phase 2 begins December 18, 2017, requiring covered entities to have ELDs or Automatic On Board Recording Devices installed. There are several exemptions to the rule that may apply to LBM dealers. Read more .
Source: NLBMDA, December 18, 2017

Federated Insurance Appoints New President… Federated Insurance Companies’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Fetters announced Wednesday the appointment of Michael G. Kerr to the role of President of the Companies effective December 1, 2017. Kerr will add these responsibilities to his current role as Chief Operating Officer. Read more .
Source: Federated Insurance, December 13, 2017

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 .
Drunk Driving Seldom Takes a Holiday

Distracted driving is fast taking over drunk driving as the number one killer on our roads. It’s a problem being addressed by everyone from schools and employers to the federal government.

But let’s not ignore drunk driving just because the number of fatalities is going down and distracted drivers grab the headlines. Read more .

This service provided courtesy of Federated Mutual Insurance Company, your association’s recommended insurer.
The Last Word

" There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor ."
- Charles Dicken   
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