Volume 17, Number 3, February 5, 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.
Scholarships Available Now!
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The MLA scholarship program continues to be one of the most valued among all the Association services. Annually, the Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas state committees make funds available for scholarships to assist employees’ children and to support employees pursuing continuing education. These are grants – not loans – and do not need to be repaid.

Applications are currently available on the MLA website. Click here to select the application for your state of residence .

To qualify for an award, complete and return the application. Be certain to send a current photo with the application for publicity purposes.

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 16, 2018.
Your Credit Manager and BlueTarp

Credit managers who work with BlueTarp find their jobs transformed for the better. Supported by BlueTarp’s web tools and professional staff, credit managers have access to information, expertise and technology that make their job easier. The predictable cash flow guaranteed by the BlueTarp program takes the guesswork out of scheduling accounts payable. And, the best dividend of all is how credit managers are able to focus more time on helping customers while BlueTarp is taking care of the back office details. Read more .

Note: BlueTarp is an endorsed Association partner.
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 .
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Lumber News

Softwood Lumber Prices Climb to Record Highs... Prices for softwood lumber imports have skyrocketed 30 percent since Hurricane Harvey hit last summer, largely as a result of the tariffs imposed by the U.S. Commerce Department, says the  NAHB  blog. Read more .
Source: Builderonline.com, January 31, 2018

NLBMDA Releases 2018 National Policy Agenda… The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) released its national legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2018. The document brings focus to the common interests of the lumber and building industry and includes public policy goals for the continued success and growth of the nation's housing and building sector. Read more .
Source: NLBMDA, February 5, 2018

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 .
Vision for the Next Generation

While incentives such as bonuses and profit sharing are important, recognizing achievements and building self-esteem are priceless. Some business owners procrastinate or avoid communicating their succession plans because they fear how family members and employees might react. However, their silence may actually create more stress and cause harm to the business. Most employees—including family members—will feel more secure about the future if they know what to expect and how they will fit in. Read more .

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

" You may delay, but time will not ."
- Benjamin Franklin   
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