Volume 16, Number 17, August 21, 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.
Register Now for the Fall Fling!
This year marks the 15th anniversary for the MLA Fall Fling, and plans are underway to change the format and make this the best one ever. You won’t want to miss this event, filled with opportunities for meaningful conversations with other dealers and an unprecedented line-up of outstanding speakers!

Join us in Kansas City October 4-6 for the first ever joint conference with dealers from the Mid-America Lumbermens Association and the Mountain States Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association. We will be bringing our dealers together for networking, fellowship, and most important, to learn about leadership skills that will help propel our respective organizations to the next level and beyond. 

Register now and save the dates - October 4-6, 2017. Sharpen your leadership skills as you learn from the best and brightest educators in the LBM industry!
Send Us Your Photos!

We know that many MLA members have a four-legged greeter at their lumberyard – sometimes two! If you have this type of loyal employee, we want to feature them in our newsletter. Send photos to: oholcombe@themla.com . (Be sure the files are smaller than 5 MB, or they’ll be rejected by our system.) Tell us the pet's name and how long they’ve been “employed” at your yard. We’re looking forward to sharing this fun information!
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 .
Getting Paid - Credit Strategies that Work!

Do you have credit policies that are exposing you to risk and losing you money? Watch this webinar and learn :

  • The surprising cost of your credit program
  • Are early pay discounts and credit cards making you money or losing you money?
  • Risk trends over the past year
  • How to prepare for the next downturn  

Source: Scott Simpson, BlueTarp, August 14, 2017
Member News

Bridging the Gap between Consumers and the Building Materials Industry… The initial concept was born at an NHLA convention in 2013. Tommy MacDonald gave a presentation about his work with the Hardwood Forest Foundation educating children on trees and the many ways they are used. While listening to MacDonald’s story, attendee and marketing manager at DMSi Software, Elizabeth Langan , had an idea. Read more .
Source: NLBMDA, August 14, 2017

Renner Supply Provides Garage Doors for St. Jude’s… Renner Supply Company has proudly announced that they have provided the garage doors and openers for another St. Jude Dream Home in Springfield, Missouri. Renner Supply is a family-owned garage door sales, service and installation company serving several cities in Missouri. Moreover, the wide range of doors offered by the company are getting extremely popular in The Show-Me State as the number of orders is consistently on the rise. Read more .
Source: Delden Mfg., August 14, 2017
Lumber News
Preserving the Mortgage Interest Deduction… NLBMDA's government relations team has learned that the Trump Administration is considering lowering the cap on the mortgage interest deduction (MID) as part of comprehensive tax reform. This is despite earlier this year the White House stating it would preserve the deduction. Lowering the cap on the MID would be harmful to home owners, the housing market, and the nation's economy. NLBMDA urges its members to take action now by contacting their Representative and Senators and asking them to preserve the mortgage interest deduction and its critical role in American housing policy. As tax reform heats up in Washington, the preservation of this tax incentive is important to the continued strength and growth in residential construction. Take action now !

LBM Associations Merge… The Georgia-based Construction Suppliers Association will merge with the Oklahoma Lumbermen’s Association in a move described as a strategy to maintain “critical mass” for the association to deliver more programs to member dealers. Read more .
Source: HBS Dealer, August 16, 2017

Interested in NLBMDA’s Political Activity? Complete a Prior Approval Form Today! The Lumber Dealers Political Action Committee (LuDPAC), the political action committee of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA), has important information to share with you about their political activities. However, your written permission is needed before we can send this information. This in no way obligates you to contribute to LuDPAC. Click here to fill out your Prior Approval Form.
Employment Screening Trends & Pitfalls

Business in most industries continues its upward trajectory in 2017, and companies are hiring at a brisk pace. With the increased urgency in hiring, some companies have found it necessary to hire first, ask questions later. This can be risky. Employers should be aware of and minimize potential liability during their hiring process. Read more .
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The Last Word

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

-Mother Teresa   
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