Volume 16, Number 9  | May 1, 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.
Upcoming Events
Two great events are planned in May and June. This is your last chance to register for the Swing-into-Spring events at the Lake of the Ozarks, May 4-5.

Another great Sunflower Shoot-out has been planned by the Kansas lumber dealers for Friday, June 9, at Hesston Golf Course. Follow links to more information about each event.

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Member News

Doyle Wiskur Retires… After a career spanning 42 years with La Crosse Lumber Company, Doyle Wiskur retired effective April 28, 2017. Doyle started with La Crosse Lumber in 1975 as Assistant Manager working with David Whitaker at Centralia, Missouri, at the high pay rate of $2.50 per hour. In March 1976, he was promoted to Manager of the Wellsville, Missouri, yard. He was promoted to manager of the Marshall yard in January 1978. After 26 years as a successful manager at the Marshall store, he became the company’s Vice President and General Manager in April 2004. If you wish to send Doyle a card, his address is: Doyle Wiskur, 28009 Premier Ave, Gilliam, MO  65330.
Rich Bass Joins Building Solutions… Earlier this month, Building Solutions announced they have retained Rich Bass for the position of Chief Financial Officer. Rich brings 30+ years of operation and accounting expertise to their team. More specifically, Rich’s experience came through his time at several successful lumber companies such as such as Millard Lumber based out of Omaha, Nebraska. Hope Lumber and Mill Creek based out of Broken Arrow Oklahoma. Rich has also worked for the Forest Group out of Oklahoma City.  Read 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.
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Lumber News

Countervailing Duties Placed on Canadian Softwood Lumber Imports… The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced it is placing countervailing duties on softwood lumber imports from Canada to the U.S. Levies ranging from 3 to 24 percent are being applied on softwood lumber from five Canadian companies. All other Canadian softwood lumber producers and exporters will pay a rate of 19.88 percent. Read more .
Source: NLBMDA, April 25, 2017

NAHB Disagrees on Lumber Tariffs… Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, responded to comments by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross regarding the imposition of tariffs on Canadian lumber imports. “If the 20 percent lumber duty remains in effect throughout 2017, NAHB estimates this will result in the loss of nearly $500 million in wages and salaries for U.S. workers, $350 million in taxes and other revenue for the governments in the U.S. and more than 8,200 full-time U.S. jobs. Read more .
Source: NAHB.org, April 26, 2017

Homeownership in the Crosshairs of Latest Tax Plan… Major reforms are needed to lower tax rates and simplify the tax code, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of current and prospective homeowners. That’s according to National Association of Realtors® President William E. Brown, a second-generation Realtor® from Alamo, California and founder of Investment Properties. Read more .
Source: National Association of Realtors, April 26, 2017  
The 88 Percent
 
We hear a lot about millennials these days, and with good reason. They’re buying houses, paying off student debt, getting involved, and working at their first real job. You might have one or a few working for you right now. Give them what they need to be fulfilled by their job, and you have yourself energetic, innovative, valuable employees. But, be aware: AAA® recently called young millennials (19-24) the “worst behaved drivers in the U.S.”* Read more.

This article provided courtesy of Federated Mutual Insurance Company, your association’s recommended insurer.
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