April 17, 2017
Sign up Today for Swing-into-Spring Event!

Complete information is available for the popular Missouri Swing-into-Spring event, jointly produced by MLA and the Missouri Lumber Dealers Activity Committee (MLDAC). The event is presented by Federated Insurance, MLA's endorsed partner for complete member insurance services.
The event is scheduled for May 4-5 at the Lake of the Ozarks, and includes a bass-fishing tournament, bowling event, the Missouri Show-Me Scramble golf tournament, and more. Find complete information on our website, along with dealer registration form and sponsorship information . Contact your MLA at 800-747-6529 with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!
In This Issue
Sunflower Shootout - June 9th 
Plan to attend the 29 th annual Sunflower Shootout to benefit the Kansas Lumbermens scholarship program. We'll play at the Hesston Golf Course, in Hesston, Kansas. Sponsorships are available and registration is open to all. Save the date and plan to attend!
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The Labor Crunch 2: Abandonment Issues
This is the second part of a three-part series on the labor shortage in housing and its potential effect on the LBM channel. You can find Part 1 here.
At a sprawling construction site barely 15 minutes from downtown Denver, workers move ground, pour foundations and frame walls and windows, but the work goes slowly because of the slim workforce. Read more.
Source: LBM Exec, April 10, 2017
Lumber News - Quick Glimpses
Renner Supply Organizes a Food Drive... Renner Supply is hosting a food drive program this April and invites everybody to participate. This is conducted as a part of the Kansas City Home Builders Association. Read more.
Source: Delden Garage Doors, April 4, 2017
How to Get Top Dollar When Selling Your Business... Selling a business is a lot like selling your home. You benefit by taking advantage of the equity built over the years. Read more.
Source: BlueTarp, April 7, 2017

Manager Training: How Three Business Owners Groom Their Teams... Developing your organization's leaders is a big part of manager training, whether you choose formal or informal training, according to these entrepreneurs. Read more.
Source: American Express Open Forum, April 12, 2017
30 minutes - Registration Required - Tuesday, April 18 

2.4 million injuries and 35,000 deaths. These statistics from 2016 crashes are alarming, and evidence of the growing epidemic on our nation's roadways. April is distracted driving awareness month so we are bringing our new initiative Drive S.A.F.E. to you. This risk management program focuses on SPEED, ATTENTION, FATIGUE AND EMOTION-the four major categories of driving claims. Statistics don't lie. Injuries and deaths on the roadways are increasing at an alarming rate. Will you help prevent your employees and loved ones from becoming a statistic? Click here to register.
This article provided courtesy of Federated Mutual Insurance Company, your association's recommended insurer.
The Last Word
"Never look back unless you are planning to go that way ."
Henry David Thoreau