April 2022
What's happening and what matters in construction supply, from Webb Analytics President Craig Webb.
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The Fed's Attempt at a Soft Landing Could Fail. Here are 5 Ways LBM Could Be Affected
There's growing pessimism the Fed will successfully pilot the U.S. economy to a land of lower inflation but no increase in unemployment. Oddsmakers are raising the chances for a recession. If they're right, how much could LBM be hurt? That's likely to vary depending on your place in the construction supply landscape. Here are 5 factors to consider. More
Final Days! Send Us Your Info for
the 2022 Construction Supply 150
An impressive number of dealers already have lined up and submitted entries to Webb Analytics' Construction Supply 150 for 2022. Now it's your turn to contribute to this list of America's key pro-oriented building material dealers. If you're an executive at your company, please take part. If you're not the boss, please push to enter your company.
The CS 150 begins with a list of the 150 biggest companies that sell building materials. It then goes way beyond to show the size and scale of LBM's subsegments, as well as reveal important metrics on how the industry is performing. No other report in LBM is as detailed or as comprehensive. Click here for a PDF. Or just go straight to the survey.
LBM's Latest Deals Action Features Truss Plants, Specialty Dealers, and Hardware Stores
Variety abounds in this latest monthly roundup of acquisitions, openings, and closures involving construction supply companies. No one category of dealer predominated, and no mega-deal emerged. Here's a roundup. More
99 Job Changes, 70 Companies
Meet Damien Katzenmeyer (left), the new head of fleet at Beacon Building Products. Elsewhere, Huber, Epicor and STIHL got new presidents, BlueLinx has a new supply chain officer, Do it Best named a Director of Merchandising Strategy, and there are new managers and directors at Beisser Lumber, SRS, Foundation Building Materials, Big C, Builders Warehouse, Lansing Building Products, Builders FirstSource, Breckenridge Building Center, 84 Lumber, Tibbetts Lumber, Nation's Best Holdings, Interstate + Lakeland, and Deering Lumber. More
Our 2021 Deals Report Covers
Nearly 900 Deals, Opens, Closes
You're invited to download the most comprehensive report around of the acquisitions, openings, and closures that took place in construction supply last year. Webb Analytics' 2021 Deals Report details who bought the most yards, which states--surprisingly--were among the most active, and what happened specifically at lumberyards, specialty dealers and manufacturing facilities. And it's all free, Download it here
Move Aside, Truffle-Finding Pigs. We're
on the Scent for Harmful Fungi in Trees
The Nose4Wood project, run jointly by the Lapland University of Applied Sciences and Finland's Natural Resources Institute, is exploring whether it can train dogs to sniff out a pair of fungi that together cause 50 million Euros (US$54 million) worth of spruce and pine losses in Finland annually. It can take as long as a year to train the dogs, who come from all over Finland. So far, the Lapponian Herder breed (pictured above) is one of the best at s the task. Dogs already are used in Sweden and the Czech Republic to look for the spruce bark beetle, More

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