BMSA Bulletin
April 2019
Member News

Tom Lawyer of G ranville Lumber, Granville, OH, is retiring after 58 years in the retail lumber industry. A scholarship fund has been established in his name to help students from central Ohio who are planning to enter the architecture, engineering or construction trades. Congratulations Tom!


Professional Builders Supply recently hired J ohn Merritt as President of its Multifamily Division.  Prior to joining PBS, John was the Managing Director of CBC Capital, where he led Capitol Broadcasting Company's investment in PBS in 2017.  John has served on the Board of PBS since 2017 and worked closely with the PBS management team before joining the company in 2019.  John is responsible for all multifamily activities across PBS's markets.

Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company hired John Kennealy as vice president of claims.


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DOT Submits Proposed Rule Change for HOS Regulations

The U.S. Department of Transportation sent its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to reform hours-of-service regulations to the Office of Management and Budget. Although the department has not released any details of the notice to the public, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said at the Mid-America Trucking Show that "the department understands the strong interest in increasing flexibility and is giving it serious consideration." American Trucking Associations (ATA) spokesperson Sean McNally said, "ATA is pleased that the much-needed review and reform of the hours-of-service rules has progressed to the point where a proposal has been sent to the White House for its review." The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association also was pleased with the progress. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) officials combed through thousands of comments and gathered input on potential rule changes for months before submitting the NPRM to the White House. FMCSA Chief Counsel Jim Mullen said the majority of respondents recommended eliminating the 30-minute rest break, and commenters also responded in favor of allowing drivers to divide their rest time in a sleeper berth instead of resting for 10 hours straight. The top vote among respondents was for dividing rest hours into a 50/50 split.

(Source:  NLBMDA Workplace Safety & Risk Management Update, April 2019)
Calendar of Events

April 15-16: 
2-Day Estimating Seminar
(Columbus, OH)

April 17:
Advanced Estimating Seminar
(Columbus, OH)

May 5-7: 
Roundtable #7
(Richmond, VA)

July 25-28:
BMSA's Summer Conference (Myrtle Beach, SC)
BMSA's Summer Conference - 
Boardwalk to Better Business - Myrtle Beach, SC

Why make plans to attend our exciting event in 2019?
  • *Member Favorite*  Dr. Ed Seifried - Will 2020's economy be a Ferris Wheel ride or the Hurler?
  • Nick Hayes-Becoming the High Striker of Leadership
  • Chipping Challenges  For Family Business
  • NEW Upgraded hotel facilities featuring 7 pools including 2 lazy rivers, daily children's activities, mini golf onsite, poolside eateries, a grab and go market and full service dining experiences onsite!
  • A stocked BMSA Hospitality Suite for your mingling and refreshment delight!
  • Fun filled BMSA event programming for adults and children
  • The Saturday night Boardwalk Shindig will feature enticing Food, Games & Entertainment
  • New activities for families at Wonder Works featuring interactive exhibits, laser tag, zip-lines, ropes courses and much more!
  • New Golf Tournament location at the Myrtlewood Golf Club
Register and Book Your Rooms Today! Click here!
For more information, contact BMSA at 800.849.1503.
Planning Tool Helps Guide Disaster Preparation and Recovery Strategies

The skies are clear. The river is at its normal level. Authorities are reporting a low risk of wildfire. Fault lines have been
quiet. It's tempting to operate your business as if these will always be the case. But what will you do when disaster
strikes? Ask any business owner who has been through a disaster - thorough preparation makes all the difference.

When you experience a catastrophe, the trauma and stress make it difficult, if not impossible, to think clearly enough to
begin setting things right. And unless you've collected all the documents and information you need for operational
continuity, you'll have a hard time getting things moving again.

Federated Mutual Insurance Company® offers the resources you need to prepare your business for a disaster with the
Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) Open for Business-EZ┬« program. The program, available online or in print,  guides business owners through the process of developing a plan to help keep a business profitable after a disaster.

Read more here.

(Source: Federated Insurance Press Release, April 2019)
Distracted Driving 
Awareness Month

Unless you are a computer, you can't multitask. You might be able to quickly switch from task to task, but the idea that a person can effectively perform two or more actions simultaneously is just plain false. Whether it's at home, at work, or on the road, you're at your best when you concentrate on one activity.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. While drivers should always keep their eyes - and minds - on the road, this month is a good time to remind yourself, and everyone in your life who drives a vehicle for personal or professional use, that when behind the wheel, the only things that matter are the road in front of you and the other vehicles around you.

Don't text and drive. You've likely heard that warning before, and with good reason. Nationwide, 3,450 people were killed in 2016 and 391,000 were injured in 2015 in distracted-driving accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Mobile device use of any kind - talking on the phone, changing the song on a music app, entering a destination on a navigation app, among others - should wait until you have reached your destination. Laws regarding cell phone use differ from state to state, but potential consequences remain the same: death or serious injury.

Read more  here.

(Source: Federated Insurance, Risk Management Corner , March 2019)


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Amelia Lumber Company, Inc.
Garden State Lumber
Rader Solutions
Appalachian Hardwood Lumber 
Reeb Millwork
Atlantic Forklift Services
Great Southern Wood Perserving

Reserve Lumber Co.

Averitt Express


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Henry Company Robbins Wood Preserving
Banyan Consulting Group/Hub International
Hood Distribution
Rocco Building Supplies, LLC

Basys Processing
Huttig Building Products
Roseburg Forest Products
BlueLinx Corporation

Royal Building Products
BlueTarp Financial, Inc.

Boise Cascade Corp.
Intex Millwork Solutions

Brackett Brothers Corp.

Building 9 Corp.

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Cameron Ashley Building Products
Kerridge Commercial Systems
Schaffer Associates 

CareWorks Comp


Carolina Atlantic Distributors, Inc.
Simpson Strong-Tie, Inc. 
Carter Millwork, Inc. 
Larson Manufacturing Co.
Smith Millwork, Inc. 
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LBM Advantage
Snavely Forest Products
Charles F. Shiels & Company
Legacy Pre-Finishing Inc.
Southeast Insurance Group
Clem Lumber & Distributing Company
LJS Solutions
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Crumpler Plastic Pipe
LMC (Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation)

Style Crest, Inc.
Culpeper Wood Preservers
Sun Windows, Inc.

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The Marwin Company
Tampa International Forest Products
DMSi Software
Melcap Partners, LLC.
The Empire Company
Dyke Industries
Member Insurance
Trebnick Systems, Inc.

Metal Sales Manufacturing Tri-State Forest Products


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U.S. Lumber
E-Cubed Consulting

ECi Spruce Computers
Packard Forest Products, Inc.
Vann Attorneys. L.L.P
EHOP Health
Palmer-Donavin Manufacturing Viance

Palmetto Paper Tube


Patwin Plastics
Welco Enterprises, Inc.
Peak Auctioneering
Weyerhaeuser Distribution
Facemyer Lumber Co., Inc. 
Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company
Wholesale Millwork, Inc.
Federated  Insurance
Ponderosa Software
WM Coffman Resources
Forest Products Group
PrimeSource Building Products
Woodford Plywood, Inc.
Fortress Wood Products