BMSA Bulletin
May 2019
Member News

Smith Millwork, Inc. of Lexington, NC is celebrating their 40th anniversary! Congratulations! 

Professional Builders Supply, the largest independently owned building material supplier based in the
Carolinas, has expanded into the Greenville-Spartanburg, SC market. The expansion represents the fifth
market the company serves, and its ninth location.

Charlie Coggins serves as Market President, Blake Isley is Operations Manager, Phillip Kreisher is
Purchasing Manager and Ginette Laliberte is Office/Administrative
Manager for the new location.

Charlie Coggins

Blake Isley

Phillip Kreisher

Ginette Laliberte

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Calendar of Events

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

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1:
Roundtable #1
(Charlotte, NC)

Oct. 9-11:
CFO Roundtable
(North Myrtle Beach, SC)

Oct. 10-11:
Operations Manager Roundtable A
(Hilton Head, SC)

Oct. 16-18:
Roundtable #3
(Charlotte, NC)

Oct. 24-25:
Sales Manger Roundtable
(Hilton Head, SC)

Nov. 6-8:
Roundtable #7
(Raleigh, NC)

The BMSA office will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

BMSA's Summer Conference is a unique blend of learning opportunities to help you grow your business  and relaxing time to have fun with your family and friends.

In addition to the beach, the Doubletree Resort offers multiple outdoor pools, two lazy rivers, miniature  golf and bike rentals right on the property.

On Friday, BMSA offers the following activities to further enhance your conference experience:
  • WonderWorks Adventure - Includes 100 interactive exhibits, indoor and outdoor ropes courses, laser tag, and a two-way zip-line.
  • Water Adventures - Two hours of fun on the water! Choose from Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Surf Lessons.
  • Annual Golf Tournament - Enjoy playing on Myrtlewood Golf Club's Palmetto Course.
BMSA has all of this and much more in store for you throughout  the conference!  Make your plans  today to join your fellow members at BMSA's Summer Conference July 25-28 in Myrtle Beach! 

For more information go to or call the BMSA office at 800.849/1503.
First-Time Buyers Aren't AWOL, After All

Everyone knows what's ailing housing. Inflated home prices, overly tight credit, sky-high school debt - a host of factors have contributed to declining affordability, and that shut the door on homeownership to the Millennial generation just as it began to enter its prime home-buying years.

Every year, surveys from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) illustrated the results. First-timers as a percentage of all home buyers fell from the low 40s during the last boom to the low 30s after the Great Recession, and never bounced back.
One catch:  A new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York says NAR's data is wrong. Working from a sampling of U.S. households much larger than NAR's, the New York Fed found that from 2000 through 2016, first-time buyers accounted for a minimum of 40% and as much as 51% of all home purchases. First-timers averaged 44% to 45% throughout the 17-year period, and made up 46% of the total in 2017.

Moreover, Millennials have been pulling their weight and then some. The oldest turned 25 (typically the minimum age when people buy their first home) around 2007. Since then, the median age of a first-time buyer has fallen from 37.2 to 35.4.

Read more here.

(Source: LBM Executive, May 2019)
Getting Ready for ELDT: Deadline Looms for New Driver 
Training Rule

The Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators will enact new federal requirements in an attempt to standardize today's existing patchwork of training curricula that are developed at the state level. The final rule puts the onus on commercial driver's license (CDL) schools, as well as carriers with in-house CDL training programs, to self-certify in a yet-to-be-deployed Training Provider Registry (TRP) and to overhaul entry-level driver training courses. Currently, the U.S. Department of Transportation only mandates four topics for CDL training providers: hours of service, driver qualification and disqualification, health and wellness, and whistleblower protection. The new rule will require schools and trainers to provide 31 specific theory courses, as well as 19 behind-the-wheel (BTW) skills courses, and driver candidates are required to have an 80% pass rate. The entry-level driver training final rule, which takes effect on Feb. 7, 2020, also establishes new minimum standards for both theory instructors and BTW instructors. Some caution that schools providing CDL training may be unwilling or unable to meet the new requirements, which could exacerbate the driver shortage faced by the industry.

(Source: Commercial Carrier Journal, April 29 2019 / NLBMDA Workplace Safety & Risk Management Update, May 2019)
How to Make the Transition to the ELD Spec from Grandfathered E-Logs, or AOBRDs

Dec. 17 is the last-permissible date to utilize Automatic Onboard Recording Device-type e-logs (AOBRDs) and it's not too early to start making the transition today. According to David Heller, the Truckload Carriers Association's government affairs vice president, after Dec. 17, failure to be electronic logging device (ELD)-compliant will be an out-of-service order on the equivalent of not having a logbook. The biggest potential time-consuming challenge for a fleet of some size involves required hardware and software changes, depending on the AOBRD in use, and time to implement and train personnel on the new devices. For many owner-operators running a smartphone-capable app, such a change could be as simple as the click of a drop-down menu in the system's online dashboard. Training will be necessary given that with ELDs, there are five different possible ways of transmittal to roadside officers, and depending on the device and the jurisdiction, those could happen in different ways. Other considerations include how to handle the special Personal Conveyance (off-duty driving) and Yard Moves (on-duty not-driving) categories of movement when moving to ELDs from AOBRDs.

(Source: Overdrive, April 25, 2019 / NLBMDA Workplace Safety & Risk Management Update, May 2019)


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BMSA encourages our Dealer members to look first to your Associate members when purchasing products and services. Support those who support your Association and the industry! 

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


-H- Rick Johnson Insurance, Inc.
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.

-K- -S-
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. 
Center-Line Trailers
LBM Advantage
Snavely Forest Products
Charles F. Shiels & Company
Legacy Pre-Finishing Inc.
Southeast Insurance Group
Clem Lumber & Distributing Company
LJS Solutions
South-East Lumber
Crumpler Plastic Pipe
LMC (Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation)

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

Sunbelt Rack/CT Darnell Construction

Dairyman's Supply Co., Inc
-M- TAH Benefits
Dealers Supply & Lumber Co.
Madison Wood Preservers
TAMKO Building Products, Inc.
Diamond Hill Plywood Company
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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Eastern Engineered Wood Products
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