BMSA Bulletin
October 2017
Member News   
Henry Lumber Co. of Marion, Ohio, has purchased a storefront downtown where it will open a retail showroom by spring 2018 -- just in time for  its 60th anniversary. The company has wanted to expand beyond commodities for several years but found its current location less than ideal for appealing to consumers, considering its proximity to railroad tracks and its lack of space for displays.
Anyone who has shopped at a home center or worked in lumber has likely been to a location that CT Darnell Construction, Alpharetta, Ga., designed, built or equipped. The company is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The family-owned business started in Atlanta in 1987, supplying its Sunbelt Rack storage systems to burgeoning big-box retailers. Over the years, offerings were expanded to include site planning, design  and construction of LBM and retail facilities, as well as site renovations.
Dyke Industries, Inc., a wholesale distributor of a broad line of building materials, millwork and related products since 1866 has licensed CAI's Ponderosa Enterprise Resource Planning Software. Dyke Industries, Inc. is a family-owned company serving the Southeast. The present-day company, incorporated in 1942, is the successor to two millwork manufacturing companies, Dyke Bros., which was established in Fort Smith, Ark., in 1870, and Cole Manufacturing Company, which was established in Memphis, Tenn., in 1866.
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Calendar of Events
October 17-19: NLBMDA ProDealer Industry Summit (Phoenix, AZ)

October 23-24: Leadership Development Roundtable 1 (Charlottesville, VA)

October 26-27: Sales Managers Roundtable (Gatlinburg, TN)

November 8: BMSA Executive Committee Meeting (Columbus, OH)

November 9: BMSA Board of Directors Meeting (Columbus, OH)

February 7-8: BMSA's Annual Building Products Show

February 27-March 1: Installed Sales Roundtable (Asheville, NC)

March 19-21: NLBMDA Legislative Conference (Washington, DC)   
March 25-27: Roundtable 1 (Charlotte, NC)
April 18-20: CFO Roundtable (Kansas City, MO)
April 19-20: Leadership Development Roundtable 2 (Nashville, TN)
April 22-24: Roundtable 3
(Location TBD) 
July 26-29: BMSA's Summer Conference 
How Companies are Closing the Skills Gap for Youth in the U.S.

At the International Youth Foundation, we know that too many young people have inadequate access to opportunities to learn, grow, and hone their skills. This month, the Business Roundtable released Work in Progress: How CEOs Are Helping Close America's Skills Gap, a report outlining the difficulty U.S. companies face in finding workers with the right competencies and how 63 companies are undertaking projects to make sure workers of all ages can get and keep the jobs of today and tomorrow.

The report identifies three types of skills gaps that companies in the U.S. face: lack of fundamental skills like communication and working in teams; lack of a specialized skill for the trade industry; and lack of applicants who have skills related to science, technology, engineering, and math. Here are three ways companies in the United States are working to close these gaps for young people:     Read more . 
(Source: Kristina Gaddy, International Youth Foundation, June 29, 2017.) 
This Old House Addressing Skills Gap in the Vocational Trades 
The producers and stars of This Old House are trying to help close the skills gap by encouraging young people to master the vocational trades that built this country. They have joined the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in a new initiative they are calling Generation Next.

The show launched a nationwide search for three apprentices to work alongside the expert TOH crew in its 2017 renovation project in the Boston area. They also selected five "homegrown" apprentices from the Boston area to work with subcontractors.

The goal? To expose more young people to the possibility of learning a skilled trade that can become a career. The popular TV show is dedicating air time, as well as space in its website and magazine, to this effort.
Read more
(Source: This Old House website, Oct. 2017) 
Why the Equifax Hack Has  
Small Business Owners Worried

Small business owners say they're worried the Equifax hack could hurt both their personal finances and their businesses.
For many, their ability to access credit needed to pay employees or order inventory is closely tied to their personal credit score.

"The Equifax breach of my personal information puts our entire business at risk," said Dawn Lea Chalmers, owner of the boutique clothing store Kademi in Mississippi.

She is joining a lawsuit filed against Equifax, asking to be reimbursed for the cost and time spent monitoring financial accounts and looking for signs of identity theft.

Chalmers hasn't seen any suspicious activity. But the information exposed in the hack could be used by criminals to open fraudulent accounts, damaging her credit score. That could lead to higher interest rates or outright rejection of a loan application. If that happens, Chalmers fears she won't be able to purchase merchandise for the store.  Read more.

Katie Lobosco, CNN Money, Sept. 28, 2017)
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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! 
4ME Group
Emery-Waterhouse Company  

Ponderosa Software
AGS Stainless 
The Empire Company 
PureColor Inc. 
Epicor Software 
Randolph-Bundy Inc.
Amelia Lumber Company, Inc.  
Facemyer Lumber Co., Inc. 

Red Bolt Promotions 

Anchor Concrete/Sakrete
Federated Mutual Insurance
Reeb Millwork

Appalachian Hardwood Lumber Co.  
Fortress Wood Products
Reserve Lumber Co.
Assurance Personnel Services 
Rick Johnson Insurance, Inc.
Banyan Consulting Group 
Georgia-Pacific Structural Panels Division
Rocco Building Supplies, LLC 

Basys Processing
Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc.
Roxul Inc. 

Guardian Building Products
Royal Building Products 

BlueLinx Corporation 
Hannah Sheridan Loughridge & Cochran
Schaffer Associates 

BlueTarp Financial, Inc. 
Huttig Building Products

Boise Cascade Corp. 
Industrial Products Co.
Simpson Strong-Tie, Inc. 
Bridgewater Wholesalers, Inc.  
Intex Millwork Solutions
Smith Millwork, Inc. 
Building 9 Corp. 
J.R.B. Peddlers
Snavely Forest Products
CareWorks Comp 
Kerridge Commercial Services
Spruce Computer Systems/ECi Solutions

Carl Rogers & Associates 
Larson Manufacturing Co.
Style Crest, Inc. 
Carolina Atlantic Distribution, Inc. 
LBM Advantage

Sun Windows Inc. 
Carter Millwork, Inc.
Legacy Pre-Finishing Inc.
Sunbelt Rack/CT Darnell Construction 
Cedar Creek Holdings, Inc.
LJS Solutions
Superior Plastic Products 
Center-Line Trailers 
LMC (Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation)
TAH Benefits
Century Group, Inc. 
Lumber Sales Corporation
TAMKO Building Products, Inc.
Charles F. Shiels & Company 
Lumberman's Wholesale Distribution 
TAPCO Group 
Clem Lumber & Distributing Company 
Madison Wood Preservers

The Marwin Company

Trebnick Systems, Inc.
Cosella-Dorken Products 
Melcap Partners, LLC

Tri-State Forest Products 

Cox Industries, Inc. 
Member Insurance

UFPi Elizabeth City, LLC
Creative Destinations, Inc. 
Metal Sales Manufacturing Co. 
U.S. Lumber

Crumpler Plastic Pipe 
Metwood Building Solutions
V & H Inc. 

Culpeper Wood Preservers 
Mitek Industries 
Vann Attorneys, L.L.P.

Muneris Benefits
Viance - Treated Wood Solutions 

Diamond Hill Plywood Company 

Welco Enterprises, Inc.

DMSi Software  
Wesco Distribution, Inc.
Dyke Industries 
NOVIK/Derby Building Products  
Weyerhaeuser Company
E-Cubed Consulting
Packard Forest Products, Inc.   

Wholesale Millwork Inc. 

Woodford Plywood, Inc.

Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company
Yoder Lumber Co.