For Immediate Release: June 11, 2021
Contact: Kevin McKenney
NLBMDA Meets with Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo’s Office on Lumber Volatility
[Washington, DC] – Today, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) met with Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo’s senior staff and other high ranking Commerce Department officials to discuss the ongoing concerns regarding lumber price volatility and the lumber and building material (LBM) industry. NLBMDA released the following statement:

“NLBMDA, as the national voice of the LBM industry, had a highly productive meeting with Secretary Raimondo’s office and we are confident in her department’s willingness to find workable solutions to address ongoing price volatility,” said NLBMDA President & CEO Jonathan Paine. “We had a very positive and frank discussion about our industry’s concerns, specifically trade barriers to a free market, and the need to reengage in a new Softwood Lumber Agreement. Secretary Raimondo’s staff was receptive to our concerns and expressed a desire to work closely with NLBMDA to find a resolution to the ongoing lumber price volatility. We appreciate Secretary Raimondo’s willingness to examine all aspects of the construction supply chain and NLBMDA looks forward to engaging the Commerce Department’s request for a series of follow-up conversations with us in the weeks ahead.” 

Below you will find a list of participants in today’s meeting.

U.S. Department of Commerce Officials:
  • Chief Counselor to the Secretary, Office of the Secretary
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, International Trade Administration
  • Chief Economist, Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs
  • Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Secretary
  • Director of Public Engagement, Office of the Secretary
  • Deputy Director of Public Engagement, Office of the Secretary

  • Jim Bishop, NLBMDA Board of Directors Chairman
  • Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President & CEO
  • Kevin McKenney, NLBMDA Director of Government Affairs
  • Alex McIntyre, NLBMDA Legislative and Regulatory Coordinator

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) is the recognized voice and resource of the Lumber and Building Material industry to federal legislators and regulatory agencies in Washington DC. NLBMDA provides its members the resources and education to comply with federal laws, codes and regulations. NLBMDA identifies challenges and growth opportunities to the industry and collaborates with its Federateds to develop solutions that require national implementation. Visit us at to learn more.