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August 5, 2014

Nashville, Tennessee-based Louisiana-Pacific Corporation slowed down in the second quarter of 2014, which saw a sales decline of 9% and significantly lower earnings for the building products giant.

Net sales for the three months ended June 30 were $518.5 million, down from $567.0 million in 2013. Sales for the six-month period were also down year-over-year, netting $963.2 million in comparison to $1.1 billion last year.

May 9, 2014

Nashville, Tennessee-based Louisiana-Pacific reported first-quarter sales of $445 million, a 16% decline compared with the year-ago quarter. 

Like most building-material companies with construction-related customers, the winter weather was cited as a drag on the company's performance. 

March 18, 2014

MoistureShield, the Springdale, Ark.-based composite decking manufacturer, has expanded its presence in the Sunbelt and West Coast regions by adding 12 new distribution locations to its network.

Among the new distributors are Huttig Building Products in Phoenix, Nashville, and Jackson, Miss.; BlueLinx in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville, Fla.; Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas; Universal Forest Products in Thornton and Riverside, Calif.; and Intermountain Supply in Spokane, Wash.

February 27, 2014

House-Hasson Hardware reported sales increases at its winter dealer market, which the distributor takes to indicate that 2014 will be a lucrative year for hardware stores and lumberyards in general.

President Don Hasson noted that sales were up 14% -- across the board -- at the January dealer market in Nashville. He added that accelerating home sales are giving dealers added confidence.

December 10, 2013

NASHVILLE, TENN. — Like most of us, Alan Clark worries about the direction of legislation and politics. Like few of us, he got himself elected to the Arkansas state senate.

Clark, the VP and chief operating officer of two-unit Clark Lumber Co. in Hot Springs, Ark., is also the state’s senator for the 13th district. He was part of a wave of recent Republican party victories in Bill Clinton’s backyard. Clark’s legislative class has the first Republican majority in the Arkansas state legislature in 138 years.

December 10, 2013

It’s been a busy summer and fall for HCN: Its editorial staff was taken to many corners of the great United States in pursuit of emerging brands and game-changing products. We were happy to see many industry heavyweights at several of the big trade shows this year, as well as a few hidden gems in the home improvement aisle. From old favorites to promising newcomers, here are a few highlights from the reporter’s notebook.

November 6, 2013

CEO L.T. Gibson accepts the award in Nashville, Tenn.

November 5, 2013

Nashville, Tenn.-based Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (LP) reported third-quarter sales of $507 million, up 10% from the same quarter last year.

The company said OSB prices continued to decline in the quarter, resulting in lower eanrings. LP reported income from continuing operations of $38 million, up from $31 million in last year's third quarter.

"Each of our business segments generated positive adjusted EBITDA in the quarter," said CEO Curt Stevens. 

October 31, 2013

NyloBoard's composite wood alternative was among the more perplexing products on display at the ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville.

The display sample, what appeared to be a wood slab growing out of a snarl of carpet fiber, demonstrated its patented production process.

October 30, 2013

Roxul Inc., based in Milton, Ontario and Grand Forks, B.C., required a compulsory warning sign next to its ProDealer Industry Summit display in Nashville last week: its live product demonstration involved a flame that was continuously pointed at its stone wool insulation for hours on end.

According to sales representative Dan Brown, people have been slow in the past to realize that the flame was indeed real.

October 29, 2013

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) presented 2012 chair Cally Coleman Fromme, president and CEO of Zarsky Lumber Company in Victoria, Texas, with the 2013 Grassroots Dealer of the Year award during the ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville, Tenn. 

October 25, 2013

Nashville, Tenn. -- Bradley Farnsworth, president of the eponymous research-based consulting firm (The Farnsworth Group), delivered an address to ProDealer Summit attendees Friday that outlined a progressively greener near-future outlook for remodeling.

In his presentation, titled "Emerging Trends in Remodeling: A Consumer and Contractor Perspective," Farnsworth detailed the experiences and expectations of architects, contractors and remodelers.

October 25, 2013

The years since the recession have seen a decrease in supplier loyalty and a more prominent focus on dollars and cents. Jim Robisch, senior partner and director of dealer/retailer services at The Farnsworth Group, highlighted these tropes and more during his presentation at the ProDealer Industry Summit Oct. 24 in Nashville, Tenn.

October 24, 2013

Nashville, Tenn. -- A few months ago, John Burns described himself as a raging optimist. Today he's just an optimist.

That was one of the observations from the real estate consultant's presentation at the ProDealer Industry Summit. The fundamentals of the housing recover are solid, he said. But in the sales office, sales and bargains and price drops surged in September. A survey showed 10% of builders surveyed dropped prices, from zero in the previous month. 

October 24, 2013

Nashville,  Tenn. -- The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) is ramping up its efforts to promote its signature: the Innocent Sellers Act (HR 2746).

Speaking during the Washington Update presentation here at the ProDealer Industry Summit, NLBMDA CEO Michael O’Brien led a discussion on recent lobbying activity that included the deep waters of Obamacare and legislation reform.

October 23, 2013

Education and networking are the key drivers behind the 2013 ProDealer Industry Summit, kicking off Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn. 

Sponsored jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and HCN, the three-day event includes a slate of NLBMDA business on Wednesday, followed by the installation of new NLBMDA officers in an evening ceremony. 

October 18, 2013

Bradley T. Farnsworth, president of The Farnsworth Group, will be among five speakers scheduled to appear at this year's ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville, Tenn.

Farnsworth created the research-based consulting firm to serve the home improvement, residential building and commercial construction industries. He has ammassed a wealth of experience in category management, store positioning, market segmentation analysis and hybrid market concept development.

October 18, 2013

US LBM Holdings will accept the HCN 2013 Pro Dealer of the Year award at the Oct. 23-25 ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville, Tenn. 

October 16, 2013

James Robisch, who leads market research and strategy consulting firm Farnsworth Group as senior partner, will speak at this year's ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville, Tenn.

Robisch, who specializes in the home improvement and building supply industry, directs dealer/retailer and wholesale service activities for Farnsworth. This includes anything ranging from market intelligence to branding, customer retention and strategic planning.

October 4, 2013

Pat Thorne Lumber Co. of Chillicothe, Mo., will receive the 2013 Independent Pro Dealer of the Year award during the upcoming ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville, Tenn.

The Oct. 23-25 summit is sponsored jointly by HCN and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA). 

The three-unit Pat Thorne Lumber, co-owned by Pat and Susan Thorne, is a member of the Mid-America Lumbermens Association, of which Pat Thorne is a past president. 

September 29, 2013

The 2013 ProDealer Industry Summit slated for Nashville Oct. 23-25 will include a panel presentation on the business of components. 

A panel of pro dealers will share thoughts on best practices that govern truss and other component operations. 

Assembled on the panel are Chuck Bankston, president of Bankston Lumber, Barnesville, Ga.; Peter Alexander, CEO of BMC, Boise, Idaho; and Dale Carlson, president of Lyman Lumber, Excelsior, Minn.

The Component business presentation is set for Oct. 25, at 11:00 a.m. 

September 25, 2013

Construction is now under way on the new HGTV Smart Home 2014 in Nashville, Tenn., which will be outfitted with technology-enabled appliances and devices.

“This is our second HGTV Smart Home, and it will be one of the most charming, beautiful homes we’ve ever built,” said Jack Thomasson, HGTV professional house planner. “HGTV viewers will be pleasantly surprised at some of the design elements. This will be a space that really ‘pops.’”

September 17, 2013

The ProDealer Industry Summit, slated for Oct. 23-25 in Nashville, Tenn., will include a trip to Stewart Builder Supply for a boots-on-the-ground networking and education opportunity.

The Brentwood, Tenn., location of Stewart Builder Supply is welcoming PDIS attendees on Thursday Oct. 24, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

September 5, 2013

Nashville, Tenn.-based building materials giant Louisiana-Pacific Corp. agreed to buy Ainsworth Lumber Co. of Canada for about $1.1 billion. 

Vancouver, B.C.-based Ainsworth makes oriented strand board (OSB) and specialty products.