ProSales' website has kept a close eye on the still-unfolding story of the 51% sale of Stock Building Supply to a private equity group and Stock's subsequent entrance into Chapter 11 bankruptcy law protection. Look to for stories, maps, spreadsheets, timelines, and helpful links relating to the continuing saga of America's No. 2 LBM operation.

Honors for "The Future of Wood"

The National Association of Real Estate Editors has chosen "The Future of Wood," ProSales' special report from September 2008, as the best trade magazine report for residential real estate, mortgage finance or building development. "The Future of Wood" was a multi-story, multimedia project that took more than a year to research. You can read it at

Marketing Moxie

Dealers are accustomed to digging into piles of data to make most business decisions, but when they make marketing choices they rely more often than not on gut instinct, consultant Bob Wiltse says. In his exclusive column on, Wiltse presents some statistics you can use to help make sure your marketing money travels far.

WeTube on YouTube

If you prefer to get your news via video rather than by words, check out Craig Webb's "Notes From the Field" feature on YouTube. His latest report summarizes the implications he sees from ProBuild's new reorganization and its centralization of some activities at its Denver headquarters.

Art of the Deal

We've been tracking LBM-related deals on the ProSales website since January 2006. Check's News & Trends tab for the "Deals Database."

Twits & Tweets

ProSales now uses Twitter to alert our followers to breaking news. Follow us at

Speak Out!

Send your comments to editor Craig Webb: or One Thomas Circle, N.W., Suite 600 Washington, D.C. 20005. (Letters may be edited for clarity and space.)