December 2005 Table of Contents

Excellence Awards
Future Vision Future Vision

The year 2030 might seem like a long way off, but market forces are already redefining the building materials supply channel and shaking up the status quo of the entire construction industry. Read more

Face Lift Face Lift

When Van Millwork switched its focus from lumber supply to interior millwork 30 years ago Read more

Top Shelf Top Shelf

Combining accessible tile displays with inviting personal touches, TileAmerica turned 9,000 square feet of showroom space into a cozy and comfortable destination. Read more

Systems Check

From vendors to buying groups to NLBMDA and its regional federated associations, resources abound for the progressive-minded pro dealer seeking a larger stake in profitability and best practices from the spectrum of industry benchmarking and roundtable opportunities. Read more

Forward Thinking Forward Thinking

With strong sales and a firm foundation with new-home builders, Universal Supply Co. could simply sit back and float on the wave of current market opportunities. Instead, the New Jersey Read more

Blended Family Blended Family

In early 2004, sister companies Stock Building Supply and Ferguson Enterprises, both owned by England-based Wolseley and headquartered in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, entered into a partnership designed to leverage the suppliers' complementary product lines into a single Carrboro, N.C., showroom for customers and their homeowner-clients. Read more

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