May 2005 Table of Contents

Prime Time Players Prime Time Players

Dealers are making a difference through reality TV's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Read more

Pushing the Limits Pushing the Limits

National Home Centers has returned to profitability, after several precarious years in the 1980s and 1990s, by augmenting its traditional strengths in lumber and building materials with broader assortments of home d�cor, flooring, and--of all things--furniture. Read more

New Frontiers: Diversify and Conquer

More on how to spread new roots, with lessons learned from a regional Midwestern pro dealer. Read more

New Frontiers: Master Plan

With the right approach, organic expansion strategies can grow new business opportunities. Here are some tips on how to spread new roots from a small independent in Lowe's backyard. Read more

ProSales 100
2005 ProSales 100 2005 ProSales 100: Capital Ideas

As the good times roll, pro dealers are investing in showrooms, facilities, and technology. Read more

2005 ProSales 100: Shifting Priorities 2005 ProSales 100 2005 ProSales 100: Shifting Priorities

For the first time, custom home builders lose ground to other contractors as a third of the PROSALES 100 anticipate shifts toward tract builders and remodelers. Read more

Green Construction
Green Wave Green Wave

The 2005 Green Building Conference showcased the many faces--and dispelled many of the myths--of sustainable building. Read more

100 Years of Plywood 100 Years of Plywood

The engineered wood industry celebrates a century of softwood plywood. Read more

Headed South Headed South

Hope Lumber and Supply digs deeper into Southeast construction markets with the acquisition of Leeds Building Products. Read more

On the Hill On the Hill

Highlights from NLBMDA's 2005 Legislative Conference. Read more

The Search

Most managers are looking for excellence in all the wrong places. Read more

New Deal

Activant acquires Enterprise Computer Systems' parent company, Speedware. Read more

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