The Michigan Lumber & Building Materials Association has officially merged with the Indiana Lumber & Builders' Supply Association to form an Indianapolis-based group called the Midwest Building Suppliers Association (MBSA), the new LBM association announced today.

The merger, which took effect Sept. 1, continues a recent trend in which individual state building material dealer associations have joined existing regional groups. For instance, the association for Ohio merged with the former Southern Building Material Association to form the Building Material Suppliers Association, while New Jersey's association became part of Northeastern Retail Lumber Association.

"The merger of these two prominent associations, each having been founded in the 19th Century, brings about increased member services, financial efficiency in operations, and overall cost savings to the member building material dealers, manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors," the MBSA said in a statement.
The MBSA's new board consists of Joseph Collings, Ferguson Lumber, Veedersburg, Ind., president; Mike Dykstra, Zeeland (Mich.) Lumber, vice president; Matt Everitt, Andersen Windows, Carmel, Ind.; and Julia Collings, Ferguson Lumber, Veedersburg, Ind., MBSA's representative on the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association board.

Other board members are: Bryon Bernard, Bernard Building Center, Hale, Mich.;  Kenneth Lehman, Big L Lumberland, Sheridan, Mich.; Roger Vanderheide, Lumbermen’s Inc, Grand Rapids, Mich.;  and Mark Zemrowski, Von Tobel Lumber, Valparaiso, Ind.