The Northeastern Retail Lumber Associaition (NRLA) approved today an affiliation with the Eastern Building Materials Dealers Association (EBMDA). The EBMDA serves independent dealers in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

“As our industry evolves, there is no doubt each organization will be stronger together. The NRLA staff is looking forward to helping the EBMDA Board achieve its goals of increasing membership value and strengthening the position of EBMDA’s independent building material suppliers,” NRLA President Rita Ferris said in a press release from NRLA.

EBMDA’s chair of the Board of Directors, Angelo Quattrocchi, echoed Ferris’ sentiments. “By linking up, we will be allowed to participate in each other’s program and we will benefit from economies of scale with the larger organization.”

The affiliation will take effect on Jan. 1, 2017.