Seven regional building material trade associations have formed the Building Products Retailers Alliance.

The new super organization hopes to develop products and services for companies in the building supply channel.

Founding members of BPRA include the Construction Suppliers Association, Florida Building Material Association, Illinois Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, Kentucky Building Material Association, Northwestern Lumber Association, Southern Building Material Association and Western Building Material Association.

The mission of the new alliance is to benefit companies doing business in the building supply channel by developing services and products that make them more effective, efficient and less prone to liability, the organization said in a prepared statement.

"For years, the regional and state LBM associations have talked about the opportunities we'd create by pooling our thoughts and resources," said Bill Tucker, president of the BPRA and the Florida Building Material Association. "With this new alliance, we've created the structure to turn those opportunities into reality."

The regional and state LBM associations have historically focused on providing products and services to building material dealers, and that will not change. The BPRA's focus is on developing programs that benefit the entire building supply channel.