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How To Reduce Shrinkage
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How To Reduce Shrinkage

Shrinking inventories can cost your company more than you think. Here are ways to... More

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Why This Is the Wrong Time for Dealers To Relax

Dealers today are exhausted but optimistic about future prospects. That's good, editor Craig Webb says, so long as they seek to avoid being one of the housing crash's last victims. More

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Dealers Value Service Behind a Product as Much as the Product Itself, ProSales Poll Finds

Building material dealers rate a vendor or distributor's ability to deliver a product in a timely, accurate fashion as just as important as the qualities of the product being delivered. More

Curt Koth
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Curt Koth

Curt Koth has worked in LBM for 40 years and with Michigan Lumber for 32. Here's... More

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Tembec's Forest Products Group Returns to Profit

Tembec's forest products group returned to the black in the fiscal third quarter ended June 26, posting operating earnings of C$2 million (US$1.95 million) compared with an operating loss of C$24 million (US$23.4 million) in the year-earlier period. More

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Economists Bullish on Housing Starts Outlook Thru 2011

The number of housing starts nationwide will rise modestly this year to near 700,000, then accelerate to roughly 1 million in 2011 and perhaps climb to as many as 1.7 million starts in 2012, a trio of housing economists predicted Tuesday afternoon. Those forecasts followed news that housing starts climbed 5.8% in April from the month before to reach a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 672,000 homes. More

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BFS Settles Suits Over Recap Plan

Builders FirstSource announced it has reached an agreement to settle several class action lawsuits stemming from the proposed recapitalization of America's eighth-biggest LBM dealer. More

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Investment Fund Blasts BFS' Rights Issue Plans

An investment fund that holds 14.9% of Builders FirstSource shares warned the building material dealer's board it could take legal action to fight a planned $205 million common stock rights offering that would be used in part to pay off IOUs due in 2012. More

The Case for Higher Single-Family Housing Starts
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The Case for Higher Single-Family Housing Starts

Paul Jannke, an economist who specializes in the wood products industry, believes... More

10 Great Ideas From Dealers To Fight the Downturn
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10 Great Ideas From Dealers To Fight the Downturn

Richard Heath, a consultant who runs LBM roundtables, recently asked lumberyard... More

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