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Components Vs. Stick Framing?
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Components Vs. Stick Framing?

Recent Side-by-Side Test Demonstrate the Savings More

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MiTek Creates Builder Products Division
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MiTek Creates Builder Products Division

Dealers and their builder customers will appreciate the streamlined organization More

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Cornerstone Joins Forces With San Antonio Dealer

Raleigh, N.C.-based Cornerstone Building Alliance expanded into the Texas market by linking up with J.P. Hart. More

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Stock Building Supply Produced $5.1 Million Operating Income for Q4 2013

Stock Building Supply reported a full-year 2013 operating income of $800,000, compared to an operating loss of $18.9 in 2012. The Atlanta-based dealer plans to grow its professional remodeling contractor business in 2014. More

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BlueLinx Logs $3.2 Million Q3 2013 Loss

Despite sales of $558 million in the third quarter of 2013, Atlanta-based BlueLinx reported a quarterly loss of $3.1 million, compared to year-ago net income of $3 million. More

Plywood vs. OSB: Which Is Better?
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Plywood vs. OSB: Which Is Better?

OSB has gained the lion's share of the sheathing and subfloor markets thanks to... More

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Engineered Wood Framing Problems and Fixes

Engineered lumber really isn't that much different from real wood, yet many builders believe in the myth that it is, meaning they often use it wrong. The effects aren't disastrous, but they can be frustrating for homeowners. More

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UFPI Announces Plans to Align Costs with Current Business

Universal Forest Products Inc. announced plans to align its costs with its current business following a weak start to this year. Net sales through May were down 9.5%, to $765 million, compared with the same period in 2010. That decline includes a 15% fall in net sales to retail customers. More

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Marginal Thinking

Managing profit margins is a key component to selling smart. That, in turn, requires you to understand the financial structure of your business. Some margins you might offer are too low to sustain business, while other margins are so high you'll never make a sale. Like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, you want margins to be just right. More

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Euro's Loss Pushes Saint-Gobain's 3Q North American Sales Up

Saint-Gobain, the French construction products giant whose subsidiaries include CertainTeed, reported today that its sales in North America grew 10.3% in the third quarter from the year-earlier period to reach 1.44 billion Euros ($2.02 billion). But exchange-rate differences and some structural changes accounted for most of those gains. On a comparable structure basis, sales climbed 9.5%, it said, and when currency changes are figured in as well, sales actually declined 1.5% from a year earlier. More

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