June 2009 Table of Contents

Turning Green

Nestled in northwest Connecticut's Berkshire Mountains, Washington Supply has always been surrounded by green. Three years ago, the dealer began returning the favor by deciding to become a regional leader in green building. Not long after that and nearly 3,000 miles way, executives at another dealer took similar action: Parr Lumber launched its GET REAL! program of environmentally friendly and sustainable products. Read more

Spiral Bound Spiral Bound

More than 90% of the dealers responding to a ProSales survey last fall reported collecting and sharing green product and building practices information with their customers. When it comes to recommending green products, however, only 25% of those dealers have a formal program in place. And of those that do, a ProSales spot check shows stark differences between dealers on how they decide what gets on their list of recommended products. Read more

More Than Just Fun More Than Just Fun

Dealers serving theme parks and zoos say dabbling in monkey business can be profitable. Read more

Green Horns Green Horns

Kim Freeman wants to go green. So do her customers at EKB Kitchens and Baths in Beacon, N.Y. But those good intentions often wilt once Freeman and her clients enter the green certification jungle. Freeman's dilemma reflects a problem with the residential green movement: there's a big difference between being green and proving--to someone else's satisfaction--that you actually have done so. Anecdotal evidence suggests that gap is getting wider. Read more

Yard Notables: June 2009

Malibu's Idea of a Lumber Yard / Stock's Recovery Plan / Ply Mart's Mahaffey Brothers Are Back / More... Read more

Returns: Taking Stock

ProSales' website has kept a close eye on the still-unfolding story of the 51% sale of Stock Building Supply to a private equity group and Stock's subsequent entrance into Chapter 11 bankruptcy law protection. Read more

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