The New Jersey Building Materials Dealers Association chose Doug Sterner and Frank Dalinsky as its Lumbermen of the Year for 2008. Sterner, whose family has been in the New Jersey lumber business since 1879, owned Sterner Lumber in Belmar, which was sold to Jaeger Lumber in 1999. Sterner still runs the yard, where he has been working since he was 10. Dalinsky worked 41 years at Presco in Philadelphia and is now company president. ...The Mountain States Lumber & Building Material Dealers' Association chose Bill Miller, president and CEO of Colorado's Alpine Lumber, as its Industry All-Star. Miller started in the lumber industry as a truck driver in 1976. He joined Alpine in 1985 and moved up the corporate ladder to become president and CEO in January 2006.


The expected rise in demand for windows and doors in the United States per year through 2012 to total about $40 billion. That's about half the growth rate of the previous five-year period.


The predicted drop in cement consumption in 2008. It's also predicted to fall another 11.9% next year and an additional 2.1% in 2010.

SOURCE: Portland Cement Association


The estimated amount of private forestland in the United States that is managed in accordance with one of three major forest certification schemes (SFI, FSC, or American Tree Farm System).