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The Mid-America Lumbermens Association (MLA) has merged with the Northwestern Lumber Association (NLA). MLA represents building material dealers and suppliers in Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri while NLA represents companies in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and upper Michigan. The combined organizations will operate under the Northwestern Lumber Association umbrella until further notice and will represent over 1,800 dealers and 150 suppliers and manufacturers.

“Joining these long-time industry support groups together as one is a momentous occasion and one that has been diligently planned over the past four years. NLA has served as the managing partner of MLA since 2019 and has enjoyed helping the organization grow its membership footprint and its offerings,” said NLA president Cody Nuernberg. “By merging the MLA and NLA membership base, the association expands networking opportunities for all members, connecting them to broader resources for products, services, education opportunities, and advocacy. This merger also allows for broader reach for education and event offerings and will extend our visibility to invite new members into the organization.”

As part of the merge, all MLA members in good standing will receive membership with Northwestern Lumber Association until Sept. 30, 2023. NLA will continue to produce MLA’s annual events and educational offerings and provide field support via a dedicated regional field manager.

“This is an exciting announcement for our members and all the dealers and suppliers that have supported our region over the years,” MLA president Brett Thorne said. “Together, we are expanding our community and increasing the opportunities for growth and support that our retailers require. We are excited to officially join NLA and continue to ‘build’ a thriving industry.”