Industry News

Carter Lumber Capitalizing on BFS-ProBuild Merger

In what appears to be a new ad campaign, Carter Lumber tells builders and remodelers not to "let a couple of private equity firms waste your 2015."

US LBM Purchases FL-Based Rosen Materials

US LBM added another ProSales 100 company to its portfolio today when it announced its acquisition of Rosen Materials, a Sunrise, Fla.-based specialty dealer with 19 facilities in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, and New Jersey.

BMC Expands to Southeast by Purchasing VNS Corporation

BMC, the 8th-largest dealer in the U.S., announced today it acquired VNS Corporation, the 39th largest dealer in the U.S.

How Material Dealers are Weathering the Labor Shortage

Mark Barnard has more work than he can handle. For you, this is bad news, because Barnard has spent the past 11 years as a headhunter for building material dealers.

US LBM Owners Put Company Up for Sale

An open secret among building material supply executives reached the general public today when the Reuters wire service reported that the owners of US LBM have put up the company for sale.

Researchers Outline Why Wood is Better than Alternative Materials

Although it may seem counter-intuitive, it would be better if we built buildings from wood than from concrete, brick, aluminium and steel.

Brooks Provides Insightful Analysis of BFS Purchase of ProBuild

In the short-term, BFS's purchase of ProBuild will probably be good for whoever competes with the two chains.

Canadian Softwood Lumber Agreement Likely to Expire

Canada's lumber producers fear the softwood lumber agreement with the United States will be allowed to expire in October, ending nine years of stability.

Alpine Introduces Two New Face-Mounted Hangers

Alpine’s new LDS and MDS Face-Mount Hanger Series are designed to enhance productivity by speeding and simplifying the construction process. 

BCMC 2015 Deadline for Early Bird Pricing Is May 1

The deadline for Early Bird pricing is Friday, May 1, so get your contract in this week and SAVE!

15 Most Popular Building Science Stories of the Past Year

 Here​, Builder Online ranked the past year's top 15 building-science stories that appeared on our site, based on website analytics, as voted on by the clicks of readers.

Builder Promotes the Many Benefits of Rigid Foam Exterior Insulation

Polyiso Insulation is a great choice because it has outstanding thermal performance, is cost-effective, and readily available nationwide.

New Cellulose-Based Wall Panels Made from 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Materials

The Ecor Environmental Structural Panels from Noble Environmental Technologies are made from 100% post-consumer-recycled and bio-based cellulose fibers that are mixed with water, heated, and compressed into rigid, structural forms.

Chemical Producers to Cut Back Capital Expenditures but Increase R&D in 2015

Some of the chemical industry’s biggest companies plan to increase research investment this year, but they are holding back on capital spending.

Consortium of Energy Professionals Develop Advanced Energy Design Guides

The specific energy-saving recommendations are summarized in a single table for each climate zone and allow contractors, consulting engineers, architects, and designers to easily achieve advanced levels of energy savings without detailed energy modeling or analyses.

BASF Opens Fifth, and Largest, Construction Chemicals Plant in India

BASF India Limited today unveiled its largest construction chemicals plant in India at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. This is also BASF’s fifth construction chemicals plant in India.

Company Developing Innovative, Fungus-Based Wall Insulation

First launching in 2009 after receiving a few awards and seed funding, Ecovative started off creating a mushroom foam packaging that uses 80% less energy than Styrofoam, but costs the same.

Trade Group Touts Virtues of Polyurethane Foam for Wall Cavity Insulation

When it comes to cavity wall insulation there is only one product that provides an all round solution and that is injected polyurethane foam insulation.

Air Quality Consulting Company Promotes Sprayfoam Application Best Practices

To prevent exposure during the application process, SPF applicators should use “best practices” based on the type of SPF product being applied as recommended by the manufacturer.

Rising Labor & Material Costs Driving Idaho Buyers to Abandon New Homes

Rising construction, labor and permit costs as well as a shortage of lots are contributing to the spread between new and existing homes and stunting home building in Idaho's Treasure Valley.

CO Senate Approves Landmark Construction Defect Reforms

Denver Business Journal staffer Ed Sealover reports that Senate Bill 177, a landmark construction-defects reform bill, moves next to the Colorado House after winning the vote in senate.

Despite Slow Start, 2015 to be Best Economy Since 2005

The U.S. economy should manage growth of 3% or more in 2015 despite a poor start to the year, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday.

Top 50 Spring Housing Markets for 2015

An Auction.com research report highlights its take on the “hottest” major single-family markets based on current and expected future housing fundamentals, using a variety of measures.

Lumber Oversupply Driving Price Down, Gypsum Price Still High

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for March, reporting that inflation in prices received by producers (prior to sales to consumers) increased 0.2% in March after a string of monthly declines.

NLRB 'Ambush Election' Unionization Rule Goes into Effect

Under the new National Labor Relations Board rules, employees could potentially organize a union in less than two weeks, compared to the previous average of 38 days between the time a petition is filed and the election is held. 

UFP Has Very Strong Q1, Anticipates Stronger Spring

Universal Forest Products had considerable movement to report in the first quarter, with sales increases in each of its three markets.

Market Anticipates Closures & Greater Buying Power for BFS

The following poll results indicate what the market is thinking will happen as a result of the BFS purchase of ProBuild. A vast majority anticipated closings along with even greater buying power for BFS.

Wall Street Investors Reacts Positively to BFS Purchase of ProBuild

Wall Street reacted positively to the Builders FirstSource plan to acquire ProBuild Holdings. Shares of BLDR increased 17% on Tuesday, on top of a 68% gain on Monday.

Trussway Manufacturing Appoints Clark as New CFO

Trussway is pleased to announce that Kevin Clark has been appointed Trussway’s Chief Financial Officer.

Builders Construct Homes Using Panels Made from Concrete and Recycled Polystyrene

With this method, they not only reuse polystyrene, which poses a great threat to the environment, they will also help alleviate South Africa’s critical housing shortage, especially in the low-cost housing market.