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Determining the stiffest piece of lumber is now easier with a new smartphone app created by scientists in Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center. Called “Smart Thumper,” the app uses soundwaves or vibrations to determine stiffness.

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BATC-Housing First Minnesota and other state construction industry groups are pressing state lawmakers to ease labor laws that keep 16- and 17-year-olds from working on construction sites.

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DuBell Lumber Co., which two years ago was planning a sizable expansion, has closed its doors instead.

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Raleigh-based BMC Stock Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BMCH) announced Monday it had acquired Charlotte-area Locust Lumber for an undisclosed amount.

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Lakeside Trailer Founder, Jesse D Helton, passed away at home on February 10, 2019. Known as JD, he started the company with his daughter, Regina Helton Kinsman, and son-in-law, Lee Kinsman.

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Charlie Vaccaro, one of the founding “four pillars of Alpine,” passed away last Thursday. Charlie was Alpine’s first salesman, and helped Bill McAlpine, Charlie Harnden and Walt Friedly build one of the strongest companies in the structural building components industry.

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Are you having any issues in your component manufacturing plant? How about your market? If so, join us in San Diego for SBCA’s first Open Quarterly Meeting of 2019.

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A new 3D-printing technique could render a three-dimensional object in minutes instead of hours—at up to 100 times current speeds. The experimental approach uses a vat of resin and some clever tricks with UV and blue LED lights (no lasers needed) to accelerate the printing process.

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Griffin Lumber & Hardware, the three-unit Georgia dealer, has acquired Blake Builders Supply and Specialty Structural Products.