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November 12, 2014

There’s still no resolution to the ongoing contract talks affecting West Coast port workers.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to escalating tension between labor and West Coast port operators. The International Longshore & Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association are in the process of negotiating a new contract to replace one that expired on July 1. A work stoppage on the West Coast would disrupt the flow of goods through America’s busiest ports.

November 10, 2014

Sean Fogarty is stepping into the role of president of the West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association.

Fogarty is VP of Osborne Lumber in Newark, California, where he represents the third generation of the family business that opened in 1950. 

During the organization’s annul convention last week in Indian Wells, California, Fogarty encouraged the industry to stick together and stay involved.

September 16, 2014

The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association continues to offer guidance to pro dealer members in the wake of a$1.6 million Lowe’s settlement regarding alleged violations of dimensional lumber descriptions.

In a letter to members from WCLBMA executive director Ken Dunham offered advice on how to avoid run-ins with the state agencies when it comes to labeling and advertising products.

September 5, 2014

Nominal, actual or both? That’s one of the questions lingering after news of a $1.6 million settlement Lowe’s was ordered to swallow in California over the labeling of dimensional lumber. 

More specifically, is it good enough to call a 2x4 a “2x4,” or do you have to also call it a “1.5 x 3.5” in order to be truthful in advertising?

September 3, 2014

The way the lumber industry sees it, everyone knows a 2x4 is actually a bit smaller than two inches by four inches. But the way California sees it, failure to provide the actual accurate dimensions might cost you.

August 26, 2014

Sandy Kennedy, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), has offered her two cents on the standoff surrounding the union negotiations at the West Coast ports.

Kennedy addressed a letter to the heads of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), speaking on behalf of retailers who are experiencing uncertainty and instability over the ongoing conflict.

August 19, 2014

Benjamin Moore & Co. is buffing up its West Coast presence with the opening of a new distribution center in Oakland, California.

The Oakland DC -- what is now known as the Goodman Logistics Center -- will support the full line of Benjamin Moore products and will eventually serve as the key distribution center for retailers and distributors in the Asia Pacific region.

Benjamin Moore also announced plans to expand its operations in the Southeast later this year, as well as in the Mid-Atlantic region by mid-2015.

July 16, 2014

Dallas-based Roofing Supply Group is opening up two new locations on the West Coast -- one in McClellan Park, California and one in Woodinville, Washington.

The roofing supplies distributor now stands at 19 locations in the Western U.S., where it is currently making moves to expand.

July 9, 2014

Uncertainty at the West Coast ports has caused a rush of activity, according to a monthly tracking service.

Import volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to total 1.5 million containers this month, says the Global Port Tracker from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. That’s the highest monthly volume in at least five years and follows a trend of unusually high import levels that began this spring as labor strife pushed retailers to import merchandise ahead of any potential problems.

July 1, 2014

Both sides of a West Coast labor dispute are entering extra time as the contract between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Long Shore and Warehouse Union officially expired June 30.

As expected, both sides are negotiating in an effort to avoid the economic damage from a costly strike on the docks that, according to a recent study, could cost as much as $2.5 billion per day. 

June 27, 2014

Kelly Kolb, VP government affairs of the Arlington, Virginia-based Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), made a statement on behalf of the organization regarding union contract negotiations at West Coast ports.

With the deadline to resolve the negotiations drawing near, RILA said its priority was to avoid work stoppage and to keep supply chains functioning as usual.

June 23, 2014

You’ve seen the TV show where entrepreneurs pitch their products to a panel of “sharks.” Something similar is on tap at the PCBC event, the West Coast’s largest home-building tradeshow and business exchange. 

June 19, 2014

Tampa, Florida-based VOLT Lighting, a direct-to-consumer e-commerce lighting manufacturer, is making moves on the West Coast via the opening of a new distribution center in Las Vegas.

The new facility, which is fully stocked and staffed, will make 1- to 3-day ground shipping possible for the company's West Coast customers.

May 30, 2014

San Jose, California-based Orchard Supply Hardware president Richard Maltsbarger said the future looks bright for the West Coast chain, especially after a $20 million investment in Northern California stores.

The investment includes a complete rebuild of the Orchard Supply Hardware San Jose – Midtown, which will serve as the flagship of the 73-store chain that stretches from Portland, Oregon, to Southern California.

May 27, 2014

WOLF has cemented a new distribution partnership with Tacoma, Washington-based Capital Lumber, extending its reach to the West Coast for the first time.

Capital Lumber will distribute WOLF's PVC Decking and Capped Composite Decking deckboards in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii.

“WOLF focuses on helping independent dealers separate themselves from the pack,” said Craig Danielson, CEO of WOLF. “Capital is the ideal partner because they share that focus. With the Capital agreement, WOLF Decking has become a coast-to-coast success story.”

May 8, 2014

Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.5% in May as negotiators prepare to begin talks on a new contract for West Coast dockworkers, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

May 2, 2014

Continuing its hot acquisition streak, Green Bay, Wisconsin-based US LBM launched a West Coast operation, expanding its number of LBM divisions to 12.

US LBM, the 2013 HCN Pro Dealer of the Year, announced today the acquisition of Desert Lumber & Truss and Desert Fasteners & Supply of Las Vegas, and Integrity Truss of Cedar City, Utah. 

April 21, 2014

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association convention was held in Washington DC on March 31 thru April 2. I was in attendance with my fun and beautiful wife Melinda Ganahl. After I took the role of the WCLBMA President in late 2013, [WCLBMA Executive Director] Ken Dunham and I discussed the various duties I needed to perform. On that list was attending the National Legislative Conference in DC. The purpose of my being there was to represent our West Coast interests. 

March 20, 2014

KB Home posted a strong first quarter in 2014, with revenues up 11% and positive net income that swung from a 2013 first-quarter loss.

Sales for the three months ended Feb. 28 were $450.7 million, up from $405.2 million in the year-ago quarter.

The increase was fueled by activity in the Southwest and Southeast regions and was offset by a decrease in the West Coast area. Additionally, the average selling price rose 12% since last year.

March 18, 2014

MoistureShield, the Springdale, Ark.-based composite decking manufacturer, has expanded its presence in the Sunbelt and West Coast regions by adding 12 new distribution locations to its network.

Among the new distributors are Huttig Building Products in Phoenix, Nashville, and Jackson, Miss.; BlueLinx in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville, Fla.; Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas; Universal Forest Products in Thornton and Riverside, Calif.; and Intermountain Supply in Spokane, Wash.

March 10, 2014

Cologne, Germany -- John Herbert has a front row seat on the global home-improvement retailing scene. The former president of EXPO Design Center West Coast (USA) and the current general secretary of the European DIY-Retail Association, Herbert identified six major changes facing retailers in 2014.

October 31, 2013

The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA) has elected officers and directors for 2014, including Mark Ganahl as president. 

Ganahl is VP of Ganahl Lumber and general manager of the company’s Anaheim, Calif., location. Ganahl Lumber is the state’s oldest lumberyard, with a history that dates back to 1884. Today Ganahl Lumber has nine locations in Southern California.

October 18, 2013

LP Building Products has released the new LP SolidStart LPI 530 I-Joist in the West Coast region.

The I-Joist is bolstered by an LP SolidStart LVL flange -- 1-5/16 in. x 2-1/16 in. (53mm) wide -- for optimal load bearing capacity and performance, making it less likely to split, shrink, twist, warp or bow than solid sawn lumber. The flange is available in depths ranging from 9-1/2 in. to 16 in.

October 18, 2013

HCN has nothing but happy memories of California.

It was here in 2007, under a sunny San Diego sky, that we recognized Augie Venezia and Fairfax Lumber as the 2007 Independent Pro Dealer of the Year.

We have followed Venezia’s subsequent career with keen interest, and have applauded his handling of regulatory storm clouds. This last one is a whopper.

August 21, 2013

Moorsesville, N.C.-based Lowe's said it expects to complete its West Coast acquisition of 72 Orchard Supply Hardware stores by the end of August. When that happens, current CEO Mark Baker will be replaced at the helm of Orchard Supply by Lowe's executive Richard D. Maltsbarger, the retailer announced yesterday.