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R.P. Lumber Acquires 2 Malcom Lumber Locations

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R.P. Lumber, a family-owned Midwest hardware and building materials retailer, recently purchased two Malcom Lumber locations in Grinnell and Oskaloosa, Iowa, expanding its reach in the state. The chain opened its first Iowa location and 72nd store in February 2021 …

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Product Shortages Causing Builders to Raise Prices, Preorder

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It’s no secret that building materials are in short supply and the price of lumber and other supplies has increased significantly. In May 2021, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) surveyed builders in its annual Housing Market Index. Builders …

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Inside the Growing Season of Northern California’s Central Valley

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At the helm of a business spanning three Northern California counties and three generations, Steve Patterson is searching for the perfect balance. As his company honors 65 hard-won years, he shares what it takes to stay at the forefront of …

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3 Steps to Greater Lumberyard Efficiency

A lumberyard can be a loud, chaotic place. Whether it’s builders making an emergency run for supplies or a dozen DIYers reviewing options for their latest backyard project, the space can quickly become frenetic. Lumberyard efficiency becomes even more important …

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3 Simple Building Projects to Increase a Home’s Square Footage

Making the space of a house more welcoming, useful or just plain larger doesn’t have to mean adding a whole wing onto the frame. Some home building projects are just about repurposing a space or adding utility through other means. …

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Try New Technology for Social Media Gains

Social media can be a great tool for retailers to engage with their customers and promote what is great about the industry and their businesses. Some of the most influential people on social media might well be those customers, which …

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LBM Retailers Learn From Rebuilding Communities

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Chad Husted, chusted@nrha.org After the Storm Shrieking winds, pounding rain, choking smoke—these portents of disaster can haunt communities around the world. Whether it is landslides in the hills of …

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Pay Attention to These Trends in Remodeling

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry has identified five trends in home remodeling this year. Those trends are: Universal Design Homeowners are making modifications to their houses so they can live at home as they age. These home updates are intended to accommodate long-term health …

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