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March 2012 – Take Control of Your Profits by Controlling the Process

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR PROFITS BY CONTROLLING THE PROCESS A builder’s job is not an easy one, with so many variables to control and decisions to be made.  Any job with this many component parts requires a good critical path plan to ensure successful results.  A critical path is simply the pre-planned succession of events Read More

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March01

March 2012 Market Report

There is no doubt that there is a fresh optimism within our industry that business is improving. According to one trade magazine, Pulse Research has announced that consumer confidence for lumber consumption had increased a significant 28% from 4th quarter 2011 to 1st quarter 2012. At the local level, it was observed by many who Read More

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February01

February 2012 Market Report

February 2012 Very strong lumber sales in New England in December gave way to moderate demand in January. Thin inventories at the reload and dealer levels pushed an unanticipated demand on mills, and obtaining material was difficult even with the mild weather. As we’ve become accustomed to, a lack of “putting a truck under the Read More

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February01

February 2012 – The Mayonaise Jar and the Beer

THE MAYONAISE JAR AND THE BEER The piece below is a classic for our times. Never do we question the meaning of everything more than in times of challenge and these are certainly times that challenge everyone. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves of the very basic elements that are really important and we have Read More

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January01

January 2012 Market Report

Lumber sales activity for 4th quarter 2011 came much later than anyone had anticipated and, as a result, what would have been normal sales during the course of October and November was condensed into a few short and bustling weeks in December. As the habit for most has been to carry only enough material to Read More

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