Volume 47 - Issue 1 
January/February 2008


No More Exemptions!
Many door pre-hangers fear that if the side-hinged exterior door standard is passed—which would call for them to test, certify and label all exterior door systems as a complete unit for compliance with the standard—that they will be forced to go out of business because of the cost involved in testing all configurations of their entry doors.

On the Cutting Edge
Whether it’s your company website, warehouse layout or future plans, you can always learn from what your peers are doing. The First Annual Shelter Innovation Awards were bestowed on some products and ideas that will help your business.

IBS 2008
In a slower market, distributors and dealers may find it helpful to attend the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, February 13-16, to see new products and attend educational seminars that discuss how to survive the housing downturn.


DeckExpo 2008
An event primarily for deck builders and contractors, DeckExpo 2008 also has a great deal to offer dealers and distributors. The three-day event will be held March 4-6 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.



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  • LBM Expo 2008:
    This annual exposition gives retail lumber dealers in the Northeast an opportunity to interact with manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of lumber, building materials and related technologies. In short, LBM Expo brings all members of the industry together and offers everyone some form of opportunity. 
  • Construction Outlook:
    Experts in the construction industry gathered in Washington, D.C., recently to offer their predictions for the coming year. As distributors and dealers, see what this next year holds for you and your customers.
  • AMD Answers Hard Questions:
    Many prehangers want answers to what the side-hinged exterior door standard is why it is being considered for the next round of building codes. Rosalie Leone, executive director of the Association of Millwork Distributors, gives some answers and tells what her association is doing to be proactive about this standard.

Lewis Millwork in Benton, Ark., pre-hangs approximately 50 exterior door units per week. Pictured here: Jason Ellingston is running slabs through a door machine the company bought from Builders Automation Machinery a year ago. See page 16 for how the side-hinged exterior door standard could affect pre-hangers like Lewis Millwork.

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