11/21/2016 1:09:39 PM

LMC Dealers Recognized for Excellence

LMC Congratulates our dealers who were among those honored for outstanding and innovative achievements in The ProSales Excellence Awards for 2016.  The program , as described by ProSales Magazine, recognizes business leaders whose creativity and ingenuity have improved and reinvigorated their own companies, as well as set new benchmarks for service in the entire lumber and building material industry. 

LMC is proud to congratulate Jay Short and the Short & Paulk team for their 2016 ProSales Excellence Award in Marketing and Scott Norrie and the Howe Lumber team for their ProSales Merit Award in Facility Design.  

Short & Paulk Supply Company

2016  ProSales Excellence
 Award Winner for Marketing

Craig Webb of ProSales Magazine states that Short & Paulk uses high-tech but low-budget techniques to draw in new customers.  Click here for the full article in ProSales Magazine 

Howe Lumber

Merit Award Winner for Facility Design

 Erin Ansley of ProSales Magazine describes how Howe Lumber's new solar powered facility exemplifies wise sustainable business practices for lumberyards.Click here for the full article in ProSales Magazine. 


11/14/2016 10:21:18 AM

Don’t Miss a Beat with LMC in New Orleans!

Browse Products - Discover Solutions - Build Relationships.
LMC is making it easy in the ‘Big Easy’ – join us for the 2017 LMC Annual Meeting.

Powerful Education Seminars

LMC offers professionally lead sessions designed to sharpen and hone your business acumen, as well as increase the effectiveness and productivity of your business.

Informative Exhibits

Supplier booths are staffed with knowledgeable representatives offering products and solutions negotiated by LMC Buyers and Traders to keep you competitive.

New Products Showcase

See what’s NEW & TRENDING! Vote for your favorite New Product in this ‘Dealer Only’ area.

New! ModernView Private Label Pavilion

Unveiling a whole new look for the ModernView Family of Brands! LMC’s Private Label programs for decking, windows and cabinetry have exciting new changes! New logo’s, new websites, and product improvements to help you grow sales!

LMC Specialty Forums

Meet up with dealers that operate similar businesses at the Door Shop Alliance Meeting or the Gypsum Specialty Forum. Meetings include an in-depth discussion on industry developments, trends, and best practices. 

Making the Most of Networking Opportunities

From opening reception to the LMC State of the Industry Breakfast you’ll have the opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new acquaintances from the best lumberyards that crisscross the country. 

NOLA Night-time Networking!

Thursday night’s party is at the Grand Oaks Mansion, New Orleans' only indoor replica of an antebellum estate. Enjoy a great evening of networking in true southern style, right in the heart of downtown New Orleans.

Join LMC in New Orleans!

New Orleans is the most celebrated city in the American South, the largest in the state of Louisiana and the state's #1 tourist and vacation attraction. A heavenly blend of mouthwatering Creole food, rich history and great Blues and Jazz music make New Orleans the vibrant city that it is!  LMC Dealers log into to see registration details. Click the video below to hear from Mike Diecidue, LMC Stockholder in New Orleans.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - Friday, March 10, 2017
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 582-3000

See more about what's happening in New Orleans, Click here!


11/10/2016 3:29:02 PM

Buzz Bodes Well at the LMC EXPO


This year’s LMC Forest Products and Building Materials EXPO in Philadelphia was abuzz with anticipation for what’s next in the housing market.

For LMC stockholders and buyers, the annual event is a crucial opportunity to connect with other industry professionals. “The LMC EXPO is informative,” said Michael Coppage, of Kelly Brothers Home Center. “You network with fellow dealers and you speak to people who actually produce the materials. For us, it’s necessary information on how to handle our upcoming material needs.” This sentiment was echoed by increased turnout, with a ten percent boost in both supplier table top exhibits and dealer attendance.

One topic dominating conversations up and down the supply chain: the challenges posed to our industry by shortages in skilled labor. Unlike past issues relating to supply allocations or lending, the need for skilled labor is one that can be addressed by internal solutions, including the implementation of training and technology focused programs. 

Featured speaker Clark Ellis, of the Continuum Advisory Group, dissected the topic from a builder perspective at a packed breakfast presentation. Ellis offered targeted strategies LMC dealers can use to provide necessary educational opportunities that set builders up for success.

LMC Senior Vice President Andy Toombs said, Positioning themselves for the upcoming year in this collaborative environment gives our dealers the competitive edge.” 

The LMC EXPO remains a forum for sharing valuable insights and strengthening the relationships that foster forward-thinking, mutually-beneficial innovation.

11/1/2016 3:11:13 PM

The Detering Company Celebrates 90 Years

In the 1890's Carl Detering Jr.’s grandfather Herman ran the ‘Last Chance Grocery’ located at the end of a trolley line on Washington Avenue in Houston, TX.   On the same spot in 1926 Carl Sr. opened a building materials operation.  In its earliest days, The Detering Company was a brick company that very literally helped to build the city.  After World War II, The Detering Company was selling all kinds of essential construction supplies to builders, contributing heavily to one of Houston’s greatest construction eras.

In 1986, Carl Sr. passed the baton to his son, Carl Detering, Jr., who took over the role of president of the company.

The company has seen remarkable growth.  In 2011 they joined LMC.  In 2012 they realized that a new facility was needed to reach future goals.  The new facility was a big jump in size and bigger jump in efficiency.  So much so that in 2015 they received the ProSales Excellence Award in Facility Design.

Joe Burlison, LMC Regional Manager for the South Central Region (L in photo), recently stopped in to visit and presented General Manager, Alicia Dedman and Carl Detering, Jr (R in photo) with a plaque from LMC recognizing their milestone 90th Anniversary.  

Visit The Detering Company at

11/1/2016 10:03:39 AM

LMC Develops Leadership Training That Absolutely Crushes It


Wayne, PA ‐ LMC raised the bar on training for the up and coming generation at their latest Leadership Summit held in Baltimore on October 11-14.  Going outside the industry, LMC took attendees to where leadership skills are notably developed for excellence – the United States Naval Academy.  This was nothing like the classroom conferences that attendees are so often accustomed to. The LMC Leadership Summit kept attendees on the move in settings they won’t soon forget. Following the instructive words of the senior midshipmen in Memorial Hall at the US Naval Academy, attendees were also in the Baltimore Ravens Locker Room for a presentation on team building. LBM industry leader Huber spoke on how to effectively manage and lead strategic and organizational change.  A high energy session covering “Onboarding Teammates” came from the entrepreneurial and highly successful company Under Armour.  
“What really differentiated this event from others is that we had the opportunity to meet and learn from leaders in other industries.” - Tim Huff, Building Center of Gloucester, MA and Chairman of LMC Aspiring Leaders Committee.
The theme of the summit ‘Leadership & Team Building’ also brought attendees to embark on a very physical and hands-on training for how to row on the Patapsco River. Rowing in sync is a must to be successful as a team in this sport. The group spent just as much time in team building exercises on land as they did with oars in hand on the river.  The analogy of rowing to illustrate the importance of teamwork was very insightful.  Out on the water the group was rewarded for their efforts with a surprise flyover by the Blue Angels! 
“When we found our rhythm as a team it was great to be working at that higher level. The whole experience was really inspiring.”  - Ida Ross Hicks of Swift Supply, AL.
Strengthening leadership skills and relationships within the LMC network is key to this event.  It enables emerging leaders to share with other young leaders from across the country and seek out peers to build their own circle of influence within the LMC community.  LMC plans to continue these types of innovative events that echo the company’s philosophy of building business together.  

10/27/2016 11:58:45 AM

Leah Fennell of Shepley Wood Products Elected President of the Massachusetts Retail Lumber Dealer

LMC congratulates Leah Fennell on her new role as President of the Massachusetts Retail Lumber Dealers.  Leah is a strong supporter of industry related groups.  She recently served as moderator for a Social Media session at the Annual LMC Dealer Exchange held in Nashville.  Along with her involvement in LMC and MRLD she is an active member of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod. 
Leah joined Shepley Wood Products in 2006, as their Marketing Director.  With an emphasis on relationship marketing, Leah works with the sales teams and suppliers to provide educational and social opportunities for building professionals. Utilizing social media outlets along with conventional advertising efforts, Shepley is a recognized leader in their community and the LBM industry.
Leah lives in Eastham, Massachusetts with her husband Skip. 

10/26/2016 2:19:26 PM

LMC Congratulates T.H. Rogers Lumber Company, HBS 2016 Pro Dealer of the Year.

HBSDealer, the building products and home improvement retailing magazine recently announced that their HBS Pro Dealer of the Year is T. H. Rogers, a member of LMC since 2014.  The annual award by HBSDealer recognizes an industry stand out each year for their high-performance standards along with a commitment to best practices and the best values of the lumber and building material industry.  

TH Rogers Lumber Company has 34 locations 25 locations in Oklahoma, 4 in Missouri, 2 in Kansas and 3 in Arkansas.  See more at

Ken Clark at HBS Dealer recently published a great article on T.H. Rogers titled "An Oklahoma Success Story"

Read it here:

Jonathan Kennedy accepted the Pro Dealer of the Year Award on behalf of TH Rogers at the Pro Dealer Industry Summit at the 
Pro Dealer Industry Summit, in Charleston, South Carolina, Oct. 25-27th.

Congratulations TH Rogers! 

10/10/2016 10:00:06 AM

Daryl Lundberg Elected Chairman of the Northwestern Lumber Association Board of Directors


Daryl Lundberg, LMC Stockholder and President of Northwoods Lumber Company was recently elected Chairman of the Northwestern Lumber Association Board of Directors.  Northwoods Lumber ia a second generation family owned building material dealer serving the Blackduck and Bemidji areas of Minnesota. They joined LMC in October of 2015.  

Daryl has 30 years of experience in the industry.  Previously he served as a Director and Vice Chairman of the NLA Board of Directors and on the Advisory Council for Orgill.  He is also active in his community serving as mayor of Blackduck, on the city council, on the Blackduck Area Development Corporation and the Blackduck Chamber of Commerce. When he is not busy with these activities, he enjoys sports of all kinds and pheasant hunting with his German Shorthair Pointer dogs. Daryl and his wife Lori reside in Blackduck with their children, Jessica, Maxwell and Mason.

The Northwestern Lumber Association is a trade organization headquartered in Golden Valley, Minnesota, which represents 800 independent lumber and building material retailers and their suppliers in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. The association represents the lumber and building material industry in the legislature at both the state and federal level. The Northwestern Lumber Association has been serving the lumber and building material industry since 1890.

Source:  NLAssn Press Release

10/5/2016 1:16:52 PM



When it comes to business challenges, LMC Dealers look forward to sharing their personal insights and real world solutions. That’s what dealers did during the annual LMC Dealer Exchange which was held September 26th through the 28th in Nashville, TN.

Even though the roundtables are a great forum for discussion, enough can’t be said about the one on one conversations going on during the breaks, meals, and local travel time. That’s when the real networking and new relationships are being forged. The relaxed atmosphere with some of the best minds in the industry provides the most thought provoking ideas for success.

“The LMC Dealer Exchange has just been exceptional for me and my son. We connected with other family members who own lumber businesses. It’s been great to exchange best practices and ideas with people who have similar challenges ‐ it’s been a remarkable experience.” ‐ Lanny Moore, Suncoast Contractor Supply

Facilitators spearheaded conversation on topics that covered onboarding and recruiting employees, social media, installed sales opportunities, and a lightening round of best practices. Masonite and ModernView Decking sponsored the event, presenting the benefits their products offer the professional customers.

Looking outside the industry, this year’s event included a tour of the Nissan Vehicle Assembly Plant in Smyrna, TN that produces over 640,000 vehicles annually. This tour was packed with massive robotic machinery, and layers of conveyors filling over 884 acres under one roof. The tour also offered key insights into supply chain, operational and logistical best practices.

LMC Dealers walked away with new connections and ideas to take back home. The LMC Dealer Exchange is an event where the sharing doesn’t end when the meeting is over.

That’s the kind of collaboration that is the
strength of the LMC network.

9/28/2016 1:10:48 PM




Join LMC in Philly for the Forest Products & Building Material EXPO in November! Right now LMC Dealers can have a taste of Philly by following LMC on Facebook []  and identifying the 'Where in Philly Am I' landmark photo we'll be posting each week.  

LMC Congratulates our winners so far - Margaret Price from Ridgefield Supply, Ricky Price from Warren Truss, and Jay Curtis from Curtis Lumber.  

Pictured on the right is Ricky opening up his package from LMC full of Buttercreme Iced Cupkakes, Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes, and Butterscotch Krimpets. 

And here's the team from Ridgefield Lumber with their Tastykake packages!

You too can win boxes of TastyKakes for your team!  Follow LMC on Facebook and watch for the
'Where in Philly am I?'
question each week.  

Contest Rules: LMC Dealers Only. Your response to the Facebook post must include your Company Name & your answer. First correct response wins. One winner will be chosen each week until Oct 28th. One winner per LMC Dealer location.

Come visit Philly landmarks and attractions during the
LMC Forest Products & Building Materials EXPO November 2-4th
LMC Dealers - See more details on the LMC EVENTS page


LMC Forest Products & Building Materials EXPO
November 2nd- 4th
Philadelphia, PA



9/12/2016 10:56:40 AM

Speaker to urge involvement at annual women’s business event By Chris Bosak

Margaret Price, CEO of Ridgefield Supply Company in Ridgefield, Conn.Margaret Price, owner of Ridgefield Lumber is serving on the "Women with Impact" panel at the upcoming WBDC's 15th Annual Business Breakfast & Symposium in CT.  She was recently featured in CT Post about her participation and her efforts to encourage others to get involved.  

From the article...

“Don’t be afraid to get involved with business organizations. You think you know it all but then you step outside and you realize there are so many people out there who can help you,” said Price, owner of Ridgefield Supply Co. “Every business is different, whether you’re an HR firm, a restaurant owner, a bakery owner or you sell children’s clothes, but we all face a lot of the same issues. It’s very easy to get stuck on an island and feel you can’t reach out to anybody. We all start off with right intentions. But it’s really, truly making the time to do it and committing to it.”

“The lumber and building material industry has a phenomenal foundation. We are part of a $3 billion buying group that allows us to be competitive with the big box stores,” Price said. “That goes hand-in-hand with the WBDC because being part of an organization, whether it’s a buying group or an organization like the WBDC, you have power in numbers and power in networking. For us, being part of the various groups we belong to is very important.”  

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE written by Chris Bosak of CT Post. 

Source: CT Post 


9/2/2016 8:53:27 AM

The LMC Office will be closed on Monday, September 5th for the Labor Day Holiday.


The LMC Office will be closed on Monday, September 5th for the Labor Day Holiday. 
We wish you and yours a very happy Labor Day Holiday weekend! 


8/30/2016 4:11:13 PM

Save the Date for the LMC Annual Meeting in New Orleans- March 8 -10, 2017

Join Us for a night of food, fun and entertainment!

The 2017 LMC Annual Meeting features a Thursday night party at the Grand Oaks Mansion. Step back in time with New Orleans' only indoor replica of an antebellum mansion.  Moss draped oak trees, winding walkways, wooden bridges over a meandering stream all under a starlit sky.  LMC Dealers, LMC Suppliers, and the LMC Team will enjoy a great evening of networking in true southern style at this grand vintage Louisiana venue, right in the heart of downtown New Orleans.


Save the Date!

LMC Annual Meeting
March 8 – 10th 2017
 New Orleans, LA

8/22/2016 4:49:09 PM

Hancock Named “Best Places to Work” in Maine, 3 Years in a Row!


The 2016 Best Places to Work in Maine list recognizes companies that establish and foster outstanding workplace environments. This year, the Best Companies Group (an independent survey organization) only selected 75 Maine companies to receive this honor.  Hancock Lumber was 1 of only 21 large employers (those with 250 or more employees)  to earn this award.  The Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management said that for the first time the program recognized 75 companies for establishing and consistently fostering "outstanding workplace environments."  See the full story on Hancock Lumber's Blog :

8/18/2016 4:10:30 PM

Himes Hears Concerns of Lumber Industry By Chris Bosak, NewsTimes

U.S. Representative Jim Hines, Connecticut 4th Congressional district,
tours Ridgefield Supply Company with head of marketing
Craig Sinclair, in connection with the Lumber Dealers Association of Connecticut's annual yard tour week.
Friday, August 12, 2016, in Ridgefield, Conn.


RIDGEFIELD — Congressman Jim Himes got a sneak peak at what will be the new Ridgefield Supply Co. during a visit to the lumberyard on Friday afternoon.

Himes, D-4, met with personnel from the company to tour construction of the new site and to discuss the Lumber Dealers Association of Connecticut and legislation that impacts the lumber industry.

“It’s a great small business and growing. They just added three more hires,” the four-term Democrat said. “The Lumber Dealers Association of Connecticut is a good organization for highlighting issues that are important for them.”

Ridgefield Supply Co., which employs about 50 people, is currently building a new site adjacent to the existing one. Its current home will be leveled and another building will go there, as well as additional parking.

“Logistically it’s a big improvement for us,” Craig Sinclair, of Ridgefield Supply Co., said. “What’s interesting about this investment is that it’s happening a lot in this industry. It’s costing a lot but that’s all part of the process.”


8/15/2016 4:13:27 PM

2016 LMC Forest Products and Building Materials EXPO

It Happens Only Once A Year…LMC Dealers from
across the country gather in Philadelphia with
their LMC team and core supplier partners.

• To gather insights on building and product trends in an intimate face to face atmosphere with key suppliers and the LMC Team.
• To listen to the top forest products companies analyze the state of the industry and share predictions for the coming year at the Supplier Forum.
• To spend focused time in planning an individual market strategy for the upcoming year.

Wednesday, November 2nd
12:00 -5:00  Truss Manufacturers' Lunch and Meeting 

Thursday, November 3rd

8:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
Exhibitor Table Top Set-Up
8:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
8:30 AM  -  9:30 AM
Lumber Futures Overview
9:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
Expo Table Top Exhibits Open
9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
Supplier Forum: 2017 Forest Products Industry Outlook
12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
Expo Table Top Exhibits Open
5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM
Networking Reception

7:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
Breakfast and Presentation
Friday, November 4th
8:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Expo Table Top Exhibits Open

1201 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

LMC Dealers...Login to for more details! 

Questions? Contact Melissa Davignon, 610-293-7047 or 

8/15/2016 3:47:43 PM

The LMC Hardware Express August 24th


LMC's Fifth Annual Hardware Express is happening next week on August 24, 2016 - (one day prior to the Orgill Show)  at the Palazzo Ballroom of the Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center Las Vegas, NV.  
This event features over  60 Premier LMC Suppliers, Show Specials and opportunities.  LMC Dealers - don't miss out on the door prizes!  Drawings will be held on the hour and you must be present to win!
LMC Hardware Express Schedule:
8:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Exhibitor Table Top Set-Up
Palazzo Ballroom A-D, Level 5, Congress Center
8:30 AM  -  4:00 PM
Palazzo Ballroom D Foyer, Level 5, Congress Center
11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM
Exhibitor Meeting
Palazzo Ballroom A-D, Level 5, Congress Center
11:30 AM  -  1:30 PM
Lunch will be held in Palazzo E & F, 5th Floor, Congress Center
1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
Express Hours
Palazzo Ballroom A-D, Level 5, Congress Center
4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM
Networking Reception will be held in Palazzo Ballroom A-D, Level 5, Congress Center
Dealers & Suppliers enjoy some cocktails from 4:00pm to 5:30pm as we wrap up the day's event!  

LMC Contact:
Amanda Healy

8/15/2016 9:22:28 AM



LMC is excited to be hosting the 2017 Annual Meeting in New Orleans!   Don't miss the networking, professional education, along with the savings in a city as famous for its cuisine as it is for its culture and history.  Check out these top ten reasons you'll want to be in New Orleans with LMC in 2017 - and mark your calendar now!


New Orleans was been named one of the "World's Best Cities" by Travel + Leisure, July 2016. The city is also the "Most Meeting Friendly Destination" according to Convention South magazine.
From Cajun and Creole to Soul and Contemporary French, award-winning chefs create food for your taste buds and nourishment for your soul.  Start the day with a beignet drenched in powdered sugar and a steaming café au lait, lunch on a shrimp po-boy or mouth-watering muffuletta and end the day with gumbo, shrimp creole and flaming bananas foster. Taste for yourself why Bon Appétit named New Orleans one of America's Top 5 Restaurant Cities.
New Orleans Morial Convention Center is ranked among the nation's best facilities. With over 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, it continues to undergo millions of dollars in improvements, and is now one of the most technologically advanced centers in the nation.
 New Orleans offers a compact geographic footprint providing close proximity of hotels to convention and meeting facilities, the French Quarter and attractions, creating a true destination experience.
Immerse yourself in the eclectic culture of the Arts District, experience the historic architecture of the French Quarter or enjoy the modern luxury and convenience of the Central Business District. All New Orleans' neighborhoods are easily accessible to convention facilities, world-famous restaurants and attractions.
Music is where New Orleans' first settlers found common ground and no other city loves music more. Nowhere else does it occur more effortlessly or more joyously. Jazz, America's only original art form, was born here while Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Cajun and Zydeco all express the rich melting pot that is our heritage. Let New Orleans' music move your soul.
Countless architectural gems await you in New Orleans. The city is home to more National Historic Landmarks than any other city in the United States. Venture to the Arts District, a vibrant community of galleries, and experience why it has been called the SoHo of the South. Then visit one of the oldest and most diverse districts in New Orleans, Magazine Street, an area filled with art exhibits, restaurants, shops and more. Finally, submerge yourself in the historic French Quarter by strolling down Royal and other famous French Quarter streets.
New Orleans is a city rich in history with traditions and customs woven into the fabric of everyday life. Take a trip back in time and experience living history by riding on the famous St. Charles Avenue streetcar line.  Then ride the red car down Canal Street and explore the historic Mid-City cemeteries.
New Orleans's climate allows for plenty of outdoor adventures and activities in and around the Crescent City, an urban resort that offers year-round golf along with memorable swamp tours conducted in local bayous.
Conveniently situated in the central region of the US, New Orleans is ideal for travelers. The Louis Armstrong International Airport is just 20 minutes from city center.


New Orleans Information:

8/8/2016 9:35:33 AM

LMC 2016 Dealer Exchange

LMC’s Dealer Exchange will be held September 27th - 28th in Nashville, Tennessee.  LMC’s Dealer Exchange is a forum about overcoming challenges, discovering new solutions, and sharing experiences.  The group is limited - so make sure to get your registration in early. 
This year’s group will be discussing social media, installed sales and onboarding ideas to get the next generation of employees up to speed quickly.  Dealers will also enjoy a lightening round of best practice ideas.
How about a chance to really think outside the box - LMC Dealers will take part in an interesting tour of Nissan Vehicle Assembly Plant.  Dealers will have a chance to check out their efficiencies and observe new operating practices at work here. 

For more information or questions contact:
Amanda Healy
Thank you to our sponsors! 


8/4/2016 4:15:36 PM

Dealer Spotlight: Dash Lumber, New Orleans, LA

                     Gary, Joe, and Michael Diecidue

The Beginning….

The story of Dash Lumber starts with Joe Diecidue (Dásh-ê-dü) and his Dad Sam.  In 1946, the year after World War II ended, lumber was scarce. Being resourceful, father and son built their family home by cutting the pine trees on their property to dry and then cut into construction lumber.  The quality of the lumber did not go unnoticed by local builders who were soon asking for a supply.  The first location of the family business was actually in the Diecidue’s front yard!  Today Dash Lumber & Supply, the business Joe and his father started, is a full-service lumber and building supply store serving the Metropolitan New Orleans area. 
World War II…  

Joe Diecidue with Merchant Marines at the WWII Museum in New Orleans
Joe Diecidue was born and raised in New Orleans.  After high school he went to Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY.  He served as a Merchant Marine during World War II. The U.S. Merchant Marines’ job is putting our armies and equipment on enemy territory and maintaining them there.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt and many military leaders praised the role of the U.S. Merchant Marine during WWII as the "Fourth Arm of Defense." 
Earlier this year Joe was invited to attend the opening of the ‘Road to Toyko’ Exhibit at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Part of the event was to honor and acknowledge the often overlooked service of the U.S. Merchant Marines.  Afterwards, Merchant Marine cadets had the honor to speak with Joe about his Merchant Marine experience.
Family Affair…

“We Deliver the Goods” was the motto of the U.S. Merchant Marines during the war effort.  After the war, Joe kept delivering the goods.  He served in the US Navy Reserves for 20 years while creating and expanding Dash Lumber with his Dad and then with sons, Gary and Michael.  Through the years more than 25 cousins and extended family have worked at Dash.  Joe is still at the heart of the business. He comes to work every day and serves as Chairman of the Board of Dash Lumber.

LMC Annual Meeting…
As an LMC Board Member, Joe’s son Michael Diecidue has been an active voice at LMC since Dash Lumber joined in 2001.  He is excited that this year’s LMC Annual Meeting will be in his hometown of New Orleans and encourages all LMC Dealers to come down and experience all that NOLA has to offer.  Culture- Music- Food- History- Entertainment!   Listen to what Mike has to say in this video:


The National World War II Museum is a short 7-minute walk from the
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

According to TripAdvisor:

The National WWII Museum ranks as:
#1 attraction in New Orleans
#3 top museum in the United States
#15 top museum in the world


8/2/2016 9:43:03 AM

125 Year Milestone for H.L. Munn Lumber Company

LMC Regional Manager Warren Schuckies (L) with H.L. Munn General Manager Jon Zeigler (C) and Company President Erik Munn (R)In 1891 Hiram Lester Munn, a Civil War veteran, left his home state of New York to open a business in the center of Iowa supplying lumber and building materials to the town of Ames, 30 miles north of Des Moines. That was 125 years ago.  

To be in business for 125 years is a major accomplishment, and to have done it all under continuous family ownership is even greater. According to the Family Firm Institute, only 13% of family-owned businesses fall to the third generation.  H.L. Munn has been operated by the family through five generations.  A truly remarkable achievement. 

There have been many changes throughout H.L. Munn’s 125-year history including a move from a 1.4-acre downtown location to a 10-acre site providing one-stop shopping for contractor and commercial customers.  Along with a design showroom, H.L. Munn offers quality lumber and building materials along with services that include material estimating, delivery and installed sales.

H.L. Munn became a member of LMC in 2004, actively participating in committee work and attending LMC events to network with fellow dealers.   

LMC Regional Manager Warren Schuckies (L) recently visited General Manager Jon Zeigler (C) and Company President Erik Munn (R) to present them with a plaque from LMC honoring their 125th anniversary. 

LMC Proudly Congratulates
H.L. Munn Lumber Company
on 125 Years in Business!

7/29/2016 3:41:18 PM

LMC Annual Golf Outing 2016 at Linfield National Golf Club

Over 100 golfers arrived at the Linfield National Golf Club in Limerick, PA on July 23rd to tee off for the 35th Annual LMC Golf Outing.  This group of LMC dealers, suppliers, and staff, both current and retired, had a terrific day on the links enjoying the game with a lot of jokes and a lot of laughs.  One major plus this year was the LMC cooling towel every golfer received upon registering. These were very much appreciated with the temperatures staying above ninety degrees all day!

Thanks to everyone who attended and made this year's golf outing a success! 


Congratulations to the
2016 LMC Annual Golf Outing Winners!

1st Place 
Jay Cancelmo,(Guest) Chip Charles,(Guest) Ryan McFadden (Guest) and Kelley McFadden (LMC)
2nd Place
Scott Kensicki (Guest) Steve Evans (LMC) Patrick Kinkead (LMC) Dan Kuzo (Guest)
3rd Place
Doug Fittipaldi (LMC) Chris Snavely (J. C. Snavely & Sons) Kevin Potter (Tague Lumber)
Steve Snavely (J. C. Snavely & Sons)
Men's Long Drive 
Dan Kuzo, Guest  and Mike Prouty, Top Notch
Ladies Long Drive
Kelley McFadden, LMC
Closet to the Pin 
Chris Snavely, Chris Snavely (J. C. Snavely & Sons),  
Harvey Turner (Guest), Jim Ryan (LMC), Dave Prouty (Top Notch)
Putting Contest
Dan Bonsal, (LMC-Retired), Joe Middleton (Culpeper),
Kenneth Cramer (Cramer's) and Bob Schafer (Cramer's)

7/27/2016 2:00:00 PM

Gilcrest Jewett is Celebrating 160 Years!

Gilcrest/Jewett is celebrating 160 Years in business! They were founded in 1856, the year James Buchanan was elected U.S. president. A longtime member of LMC (almost forty years!), Gilcrest/Jewett is known for their quality, consistency, value, innovation and style. LMC Regional Manager Warren Schuckies (center) recently stopped by to present Sumner Worth (left) and Rick Thompson (right) with a plaque from LMC honoring their 160 years in business.

Congratulations to the Gilcrest/Jewett team!

LMC Regional Manager Warren Schuckies (center) with Sumner Worth (left) and Rick Thompson (right) presenting the plaque from LMC honoring Gilcrest/Jewitt for their 160 years in business.
Gilcrest/Jewitt's Mark Lorber & Matti Erkama with LMC Regional Manager Warren Schuckies (center).
Visit Gilcrest/Jewitt online at :

6/24/2016 11:03:33 AM


Nashville, TN
LMC's Dealer Exchange is your opportunity to network with a limited group of LMC Dealers in non-competing areas and share your best practices on the key topics listed below.  LMC Stockholders, key managers will take home many ideas and solutions on managing and growing business.

This year’s Dealer Exchange will take place
 September 26th through the 28th at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel. 
Save the date and look for more details to follow. 

6/24/2016 9:05:57 AM

LMC's 35th Annual Golf Outing - Saturday July 23rd, 2016


It’s that time of year again when LMC Dealers, Suppliers and Staff come together for the LMC Annual Golf Outing.  Last year was an exciting event with over $5,000 in prizes and give-a-ways. Join us for  LMC's 35th Annual Golf Outing on Saturday July 23rd, 2016 at the Linfield National Golf Club in Limerick, PA.
Since last year’s event, Linfield National has continued extensive renovations. Ownership has significantly improved the conditions of this course. We look forward to a new and challenging terrain!
Need overnight accommodations?  A block of rooms have been reserved at the Radisson Hotel located at the Valley Forge Casino Resort.  Valley Forge Casino Resort boasts several restaurants/bars, entertainment, unique spa services, shopping, and more. This is the region’s only full-amenity gaming resort with slots and live table games that include Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Pai Gow Poker, and Mini and Midi Baccarat.
Join us for a night of casino fun, followed by a day of golf!
Friday, July 22nd
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Once you arrive and get settled, join us for a meet-up at the Valley Tavern located in the lobby of the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge.  (Connected to the Casino) 
Saturday, July 23rd 
7:00 AM  Check in and enjoy a light breakfast of bagels, muffins, danish, fruit,coffee and                                                                      juice at Linfield National Golf Course. 
8:00 AM - Shot Gun Start!
                  ..... Food & Prizes follow your day on course! 

Register now if you haven't already!

LMC Contact:
Mike Connolly 800-218-0043 


6/9/2016 11:16:59 AM

Kevin Hancock Receives Edmund Muskie “Access to Justice” Award

Kevin Hancock, President of Hancock Lumber in Maine was recently awarded the Edmund Muskie "Access to Justice" Award.  The Hon. Edmund S. Muskie Access to Justice Award honors commitment to the public good, advanced through hard thinking, deep feeling, a voice of eloquent civility and a passion for justice. The award is presented each spring at the Muskie Dinner.
Hancock was recognized for his many leadership achievements in the community.  In the lumber and building material industry, Hancock has had a role in the NRLA and he was the youngest chairman ever at NLBMDA. 

Read more at Hancock Lumber's Blog and view the video below for more on why Kevin Hancock was honored with the Edmund Muskie "Access to Justice" Award.  LMC congratulates Kevin on receiving this award and on his many achievements! 

6/2/2016 9:09:47 AM

Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity honors Jackson Lumber & Millwork and the Torrisi Family

Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity founder Margot Bixby with Jackson Lumber & Millwork's Mark Torrisi, Jay Torrisi, and Al Torrisi.   Photo by Emily O'Brien PhotographyAs part of Merrimack Valley Habitat’s 30th anniversary celebration on Saturday, May 21st, Jackson Lumber & Millwork and the Torrisi family were honored for supporting their mission over the years. The celebration was held at the Jackson warehouse in Lawrence, Massachusetts and included craft cocktails, a live and silent auction, a locally sourced tasting menu, and entertainment.

Over Jackson Lumber & Millwork’s 70 years as a successful family owned and operated business, the Torrisi family has given back to the community and industry with time, leadership, and contributions. They have been proud to support Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity since its inception in 1985. In that time, Habitat has helped 92 families achieve a piece of the American dream – home ownership.

As Jackson Lumber & Millwork president, Mark Torrisi, commented, “Supporting our local Habitat for Humanity in their goal to create affordable housing within our community, one home at a time, is a great fit for us at Jackson. With our headquarters in Lawrence for our entire 70 years, we have always been committed to the community and committed to its revitalization.”

The work Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity has accomplished with Jackson has touched almost every neighborhood in the City of Lawrence from rebuilding after the Market Street fire to the latest project which is a redesign of the old St. Patrick’s convent on Parker Street into 10 condominium units. Dick Sumberg, of The Financial Advisors and Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity Board President regards Jackson’s long standing commitment as nothing short of heroic over these past 30 years. “When the inventory is needed we simply pick-up the phone. As our key supplier, there is a little bit of Jackson Lumber and the Torrisi family in every home we have built over the past 30 years. We are so fortunate to have such a gracious relationship and look forward to its continuation for the next 30 years.”

Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity is an independent local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, the largest non-profit home builder in the world. Working in partnership with families in need, volunteers and donors, they build simple, affordable homes that are then sold to the families at cost with a no-interest mortgage. This partnership makes it possible for families who could not otherwise afford a home realize the dream of home ownership. 


5/31/2016 1:14:11 PM

Just Launched! 2016 Billion Dollar Buying Power Ad Campaign

LMC is proud to announce the launch of the 2016 "Billion Dollar Buying Power" Advertising Campaign.  This campaign drives home the strengths of doing business with an LMC independent lumber & building material dealer over a national chain. 

New this year... 
A totally redesigned website! The website’s strong graphics and easy to read format illustrates the reasons a collaborative approach to purchasing along with market intelligence gives an LMC Dealers’ contractors a competitive edge.  The website also showcases three new videos featuring real builders talking about the benefits of working with a lumber and building materials dealer in the LMC network.

The updated dealer locator provides instant access to a network of over 1,300 lumber and building material locations across the USA; making is easy for the professional to find the nearest LMC Dealer quickly and easily.  Visit the site at .

LMC's Billion Dollar Buying Power campaign will appear in major builder and remodeler trade publications, both digitally and in print, consistently sharing the message about what sets LMC dealers apart and makes them the best in the industry. 

As one builder states, “They help me save time and money... often know what we need before we need it...are always here for me.  They help my business grow.”


5/31/2016 10:24:02 AM

LMC Hardware Express Aug 24 Las Vegas

LMC's Fifth Annual Hardware Express will be August 24, 2016 - (one day prior to the Orgill Show)  at The Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

This event features over  60 Premier LMC Suppliers, Show Specials and opportunities.  And don't miss out on the door prizes!  Drawings will be held on the hour and you must be present to win!

LMC Dealers - Login to and you'll find REGISTRATION under EVENTS. Make sure you are there to claim your door prize, qualify to win one of over 60 give-a-ways, and take advantage of some great express deals!

For Orgill Dealers attending the 2016 Orgill Fall Market, plan your travel accordingly to arrive one day earlier so you don’t miss out on this great opportunity to network with Key LMC Suppliers and LMC staff to increase your overall benefit while in Las Vegas.

Hardware Express Schedule:

8:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Exhibitor Table Top Set-Up
Palazzo Ballroom A-D, Level 5, Congress Center
8:30 AM  -  4:00 PM
Palazzo Ballroom D Foyer, Level 5, Congress Center
11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM
Exhibitor Meeting
Palazzo Ballroom A-D, Level 5, Congress Center
11:30 AM  -  1:30 PM
Lunch will be held in Galileo Meeting Rooms 1001-1005, Level 1, Congress Center
(Sign-Up Required)
1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
Express Hours
Palazzo Ballroom A-D, Level 5, Congress Center
4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM
Networking Reception will be held in Palazzo Ballroom A-D, Level 5, Congress Center
Dealers & Suppliers enjoy some cocktails from 4:00pm to 5:30pm as we wrap up the day's event!  

5/2/2016 8:53:09 AM


L to R: LMC President John Somerville, NLBMDA Chair Scott Yates of Denver Lumber, John Perna of Hamilton Building Supply who serves on LMC's Aspiring Leaders Committee, with JD Saunders of Economy Lumber and former NLBMDA Chair.LMC Dealers turned out in force to support NLBMDA’s Annual Legislative Conference April 18 -20th  in Washington, DC.   Representing the majority of conference attendees, LMC Dealers joined with independent lumberyards from across the nation to share with legislators their personal stories on how current regulations and economic policies affect small business.   Dealers lobbied on issues that ranged from restoring mandatory sanctions for frivolous lawsuits,  to changing the definition of full-time employees under the Affordable Care Act,  to protecting lumber dealers from product liability lawsuits.   LMC Dealers are deeply involved in their national association.  This year’s NLBMDA Chair is Scott Yates of Denver Lumber.  Former NLBMDA Chairs, also in attendance, included JD Saunders of Economy Lumber, Chris Yenrick of Smith Phillips Building Supply and Cally Fromme of Zarsky Lumber.   In addition, Bob Sanford of Sanford & Hawley and Rick Lierz of Franklin Building Supply were appointed to NLMBDA's Board of Directors.  

Part of the event included a dealer panel discussion with NLBMDA’s Manufacturers and Services Council.  Two LMC Dealers, John Perna of Hamilton Building Supply and Bill Burress of H.O. Seiffert Lumber joined with independent lumber dealer, Charley Miller of the Miller Lumber Company for the session.  The dealer panel spoke to the challenges facing the industry; none more significant than the difficult labor force with fewer younger people entering the industry.  This brought up opportunities suppliers have to align with dealers by developing closer partnerships that work to provide added value services and education to contractors. 
LMC’s President John Somerville, who also serves on NLBMDA’s Manufacturers and Services Council, stated: “LMC is proud to support NLBMDA.  Our dealers are strong advocates and their attendance to speak to policymakers on the critical issues facing our industry is extremely important and necessary. “   John Perna of Hamilton Building Supply, agrees LMC Dealers need to support and participate in NLBMDA Legislative Conference saying, “If we’re not here making an argument for our industry we’re going to be left behind”.
Following the event, NLBMDA Chair Scott Yates reached out to fellow LMC Dealers by video describing the air of openness on Capitol Hill this year while encouraging more participation from LMC Dealers for future events.

A message from Scott Yates, LMC Dealer and NLMBDA Chair for 2016


Scenes from NLBMDA LegCon 2016 

LMC Dealer and NLBMDA Chair Scott Yates, of Denver Lumber Company in Colorado introduces former RNC Chair Michael Steele.   Michael Steele, Political Analyst for Fox News & MSNBC and Former Chair of the Republican National Committee
Velux President Tim Miller with LMC President John Somerville.   LMC Dealer and former NLBMDA Chair Cally Fromme, Zarsky Lumber with Congressman Blake Farenthold.

Senator Booker meets with the New Jersey contingent. From L To R. Dan Schaffer from Reeb Millwork, Jeff Keller from NRLA, Senator Cory Booker, Nick Kuiken from Kuiken Lumber, John Perna from Hamilton Building Supply, Steven Gerard from Reeb Millwork and Fran Monk from LMC.


Bill Burress, Seiffert Lumber is in the center of the crowd meeting up at the Longworth House Office Building. 

A recent ProSales Magazine article outlines the 7 Issues independent lumberyards came to Capitol Hill to discuss:

Issue Details :

3/25/2016 2:09:44 PM


LMC started with just thirty five independent lumber dealers in 1935; Building Business Together. Take a look through the slide show below. This photo gallery of LMC’s independent dealers is a testament to a long proud heritage. From horse drawn lumber deliveries to a full fleet of trucks, the LMC Dealers that banned together over eighty years ago is today over 1,300 locations strong.
The sideshow depicts dealer yards throughout the years, fleets of trucks, and the people who worked there: some past, some present day. There are store fronts surrounded by cars and delivery vehicles that could now be considered ‘classics’.

These many images of people, frozen in time, are those whose dedicated work serves to remind us that their legacy continues today with entrepreneurial pride and the collective power of LMC, building business together.

2/18/2016 2:29:44 PM

2016 ProSales Dealer of the Year - LMC's Franklin Building Supply

LMC Congratulates Franklin Building Supply, based in Boise, Idaho, on being selected as ProSales' Dealer of the Year for 2016. 
The award honors outstanding achievements in construction supply operations, management and innovations, as well as meritorious service to the dealer’s community and to the lumber and building material industry. ProSales selects only one construction supply dealer per year from more than 7,500 firms nationwide.
“Franklin arguably does more things well over a more diverse territory than just about any other building material supplier in the country,” ProSales editor-in-chief Craig Webb wrote in his cover story on the company in the magazine's January/February 2016 issue.
Franklin has been an LMC Dealer since 2009.  Franklin Building Supply president and CEO Rick Lierz currently serves on LMC's Building Materials Committee.  
READ MORE at ProSalesMagazine