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Register for NJBMDA member dinners
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It's not too late to register for NJBMDA member dinners. Join fellow dealers in your area, NJBMDA officers and board members for drinks and dinner and tell us how we may better serve you. The major topics of discussion will be the economy, employees and governmental issues. We need to know what you're thinking. How do you see the housing market in 2012? What opportunities do you see? What should your association be doing to help dealers? So, come on out and meet with your fellow dealers for some food and conversation. More

US DOT adopts new regulation on hand-held mobile devices
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According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, effective Jan. 3, all drivers of commercial vehicles are prohibited from engaging in the following activities while operating a company-owned commercial vehicle: (1) reaching for or holding a mobile telephone; or (2) pushing more than one button to operate the mobile telephone, (this prohibition includes continuously holding a button in order to use a "Push-to Talk" feature on a mobile telephone). More

In loving memory of Ross Hodgins
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Duncan Ross Hodgins quietly and peacefully passed away Friday after a brief stay at Newton Medical Center in New Jersey. Ross was 70 years old. Ross was a leader and a mentor in the building materials industry for 37 years, all of which he spent working at Manufacturers Reserve Supply in Irvington. Ross achieved many accomplishments in his career including the position of Executive Vice President at MRS, and N.J. Lumberman of the year in 2005. Ross was our No. 1 salesman for many years, and was also very involved with the Lakeland Hoo Hoo organization. Ross will be missed by everyone, especially by all of us at MRS who knew and loved him for so many years.

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US, Canada agree to extend softwood lumber deal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Trade ministers in Canada and the United States have inked a deal that will extend their softwood lumber agreement by two years. The agreement, which provides both countries with a guideline on the export and sale of wood, was set to expire on Oct. 12, 2013. With the extension, the agreement is now in place until 2015. More

Colleges take advantage of law allowing private developer partnerships
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The aging roof of Ramapo College's main academic building was in need of repair, and the college needed millions to fix it. Instead of borrowing the money, the 6,000-student public college in Mahwah is partnering with a private company on a $23 million re-roofing project. The project, approved by the Economic Development Authority, is the third such partnership under the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act of 2009. More

Kuiken Brothers named ProSales Dealer of the Year
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Kuiken Brothers of Fair Lawn is the 2012 ProSales Dealer of the Year, the magazine announced. 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. More

Boardwalk Merchants not happy with southern pine revamp plan
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Through a recently introduced capital plan, the Ocean City administration has proposed a multi-year proposal to completely rebuild the boardwalk from Fifth to 12th streets. The proposed plan includes a new substructure and decking, and what goes on top has many boardwalk merchants concerned. City officials plan to use southern pine. More

Final Susquehanna-Roseland power line hearing draws large crowd
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More than 220 people recently attended the final National Park Service session to get public reaction on not allowing a 500-kilovolt electric transmission line to be built across the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. While some speakers from business groups or unions representing construction trades urged the NPS to grant permits, the majority of speakers wanted the final environmental impact statement to reaffirm the draft study's conclusion that for environmental reasons, permission should be denied. More

New port boss pushes to speed construction
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The new head of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey said he aims to reduce the time and cost it takes to build major infrastructure projects. Keynoting his first public event, Port Authority executive director Patrick Foye blasted the current environmental-review process as being "too long and uncertain, and unmoored from the social goals it was intended to advance." More

Russo gets planning green light for 100MW site in Franklin Township
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Data center builder Russo Development has secured planning approval for a large data center park on its 71-acre green-field property in the Franklin Township. The company has multiple design options for the future Somerset Technology Park, but what the site would look like post-construction would be determined by the tenant, or tenants. More

Nova Scotia company hanging onto closed gypsum plant
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Fundy Gypsum's Chicago-based parent company is being careful to keep doors open at their Windsor plant. Robert Williams, a spokesperson for the United States Gypsum Corporation, says USG is holding off on selling the three Hants County, Nova Scotia-based properties in hopes that the "severe downtown" in the American construction market will subside. More


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