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Time to register for the 'IDEAS' trade show
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Register now for the "IDEAS" Mid-Atlantic Lumber and Building Material Trade Show, taking place at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, in King of Prussia, Pa., on Tuesday, May 15. At this one-of-a-kind show, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., dealers will be urged to take customers from booth to booth, showing them new products that are coming to market.

Nearly 100 vendors will be in attendance. All exhibitions will be manufacturers and distributors; there will be no dealers permitted to purchase a booth. This will be the perfect environment for dealers to nurture lasting relationships with their own customers, giving them a first-hand look at the type of products coming to market.

The IDEAS show is a superb collaboration between the New Jersey Building Materials Dealers Association, the Eastern Building Materials Dealers Association and the Philadelphia Reserve Supply Company. All three organizations are spreading the word far and wide, helping ensure the IDEAS show is a great success and hopefully an annual industry event.

To register today, visit https://www.lbmideas.org/.




 State Development News


2012 registration open for lead ready renovation and maintenance seminars
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New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Acting Commissioner Richard E. Constable III recently announced that registration is open for Lead Ready Renovation and Maintenance seminars. The seminars will give those involved with older housing stock in New Jersey the training and certification they need to ensure more homes in New Jersey are lead safe and in compliance with both Federal and State Regulations governing lead-safe work practices. More

Kuiken Brothers celebrates 100 years in Fair Lawn community
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Kuiken Brothers Company Inc., is a leading supplier of quality lumber, millwork and building materials. The business celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Kuiken Brothers was founded in 1912 in Fair Lawn and has since grown to provide goods and services from nine locations, including one in New York. More

 Industry News


Construction materials prices increase 0.4 percent in January
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Increased turmoil in the Middle East may be having an effect on U.S. construction materials prices. According to the U.S. Labor Department's Feb. 16 producer price index, materials prices increased 0.4 percent in January and are 5.4 percent higher than one year ago. Nonresidential construction materials prices were up 0.4 percent for the month and are 4.8 percent higher compared to the same time last year. More

Housing starts rise, driven by multifamily building
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U.S. home building rose slightly in January, but not enough to signal that the housing sector is ready to recover from the worst downturn in decades. Home construction last month increased 1.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 699,000 from December, the Commerce Department said. The results were better than forecast. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires expected housing starts would rise to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 677,000. More


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Study: Building for LEED credits may increase risk of worker safety
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A new study says that some LEED credits might carry an additional risk of worker injury of up to 41 percent, writes Douglas Reiser on Sustainable Cities Collective. The study he cites published by the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Boulder, which finds that a number of LEED credit tasks carry potential risks. More

New home construction rises 1.5 percent on budding apartment projects
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Construction of single-family homes cooled off slightly in January after surging in the final month last year. But a rise in permits suggests builders are growing more confident that more buyers are ready to come off the sidelines. The Commerce Department said that builders broke ground on a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 699,000 homes in January. That's up 1.5 percent from December and nearly matches November's three-year high for starts. More

Wood industry optimistic for 2012 sales
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Sales for 2012 are expected to match or beat 2011 figures. That is the consensus of a majority of representatives from the major woodworking markets. That optimism is backed by recent projections by the National Association of Home Builders and other groups for gains in new housing activity and remodeling projects for 2012. NAHB is forecasting that new home sales will rise 18 percent in 2012. More

Leading ladies
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The LBM business traditionally has been one of the last redoubts of untrammeled masculinity, from the delivery dock to the corporate offices. Yet in an industry where change of any ilk has often been viewed with caution, a new generation of women is moving upstairs. In the following article, four top female executives tell how they're creating a leadership style that's different from what their fathers did. More

The Clean Water Act's impact on project development
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Working through a project that involves federal, state and local land use laws can be complicated and tedious. The Clean Water Act and state water quality laws must be considered during the planning, development and implementation of a construction project. In addition to construction stormwater permitting, the potential for future pollutant discharge, the presence of wetlands or other jurisdictional waters, and the quality (or impairment) of receiving waters can significantly impact project siting and development. More

Western Montana timber may help rebuild quake-shattered Haiti
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"When there's a crisis," retired University of Montana choral professor Gary Funk observed, "sometimes the universe conspires to bring good ideas out." That's how the aftershocks of the 2010 Haiti earthquake may ripple across time and space to shake up western Montana's timber industry. After two years of work, Funk and a group of Missoula friends have nearly hatched a plan to shelter thousands of homeless Haitians with Big Sky Country lumber. More

 Across New Jersey


Is the Highlands a protected area or not?
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CHESTER — Depends on who is asking. While the Highlands are supposed to be preserved for all time, the Highlands Council is allowing a company to construct a 7.6-mile pipeline right through it, as part of a $400 million expansion. There's no question the area needs more natural gas, as the population swells, but there seems to be mixed messages about the extent we go to preserve environmentally sensitive parkland.

Rutgers-Eagleton has struck again with some new poll findings
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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL — Now it looks like one of President Barack Obama's strongest areas of support is New Jersey, with 60 percent of registered voters thinking he is doing A-OK. For a politician, hitting the magic "60" gives him the cover he needs to campaign elsewhere, where pollsters may find his approval numbers in the 40s. A visit from a sitting President — as well as some concentrated ad buys — always has a powerful effect on regional polls.

Full merger on the horizon?
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SCOTCH PLAINS & FANWOOD — The towns have shared the same school district for years, now they are taking the state-mandated steps to examine the benefits of a full merger. Petition-gathering residents from both towns are the first in the state to use 2006 legislation that allows regular folks to call for a municipal consolidation study — without requiring the blessing of local politicians. This is a game-changer in towns where entrenched mayors and councils have fought to protect their fiefdoms for years.

Governor plans to construct 20 new schools
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TRENTON — The Governor has big plans to construct 20 schools in some of the poorest communities in New Jersey, through the School Development Authority. Just eight of those schools, he said, would cost a whopping $675 million. There is no question these schools are needed, but one is quick to remember the debacle in the early 2000s when an aggressive school construction plan was launched, millions were wasted on consultants, political cronies and land acquisition, and there was not much to show for it.

Voters are against mega-research university
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CAMDEN — One thing is for certain: New Jersey voters don't like the idea of Rowan University taking over Rutgers-Camden to create a mega-research university in South Jersey. There is a Rutgers-Eagleton poll out that shows 57 percent of respondents think it is a terrible idea. Meanwhile, 22 percent think it is swell — we assume these respondents live in and around Glassboro. Again, it only matters what one New Jerseyan thinks — and Gov. Chris Christie is the man behind the plan.

No more horsing around at the Steel Pier
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ATLANTIC CITY — There was talk about bringing the famous — yet perennially controversial — diving horse act back to the amusement park, the Star-Ledger reports. But things have changed drastically from the 1920s. Live horse diving was ideal at a time before YouTube. Now, you can just type in a few search words to watch horses be dropped 40 feet into a 12-foot pool of water. And watch it over and over.

Auditor charged with solicitation
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TRENTON — An auditor for the state Division of Taxation is not only charged with soliciting a bribe from a convenience store owner, apparently he can't hold firm on his price. State officials say the 33-year-old Mays Landing man ordered the convenience store owner to pay $1,000 or be audited. Somehow, the store owner whittled the price down to $900, before authorities nabbed the state employee — who now faces 10 years in state prison. Hopefully, he is better at negotiating for cigarettes.

Local company designs global game-changer
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PRINCETON — A local company has designed a global game-changer — a solar-powered device that desalinates pumps and purifies water. The device is ideal in developing countries, during emergencies and for use by the military. Federal and state officials will be touring World Water & Solar Technologies today to see how it all works.

Fishery lab loses out in spending plan
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SANDY HOOK — The big loser in President Barack Obama's $3.8 trillion spending plan appears to be the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory at Sandy Hook, a key fisheries lab that studies the effects of climate change. The lab also studies how people damage the marine populations on the Jersey Shore — perhaps by flicking their garbage into the water. The 50-year-old lab, Gannett reports, is to be closed. It seems if you are spending trillions of dollars, there has to be some change under the cushions for such a lab.

A balanced budget? Let's talk
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TRENTON — The Governor is set to deliver his third budget to the state Legislature, so let's start talking about it. The ongoing quandary is that he is required to submit a balanced budget, yet is saddled with rising costs from a crumbling infrastructure and public employee pensions. And not to mention never-ending debt from 1997, when Gov. Christie Whitman recklessly cut income taxes. On top of this, Christie is pushing for his own 10 percent income tax cut for all New Jerseyans. With all this, how will he balance the budget? Should be an interesting ride. Someone's gotta pay.

Boy's wish becomes dream come true for others
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PATERSON — One child with a genetic blood disorder sees "Make-a-Wish" as "Donate-a-Wish," as the charity announced the 7-year-old Morris County boy has decided to use his wish to help other sick children whose families can't afford medical care. Make-A-Wish will donate $2,500 in the boy's name to start a fund at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson. Great story.
 

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