Industry News

NBMDA – The Year in ReviewThe NBMDA Annual Convention occurred in mid-November in Colorado Springs, Colo. How was attendance?Attendance was strong for both NBMDA and our partner association – North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors. Total attendance for 2017 will surpass that of 2016.
Industrial Fleet Management: The Partner Every Distributor May Want to HaveFormed in 1973 Industrial Fleet Management (IFM) has for over four decades helped manufacturing and distribution companies save tens of millions of dollars on their fleet costs. IFM has worked with small businesses to some of the most well-known Fortune 500 firms.
Element Designs Brings European Style to North AmericaThe company was founded in 2003 in a room above a garage by three Americans and two Swiss entrepreneurs. The goal was simple: bring contemporary European inspired products to the North American market. Kevin Creedon, VP Sales for Element Designs, says, “We realized the possibility that comes with co
The International Surface Fabricator’s Association (ISFA) has Plans to Help Solidify the Success of the Fabrication IndustryThe ISFA was formed in 1996 through an agreement made by five fabrication shop owners and the publisher of SolidSurface magazine. The consortium formed the Solid Surface Advisory Board. This group set out to explore the possibility of forming an industry association.
Dakota Premium Hardwoods Defies the Odds and Finds SuccessDakota Premium Hardwoods (Dakota) was founded in 2008 by Owner and CEO Price Brashear. “You would think during a downturn would be a terrible time to start a new business. But the truth is it was actually a pretty good time.
How to Hire and Develop Effective SalespeopleHow to Hire and Develop Effective SalespeopleIdentify the success factors.To hire effectively, you have to be absolutely clear about the kind of person you are looking for. You don’t just want a job description; you want a description of the person you are seeking.
PRESS RELEASE: BlueLinx Enters Into Strategic Merger Agreement to Acquire Cedar CreekATLANTA and OKLAHOMA CITY, March 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BlueLinx (NYSE:BXC), a leading distributor of building and industrial products in the United States, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cedar Creek, a leading building products wholesale distributor
Employee Engagement Starts Before You Even Hire SomeoneEmployee engagement is lacking in the workforce. According to one survey, only 13 percent of workers are currently actively engaged in their jobs. That leaves a whopping 87 percent of people who dislike the work they’re doing.Scary thought: Among this 87 percent, some are working for your company.
4 Ways to Ensure Employee EngagementEmployee engagement begins with leaders showing that they value their people and that they are willing to spend time and resources helping them capitalize on their strengths. However, studies show that only a small fraction of today’s leaders are creating an engaging environment for their people.