The average cost of materials used by the construction industry fell 0.1 percent in June, but climbed 1.5 percent compared with June 2012, according to the Associated General Contractors of America's analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Housing construction and home prices grew nationally from late May through Early July. Production of lumber and building materials also increased. While builders started work on fewer homes in June, applications for permits to build single-family houses reached their highest level in five years.
At the 2013 AWFS Fair, after a full day on the show floor, executives from the leading distributors and distribution-oriented manufacturers came together at the NBMDA Networking Reception. Members shared insights, ideas and best practices with one another while enjoying cocktails and hor d'oeuvres.