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.
NBMDA has partnered with a leading research firm and the North American Floor Covering Distributors Association (NAFCD) to provide you with the NBMDA Quarterly Executive Trends Index.
Builders are struggling to meet orders as they combat a shortage of building supplies. Regional building products makers are operating under tight credit conditions, with trimmed workforces. In some cases, these factors are not allowing them to raise production enough to meet rising demand.
Sales in the SPF lumber market increased, leading to raised prices among producers. Southern pine lumber gained momentum, while coastal species lumber increased slightly. Inland lumber species continue to transition to a vibrant market.
The country's home-building machinery were hit hard during the recession. Now that the housing sector is witnessing increased demand, prices have increased for a number of key construction materials.