Top 10 Stories 2016

As 2016 ends, it’s time to look back on the biggest news and newsmakers at the NRLA. Our staff and editorial board reviewed hundreds of stories from the Lumber Co-operator, Wired, SupplySide, and NRLA.org to put together our Top 10 Stories of 2016.

#10 - How Will 3-D Printing Technology Affect Conventional Construction Practices?

#10 - How Will 3-D Printing Technology Affect Conventional Construction Practices?

For the construction industry, 3-D printing technology could substantially disrupt conventional building practices by offering modular construction alternatives, onsite manufacturing of building materials, and the ability to create parts, tools and even complete machines on-demand.

#9 - Softwood Lumber Agreement in Limbo

With the Softwood Lumber Agreement between the U.S. and Canada on hold, and President-elect Trump’s position on imports, it’s likely the SLA will stay in limbo into 2017.

#8 - October Housing Starts See Greatest Leap in Nearly a Decade

New-home construction broke its downward trend and increased significantly in October. But why the sudden increase? Millennials. As income and employment prospects improve, Millennials are moving out of their parent homes, starting families, and expanding the demand in the housing market.

Read about some Millennial Myths, in our November Careers Issue editorial.

#7 - Industry Employment Opportunity Video

When I changed careers to join the NRLA in 2016, the most asked question was “So are you a lumberjack?” It was clear to me that there were some misunderstandings about LBM careers. So I was excited to see this incredible employment opportunity video when I arrived at the NRLA.

Put together by a task force of NRLA members, the industry employment opportunity video highlights the diverse careers available in the LBM world.

#6 - Smart Home Technology

If the phrase “Alexa, turn on my lights,” gets you excited, then you are not alone. A plethora of articles this year highlighted consumers’ desire for smart technology in the home. In August, Realty Biz News revealed that nearly three-quarters of Americans own at least one smart home product, and that 44% of home buyers looking for move-in-ready conditions consider smart technology part of the package.

#5 - Bicknell Becomes NRLA Chair

At the 2016 NRLA Annual Meeting, Immediate Past President Chuck Handley turned the gavel over to fellow New Yorker Bob Bicknell. Bicknell, who owns Bicknell Building Supply in Potsdam, N.Y., was joined at the meeting by his family and friends who will all support him as he drives the NRLA into 2017.

#4 - Boston Cedar and U.S. LUMBER Join Forces

The April announcement that Boston Cedar and U.S. Lumber agreed to merge their assets created a tremendous spike in traffic for LC Wired, NRLA’s weekly e-newsletter.

#3 - EBMDA-NRLA Affiliation

It’s not every day that two historic organizations like the NRLA and Eastern Building Material Dealers, are able to come together for the benefit of their members but that’s exactly what happened this September, as the NRLA announced that the EBMDA would become its 14th State and Local Affiliation.

#2 - Overtime Rule Injunction

On Nov. 22, a federal judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction halting the Dec. 1 implementation of the Department of Labor’s updated overtime rule. This leads to an uncertain future for the new rule and the possibility that the new rule may never be truly implemented. It is likely that there will not be a resolution to this case before Jan. 20 when the new administration takes office. President-elect Trump has stated previously that the overtime rule was a regulation that they planned to review and possibly roll back.

#1 - David Moore Receives Paul Collier Award

Our top story for 2016 is David Moore receiving the Paul Collier Award this October. The Collier Award recognizes the loyal, faithful, and devoted services above and beyond the call of duty to the lumber and building material industry and to the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association. David has been involved with the NRLA for nearly 30 years. This is only the second time the Collier Award has been bestowed upon an NRLA member. The previous awardee was Jack Connors, of BROSCO, in 2013.

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