WCLBMA is one of 18 regional trade organizations affiliated with the National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association, headquartered in Washington DC. It represents more than 7,000 lumber and building materials dealers nationwide. WCLBMA is affiliated with, but not controlled by, the NLBMDA. The principal roles of the national association are federal governmental affairs, coordinating national meetings and providing services that are beyond the scope of an individual trade association.
The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association is a regional industry trade organization with roots dating back to the early 1900’s in California. WCLBMA was formed with the merger of southern and northern California regional lumber associations in 1995. WCLBMA presently has approximately 470 members firms in lumber and materials dealers, associate and affiliate categories. WCLBMA has member firms in 39 of the 40 California state senate districts and in 78 of the 80 assembly districts.
WCLBMA member firms employ approximately 55,000 people in California with an annual payroll of more than $1.5 billion. More than $2.5 billion is paid by the lumber and building materials industry in state and local sales taxes.
The wood products industry is one of California’s oldest industries, deeply tied to the history of the state. It is a complex and diverse industry, ranging from the timber management and harvesting to the retail side that serves the state’s homebuilders and commercial contractors. Lumber dealers are also involved in some of the less obvious elements of California’s economy, including providing wood products for the wine industry and wood products used in the state’s movie industry.
The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association has a significant number of member firms that have been family-owned businesses for more than 100 years, and are the focal points in many communities and neighborhoods.