THE WEST COAST LUMBER & BUILDING MATERIAL ASSOCIATION
We are one of the largest regional lumber and building materials associations in the country and the foremost voice of the industry in the region. Government action, educational programs and seminars, business contacts, communications on important issues and networking events are just a few examples of the power of the association and the value of being a member!
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SAVE THE DATE – THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2023
WCLBMA Southern CA Golf Tournament
We are very excited to announce that our WCLBMA April golf tournament will be hosted at a new course this year!
Our first of the year golf tournament will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2023 at Strawberry Farms Golf Club, 11 Strawberry Farms Road, Irvine, CA 92612, 8:30 shotgun start.
Registration and sponsorship opportunities will be announced soon!
WCLBMA PAC Contributes To Senator Brian Jones
On November 18, the WCLBMA Government Action Committee approved a $2,500 PAC contribution to Senator Brian Jones who recently appeared at our convention to speak on our government panel discussion session. Victor Fresca from Dixieline Lumber hand delivered the check to Senator Jones and expressed on behalf of all WCLBMA members our collective concerns that excessive taxation, regulation and generally bad legislation has added to our industry–wide challenges and that the 1% “lumber tax” has done nothing more than decrease housing affordability in our state. We look forward to a continued partnership with Senator Jones to grow the California economy and support lumber and building material dealers across the state of California.
2022 Annual Membership Meeting Report
The WCLBMA held its 2022 annual member meeting October 21st. At the meeting we transitioned the presidency from Frank Addiego to Matt Endriss, Sean Fogarty provided the treasurer’s financial update, and the members unanimously voted to:
- Approve the 2023 board of directors (see the last page of this newsletter for the full list). Please join me in offering a huge thank you to the many returning directors for their tireless dedication and significant above and beyond efforts in support of our association!
- Approve the revised bylaws of the association.
Matt Endriss addressed the members and talked about the association’s many accomplishments in 2022 and provided a sneak peek into our 2023 plans and objectives currently under board discussion.
WCLBMA Annual Convention
Survey Results Now Available
The annual convention survey results were overwhelmingly positive. 90% of respondents rated the convention excellent or very good and 0% felt it was fair or poor. Bill Walton’s session received the highest marks with 87% of respondents rating his talk excellent and 13% very good. Thank you to everyone that took the time to fill out the survey! Your feedback will be invaluable as we start to plan the 2023 convention. See Full Results (WCLBMA member password required to view results)
WCLBMA Annual Convention
Podcasts Now Available
We have four convention podcasts available. These are great opportunities to review the information from these sessions for those in attendance or, for those not able to attend, get the chance to catch up!
WCLBMA Holds Highly Successful Annual Convention
Featuring Keynote Speaker Bill Walton
2023 New President Matt Endriss and Board Seated
PRESS RELEASE – FOLSOM, CALIF. – November 17, 2022 – West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA), a non-profit trade organization representing independent lumber and building material dealers, reports the results of its highly successful annual convention held October 19-21 in San Diego, CA. Full Press Release
Thank You! 2022 WCLBMA Annual Convention Sponsors
On behalf of the WCLBMA Board of Directors and Convention Planning Committee, we would like to thank all the sponsors of our 2022 Annual Convention. Their generous sponsorships helped make our Riding the Waves of Uncertainty vision and program a reality by offsetting the cost of speakers and activities that made the convention such a huge success. Their support is appreciated, and the continued partnership will be vital to our future success as we continue to grow and enhance the value the association delivers to all of our members. Simply put, the convention could not have been possible without their support!
WCLBMA Annual Convention Report
By all accounts our 2022 annual convention in San Diego held on October 19-21, was a resounding success! There will be a full convention report including videos, testimonials, October Madness winners and more in the November lumber log. In the meantime, here are just a couple of Convention Teasers:
- See out Instagram page for just a few of the photos with lots more to come https://www.instagram.com/wclbma/
- Which member challenged and beat Bill Walton to a hoops 1:1 shoot-off? The answer will be revealed in the November Lumber Log.
Thank You Frank Addiego and Congratulations Matt Endriss
The WCLBMA held our annual member meeting on October 21st and the membership elected our 2023 board including new president Matt Endriss. Matt and the board thanked Frank Addiego for his service as president for the last 2 years. During his term, Frank guided the association through a turbulent year of COVID and inspired and oversaw the implementation of all the member programs and services we have benefited from over his tenure. Frank’s leadership and accomplishments were nothing short of fantastic. Matt addressed the members to express his delight to serve as our new president. Look for more coming soon on the Matt’s and the board’s plans for the association in 2023 and beyond.
WCLBMA, NLBMDA, and Ganahl Lumber Host
Congresswoman Michelle Steel
COSTA MESA, CA – On August 17, 2022 Congresswoman Michelle Steel (R-California) joined the West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA) and the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) for a tour of Ganahl Lumber at their lumber yard and hardware store and in Costa Mesa, CA.
Congresswoman Steel met with President and CEO Peter Ganahl along with other company leaders and WCLBMA Board members to discuss issues affecting the lumber and building material industry, including the national supply chain and the importance of the affordable housing market in California. WCLBMA and NLBMDA coordinated the event.
From left to right: Ganahl Lumber CFO Dan Delaney, Ganahl Lumber General Manager Steve Schroeder,
Congresswoman Michelle Steel, and Ganahl Lumber President & CEO Peter Ganahl
“I’m grateful to Ganahl Lumber in Costa Mesa for the work they have done for decades to create jobs and promote more affordable housing for Orange County families. As we continue facing a supply chain crisis, their commitment to providing materials to Southern California is critical,” said Congresswoman Michelle Steel.
WCLBMA CO-SIGNS LETTER TO OPPOSE AB2026
The bill would require e-commerce shippers who ship purchased products in or into the state to reduce the total weight and number of units of single-use plastic shipping envelopes it uses to transport products. Our industry is constantly working to eliminate unnecessary packaging for various environmental reasons. Currently, we use plastic wraps to protect units of lumber from the elements. These plastic wraps are used judiciously as they only cover areas exposed to the elements, leaving the bottom and end sides open. In our efforts to be good environmental stewards, we have experimented with alternatives to plastic, such as paper wraps. We have found that these alternatives do not properly protect the wood and can result in the degradation of our products. The bill’s goal is laudable, as it seeks to “reduce the unnecessary and unacceptable amount of single-use plastic used in the e-commerce marketplace.” We believe it is not the intent to restrict or limit plastic wraps used to protect wood products. For the above-mentioned reasons, we asked to amend AB 2026 to exclude shipping envelopes used for wood products.
WCLBMA on Instagram
WCLBMA is now on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/wclbma/
We need every member already using Instagram to visit our site, ‘follow’ us, ‘like’ our posts, ‘share’ with your peers, and add ‘comments’.
If you are not already on Instagram, you can still access our site (it is open to all) and/or use your Facebook account to log-in. We will be adding content and building the site regularly and this will only work and be successful if you participate. Engaging with our page will enable us to stay connected, be aware of upcoming events, and help our community grow.
To learn more about Instagram, there are many on-line resources. Here is one we found to be helpful and quite thorough: https://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-instagram-how-to-use-guide
Many thanks to Brandon Chelini and Friedman’s Home Improvement for his ongoing work curating our content.
WCLBMA Building For A Better California Infographic
- $6.1 Billion Gross Revenue
- $353 Million Payroll
- $129 Million Sales Tax Generated
- And our members provide good paying jobs for over 4600 Ethnically Diverse Californians.
- Educate our state representatives about us
- Tell our “story” that illustrates the collective power of our numbers as the association that represents the lumber industry in our state put our association on the state representatives’ “radars”
- Help us influence legislation and public policy in the California Capital for the good of the lumber industry and businesses in general
- Raise the awareness of our association and best put a “spotlight” on us to help us build credibility with our state representatives
- Provide a clear, unified, and resonant voice to policymakers
WCLBMA Member Testimonials
Many Benefits and Relationships of Great Value
“Mead Clark Lumber Company has a long association with the WCLBMA. I was encouraged to get involved over 35 years ago and have dozens of stories where I personally and my company benefited There has been many opportunities to meet the other members, share ideas, and build lasting friendships. The personal relationships we have built over the years with other dealer members and associates are of great value. WCLBMA is a valuable voice of, and partner to, the retail & wholesale lumber industry in California and Nevada. An overlooked, added value is the accompanying membership with the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association. Renewing membership or starting a new membership in the WCLBMA is an easy decision and we plan to continue for years to come.”
Matt Petersen, Vice President – Mead Clark Lumber Company, Inc.
Valuable to Our Business
“Taiga has been an associate member of the WCLBMA since the beginning and we’ve found it very valuable to our business. In addition to the excellent networking opportunities our membership has allowed us to source insurance products, given us referrals for safety training and advertise our new products. We are kept up to date on relevant legislation which gives us a voice to help guide the changes in our industry. The best association we belong to.”
Pat Zan, Senior Commodity Trader – Taiga Building Products
We Strongly Believe in the Mission and Goals of the WCLBMA
“Ashby Lumber strongly believes in the mission and goals of the WCLBMA. We have benefited greatly from many parts of our membership including the second growth trips, sharing ideas with other members, and networking opportunities. WCLBMA is an asset to our industry and a very important membership to our organization.”
Emily Brown, CEO – Ashby Lumber
We Have Benefited Greatly from the Many Opportunities
“Central Valley has a long association with the WCLBMA. We have benefited greatly from the many opportunities to meet the other members, share ideas, and build lasting friendships. WCLBMA is an invaluable voice of, and partner to, the lumber industry in California and Nevada.”
Matt Endriss, General Manager – Central Valley
Gain Valuable Insight
“Reno Carson Lumber has been a long-standing member of the WCLBMA. As one of the few members from Nevada, it’s a great opportunity to meet fellow lumber yard operators in California to gain valuable insight on what’s going on in the industry. As well, this has given me the opportunity to build some really solid relationships, professionally and personally.”
Chris Fleiner, Vice President/General Manager – Reno Carson Lumber
Easy to Call a Fellow Member
“One thing I value about the WCLBMA is how easy it has become to call a fellow member to share or ask for guidance. This can be related to credit ratings, theft control, equipment strategies or a safety procedure. The cost of membership is nothing compared to paying an unnecessary negative consequence.”
Barrett Burt, General Manager – Ganahl Lumber