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THE WEST COAST LUMBER & BUILDING MATERIAL ASSOCIATION

is one of the largest regional lumber and building materials associations in the country and is 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 all part of the association.

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WCLBMA Launches on Instagram

WCLBMA is excited to announce the launch of our association’s Instagram site https://www.instagram.com/wclbma/

Instagram is a free to use social media platform built almost entirely around sharing images and videos. With so many ways to communicate these days it is important for associations like ours to communicate and interact with our members where they already are and increasingly that place is Instagram. With over a billion registered accounts, Instagram (now owned by Facebook), has become a part of daily life.

We are launched on March 24th with 7 posts of NorCal and SoCal photos from our more recent golf tournaments and second growth meetings. Now that we are launched, 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.

If you want 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 doing all the hard work to get the site set up and populated with this initial content and for his ongoing curation!

Save The Date! October 19-21, 2022
WCLBMA is Pleased to Announce
the Return of Our Annual Convention 

After 2 long years of connecting through screens or barely at all, it’s time to unite and collaborate face to face in beautiful San Diego! After all, our industry is built on mutual trust, based on one-to-one relationships and interactions.

Our Annual Conventions have always been about looking ahead and this year we are transforming the traditional convention experience to deliver you and your company more value, stronger strategies and bigger perspectives.

We’re bringing together exceptional keynote speakers, relevant and timely educational sessions, and the most valuable resources to help you get the information and tools you need to navigate these interesting times, to not just survive, but to thrive.

With more discussion, more connection, and more collaboration, this convention is not just back—it’s bigger and better!

Why You Should Attend

  • Top-Notch Content that will delve into the hot and critically important issues influencing your business.
  • Dynamic Speakers that will deliver timely information and personal inspiration.
  • Fun Special Events to network with your peers to gain valuable insights and to celebrate this great industry of ours together.

The lumber industry is strong and vibrant but change is the only certainty. We need to stay relevant and change with the times. Find out what’s shaping the future of the lumber industry and how we, the WCLBMA, can respond to stay relevant and ensure a strong future for our industry.

What Our Board Members Are Saying

The annual convention will be the place to gain high-level insights into where the lumber industry is going and how dealers like yours and mine can meet emerging challenges, compete effectively and grow our businesses.

Its our job as industry leaders to think strategically and navigate the path to the future. You don’t do that by sitting in your offices and yards. You need to be open to new ideas and concepts and you will get that at the annual convention.

What I will enjoy most about the annual convention will be reconnecting with dealers from all over the state. I am expecting an exciting energy among all the attendees as everyone is eager to finally be able to reconnect, ask questions and continue the conversation.

Now Available – WCLBMA Infographic

We are pleased to announce the publication of the WCLBMA Infographic! The Infographic is a clean and concise view of 4 key metrics that illustrate the power of our collective membership.
Annually, the 250+ members of the WCLBMA collectively contribute significantly to their local communities and to the overall California economy and represent one of the most critical cogs in the supply chain for affordable housing in California!
  • $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.
Among its many purposes, the Association will use this Infographic to:
  • 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
Click here for more information and to download the WCLBMA BUILDING FOR A BETTER CALIFORNIA Infographic.
We can also help ‘localize’ the statistics and use them to target messaging to the specific legislators in the districts our members operate in. Please contact me johne@lumberassociation.org if you would like help setting up a meeting with your local representatives.

WCLBMA Educational Webinar Series Replays Now Available

WCLBMA monthly educational webinar series are being offered for all members of the association.  To see a list of upcoming webinars visit our Calendar of Upcoming Events webpage.

If you missed an event or would like to go back through a webinar previously offered we have made the video available as well as slide presentation if applicable.  WCLBMA Webinar Events

WCLBMA Previous News and Information

For previous news and information articles please see our News Archive.

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

WHY BECOME A MEMBER

You want to sell building materials, not deal with regulations and red tape.

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