Countervailing Duty on Canadian Softwood – The Platinum Tape, a blog by Kelly Fox

Friends and Neighbors,

After months of speculation, it finally happened, the Trump administration announced that the countervailing duty on Canadian softwood would be set at 19.88%.  If this was the end of it, we could let the smoke clear and start anew in the weeks and months ahead.  Unfortunately, this is not the case so we have a long protracted fight on our hands that will keep the consumer doing what they always do, pay the higher price.  Let us look at what we do know and what we can expect.

Through the regulatory process and our part of the NAFTA agreement, both sides will get the opportunity to state their case in an appeals process.  The final ruling on this issues is not expected until sometime in January 2018.  If history is a good teacher on these issues, the Canadians have almost always won the argument.  Now that we know the fight is a long way from over, let us get down to the more immediate impact on our community.

The first thing I looked following the announcement this morning were the currency markets.  As expected, the Canadian dollar declined.  In a part of the country that depends on Canadian tourism to support our local economy, the weak dollar does not help.  Seeing the restaurants full and the Black Ball moving at capacity is good for all of us that call Clallam County home.  At the end of the day, our business is only as strong as the local economy and every part helps.

The second thing I looked at this morning was the lumber markets to see what was happening.  Surprisingly, everything has remained fairly calm with very little commotion in price files. Of greater concern to us, the impact of this announcement on supply has yet to be fully felt.  We know that we are running into shortage issues in the current market.

If any big producers decide to take drastic action, like not selling into the US market it could leave us very short on supply.  We are conducting a survey to find out how you would like us to respond in the event supply of the #2 & Better Premium we currently offer becomes unavailable.  If you would like to help us, please click here.

The last thing I did this morning was grab the phone and ask for input from our buyers, our supplier partners, and our network.  I learned that most everyone is in the same position as we are with more questions than answers.  That consensus opinion is to not take speculative positions on excess inventory in the near term.

We will follow the market and replace what we sell and try to maintain our business to be nimble with the market.  This will keep our pricing current and eliminate the potential for big profits and big losses.  With that position, we will be relying heavily on our buyers to ensure that we are refilling our stock more frequently in addition to our vendor managed programs.

Like everything in life, the dust will settle on this issue.  When it does, we will be here taking care of our friends and neighbors just as we have been for 111 years.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the market; we are here to help.  Please follow our blog or friend us on Facebook for updates as they become available.  I can also be reached via email at kellyf@lumbertradersinc.com or in the store @ 360-452-8933 for more pressing concerns.

Thanks,

Kelly

Lumber Commodity Price List for April 24th, 2017

Lumber is a commodity with prices fluctuating weekly due to market conditions. With our Lumber Commodity Price Sheet we look to keep you as informed as possible about those prices.  Click on the price list for a downloadable or printable .PDF version. Below the Price List is the Commodity Price Chart for quick reference into what is happening in the markets along with showing overall market trends.

PRINT the price list HERE.

Please read our newest The Platinum Tape Blog Post from our CEO Kelly Fox – April Market Update

Framing Lumber – We proudly stock #2 & better kiln dried PREMIUM Douglas Fir
Our lumber is Structurally sound, has 4 square edges & is less prone to splits & checks. 

All lengths marked in ORANGE are NOT stocked at Home Depot

8′ 10′ 12′ 14′ 16′ 18′ 20′
2×4 $3.73 $5.08 $6.10 $6.84 $8.44 $9.06 $10.07
2×6 $5.80 $7.50 $9.00 $10.29 $12.96 $13.50 $15.00
2×8 $6.75 $8.33 $10.23 $12.08 $15.10 $15.53 $17.47
2×10 $10.77 $13.70 $16.60 $18.48 $23.71 $25.34 $28.15
2×12 $12.31 $15.39 $18.66 $20.74 $27.74 $29.60 $32.89

Pressure Treated Lumber – We proudly stock #2 & better CA-C (Copper Azole) incised treated Hemlock for ground contact.
Worry free application, treated to withstand the elements, approved for ground contact & in-ground use.

8′ 10′ 12′ 14′ 16′ 18′ 20′
2×4 $6.49 $8.12 $9.74 $11.37 $12.99 S/O $16.72
2×6 $9.92 $12.40 $14.88 $17.36 $19.84 S/O $25.52
2×8 $13.19 $16.49 $19.79 $23.08 $26.39 S/O $33.96
2×10 $17.49 $21.87 $26.22 $30.59 $34.97 S/O $45.00
2×12 $22.12 $27.65 $33.18 $38.72 $44.25 S/O $56.94

Pressure Treated Decking – We proudly stock #2 & better PREMIUM smooth Douglas Fir decking.
Treated for local weather, dimensionally stable, & looks better longer.

8′ 10′ 12′ 14′ 16′ 18′ 20′
2×4 $7.12 $8.91 $10.68 $12.46 $14.24 S/O $18.33
2×6 $10.68 $13.36 $16.02 $18.69 $21.37 S/O $27.50

Framing Panels – We proudly stock only APA Rated & Graded panels.
APA rated for quality assurance, third party verification, & building code compliant.

  3/8″ 7/16″ 1/2″ 5/8″ 3/4″ 1″ 1 1/8″
OSB N/A $14.56 $17.76 $19.87 $29.63 N/A N/A
CDX $16.22 N/A $19.74 $23.45 $26.97 N/A N/A
ACX $34.49 N/A $37.47 $40.67 $42.68 S/O N/A
T&G N/A N/A N/A N/A $29.60 N/A $49.18

Plaster Board – We proudly stock only CertainTeed Brand Gypsum.
Easi-light for better handling, M2 Tech for mold and moisture resistance.

   8′    8′
1/2″x4′ Ultralight $11.58 1/2″x4′ Ultralight Moisture Resistant $13.60
5/8″x4′ Type X $13.50 5/8″x4′ Type X Moisture Resistant $16.86

Fencing – We proudly stock components that are designed for the outdoors.
Western Red Cedar & always rated for ground contact.

5′ 6′ 8′   8′
1×4 N/A $1.89 $2.57 Treated 4×4 Post $9.77
1×6 $2.49 $3.18 $4.98 60# Concrete Mix $3.30

Place your order today!  Ask about our delivery services and free estimates for all our building materials.

Prices are subject to change without notice. Call for current availability.  Lumber commodity pricing is updated weekly.

 

 

 

Join us for the 35th Annual Clallam County Home & Lifestyle Show

Join us at the 35th Annual Clallam County Home & Lifestyle Show at Port Angeles High School! 

Starting Saturday, March 11th from 9:30am – 4pm and Sunday the 12th from 9:30am – 4pm we’ll be manning one of the largest booths of the show.  The booth was hand build by employee owners of Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply to highlight the full variety of quality building materials we sell and the multiple products relevant to a new home build or remodel.  Staffed with our most knowledgeable employee owners prepared to share with you the building materials that we feel are the best for your next remodel, renovation or new home.  This is a no-pressure environment where we’re just happy to share information about the materials we know represent the best the peninsula has to offer.

We will feature the following at our booth.  Click an image below and go straight to the manufacturers website (If applicable).

 

 

Lumber Commodity Price List for December 14th, 2016

Lumber is a commodity with prices fluctuating weekly due to market conditions. With our Lumber Commodity Price Sheet we look to keep you as informed as possible about those prices.  Click on the price list for a downloadable or printable .PDF version.

All prices subject to change without notice, please contact us to verify stock availability.

Lumber Commodity Price List for July 19th, 2016

Lumber is a commodity with prices fluctuating weekly due to market conditions. With our Lumber Commodity Price Sheet we look to keep you as informed as possible about those prices.  Click on the price list for a downloadable or printable .PDF version.

All prices subject to change without notice, please contact us to verify stock availability.

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Lumber Commodity Price List for March 31st, 2016

Lumber is a commodity with prices fluctuating weekly due to market conditions. With our Lumber Commodity Price Sheet we look to keep you as informed as possible about those prices.  Click on the price list for a downloadable or printable .PDF version.

All prices subject to change without notice, please contact us to verify stock availability.

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Lumber Commodity Price List for March 22th, 2016

Lumber is a commodity with prices fluctuating weekly due to market conditions. With our Lumber Commodity Price Sheet we look to keep you as informed as possible about those prices.  Click on the price list for a downloadable or printable .PDF version.

All prices subject to change without notice, please contact us to verify stock availability.

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Treated Right – The Platinum Tape, a blog by Kelly Fox

wHISKEY-SODA2Have you ever felt like you did not get what you paid for? At one point or another in life all of us will have that feeling. It is a lot like a bourbon and soda that is nearly all soda. In every business there is an opportunity to cut a corner or reduce an expense by taking out some of the “good stuff”.  At Angeles Millwork and Lumber Company and Hartnagel Building Supply, we are all about putting more of the “good stuff” back into what you are buying.

Against some national competitors, we see that products are being sold into our market space that are a far cry from what they used to be.

A great example is in pressure treated lumber. It is not always rated for ground contact, even though it looks and feels just like the same product you can buy at every other lumber yard in the area.

In some cases, the same pressure treated lumber they sell is a construction grade that is not even building code approved.

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To give you more of what you want for your money, we will only sell incised pressure treated lumber that is rated for ground contact and building code compliant. Our NatureDeck© treated decking product is a premium Douglas Fir and rated for above ground use because of the intended application.

Other product benefits we sell are not always as clear cut as the differences in our treated lumber but they are equally as important. For example, the cedar decking products at our stores, from the 5/4 x4 to the 2×6, are kiln dried so that you can finish your project quickly. Green decking products require them to be installed and seasoned well beyond being dry on the surface, before you can apply the deck stain of your choice. (When you deck stain does not last as long as the can said it would, your deck was probably not as dry as it should have been.)

Our kiln dried decking products can be installed, stained, and enjoyed about eight weeks faster than product bought as green or wet. Your time and effort are worth something to us and dry decking is one way that we can prove it.

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On top of the products you buy, service is the “good stuff” that many people need when they do not speak the home repair or building language. Rather than asking you to learn to speak building materials, our stores will spend more than 1000 hours in 2016 dedicated to training on our products and services so that we are better at speaking your language when you stop by. I am confident that you will enjoy the difference!

When you choose to buy from us, you will get what you pay for. Sometimes we will be less expensive and sometimes we will be more. The one thing you should never have to question is the value you receive or wonder if you got any scotch with your soda!

 

As you shop the stores, visit us online, or have questions about the products we sell compared to our competition, please ask the salesperson or email me at kellyf@lumbertradersinc.com and we will be happy to help.

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Warm Regards,

Kelly Fox, CEO
Lumber Traders, INC.
Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co.
Hartnagel Building Supply

Senate Bill 6415

Yesterday Kelly Fox, CEO of Lumber Traders Inc. parent company of Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply was asked to speak to the Senate Education Committee for K-12 programs about the need for Career and Technical Education in our community.

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Senate Bill 6415 is designed to maintain the funding for shop classes in our schools along with other skilled trade programs.

Kelly looks at skilled trades and high school shop classes as a future pipeline for employees going to work for our customers or coming to work for one of our stores. We all recognize how hard it is to find skilled people and losing even one more potential source is too much. Taking things a step further, the future of our county is dependent on a trained workforce that does not always need to be college educated. Without the CTE programs, our young people in the community may leave the area to find work in the urban markets.  In turn our community, along with our stores, struggle to remain viable.

If you want to learn more you can watch the video here. Kelly’s contribution starts at the 44:16 mark.

If any of you ever get the chance or feel so moved to speak on an issue to our legislature, Kelly encourages others to speak up and have their voice heard.

Things may not always go your way but you will have done your part in supporting your cause in the legislative process.

For the issue with SB 6415, it is not likely to make it out of committee and that does spell trouble for our programs going forward. Next year the budgets renew and hopefully there will be a much better chance to get the funding needed to maintain our CTE programs!

 

19th Annual Building, Remodeling & Energy Expo at Sequim High School

BLOG-Sequim-Expo-DigitalCome out to the Building, Remodeling and Energy Expo at Sequim High School Saturday, February 13th and Sunday the 14th and talk with our contractor and retail sales professionals as well as vendor representatives about the newest in products, improvement ideas and how to increase efficiency for your next home improvement or building project.

Ron-and-Alan-Expo-BoothAngeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply will have a fully encompassed booth built by our employee owners Ron and Alan Amaya with full scale examples of interior and exterior building materials from Weyerhaeuser, Allura siding, Therma Tru Doors, Jeld-Wen Windows and Rogue Valley Doors.

We will also be giving away four $250 Gift Cards!