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

Hartnagel Building Supply is Hiring for a Contractor Sales Professional!

Hartnagel Building Supply, an all employee owned company is hiring!

If you are looking for full time employment, we have a great opportunity for you! Our team of employee owners make up a wide range of the most creative, knowledgeable and caring that the North Peninsula has to offer.  We consider our customers to be family with many we know by first name, so we are looking for the pinnacle of customer service in our hires.  Angeles Millwork & Lumber and Hartnagel Building Supply have been community fixtures in the area for over 55 years and we offer the best in building materials to the industry professional and the do-it-yourselfer.  If the opportunity to be on our team is enticing to you then we encourage you to apply!

We are seeking to fill a Contractor Sales Professional Position for sales and material takeoffs for commercial and residential building projects with the following qualities:

  • Ability to do lumber takeoffs
  • Personable and able to build a strong customer clientele
  • Must be detail oriented and organized
  • Able to work well independently but also with a sales team
  • Takes initiative but is also great at following directions
  • Minimum of 2 years industry related experience
  • Skilled in the use of a computer
  • 18 years or older

Full time with benefits
Pay DOE
Drug testing required

Download an application here.

Drop off an application in person or mail to Hartnagel Building Supply 3111 East HWY 101,  Port Angeles, WA 98362 or fax to 360-452-8943

 

Account Holding Contractors! Get a FREE Web Page & Join us as a Referred Contractor.

We would like you to join our growing list of account holding contractors and professionals represented on our website!

The majority of a contractor’s future clients and our retail customers, will search the web first when looking for a qualified contractor.  If you are not listed on the internet they will have a hard time finding you and will usually go with a contractor that utilizes the web for proper advertisement.

Building a web presence is beyond the skill and resources of most of us. This is where we want to help.  The support of our account holders is paramount in our relationship and we think this assistance is a great way for us to prove it.  We know that our contractor clients are the best that the Olympic Peninsula has to offer and your success is our success.  We want you, as an account holder, to be a part of our contractor referral page for the community to resource for all their building, remodeling and home maintenance needs. Whether you do $2000 a year with us or $200,000, our end goal is to offer a complete resource of dependable, quality contractors.  But we can’t do it without your involvement.

Our retail staff are asked daily for recommendations on different installs, projects and builds so we decided to create a section on our web page called “Contractor Referrals” where we can direct our community and homeowner customers to your personalized web page. Check it out by clicking HERE.

This service is of ZERO cost to our account holders.

We welcome general contractors  but we are also searching to fill areas for specialized contractors in painting, plumbing. electrical, fencing, landscaping, concrete, and cleaning.

What Do You Get?

A personalized web page on our website in our Contractor Referrals section under the heading of your expertise that will include the following.

  • A customized page header with your logo and images.
  • Full contact information.
  • Images of the owner and crew.
  • Images of completed work.
  • A customer statement of satisfaction of past work completed.
  • A full submission form that potential customers can fill out desired work to be done and contact information that once filled out is emailed directly to you.
  • The ability to change the web page at any time utilizing our staff.

Some concerns with many of you is that web pages seem complicated.  No worries.  We can build your web page with just a small amount of time from you.  Our advertising coordinator would need approximately 30 minutes of your time to get the necessary info to fully build out your web page.

The only requirement we have for you to participate is that you MUST ALWAYS be licensed, bonded and insured.  This will be checked on a regular basis.  It is imperative that for us to provide a resource such as this, that our customers trust who we are recommending.

Getting Started…

We will do a short consultation over the phone or in person at Hartnagel Building Supply and need the following information.

  • License #
  • Phone #
  • Photo of the company’s owner and crew (if applicable).
  • Short bio on the owner (hobbies, life away from work).
  • Photo(s) of completed work (prefer at least two but the more the merrier).
  • Short bio on the company.
  • One satisfied client’s testimonial.

Continued Support

  • Our retail staff will recommend these pages to inquiring customers.
  • Throughout the year we will feature completed web pages on our Facebook page advertising them and their services to thousands of potential clients on the Olympic Peninsula.
  • We continually scour local Facebook pages for home owner inquiries of whom in the area people would recommend for specific jobs.  We will post links to these posts with the pages that fit their desired job question.
  • Your page can be modified and updated as you see fit.  If you have new pictures of completed jobs, contact us and we’ll update your page with them to keep it new and relevant.
  • We will show you how to link and advertise your new page on the web.  Whether it be your personal Social media page, a Facebook post, in an email or featured on a business card, we are here to help.

To get started please contact Josh Bergesen at 360-417-7844 or by email at joshb@lumbertradersinc.com

Pratt and Lambert Spring Savings Mail in Rebate

 

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Paint Specialist, Coy Shipley of Hartnagel Building Supply.

Paint Specialist, Denise Fox of Angeles Millwork.

Save up to $10 on Accolade and $5 on Red Seal interior and exterior paints through Pratt & Lambert’s spring mail-in rebate program through 4/3/17.

Our paint specialists are here to assist you in your next paint project with product suggestions, color matching and proper choice of paint accessories!

Print Rebate Form HERE

  • $10 OFF ONE-GALLON CONTAINER AFTER MAIL-IN REBATE
    Accolade® Products
  • $5 OFF ONE-GALLON CONTAINER AFTER MAIL-IN REBATE
    RedSeal®, RedSeal® Supreme, Primer, StainShield®, and Skylight® Products
  • ***Mail-in rebate offer valid for purchases made between 2/24/17 and 4/3/17. Rebate forms must be received by 5/1/17. See rebate form for complete details. Save up to $80 total per household and/or address. Some products may not be available at every store. Quarts, Color Sampler, and Pro-Hide® products not eligible for rebate. ® 2017 Pratt & Lambert Paints

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).

 

 

Donate a Stud and Support Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics (VIMO)

We’d like to make a call out to our customers, clients and neighbors to help with our new “Donate a Stud” campaign for VIMO!

Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics, or (VIMO) for short, is a free clinic primarily serving low-income, veterans and homeless patients living in Clallam and Jefferson counties.  VIMO has medical, behavioral health and dental facilities housed in a crowded building in Port Angeles, WA and currently treat the growing population of under and uninsured patients that typically rely on Olympic Medical Center’s emergency room.

We at Angles Millwork & Lumber Co and Hartnagel Building Supply are committed to putting our efforts in supporting the growth of grassroots non-profits.  VIMO is a perfect example of the great services that can be accomplished when caring industry professionals and community volunteers give back to their community.  With your help, VIMO will move crowded administrative offices currently held in an exam room and overflowing behavioral health facilities to a new building allowing much needed space to serve additional patients and increase the resources to the underserved in our community.

Learn more about VIMO at their website HERE

So how can you Help?

By purchasing a “stud” at either of our stores for just $5 each.  Our goal is to raise $10,000 and fund a large majority of the new VIMO building’s costs. Donators will be featured on an in store display, on our website and on our social media postings.

Call or visit us today to donate:

  • 1 Stud = $5
  • 5 Studs = $25
  • 10 Studs = $50
  • 20 Studs = $100

Care to donate to VIMO in another way?

Monetary donations can be made by clicking HERE.

Care to volunteer?

VIMO relies on volunteer providers and staff to deliver services to more than 1,500 patients each year. To become a part of the VIMO team and help building up the community, email info@vimoclinic.org to request a volunteer packet.

Volatile Lumber Trading and the Affect on Lumber Pricing

Friends and Neighbors,

Lumber trading right now is extremely volatile with no end in sight per many of our supplier partners.  The cause of the spike in the lumber prices is related to increased demand around the country and uncertainty related to the expired softwood lumber agreement.

With the market growth and the tariff looming, dealers like us are taking on inventory positions that are pushing out order files at the mill level for many months so that we can make sure to cover our customers in the peak season.  The tariff is aimed at balancing the pricing between US and Canadian producers that will most likely result is a retroactive tax on the Canadian goods.  This has caused the producers to collect the money upfront to protect themselves when, not if, it is imposed.  The struggle right now is no one knows what the amount will be so most mills and suppliers are collecting at the worst-case rate.

Since the beginning of the year, our stores have seen our cedar prices grow by more than 40%.  Since the beginning of February, we have seen our lumber commodity prices increase by 20-25% with some seeing 35%+.  Because we cannot sell our inventory at current market pricing and still make the profits our business needs to survive, we are selling at our replacement cost.  We expect treated lumber to follow the commodity markets up at about the same rates in the next few days.

One way we continue to look out for our customers is to look at our inventory position and the price increases to see if we can cover ourselves week to week without passing on the full weight of our cost increases.  The down side to this is that we cannot honor our quoted prices beyond one week.

Thank you for your understanding, we are here to help in any way that we can.  If you have any questions about the market or need some clarification about a specific segment, please shoot me an email or talk with your sales person.  We will continue to watch the prices and adjust up and down as the market dictates along with keeping all of you posted with our weekly lumber commodity hot sheet updates.  If you would like to be added to the email list for the Lumber Commodity Hot Sheets please email Josh Bergesen at joshb@lumbertradersinc.com .  You can always find the newest lumber commodity pricing on our Blog page, through Facebook and on our Twitter feed.

Thank you for placing your trust in us and we all look forward to serving you in 2017 and beyond.

Thanks,

Kelly

Henry Blueskin VP100 Licensed Contractor Event @ Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. February 8th

Licensed Contractors and their crew are invited to a provided lunch and participate in the showcasing of Henry Blueskin VP100 as a superior alternative to traditional housewrap and air barriers.

A full demonstration and install will take place prior to the provided lunch on February 8th, 2017 from 11am-1pm @ Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. located at 1601 South “C” St. in Port Angeles WA.

Promo Offering:

  • 2 FREE rolls on your 1st Blueskin project if you show up to the event. 800sq ft in material savings!
  • Henry branded gloves, hats, t-shirts, and much more!

Licensed Contractors are required to RSVP for the event with numbers in their party through Angeles Millwork Contractor Salesman Andrew Dahl @ either 360-417-6142 or through email at andrewd@angelesmillwork.com.

Want more info? Click Below!

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.

Free 2017 Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply Calendar

2017-angeles-hartnagel-calendar-final2-1Free to the community at either Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. or Hartnagel Building Supply, the 2017 Calendar features photography throughout the Olympic Peninsula by local photographers. Come on by and request one from our retail customer service professionals and immerse yourself in the local wonders of mountain landscapes and native animal photography from 19 different photographers.

Thank you to the photographers listed below who took the time to capture and send us their photos. The process of narrowing down photos to be featured in the calendar was a great challenge.

Mary Campbell
Neil Smith
Timothy Owens
Chris Urquia
Steffany Michelle Barber
Dana Pesola
Jim Hagen
Deserae Biss
Leslie Wright
Rebecca Wells
Debbie Schouten
David Hahn
Ehmey Liggins
Chuck Rondeau
Chuck Standley
Ken Campbell
Josh Bergesen
Stephanie Balducci
Jennifer Livingston