Carl Villella

The Interest Rate Watch

Carl Villella

If you are considering financing equipment at this juncture, you may be concerned about where interest rates are headed. You may be wondering if perhaps it might be better to wait until rates drop before you take that step to finance. Darrell R. Spence, an economist with 31 years of...

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June 2024
Issue #16299
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Craig Webb

CS150 Reveals Biggest Revenue Drops at Dealers Since the Great Recession

Craig Webb

You have to go back to the Great Recession 15 years ago to find as many LBM dealers reporting sales declines as we had in 2023. But the reasons are far different, and so are the consequences. Three-quarters of the companies constituting the 2024 Construction Supply 150 reported revenue drops...

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June 2024
Issue #16299
Page 72
Joe Kannapell

Wall Panel Technology, Part II: Panel Equipment Proliferates

Joe Kannapell

The demand for wall panel equipment after World War II was unprecedented, even to this day. Industrialization was in the air, and factory-built wall panels became the gateway, even before roof trusses. Most of the action was in the affordable housing sector, driven by the mobile home, modular,...

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 10
Carl Villella

Consider Promotions for Added Savings

Carl Villella

As you look to finance new or used equipment for your business, look beyond just the interest rate to find opportunity. Traditional banks may have their “Loan Sales,” but brokers can provide promotions offered by their numerous funding sources that far outshine what a bank can...

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 55
Lesko Financial Services Team

Economic Resilience Extends into the Second Quarter

Lesko Financial Services Team

The first quarter of 2024 ended on a positive note, which hopefully will prove to be a solid foundation for the remainder of the year. Despite lingering inflation, the U.S. economy continued to show resilience and added increasing optimism for the much-sought-after “soft...

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 76
Joe Kannapell

Wall Panel Technology, Part I: Wall Panels Become Components

Joe Kannapell

Driven by the dire shortage of housing entering the 1950s, Levittown sparked a fervor for homes to be built like cars on assembly lines. Fortunately, there was a crop of returning veterans ready to oblige, whether by building whole houses or just parts of houses. William Levett delved into...

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April 2024
Issue #16297
Page 10
Carl Villella

Interest Rate Outlook and Planning Your Financing

Carl Villella

Taking a look at what some of the analysts are saying, it appears that the consensus is that the period of near-zero interest rates is not likely to return anytime soon. Going back to 1870, or roughly 60% of the time, the U.S. Treasury yields have been in the 3.5% to 5.5% range. Fed Chair...

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April 2024
Issue #16297
Page 59
Geordie Secord

Design Connections: Resilient Designs Cost Less Than You Think

Geordie Secord

In last month’s article, Designing for Resiliency, I present some of my thoughts on how changing the design approach for wood trusses could aid in making future homes more resilient to the types of climate extremes that seem to be ahead of us. Whether you think that climate change is a...

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April 2024
Issue #16297
Page 86
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: How Gene Frogale Continues to Lead Us into the Future

Joe Kannapell

Before SBCA “signed off” on 2022–2023 President Gene Frogale’s stellar leadership, he was already developing a new product to benefit component plants. Now, as he is working on an innovative insulated wall stud, the only evidence of his prior accomplishment, a large...

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April 2024
Issue #16297
Page 146
Joe Kannapell

Wall Panel Technology Prequel: Birth of the Component Industry

Joe Kannapell

Prefabricated wall panels made their first big impact under a government program in World War II. In 1942, the federal government began contracting with 50 existing prefab housing plants to deliver dwellings for 42,000 wartime workers. Since this work was highly repetitive and required rapid...

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March 2024
Issue #16296
Page 10
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