BC wildfires contribute to timber supply concerns

A Level 5 extreme emergency has been declared in British Columbia as 26 new lightning-caused fires were discovered in the Southeast and Prince George Fire Centres on July 10. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all our close friends and colleagues in the affected regions. Currently six SPF mills are shut down. One major supplier, West Fraser has temporarily …

Construction labor, going, going…?

The construction industry currently employs over 6.7 million laborers including roofers, siders, and framers. From coast to coast these skilled workers are in high demand as our country’s construction industry continues to show heavy growth. As usual, there are winners and losers among the 50 states. Here is a look at the best and worst places to call home if …

Can you get sued over your posts?

The information you share online – that is to say, your digital footprint – can have significant and often permanent impact on your reputation. Just ask POTUS. Too few individuals pause to consider the potential ramifications of a casually posted Tweet or Facebook comment. After all, it’s just your friends and family looking, right? Wrong. Who else is looking? Perhaps …

Community Partners Education Grants Announced

For Release: Immediately Contact: Kevin Hayes Phone: 360-426-8900 khayes@belcofp.com No. 17-01 SHELTON – The Community Partners, an educational grant program to benefit the K-12 classrooms in South Mason County and East Grays Harbor announced 2017 funding for 36 educational grants totaling $19,317. Belco Forest Products is among nine local businesses that donate money to the program. “The mission of CPEG …

ArmorCoat XT treatment now offered on resawn texture

For Release: Immediately Contact: Kevin Hayes Email: khayes@belcofp.com 360-426-8900 SHELTON – Capitalizing on the growing popularity of XT treated trim, Belco Forest Products has added resawn textures to join its comb face as surfaces featuring the Wolman® AG nonmetallic, above ground wood preservative standard. The product is available through dealers and distributors nationwide in typical trim packages. “The resawn texture has become very popular with builders and homeowners for its …

2017 economic indicators

Five economic indicators to watch in 2017

Election No. 58 is in the books and “The Donald”, whether you love him, hate him or reside somewhere in the middle, the U.S. economy will continue to churn unabated. How much power one man really has over the economy is up for debate. A 2015 Princeton study suggested that the man in charge has minimal impact when factoring out …

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The Right to Cure: Construction Defect Statutes

Understanding construction defects laws and the remedies available to consumers is becoming more important in our socially connected world. Witness today’s report on home construction defects by ABC News Brian Ross (@brianross). Though most builders’ warranties cover a variety of workmanship and accidental defects, not all states have the same statutes concerning how defects are handled. Knowledge is truly a builder’s …

Cut and Dry of Value Engineering: What, Why, and How

What is Value Engineering? Per SAVE’s The Value of Methodology, value engineering is the “systematic method to improve the ‘value’ of goods or products and services by using an examination of function.” In more relatable terms, value engineering is the betterment of a product’s value or worth through close analysis, review, and assessment of how it’s used or how it works. …

Customer Loyalty Programs – Are They Working for You?

As customer loyalty programs proliferate by the hour, is it time to ask, “do they really work?” For highly visible consumer brands, it seems one cannot operate without some sort of reward system targeting those customers for their loyalty towards the brand. The prime benefit to the issuing company of course is a pile of Big Data about those consumers. …

Top Considerations for Choosing Trim

Numerous materials are available when choosing exterior trim for building projects.  Top considerations when choosing exterior trim include cost, ease of installation, visual appeal, longevity, and product availability. When purchasing exterior trim, knowing the pros and cons of each type of these products will definitely affect the decision-making process. Wood exterior trim is still the option of choice for a majority …