WBS April Market Update

Aug 19, 2014

Spring isn't in full swing yet, but it's here. Ramping up to the spring building season has been lethargic, much like the rise in temperatures, and prices are remaining nearly unchanged with only minimal fluctuation. The seasonal weather is also having an effect on other parts of the nation, particularly in the southern regions recently demolished by severe weather. Between tornados and floods, there's no telling how the South's demand for materials will affect prices once they begin to rebuild from the destruction. We encourage you to work with your WBS Sales Representative to monitor prices and inventory to ensure you're equipped for upcoming projects.

Cost of Framing Materials
Housing starts are upWinter decided to hang on through April and the numbers are a reflection of that. Prices remained steady. The fluctuation in the month of April was minimal and will not make a noticeable influence on prices of framing materials.

Advanced Wood Materials: The Future of Lumber?
The long-term future of the wood industry is getting a boost after the announcement of a recently established U.S. Government initiative. The Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a $1 million project to promote the use of advanced wood materials by training architects, engineers and builders to use such materials for plans in multi-story buildings. Advanced wood materials encompass many innovative products including cross-laminated timber (CLT) used most in the construction of multi-story projects for walls and floors. The U.S. has begun a partnership with an Austrian firm to produce CLT panels in the future, but until then the project will need to overcome hurdles, such as resistance from steel and concrete interests.

WBS Now Serving Fond du Lac

WBS has expanded product and service offerings in east central Wisconsin with the addition of two new locations in the Fond du Lac market. The Fond du Lac Showroom & Design Center, located at 450 W. Johnson Street, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday throughFriday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The Fond du Lac Distribution Center is located atN3280 Oak Center Road in Oakfield and is open7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit