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To members of the LBM community

To members of the LBM community

We’re living in unprecedented times. The Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) is having a dramatic impact on almost all areas of our lives. 

“Job one” for all of us is to keep our families and colleagues safe and healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website is a rich source of information about caring for yourself and your family, what to do if you’re sick, symptoms, and much more. While news media are doing their best to keep people informed, visit this site when looking for the latest facts on this rapidly-evolving public health crisis.

“Job two” is working together to ensure that our companies navigate this crisis. There’s no question that everyone’s looking for answers. Here at LBM Journal, we’re hearing from more and more industry pros looking for insights and answers. In fact, so many businesses are looking for information that we expanded the bandwidth on LBMJournal.com to accommodate the sudden increase in traffic.

We don’t have all the answers. However, as the leading media company serving the lumber and building material distribution channel, LBM Journal is uniquely positioned to serve as a clearinghouse for the latest news, information and insights to help you and your company weather this storm. We take that responsibility very seriously.

To that end, here’s what we’re doing:

  • Actively seeking the latest practical information and insights from LBM dealers, distributors, wholesalers, manufacturers and service providers;
  • Making that practical information available to you as quickly and efficiently as possible, whether that’s online at LBMJournal.com, in the LBM Journal Daily enewsletter, via social media, or live webinar.
  • Encouraging you to reach out to us if you have questions about what to do, suggestions based on something you tried (that worked, or that didn’t), or stories about how you and your customers have worked together to find a solution to the very real, “street-level” problems as they emerge (See contact info below). We’ve already begun a collection of examples showing how some dealers are communicating changes in their business operations to customers. Please let us share with readers tips for what has worked for you.

Here’s what I know. The LBM distribution industry that we belong to is one of the oldest, proudest, and strongest industries in the world. We, and those who came before us, are no strangers to catastrophic events including severe economic recessions/depressions and world wars. If you’re reading this, you’re a member of an industry that’s a cornerstone of every city and town in the U.S. It’s not just an industry…it’s a community. Working together, we will survive this, and we’ll be here tomorrow to help the people in our markets move forward with their lives. Because that’s what we’ve always done, and what we’ll continue to do. It’s in our DNA.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to anyone on the LBM Journal team if we can help. Here’s to working through this together.

Rick Schumacher, Editor & Publisher: Rick@LBMJournal.com
James Anderson, Senior Editor: James@LBMJournal.com
Michelle Fischer, Director of Operations: Operations@LBMJournal.com
Jodie Cook, Advertising Sales: Jodie@LBMJournal.com
Michele Randazzo, Advertising Sales: Michele@LBMJournal.com.


Rick Schumacher
Editor & Publisher