Chris’ Corner

Thailand and Indonesia

Monday, April 21st, 2014

A part of acquiring ASI Building Products meant LBP entered a new area for us – patio business. I will admit I know little about the patio business, which includes screen rooms, pool cages, carports and a whole variety of aluminum applications. In an effort to learn more I recently journeyed with our General Manager of the Patio Division, Frank Patierno, to Indonesia and Thailand. Our purpose was to view the plant facilities involved and investigate competitive sourcing of aluminum extrusions and coils.

It was fascinating to travel to the far corners of the world to see personally how the products are made. How interesting it was to see not only the plants but the people in this alternate part of the world. The trip built my understanding of our business and also of other cultures as well. I returned with a better knowledge of that facet of our business, and I am grateful for the experience.

 

Supplier Showcase Events

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

I’m getting excited for the spring selling season, and in particular am looking forward to our upcoming LBP Supplier Showcase events. This will be the third year these special types of meetings have been held, and they are quickly becoming a favorite for our customers, suppliers, and associates alike. The showcases are held in key cities, drawing participating customers from the extensive surrounding area. Our suppliers turn out in force promoting new products and programs. They really enjoy this one-on-one, personal time with our customers.  Special workshops are also offered during the showcase covering topics such as lead generation, website improvement, marketing tips, etc. All are designed to help you develop and grow your business.

Additionally most of the showcases are held in popular, well-known sports venues. While attending the showcase customers are treated to a tour of the host facility. It’s an extremely unique opportunity to get a close-up, behind-the-scenes look at the venue. This year’s event dates and locations are as follows:

  • April 2 – Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field @ Mile Hile Stadium
  • April 9 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium
  • April 16 – Baltimore, MD – M&T Stadium
  • April 23 – Chicago , IL – Stonegate Conference Center

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Gutter Machine Financing

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

One of our goals at Lansing Building Products is to assist our customers in growing their businesses. We are excited to announce our partnership with First Pacific Funding to offer financing on new gutter machine purchases.

Many of our contractors want the independence that comes from owning a gutter machine. We know that having your own gutter machine gives you the capability to do more jobs and the flexibility to work on your own schedule.

I hope our gutter machine finance option will give you more opportunities to expand your business. I look forward to warmer weather and the height of the remodeling and new construction season.

 

 

Winter 2014 Sets Records

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Winter 2014 has certainly been one for the record books. No part of the country has gone unscathed from extremely low temperatures and fierce storms. January 6, 2014 now holds the spot as the 40th coldest day on record since 1900 for the entire continental US. Other recent ‘notable achievements’ include Huntsville, AL with its recent 8.9″ of snow being their 3rd heaviest accumulation on record. Indiana has experienced its 2nd snowiest winter ever and Chicago its 5th showiest winter ever on record…. and winter isn’t over yet folks!

While the recent weather woes have certainly interfered and hampered business in our industry, the silver lining is the built-up demand it is creating. Once the storm clouds finally clear there should be an ample supply of customers looking to install energy-efficient windows and doors, replace damaged or missing gutters, and make other needed remodeling upgrades and repairs.

And lets not overlook the new construction forecast for 2014. As noted in The Kiplinger Letter (vol 91 no 7), new-home building is expected to accelerate again this year. Housing starts are projected to climb by 15% and to top one million starts for the first time since 2007.

During this weather-impacted season here at LBP we’re gearing up for great things to come just around the bend. We’re working internally to ensure our processes, systems, and people are in peak condition and ready to go once the storms clear and temperatures improve. And we’re making sure our warehouses are fully stocked with the high quality materials you will need.  Additionally, our Marketing Department is ready to help with lead generation and other presentation tools so you can take advantage of the coming spring selling season.

We are optimistic that warmer temperatures and increased business will be here soon.  Through bad weather and good weather, we deeply appreciate your business and are committed to earning it each day.  I hope to see you soon!

Many Thanks,

Chris