The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) released its 2010 National Policy Agenda on January 15. In the report, NLBMDA outlines key policies that it says is critical to restoring the nation’s housing sector and its supply chain. As retailers of building materials, NLBMDA’s member companies have sustained significant sales declines and job losses across the country over the past several years.

“NLBMDA looks forward to working with policymakers early in 2010 to develop new incentives for home improvements and retrofits that will restore jobs across the building supply chain,” says Dan Fesler, NLBMDA chairman and CEO of Lamperts Inc. “Our dealers deliver environmentally friendly building products, including certified wood, to supply the growing green building movement.

“Incentives to increase the use of energy-efficient and environmentally-preferable products will provide a powerful stimulus for the housing sector and the overall economy,” he adds.

The association says it will focus on advancing pro-business policies that will strengthen small businesses and protect the many multi-generational family-owned businesses in the industry. The association’s agenda includes statements on housing, legal reform, workforce policy, tax policy, product supply, transportation and energy.

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