September 2003

From the Editor
    The Issue at Hand

Hitting Close to Home

There is always so much happening in the building products industry. 

In this issue of SHELTER, we are covering lumber and timber products and much more.

Samantha Carpenter New developments seem to happen daily in the U.S.-Canada lumber dispute. You can read the latest on the dispute on page 16.

Another issue of interest is forest certification. Read the article on page 32, which updates you on the three top forest certification programs.

We are also covering information on the 40th Annual National Sash & Door Jobbers Associationís (NSDJA) Convention. You can find out how to register for the convention and much more on page 24. 

Youíll also want to make note of the NSDJAís upcoming name change. Read more about it on page 8.

Seeóthereís lots of food for thought in this monthís issue. 

But Iím not done with my food for thought yet. Iíd like to hear back from all of you on a subject that is hitting close to home for me. 

Many of you read my monthly column and know that my husband, Jeff, who is an officer in the National Guard, returned home from a deployment in Egypt more than a year ago.

He has again been put on alert for a possible future deployment. When my husband was deployed before, this only affected one battalion, nearly 600 guardsmen. This time there will be several thousand guardsmen affected. 

That will be a huge blow to the civilian workforce. Now, donít get me wrong. Iím by no means being critical. It just got me thinking how companies whose employees are being deployed with the Reserves or National Guard cope with this. 

I think it would be interesting to see how many of your companies are being affected. How are you coping with employees being deployed and what kind of support are you giving to their families? Please let me know by e-mailing me or calling me at 901/751-1831.


Samantha Carpenter, editor



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