March  2004

From the Editor


Made in the U.S.A.—that’s a phrase to which I’ve always been attached. All of the cars I’ve owned have been bought from U.S. manufacturers, and, I have always prided myself in shopping for American-made vehicles only.
Not until I started writing the article about building product imports on page 30 did it dawn on me how many products I buy are made outside the United States. 

For instance, if you look through my closet, you will see tags that say “Made in: Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, China, Malaysia and United Kingdom.”Only about 10 percent of my clothes say, “Made in the U.S.A.”
The idea of international manufacturers exporting their goods to our country is always a hot debate. 

I would dare to say that if I only bought American-made products, I would have a lot fewer items in my house. 
The fact is that every market, including building products, has seen a surge in imports.

Naturally, there are positives and negatives with importing products. In the building-products industry, it’s wise for companies, whether they are import proponents or not, to incorporate the idea of imports into their strategic business plans.

“How can we compete against lower-cost imports?” and “How can we include imports in our product offering?” are a couple of valuable questions to ponder.

As editor of SHELTER, my job is to be objective when reporting on subjects such as importing. I enjoy writing articles, especially when they can point out flaws in my own reasoning.

I hope the article about imports on page 30 gets you thinking, but that’s not the only article you’ll want to read in this issue.

We are also profiling a one-step distributor, Quality Wood Products (QWP), located in Las Vegas. 

In addition, we are covering how distributors and big-box retailers handle and help out when natural disasters strike. 

I’m sure that many of you may want to sound off after reading the imports article. Please feel free to share your thoughts. Plus, I’m always looking for ideas for future articles. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Samantha Carpenter, editor


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