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Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

Volume 44,  Issue 9                                       November/December  2005

     From the Editor
         The Issue at Hand

Into the Cornfields

I recently returned from a trip to visit my parents who moved to North Bend, Neb., more than a year ago. Originally, I was going to fly there with my two-and-a-half year-old twins so that my parents could take care of them while I attended this year’s Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD) Convention, which was scheduled to be in New Orleans at the beginning of October. 

I had some professional firsts while in Nebraska. I had the opportunity to visit AMD associate member DMSi of Omaha and see where they brainstorm new programs and improvements for many AMD members’ software programs.

I also visited Christensen Lumber Inc. of Fremont, Neb., a one-step distributor and a new jobber member of AMD. I was impressed with their operation, which you can read more about on page 32. It is the first company with a drive-through lumberyard that I’ve ever visited.

Not only can you read about Christensen Lumber in this issue, but you can also read the products that caught SHELTER readers’ attention the most this year. See on page 25, what companies’ products made SHELTER’s third annual “Product of the Year” list.

In addition, you can use this issue—the Annual Buyer’s Guide issue—as your product resource. If you are looking for a particular product or company, you can find them; just turn to page 36.

Not only did I grow professionally while in Nebraska, but we did a number of activities for the first time as a family. We rode on a combine and helped a farmer cut his cornfields, we visited a pumpkin patch and picked out the perfect pumpkins for the twins’ grandparents’ house and we visited a nearby farm and played with goats.

I know many of you were also disappointed that AMD’s show was cancelled this year, but I hope you can take something positive from the situation. It’s always good to make new company contacts and visit family.

Sincerely,

Samantha Carpenter, editor
SHELTER magazine
scarpenter@sheltermagazine.com 

Sincerely,

Samantha Carpenter, editor
SHELTER magazine
scarpenter@sheltermagazine.com


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