Volume 47, Issue 4 - May 2008

From the Editor

Topics Galore
Publication Discusses How Distributors Are Coping with the Fuel Increase and More

None of us are strangers to the increased prices at the gas pump. Actually I’ve written about this subject before. Of course, back then, I didn’t think we would be paying more than $4 per gallon for gas. I know those of you who have fleets that distribute product literally are crying over the diesel fuel prices. 

I’m always trying to look for solutions to the sorts of problems, such as fuel increases, that Shelter readers face. In my article, “Running on Empty” on page 18, I’ve outlined how other distributors and dealers are dealing with the increase at the pump. And in a sidebar to the article, you can read some helpful hints on how to reduce your fuel costs. These hints include giving your trucks regular maintenance, using GPS systems and more.

On Profile
If you want to read about how a moulding manufacturer and wholesaler is dealing with the issue of rising fuel costs, assistant editor Drew Vass visited one. On page 30, read how the company, Moulding & Millwork in Doswell, Va., is loading its trucks to capacity and using its “mouldings-per-gallon” philosophy to be more efficient. 

Reading about moulding and millwork doesn’t just end with Vass’s profile. This issue is the Moulding and Millwork Guide issue. Not only does this issue supply you with a comprehensive list of moulding and millwork companies on page 36 but if you are looking to add moulding and millwork products to your product offering, this issue also will supply you with the latest products and services from the Wood Moulding and Millwork Producers’ Association (WMMPA) on page 44.

A Meeting Not to Miss
In her column on page 28, WMMPA executive vice president Kellie Schroeder outlines why you won’t want to miss the WMMPA’s summer business meeting in Newport, R.I. If you want to become educated on the entire moulding and millwork market—from beginning to end-user—then mark your calendars for July 15-19, 2008. Schroeder assures that one of the meeting speakers (“This Guy,” as she refers to him) is one not to miss.

Beyond the Great Wall
The Association of Millwork Distributors’ chief executive officer Rosalie Leone also discusses millwork in this issue. Leone recently visited China and toured a number of millwork manufacturers’ plants. Read her personal account of the trip on page 24 and why she came home with more questions than answers.

Whether it is fuel increases that you are dealing with or an increased presence from competitors—both domestic and foreign—Shelter staff hope that you will find solutions and answers within these pages. If it’s another topic that you are facing and want Shelter to address, please give me a call at 540/720-5584, ext. 192, or send me an e-mail at scarpenter@sheltermagazine.com. I look forward to hearing from you. 

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