Canadian Softwood Tariffs — Cause for Concern?

Washington is proposing a new tariff on Canadian lumber imports. While these conversations are nothing new, prices have already been increased close to 20% overall in anticipation of these new fees.

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Canadian softwood lumber makes up just under a third of the total lumber in the US. To have new tariffs introduced could have drastic implications for many both in Canada and across the country.

For Canada, the higher tariffs could cause infrastructure failure. As lumber mills have to increase their prices, their potential for business could decrease massively, causing job loss and in some cases could have irrevocable damage on the reputation of the company.

Within the United States, prices could increase across the board. It takes about 15,000 board feet of lumber for a new home. That said, the 20% increase on Canadian imports could add around $3,600 to the initial costs of building a new home.

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To combat this and keep the cost down, the US must looks elsewhere to meet the demand. First, there would need to be an increase in domestic lumber production. This would result in additional deforestation and could have permanent damage on the planet’s ecosystem.

Another option is looking at other countries the US partners with. On one end, domestic producers will have to stop selling to international companies. To subsidize what is obtained through Canada, mills have been selling to other countries at a competitive rate. The focus would have to reign in to meet the needs of American projects first, before going oversees to sell.

On the flipside of that, the US could talk with other governments to see if they can work something out regarding the necessary lumber. Whether this involves lower tariffs for imports or exports, the price cuts would have to be shared on both sides to be beneficial.

Depending on the severity of the shortage and/or the increased prices due to tariffs, the US could risk losing affordable housing for home buyers. There is a lot of uncertainty in the market, but we hope to hear more from Washington on this soon.

Whether or not the new tariffs are agreed on, done away with completely, or something else entirely, only time will tell. Continue to check out MeeksBlog.com for any updates.

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Tahoe Market Customer Appreciation Night 2017

The Tahoe Markets combined their efforts on June 15 and we had a blast! Feel free to share some of your favorite memories in the comments section.

 

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Pelican Coolers — Better than Yeti

We’ve recently brought in Pelican coolers into our stores after seeing their demos at a builder show last month. We’ve tested these coolers against Yeti brand coolers, and we have to agree that Pelican beats out the competition.

The coolers retain ice for up to 10 days, compared to Yeti’s 5-7 days. That right there is great. Also, if you’re a camper, this cooler is certified bear proof — without an extra lock like the Yeti coolers.

Want to know the best part of all? Pelican coolers are lifetime guaranteed! If it starts leaking on you, they’ll replace it. If the latch breaks, they’ll replace it. What’s not to like about these coolers, which might we add, are cheaper than the competition too!

Check out some of the benefits below and stop in to check these out today!

  • TALL & SLENDER – Brand new design holds up to 15 cans or 4 bottles of wine upright.
  • SMALL SIZE, BIG CHILL – The convenient carrying size packs in 3 days of ice retention
  • BUILT IN BOTTLE OPENER – The molded-in lock hasp keeps contents safe & serves as a bottle opener.
  • ERGONOMIC DESIGN – Thanks to the easy carry handle and grooved body, getting from point A to point B has never been easier on your hands or legs.
  • MOLDED-IN CAN HOLDERS – Holds your beverage for safekeeping.
  • LIFETIME GUARANTEE – From the latches to the freezer-grade seal to the toughest handles in the business, every part is engineered to our extreme durability and performance standards. Which is why Pelican feels confident in providing you with a Lifetime Guarantee.

 

 

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Affordable Housing — Smaller is Better?

By now you’ve all seen or heard something about “tiny houses.” Some states are tackling their housing shortages by going small.

Oregon is working on passing legislation specifically related to tiny houses, built on site or prefabricated, that are 400 square feet or less. These laws aim to cut back on the affordable housing shortages seen across the state.

Rather than having just anyone build a tiny home, the laws aim to help the builder and the homeowner. These homes would follow building codes, but these would be tweaked to fit the smaller, more narrow spaces and lower ceilings.

If passed, we could see something similar roll through California and Nevada in no time. We’ll keep you posted on any new developments in Oregon or closer to home here.

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Martell Customer Appreciation Night 2017

Our Martell event on June 01 was a blast! Our customers and their families, our vendors, and our employees all spent an evening of laughs, stories, and fun together. Feel free to share some of your favorite memories in the comments section. We’ll see you at the final event for the season in Tahoe on June 15!

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Construction Trends to Watch in 2017

We’re almost half of the way through the year and now that the sun has finally come out, everyone’s back to building!

With five months behind us, we can see that the industry is booming with business. Now that everything is starting to dry out, we’ve seen a few indicators of what’s to come in the meantime.

First, there are only so many bodies in the market. Many contractors and union workers are seeing a labor shortage. After the bust, many people had to find different career paths. That said, there is huge potential with the younger generation. With on-the-job training, and in some cases, technical schooling, younger people can learn from the experts and start a career right away.

Another thing to keep an eye out for is the tiny house movement. These smaller homes, paired with other modular builds, are growing in popularity. On the homeowner’s side, these are less expensive due to lower material costs and shortened build times. On the builder’s side, these homes can be built quicker and safer because most work can be done inside and supervised throughout the process.

Across the board, experts are pontificating cross-work is going to rise throughout the remainder of the year. Teams of people can get jobs done quicker and more efficiently overall which benefits both sides.

That said, we’re seeing the cost of raw materials increase. Once the trees dry out, we should have a better picture of what quality and quantity of materials we will be able to get and pass along to you.

As always, technology has some fun things in store for us in 2017. Between Virtual Reality applications, drone capabilities, and bluetooth tools, this year will have all job types covered. Most tool companies are working on power tools that will do more, with less charge and more battery power. Beyond that, gone are the days of having your tools stolen. Many are including bluetooth function in their tools and batteries so you can track battery levels, performance, and of course, location.

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Chico Customer Appreciation Night 2017

Our Chico event on May 18 was a blast! Our customers and their families, our vendors, and our employees all spent an evening of laughs, stories, and fun together. Feel free to share some of your favorite memories in the comments section. We’ll see you at the next event in Martell on June 01!

 

 

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Nevada Market Customer Appreciation Night 2017

The Nevada Markets combined their efforts to host over 355 customers on May 04! We had a blast! Feel free to share some of your favorite memories in the comments section. We’ll see you at the next event!

 

We think our customers are awesome and need a little extra recognition. As a small token of our appreciation for your continued support, our stores will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Night in 2017.

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Rocklin Customer Appreciation Night 2017

We think our customers are awesome and need a little extra recognition. As a small token of our appreciation for your continued support, our stores will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Night in 2017.

Our Rocklin event on April 20 was a blast! We had over 330 customers spend their Thursday night with us. Feel free to share some of your favorite memories in the comments section. We’ll see you at the next event!

 

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Skip the Lines & Call Ahead

Here at Meek’s, we know how busy your day can be. Whether you’re running from job to job or right in the middle of a big project, your time is precious.

Did you know, we offer a “Call Ahead” service that allows you to get in and out of our store as quickly as possible so you can be on your way.

If you haven’t taken advantage of this service yet, give your local store a call. We’ll pull your materials and have them waiting for you when you get to the store. Then you just pull up to the gate and someone will help you load.

With just two-hours notice, we’ll have you in and out in minutes! Visit your store for more information today!

 

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