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with Michael Donohue, Acadia Insurance 

Auto accident cost employers millions of dollars in lost production, legal fees and insurance costs. The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that driver inattention is a factor in over 80 percent of highway accidents. Drivers who fail to give their full attention to the road, distracted drivers put themselves, their passengers, and everyone else on the road at risk. This webinar will focus on the problem, the science behind distracted driving, and what employers can do to protect their organizations from distracted driving losses.

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: The webinar is intended for business owners and employees.

The fact is distracted driving affects employers as well as employees. Both parties have a

vested interested in understanding the problem of distracted driving and understand and

their role in helping prevent distracted driving.

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Tom Bartram

Tom Bartram LDAC Lumber Person of the Year 2015

 

Tom Bartram began his career in the LBM industry after taking a part-time summer job in college. And he never looked back.

 

That initial part-time position at Community Lumber & Hardware in Lakeville, Conn. would be followed by a 42-year career in the industry. Today, Tom is the Lumber Dealer Association of Connecticut’s Lumber Person of the Year.

 

That part-time summer job was good to Tom. It not only introduced him into a career in lumber and building materials, but it was during that time he also met his wife Sharman. They were married on May 5, 1979, Cinco de Mayo —and were fortunate enough to stay in their hometown and build a home in 1985. They recently purchased and renovated Tom’s childhood home. Living there has brought Tom “full circle…..back where I started”.

 

Tom’s mentors include Mike Turnure, of Community Lumber & Hardware, and Ed Herrington, of Herington’s. Tom became a full time employee at Community in May of 1976 and worked in store sales, as a branch manager, yard manager/dispatcher and eventually in contractor sales. After Mr. Turnure’s passing, the company was purchased by Herrington’s where Tom continued in contractor sales and eventually moved to his present position as an architectural representative.

 

Tom says he, “developed a strong work ethic from both of my parents.”

 

“I enjoy working for an independent, family-owned business,” Tom says.

 

Looking back on his career, Tom remembers his first encounter with technology. It was a fax machine that used thermal paper. After faxing an order, the company would receive a confirmation in the mail several days later…..how things have changed.

 

Among Tom’s achievements and milestones are serving as chief of the Sharon Fire Department from 1988-1991. Presently, he serves as a Litchfield County Fire Coordinator, assisting eight local departments; and serving as president of the Sharon Fire Department. He continues to be involved in fire department training as an instructor for the County fire school. Four generations of Tom’s family have served with the fire department, with Tom volunteering for 43 years.

 

He is also a certified construction product representative (CCPR), allowing Tom to provide American Institute of America (AIA) seminars about products, installation techniques, and best practices.

 

Tom holds a bachelor of science in meteorology from Lowell Technological Institute (now UMass Lowell). Continuing as a student, he took the very first engineered lumber course provided by the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association. Other studies include building materials estimating and energy conservation courses.

 

“Take advantage of education, stay current, and be knowledgeable, as competition is keener than ever,” Tom says.

 

Giving back to the community continues to be one of Tom’s passions. He currently serves on the Town of Sharon Board of Finance and was a town Selectman during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Tom presently serves on the Salisbury- Sharon Resource Recovery Authority, providing joint municipal solid waste and recycling services for the two Towns. Other areas of Tom’s service include sitting on the Sharon Day Care Board of Directors and serving as a trustee at St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church.

 

Born in Sharon, Tom has been a lifelong resident of the town. Tom is a history buff and enjoys holding conversations about the subject. In fact, his daughters Emily and Erin are both history majors. Emily is an archivist for the Archdiocese of Hartford and holds a master’s degree in library science while Erin is completing her doctorate in American History and currently teaches history at the University of Hartford. Tom’s family include his sisters, Mary Ann who lives in Illinois and Kathy who resides in Arizona.

 

Tom’s advice to other dealers includes, “Have good relationships with your suppliers and support volunteer efforts in your local community.

 

“ I am grateful for all those who have helped me personally and professionally along the way and I hope I can do the same for those that follow.”

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NRLA Update…

Our new NRLA Board Chairman Kevin Hancock is pleased to announce that a new President has been hired.  Jim Ayotte, currently Executive Vice-President of the Manufactured Housing Institute based in Arlington, VA will begin working with John Brill on January 8, 2001

 

Lumber Mutual Insurance Safety Group

NRLA announced that it has reached agreement with Allied American Insurance Agency and the American International Group (AIG) Insurance Co. to offer an insurance program to our members. Jan.1, 2001.  AIG will be offering coverage binders from Jan. 1, 2001 to renewal date. Call NRLA (800) 292-6752 for more information.

LDAC News…

  • The annual meeting was a great success with 130 people attending the afternoon program and the banquet honoring Jim Lyke as Lumber Person of the Year. Our speaker for the afternoon program, Ray Leone gave a dynamic and educational program. I hope next year will be a greater success.

 

 

  • The 2001 LDAC slate of officers was announced and Greg Branecky, The Hatch & Bailey Co., Norwalk was voted in as President while Lisa Nadeau, General Building; E. Hartford was voted in as Secretary. Also Charles Heyman, Washington Supply, Washington was voted in as Treasurer.

 

AmeriCares HomeFront

 

Lumber Dealers Association of Connecticut Board are asking all members to support AmeriCares HomeFront. AmeriCares HomeFront is a private, nonprofit humanitarian organization, which helps people who are low income, elderly, ill, disabled, or single parents by repairing their home to keep it warm, safe, and dry. We need our members to help support this rewarding project. AmeriCares HomeFront has a list of supplies needed for this wonderful project. Please call Greg Branecky (203) 866-5515 or Kris deFriesse at AmeriCares HomeFront 1-800-887-HOPE if you would like more information. AmeriCares HomeFront will help to promote your company within your community with press releases in television, radio, and newspapers, and This Old House Magazine’s “Thank You” Section.

Mark Your Calendar!

 

Feb 1-3 The 107th NRLA Show

Let’s make Connecticut the biggest state represented.

Board Members

Mar 20 Board Meeting, LTBA

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Purpose: This Informational Publication describes how materialmen may remit sales and use taxes on certain sales of building materials and services to real property as and when actually paid by the purchasers to whom the materialmen have extended credit, instead of remitting the full amount of tax at the time of the transaction as generally required by law.

 

Background: Generally, sellers of tangible personal property and taxable services must remit tax on the entire amount of the gross receipts from a transaction on the return for the period in which the transaction takes place. The pay-when-paid provision allows certain sellers of building materials and services related to these materials an exception to this general rule.

 

Definitions: A materialman, for the pay-when-paid provision, is a person who furnishes building materials or services to a contractor for the construction, raising, removal, or repair of a building or the improvement of real property. To be considered a materialman, a person must also be entitled under Chapter 847 of the Connecticut General Statutes to file a mechanic’s lien against the real property to ensure payment for the materials or services.

Building Materials means materials that are incorporated as an improvement or repair to real property. The term also includes tools and other items that are used to improve real property. The term contractor includes a general contractor, a subcontractor, a repairman, and a property owner acting as his or her own general contractor.

 

Qualifying for Pay-When-Paid Status: A person seeking Department of Revenue Services (DRS) permission to collect and remit sales tax on a qualifying transaction when actually paid by a contractor must file an application by July 1 of each year and demonstrate to the satisfaction of DRS that, in two out of the last four calendar quarters,

  • The seller was a materialman as the term is used in Chapter 847;
  • Thematerialmanis authorized under Chapter 847 to put a mechanic’s lien on real property; and
  • At least 50% of the materialman’s sales of building materials (not services) were to contractors.

DRS issues Form REG-20, Application for a Materialman to Remit Sales Tax Under the Pay-When-Paid Method. A materialman must file this application by July 1 each year in order to obtain pay-when-paid status. DRS will respond to a properly completed application with a letter authorizing the materialman to use the pay-when-paid method on qualifying transactions.

Deadline to Submit Application: DRS only accepts applications filed on or before July 1 of each year. The applications are considered timely filed if received, or if the date shown by the U.S. Post Office cancellation mark is, on or before this date.

Application for a Materialman to Remit Sales Tax Under the Pay-When-Paid Method 2015

DRS_ SN 2000(1), _Pay When Paid_ Method for Materialmen

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After nearly six weeks of activity and multiple snowstorms, the pace at the Capitol is set to increase. Until now, most of the bills are merely “proposed” bills, which are concepts and not fully drafted. Committees are now starting to fully draft several of those, and more importantly, Governor Malloy will submit his budget proposal on February 18th.

Despite projected deficits that exceed $1.25 Billion per year, the Governor has promised not to raise taxes. He is also expected to announce a major transportation infrastructure initiative and a method of funding it. Other expected proposals in his budget may involve removing several sales tax exemptions and lowering the rate, and amending the system of taxing motor vehicles.

Besides the Governor’s budget, there are several issues of specific concern to LDAC members. HB 5117 and SB 887 involve mechanics’ liens. SB 887 is the Department of Consumer Protection’s bill. It would prohibit anyone who doesn’t have the required DCP license or registration from filing the lien/ Materialmen would not be affected. HB 5117 would change the time for filing from 90 days to 90 business days.

Two proposed bills HB 5262 and 6235 would increase the jurisdiction of Small Claims Court from $5,000 to $10,000 or $12,000.

As usual there is significant activity from the Labor Committee which include several bills that would increase payroll costs. HB 6784 would expand paid sick leave to companies with 10 or more employees, increase the amount of mandated leave from 5 to 7 days, include temporary and day workers and expand eligibility to those who worked only 120 days regardless of the number of hours.

SB 798 would require the provision of paid family and medical leave. The bill has not been fleshed out yet, but it is a major priority for organized labor.

Regarding unemployment compensation issues, the Department of Labor continues to consider ways to restore solvency to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. Despite paying the highest FUTA taxes in the nation, the DOL would increase the taxable wage base from $15,000 to $26,000. LDAC is participating in a broad business coalition that will support HB 5851, which would restore solvency through a number of expense reduction measures. Those would include a one week waiting period, requiring claimants to post resumes on line, basing benefits on the annual salary, not the current two highest quarters.

Although Connecticut continues to consider a public sector retirement plan for private sector employees, legislation awaits the report of a consultant and action may be delayed this year.

Another study is being done on chemical road treatments used by the Department of Transportation. Evidence is that such chemicals are highly corrosive to vehicles and structures. The report is not due until July, so it is unlikely that any progress on this issue will come before the next legislative session.

In summary, without question, the budget debate will dominate the rest of the session. There will be major fights over spending and taxes. How the Governor can balance the budget without tax increases remains to be seen. Within the next few weeks, we will have a better picture of the fiscal issues that will affect LDAC members and which of the onerous labor / cost of doing business issues are the most serious.

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2014 LDAC Lumber Person of the Year

Laurence Laureno

Sanford & Hawley, Unionville, Conn.

 

Larry Laureno began his 50-year career in the lumber and building material industry at Homestead Lumber in Stamford, Conn. Working summers while he was earning a B.A. from Boston College, he started off as an office clerk, then graduated to warehouse and lumberyard duty, first loading and unloading trucks, then making deliveries. His first full-time job was as a salesperson for Maher-Homestead in Greenwich, Conn., with his father as location manager—and his direct supervisor. Larry recalls fondly that “he was a man of few words in our family home, and as a boss, he was also a man of few words, letting his veteran salesmen guide me instead. But after a couple of years, he told me that ‘you will be a good salesman because of your perseverance if nothing else.’”

Working his way up the ladder of the industry, Larry also held positions at Batter Lumber in Suffield, Conn., where he worked with his brother Mike; Laureno Lumber & Millwork in Suffield, where he was co-owner and vice-president; and at Stevenson Lumber & Millwork in Suffield. He is now looking forward to retiring from Sanford & Hawley Inc. in Unionville at the end of 2014. Larry says, “Growing up, I didn’t know my brother Mike, who’s six years older than me, that well. I got to know him so much better working for him for seven years as a commissioned salesman at Batter Lumber. Finding ourselves out of jobs when the parent company, Triangle Pacific, reorganized, we formed a partnership to purchase the business and property of the lumberyard. With $205,000 of borrowed money from our families and with two brothers in the railroad re-load business, Mike and I went to Connecticut Bank & Trust and were successful in getting a revolving line of credit—contingent on putting up our homes as collateral! We launched Laureno Lumber & Millwork, Inc., on Sept. 7, 1977.” ” Our  partner  relationship  went  well  because  we  both  worked  hard  and  had  great  respect  for  each  other. ”

 

A deeply-rooted faith in God has guided Larry throughout his family life, education, and career. A graduate of not only BC but of the Archdiocese of Hartford Lay Ministry Formation program, he counts among his guiding principles a commitment to be a good husband, father, and grandfather; to be someone who makes a difference in the lives of youth in his parish; and to be honest with his customers. This commitment to his parish community is demonstrated by being a recipient of the God & Youth Award from the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Larry met his wife, Mary, at Stamford Catholic High School. They parted for a time after graduation, but reunited six years later and have now been married for 46 years. Larry counts Mary as his greatest blessing and looks forward to a continually growing relationship in retirement. Their family includes two sons, Larry Jr. and Michael, a daughter, Amy, and three grandchildren, Anthony, Marco, and Joseph.

A lifelong sports fan, from playing baseball as a kid to co-captaining his high school football team, Larry enjoys BC football, UConn women’s basketball, and New York Yankees baseball games. He plans to catch up on his leisure reading in retirement, with murder mysteries and espionage novels on the top of his book list.

Some final words of wisdom from our LDAC Lumber Person of the Year for 2014: .” It’s easy to understand why Laurence’s motto is, “If you want to achieve humility, measure a lot of millwork and trim!” “There’s a lot of stress in the retail building materials supply business, so I always love sharing a laugh with my customers and colleagues. We have to have some fun in this business!”

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Lowe’s entered into a settlement in Northern California agreed to pay a $1.6 million due to a lawsuit alleging the inaccurate description of dimensional building products. Since the settlement was announced there has been questions concerning what our members need to do to make sure they are not sued for the same issue.

 

NRLA had the law firm of Bernstein Shur analyze the judge’s order on the settlement, the implications for retailers, and what it means for our members going forward.

Conclusion

If Lowe’s complies with the standards referenced above, and labels the product dimensions according to those conventions, there should be no violation of the Judgment. But, again, there is no guarantee that any jurisdiction will honor those exemptions. The Voluntary Product Standards are just that—voluntary—but compliance with those standards and labeling those products accordingly greatly reduces exposure. On the other hand, manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers can further reduce exposure by always including actual dimensions even when products are labeled using nominal dimensions or manufacturers’ dimensional descriptions (remember, when Lowe’s uses popular or common labeling it already has to accompany such sales with actual dimensions).

The Judgment may strike many in the building products industry as extreme and devoid of common sense, but right or wrong, it has changed the conversation. The heart of the Judgment is that it is not a defense for a consumer products seller to claim “Everyone knows that ‘X’ Product does not really mean ‘X’ Product.”

All of the NRLA states have adopted the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act, or equivalent statutes, which generally prohibit misleading descriptions of the characteristics or quantities of products. Even though many jurisdictions may end up rejecting the reasoning reflected in the Judgment, the cautious seller will take every reasonable opportunity to inform the consumer whenever there is an arguable gap between the labeling, packaging, and advertising of a product and the true characteristics of that product.

It should be noted that as more information has come to light this was not an issue of a single item or a single instance where Lowe’s was found to have dimensional lumber that was below accepted standards. The suit was not just because a 2×4 isn’t actually a 2×4 (nominal name), but because the dimensional lumber being sold was below standards repeatedly. The suit was filed under “misleading or deceptive practices” because the materials being sold were not acceptable for industry standards, not just because the nominal name did not match the true dimensions.

Below is the memo. We hope that this help answers questions that our members have. If you have any further questions, please contact me at either 518.880.6376 or jkeller@nrla.org.

NRLA – Memo Lowe’s Settlement on Dimensional Lumber

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The Lumber Dealers Association of Connecticut (LDAC) is in the early stages of developing a program with the idea of introducing new people to the Lumber Building Material (LBM) industry. LDAC will partner with members in the training and development of tomorrow’s LBM employees by offering financial assistance in the form of a one-time stipend, up to $2,500.00 to help off-set some of the costs associated with hiring and training.

Ideally, members should seek out individuals looking to enter in the building material industry to fill a specific job requirement who may not otherwise look to our industry for employment.

These individuals could be (however not limited to) high school or college students, trade school students. Members will submit a plan for hire and development of these candidates to LDAC for eligibility of the stipend.

There are limited stipends available. Stipend disbursement will be determined bt the association board based on merits of the submitted proposal. Employment proposals will be reviewed within 3-6 weeks of receipt.

This is a brand new program for which LDAC welcomes any comments or suggestions from dealers on how best to promote and administer the program. See below for proposal form, or contact CT Regional Director: Tammy Wandler-Ginexi at: tammy@nrla.org for questions or comments.

2014 LDAC Industry Recruitment Application