Connecticut Lumber Dealers Host Legislative Reception

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LDAC event highlights issues affecting independent lumber and building material dealers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and other associated businesses in the state of Connecticut.

Greg Branecky of Miner’s Inc. with Conn. State Rep. John Piscopo

Greg Branecky of Miner’s Inc. with Conn. State Rep. John Piscopo

Now is not the time to enact heavy-handed mandates that will cause harm to local businesses.

On Wednesday, April 18, the Lumber Dealers Association of Connecticut (LDAC) hosted more than 75 legislators and their staff during the association's legislative reception at the Connecticut State House.

At the event, legislators had the opportunity to meet with LDAC members to discuss the issues affecting independent lumber and building material dealers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and other associated businesses in the state of Connecticut.

"LDAC represents many family-owned and multi-generational businesses that support their communities and drive the state's economy," explained Bruce McCrary, LDAC president. "As small, independently-owned building material dealers and associated businesses, such as manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors, the industry prides itself on offering good jobs, great benefits, such as health insurance, paid time off, and retirement savings programs, and career pathways for residents with various skill sets and talents."

The Association is currently concerned with proposed increases to the minimum wage as well as the establishment of an expensive state-run paid family and medical leave program.

"The lumber and building materials industry in Connecticut is stronger than ever," said Joe Ceccarelli, chair of LDAC's Legislative committee. "Our industry is providing thousands of good paying jobs and collecting over $23,000,000 in sales tax revenue for the state. Now is not the time to enact heavy-handed mandates that will cause harm to local businesses."

For more details on LDAC's legislative agenda, please contact Ashley Ranslow at aranslow(at)NRLA.org.

About Lumber Dealers Association of Connecticut (LDAC)
For more than 100 years, the Lumber Dealers Association of Connecticut (LDAC) has been committed to serving local communities. LDAC is a non-profit organization focused on continuing to support and encourage dealer growth and development. LDAC offers members legislative representation, educational seminars, group programs, social events, and scholarships for continuing education. LDAC advocates for its members in Hartford and Washington, D.C. to ensure that the independents can continue to do business in Connecticut.

LDAC is one of fourteen state and local associations across the Northeast associated with the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA). The NRLA was established in New York in 1894 by a small group of pioneering lumbermen who recognized the value of cooperation. Today, the NRLA is a 1,100-member association representing independent lumber and building material suppliers and associated businesses in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

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