Building up: Housing starts will increase, driving up industry revenue

The Lumber Wholesaling industry in Massachusetts has grown relatively strongly over the past five years. Industry operators distribute a variety of building products, focusing on lumber, plywood panels and millwork products. Demand for the industry is determined primarily by residential construction activity; single-family homes are the largest single end use for lumber, so sales are closely correlated with housing starts. Over the five years to 2018, housing starts in Massachusetts are expected to increase at an annualized rate of 4.5%. Although the industry chiefly benefits from residential construction demand, it also distributes building products to commercial projects. It has therefore also benefited from 8.8%...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry’s product offerings are stagnant and since lumber is hard to differentiate, price competition is intense
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The geographic distribution of establishments in the Lumber Wholesaling industry in Massachusetts loosely follows the distribution of the state's residents. Lumber wholesalers benefit from being close to construction markets, which are concentrated in high-population areas. This is particularly true for the industry since most lumber is used in residential construction, and the industry does relatively little business with commercial or industrial projects. As a result, the regions of the state where the industry is most concentrated are also its most populous. The North Shore leads the state industry with 26.6% of establishments, compared with 34.8% of the population. It is followed by Greater Boston (25.0% of establishments and 21.7% of the population); Southern Massachusetts (18.8% o...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Lumber Wholesaling in Massachusetts Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Lumber Wholesaling in Massachusetts Industry are

  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Housing starts in Massachusetts and Value of private nonresidential construction in Massachusetts in the Lumber Wholesaling in Massachusetts industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Lumber Wholesaling in Massachusetts Industry?

    This industry distributes a range of lumber, plywood, millwork and wood panel products to contractors, home improvement stores and hardware stores. The industry does not include wholesalers that distribute nonwood roofing and siding materials, nor does it include establishments that distribute timber and timber products, such as railroad ties, logs, firewood and pulpwood. However, it does include distributors of nonwood doors, windows and frames and distributors of metal millwork.

    Industry Products
  • Lumber and boards
  • Plywood panels
  • Millwork
  • Industry Activities
  • Wholesaling lumber and boards
  • Wholesaling millwork
  • Wholesaling soft plywood and oriented strand board
  • Wholesaling other wood panel products
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Housing starts in Massachusetts
  • Value of private nonresidential construction in Massachusetts
  • Demand from lumber and building material stores
  • Price of sawmill lumber

  • Current Performance
    Industry Outlook
    Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Lumber Wholesaling in Massachusetts Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Home Builders
  • Apartment & Condominium Construction
  • Industrial Building Construction
  • Carpenters
  • Hardware Stores
  • Lumber & Building Material Stores
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Municipal Building Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Millwork
  • Sawmills & Wood Production
  • Wood Paneling Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Millwork
  • Lumber and boards
  • Other
  • Plywood panels
  • Chart: Lumber Wholesaling in Massachusetts Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Major Markets
  • Retailers
  • Other wholesalers
  • Construction
  • Manufacturers and other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Lumber Wholesaling in Massachusetts Industry

  • Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Lumber Wholesaling in Massachusetts

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
    American Builders & Contractors Supply Company Inc., Belletetes Inc., Bellingham Lumber, Robert Bury & Company,
  • Table: American Builders & Contractors Supply Company Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Belletetes Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Bellingham Lumber - financial performance
  • Table: Robert Bury & Company - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Lumber Wholesaling in Massachusetts Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Lumber Wholesaling in Massachusetts Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Price of sawmill lumber (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • An engineered wood product made from combining wood fibers, resins and adhesive agents. Common types include particleboard, medium-density fiberboard and hardboard.
  • Millwork
  • Woodwork such as doors, windows, flooring and dimension stock.
  • Molding
  • An ornamentally shaped outline used as an architectural feature, used to cover transitions between surfaces or for decorative purposes. Traditionally made from solid milled wood.
  • Plywood
  • An engineered wood product consisting of thin sheets of wood (i.e. plies or wood veneers), layered to varying thickness and widely used for flexibility and strength.
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