Craig Webb, founder and president of Webb Analytics, is one of the nation’s leading experts on building material dealers and distributors. He spent 12 years as editor-in-chief of ProSales, the nation’s most honored publication for building material dealers, as well as five years as editor-in-chief of Remodeling magazine. Webb Analytics builds and expands on Webb’s lifelong career in the news and information businesses. He has worked for The Wall Street Journal, McGraw-Hill, United Press International and a variety of magazines, newsletters and newspapers in the U.S. and Europe. He has traveled to 49 states and several foreign countries visiting dealers, builders and remodelers. That legwork is the foundation of the services that Webb Analytics has provided since its founding in September 2018. Webb Analytics is a research and consulting firm that helps construction supply companies identify and respond to trends, threats and opportunities.
This year’s version of Webb Analytics’ just-released 2021 Deals Report counts 148 mergers and acquisitions last year by 73 entities. That’s a 21% increase over the number of lumber and building material (LBM) sector deals in 2020. Meanwhile, the number of greenfield openings more than doubled 2020’s total.
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