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‘Tis the Season: LP Gives “Shed” an All-New Meaning

In recent years, sheds have become popular for uses beyond practical storage solutions, like a place to put holiday decorations during the off-season. You may know them as she sheds, man caves, hobby sheds, home offices and even backyard bars. Whatever your customers’ needs, sheds offer multifunctional versatility that can help bring them to life in unique ways.

But sometimes, a shed’s function can be the reason for the season, providing a source of inspiration—and food—for an entire community. LP® Outdoor Building Solutions®, in partnership with Summit Portable Buildings, recently donated an outdoor structure to serve as a community food bank for a Karnak, Illinois nonprofit last month. Shawnee Development Council, Inc., a community action agency serving low-income individuals and families of Southern Illinois since 1965, was the lucky recipient.

The idea started when AJ Keating, Segment Marketing Associate of LP Outdoor Building Solutions, saw a commercial highlighting the idea of using a shed as a food bank and was inspired to make it a reality. Working hand-in-hand with LP customer Summit Portable Buildings, LP identified Shawnee Development Council, Inc. as the nonprofit of choice.

“So often, the biggest roadblock to helping those in need are the physical resources,” says Keating. “At LP, it’s important to us that we give back to build strong communities across the country, and this relationship is a perfect example of that. Through this partnership with Summit Portable Buildings and Shawnee Development Council, Inc., we are beginning a long-term charitable partnership that will benefit the local community for years to come.”

The shed donation will improve the abilities of Shawnee Development Council, Inc. to serve its community through food donations by providing a main storage facility to be utilized before transporting food to each of its existing pantries in three nearby counties. Specifically, Shawnee Development Council, Inc. provides food to approximately 700 households each month through its pantries, and the donated shed will provide a proper storage facility at its administrative offices—meeting a previous need for the organization.

The introduction of unique sheds to meet unique needs continues to grow, and sometimes all that is needed is just a little inspiration. Click here to visualize all the ways you can use a backyard shed by LP Outdoor Building Solutions, and click here to learn more about LP’s commitment to community engagement.

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Business Advice4 min

Crushing the Top Rumors About Engineered Wood

LP Building Solutions uses engineered wood to create a portfolio of products that help professionals build smarter, better and faster. The innovations of engineered wood siding are relatively new. For instance, LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding was introduced in 1997. Thanks to its advanced manufacturing process, it is one of the most durable siding solutions available. Sometimes people are skeptical of things that are really that good. So, let’s crush a few myths with engineered wood facts.

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Business Advice4 min
Building Pier and Beam Foundation to Ease Maintenance and Repairability

Pier and beam design was among the most popular foundation techniques until the 1960s when concrete technology improved its floating slab system. Many builders use slab-on-grade construction—especially in warmer regions. We’re going to find out why professionals Jordan Smith of @jordansmithbuilds and Kyle Stumpenhorst of @rrbuildings chose pier and beam over slab-on-grade for the All-in-LP Build in Bellville, Texas. But first, let’s delve into pier and beam foundation.

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Embracing the Balance Between Resilient Design and Building Codes

From destructive hurricanes to fierce tornadoes, it seems news of catastrophic events is happening with alarming frequency. In fact, on March 3, 2020, an EF3 tornado tracked less than one mile from the LP Building Solutions headquarters in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, ripping through homes and businesses. While no traditional building can withstand the tremendous forces of disastrous weather events, it reminds us that embracing resilient construction and adopting stronger building codes could help protect our families, friends and neighbors.

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LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding Installs 22% Faster: Proven Durability in Today’s Changing Market

As a building industry professional, recent market changes have likely impacted the way your business operates. As you adjust to a new normal, seeking out building material companies with proven efficiency and reliability from third-party testing can significantly influence the success of your business.