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June 27, 2013

New Ways Pro Dealers Can Use Trade Credit to Grow (Part 1 of a Digital Series) 

August 26, 2014

Parr Lumber named Jon Friesen as the new manager of the company’s Tacoma, Washington, location.

Friesen most recently served as the manager of Parr’s Portland location on MLK Blvd. and prior to that as the assistant manager at Parr’s West Linn facility.

The appointment is effective Sept. 2. 

Before joining the Parr team, Friesen worked for BMC for 15 years and served as the lumber division manager of BMC’s Tacoma location and the Vancouver general manager.

August 25, 2014

McCoy’s Building Supply opened a new store in Dayton, Texas, marking the family-owned company’s 86th location.

The yard is near McCoy’s Baytown and Cleveland locations.

“Our delivery trucks nearby were making deliveries to Dayton every day,” explained McCoy’s real estate manager Phil Hutchinson. “Since we’ve already been serving its residents, we are excited to officially become part of Dayton’s community.”

August 21, 2014

Aurora, Ill.-based LBM dealer Alexander Lumber Co. named Russell Kathrein as CEO and president.

Kathrein has 25 years of experience in the lumber and building material industry, including senior management positions at 84 Lumber, BMC West, and most recently, ProBuild.

Alexander Lumber operates 20 yards in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, along with two truss plants and a counter-top facility.

August 12, 2014

Aloha, Oregon is the site of Parr Lumber Company’s new design center, serving up ideas through kitchen vignettes, appliance options and cabinet  styles, among other things.

Hillsboro, Oregon-based Parr Lumber Company will hold a Grand Opening Event for the new Parr Design Center Showroom Aug. 16.

The new 8,500-sq-ft showroom offers a stylish and comfortable environment where customers can compare and visualize the products they want to put in their homes. 

August 11, 2014

Kodiak Building Partners purchased substantially all the assets of AO, Inc., a Dallas based fabricator and distributor of doors, frames and hardware to commercial contractors for the office build-out market.

The move brings Denver, Colorado-based Kodiak deeper into Texas, and follows acquisitions of Gulf & Basco and Factory Builder Stores. 

August 11, 2014

US LBM Holdings has expanded its footprint yet again via the acquisition of Brooklyn-based Samuel Feldman Lumber Co.

Owners Robert and Kenneth Feldman will remain on-board, with Kenneth stepping in as president of Feldman Lumber.

“We are excited and proud to join the US LBM team and the opportunity it brings to provide our customers with continued enhancements to our product and service offering,” said Kenny Feldman. “This partnership with US LBM provides a platform for growth to our associates and partners for the future.”

August 7, 2014

Dallas-based Builders FirstSource purchased Truss Rite, marking the company's third acquisition of the summer.

August 1, 2014

Dallas-based Builders FirstSource has purchased West Orange Lumber Company. The deal closed on July 31, 2014. West Orange was represented by The JIAN Group of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Groveland, Florida-based West Orange supplies lumber, roof and floor trusses, custom windows and doors, as well as installation services, to residential home builders and commercial contractors in the Central Florida region. Sales were about $15 million for fiscal 2013. 

July 29, 2014

Plum Creek Timber reported second-quarter earnings of $55 million, up 20% from $46 million in the year-ago period. Revenues totaled $356 million, up 17% from revenues of $303 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Earnings for the first six months of 2014 were $85 million, down 17% from $102 million in the same period in 2013. Revenues for the first six months were $673 million, up 5% from $643 million.

July 25, 2014

Builders FirstSource achieved its highest sales level since 2006 as it swung to a profit in the second quarter ended June 30.

The Dallas-based pro dealer reported sales of $426.5 million, up 7.1% from the same quarter last year. Net income was $10.6 million, compared to a net loss of $48 million in the first quarter last year.

July 18, 2014

The Indiana Lumber & Builder’s Supply Association will host the 20th Sycamore Scramble Aug. 7 at Oak Tree Golf Course in Plainfield, Indiana.

This event benefits the Blair F. Collings Scholarship Program, which is one of the largest single scholarship granting programs in the LBM industry. 

The scholarship program is named to honor the memory of Blair Collings, the son of Ferguson Lumber owner Joe Collings, a past chairman of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association.

July 17, 2014

A more stable lumber market boosted the second-quarter performance of Universal Forest Products, even as the company was forced to pay higher duties for Chinese nails. 

Universal reported second-quarter net earnings of $21.8 million, up 38.1% over net earnings of $15.8 million for the second quarter of 2013. Net sales were $773 million, up 4.6% from $738 million in the same quarter last year.

July 17, 2014

This week, Fresno California’s Weyerhaeuser Distribution center is commemorating 35 years in business this week.

Located at 3267 S. Willow Ave., the Fresno location is one of Washington-based Weyerhaeuser’s five distribution centers in California, and one of 23 in the U.S.

Among its clients who purchase various lumber products like decking and housewrap, as well as siding and trim, are White Pine Lumber, High Sierra Lumber and 84 Lumber. Beyond just wood, the center has on-site estimate services and rebar cutting.

July 16, 2014

Kent, Ohio-based Carter Lumber continues down the expansion trail by opening a new location on the north side of Charlotte. 

The facility located at 4401 Pete Brown Rd. in Charlotte made its first deliveries Monday, five days after taking possession.

July 10, 2014

Ace Hardware affiliate Klinker's Lumber & Building Supply of Waverly City, Ohio, was recognized by the state's House of Representatives for opening a new paint studio in May.

The store's paint studio — essentially a remodeled and rethought version of its paint section — now sells Valspar paints, including their Aspire and Professional line of paints, in addition to the Ace line of paint. The paint studio will also allow employees to mix custom paint colors to match customers' color palettes.

July 9, 2014

Kamloops, British Columbia-based Thompson River Veneer Products Ltd., a dry veneer supplier and plywood producer, has joined the APA - The Engineered Wood Association.

The APA Board of Trustees approved the Canadian plywood manufacturer for membership, making it the fourth supplier of its kind to join the organization this year.

July 9, 2014

WOLF has a new collection in its arsenal. Its Poly-Ash Moulding is a new line of exterior trim made with more than 70% recycled material that seeks to correct the limitations of wood and PVC.

The mouldings are made with Boral TruExterior Trim and are manufactured entirely in the U.S. They're also covered by Boral TruExterior Trim's 20-year limited warranty once painted.

Designed with durability in mind, the mouldings offer resistance to rotting, cracking, splitting and termites, and they eliminate the need for end-sealing or special adhesives.

July 8, 2014

Federal Way, Washington-based Weyerhaeuser Company announced the successful closing of a deal to separate its home-building business from its forest products core.

The previously announced "Reverse Morris Trust" transaction results in the merger of a TRI Pointe Homes subsidiary and Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Co., Weyerhaeusers’ home-building business. WRECO becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of TRI Pointe. 

July 8, 2014

Atlanta, Georgia-based Zep Commercial has released a fast-acting Quick Clean Disinfectant, which portends to kill 99.9% of bacteria in just five seconds.

According to the company, Quick Clean Disinfectant does the job in a fraction of the time. Many popular anti-bacterial cleaners can take up to 10 minutes to work.

It uses a special quaternary active blend that kills germs quickly, including viruses and bacteria like Rhinovirus, Norovirus and Salmonella.

July 3, 2014

Rexburg, Idaho-based Monkey Bar Storage is expanding its product lineup to include Swisstrax flooring for its North American customers.

The selection process was extensive for Tyler Patterson, Monkey Bars flooring specialist. “Quickly, I found that Swisstrax provides the best quality, products and durability,” said Patterson.

July 2, 2014

Caledonia, Wisconsin-based CalStar Products is now offering its brick and Thru-Wall units in a split-face option.

Split-face bricks have a textured face for a more natural, rustic look that mimics the appearance of natural stones. As per the name, the backside of the brick is smooth and straight for ease of installation.

The split-face option will be available for CalStar's 8"x24" facing units and Monarch bricks, as well as the new Ambassador brick.

July 2, 2014

Stanley Black & Decker is recalling certain Porter-Cable routers after discovering that uninsulated handles present an electrical shock risk.

The fixed-based routers and router bases have not been responsible for any reported injuries or incidents so far, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

July 2, 2014

Continuing its trajectory of recent expansion, PPG Industries announced that its North American architectural coatings business has acquired Pittsburgh-based Masterwork Paint Company.

Masterwork is an independent architectural paint distributor with 13 stores throughout Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.

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