Volume 13, Issue 2 - March 2012

Focus on Dealers
Distribution News

Fact Sheets from NFRC Help Retailers Educate Consumers
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has developed a Retailer Program designed to help door and window retailers educate and inform consumers and customers about the NFRC label, providing them a way to accurately compare the energy performance of different products. As part of the program, NFRC has created free fact sheets that provide customers with the information they need to understand NFRC ratings.

According to NFRC, when consumers understand what the label is saying, they are empowered to choose the window that best fits their needs and make a smart buying decision at the point of purchase. For retailers, NFRC says the fact sheets will help them build trust, develop rapport, and earn the customer confidence.

The information sheets are free from NFRC, which will also print and ship them to retailers. The sheets can also be customized with the retailer logo for no charge.

Uniboard Finalizes Sale of its Moncure MDF Facilities
Uniboard USA LLC has finalized the sale of its facilities located in Moncure, N.C., to a subsidiary of Paneles Arauco. Uniboard had entered into an agreement with Arauco to sell the Moncure facilities late last year.

The Moncure facilities primarily serve the southeastern United States. Arauco will license the Uniboard Melamine collection for sales in the southeastern United States, providing a seamless transition for the customer base, according to the announcement, which adds that Arauco will continue employment at levels similar to Uniboard at the Moncure site.

Uniboard Canada Inc. will continue to service the Canadian and U.S. market with its full range of products.

CIBC World Markets Inc. is acting as financial advisor and Morrison Cohen LLP is acting as legal advisor to Pfleiderer AG, Uniboard’s ultimate parent company in Germany.

Kuiken Brothers Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Kuiken Brothers Company Inc., a supplier of lumber, millwork and building materials, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The company was founded in 1912, in Fair Lawn, N.J., and has since grown to provide goods and services from nine locations, including one in New York.

The Kuiken family was originally from the Netherlands and migrated to New Jersey in the late 1800s. Brothers Henry A. Kuiken and Nicholas A. Kuiken settled in what is now Fair Lawn in 1912. They were later joined by their older brother, Dirk, and their cousin, Richard R. Kuiken Sr. A book on the history of Kuiken Brothers Company by Jon Kuiken will be available this spring.

Alside Opens 100th Supply Center
Alside, a manufacturer and distributor of exterior residential building products, based in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, has opened its 100th supply center in the United States and its second location in the Pittsburgh area.

“Instead of downsizing and cutting back during these difficult economic times, Alside is expanding and growing our business to meet our customers’ needs. Our supply centers are equipped with more exterior building products, trucks and people to better serve the area,” says Jerry Burris, president and CEO of Associated Materials, Alside’s parent company.

Both Pittsburgh-area supply centers stock exterior building products, including Alside custom-made vinyl windows. The new 37,000-square-foot supply center opened January 2 in Export, Pa., serving the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh.

Vinylite Windows Becomes VECTOR
Effective January 1, 2012, Vinylite Windows, based in Fergus Falls, Minn., changed its name to Vector.

“We chose the name Vector to emphasize the precision of our work and the positive direction we’re heading,” says a company press release. “Our new tagline ‘Builders Know the Difference,’ represents our firm belief that builders—those on the front-lines every day—understand the importance of working with a company that understands and responds to their needs. Everything about our new brand has been designed to show we also understand this importance and to communicate our dedication to delivering only the best.”

The statement goes on to describe Vector as a small-town company with a “get-it-done” approach.

The company adds that it has experienced double-digit annual revenue growth while increasing employment by more than 20 percent since 2005. It plans to introduce several new products in early 2012.

Along with the re-branding the company says it has expanded to serve lumberyards and other building product retailers located in eight states across the Upper Midwest.

ProBuild Hosts Grand Opening in Altoona, Pa.
ProBuild Holdings Inc. hosted a grand opening event January 20 at its Altoona, Pa., location. The 65,000-square-foot facility offers a full range of products and services to area builders, contractors and homeowners.
“We offer the supplies, services and the latest technology to help our customers complete any project—big or small,” says Carl Allison, general manager of the Altoona location.
The announcement notes that ProBuild’s Altoona location employs local building materials supply experts and offers a broad selection of building materials—from lumber and plywood to doors, windows, and kitchen and bath supplies. ProBuild Altoona also offers installation services.

ProBuild Hosts Grand Opening in Altoona, Pa.
ProBuild Holdings Inc. hosted a grand opening event January 20 at its Altoona, Pa., location. The 65,000-square-foot facility offers a full range of products and services to area builders, contractors and homeowners.

“We offer the supplies, services and the latest technology to help our customers complete any project—big or small,” says Carl Allison, general manager of the Altoona location.

The announcement notes that ProBuild’s Altoona location employs local building materials supply experts and offers a broad selection of building materials—from lumber and plywood to doors, windows, and kitchen and bath supplies. ProBuild Altoona also offers installation services.

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