In the News . . .
EPA Allows Limited Use of CCA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to allow the continued use of chromated copper arsenate (CCA) for permanent wood foundation (PWF) systems and agricultural fence posts. Effective December 31, 2003, these are the only two uses for which CCA is allowed. There is still a voluntary ban by the industry on using CCA-treated wood for certain residential uses, such as playground equipment.
“This action is a direct result of comments received by the EPA,” said Dave Mason, director of treated markets for the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA), based in Kenner, La.
According to the SFPA, this significant conclusion favorably impacts wood products manufacturers, preservative suppliers and treaters, along with the wood foundation industry. (See the September 2003 issue of SHELTER for more on the subject of treated wood.)
American Subcontractors Endorse AAMA Program
The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) of Alexandria, Va., has endorsed the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s InstallationMasters™ window and door installers’ training program.
InstallationMasters is a nationwide training and certification program for installers of residential and light commercial windows and patio doors. The program is designed to teach installers the installation techniques for both new construction and replacement applications.
“Participation in the program received unanimous approval from the ASA board of directors because it marks a pathway for professional development in the construction industry,” said ASA executive vice president E. Colette Nelson.
“The need for qualified training and subcontractor certification becomes more important as consumer concerns related to proper window and door installation continue to grow,” she said.
Sturtevant Acquires New Operations Facility
Deer Park, N.Y.-based distributor Sturtevant Millwork Corp. has acquired a new door assembly plant in Pine Brook, N.J. The company says the new facility will allow it to triple its door production capacity. Equipment installation will take place this summer, with the plant expected to be fully operational by fall 2003.
The 121,000-square-foot facility will include 40,000 square feet dedicated to the assembly of interior and exterior doors in wood, fiberglass, steel and composite materials. The building will also include 6,000 square feet of office space for operations, sales and support staff, a 2,000-square-foot product showroom featuring product displays and samples, an interactive design center, meeting space and 85,000 square feet of warehouse space.
The company will operate its own fleet of delivery trucks from this facility to serve customers in the New York and New Jersey metro market.
Brite Welcomes Two New Plants to Family
Brite Manufacturing of Bolton, Ontario, has assumed full ownership of Coventry Forest Products, also of Bolton, and South River Forest Products, located in South River, Ontario.
With the addition of treated lumber products, the company, which manufactures wood lattice, deck accessories, plastic lattice, wood composite decking, deck accessories and multi-density-fiberboard mouldings, says it will be able to service customers more effectively in Ontario and Eastern Quebec.
Woodmark Moves Headquarters
After 35 years in the same location in Richardson, Texas, Woodmark International is moving its headquarters approximately six miles away to the Jupiter Resource Center. In its new location the company will more than double its existing warehouse space by occupying an additional 55,000 square feet.
The company has three divisions: stair parts; banner faucets and accessories; and fortress iron. The company’s products are sold nationally from its current headquarters through a network of sales and service agencies. All three divisions supply building and home improvement products on a strictly wholesale basis with products only made available through distributors.
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