Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

Volume 44,  Issue 3                                        April 2005



Outdoor Products Companies Create Partnerships and Meet Codes

St. Louis Distributor to Carry Tendura Products
Tendura of Troy, Ala., has announced that Forest Products Supply of St. Louis will now carry Tendura products, according to Ned Lawrence, vice president.

From its facility in St. Louis, Forest Products Supply will carry both the Classic and Solids lines of TenduraPlank® tongue-and-groove composite porch floorboard in addition to TenduraTread® composite stair tread.

“We’re pleased to have Forest Products Supply on board as a Tendura distributor. Since 1987, they have been building a reputation of sales excellence in the building supply market, and we are confident that this new partnership will be of benefit to the both of us,” Lawrence said. 

With 24 acres of warehouses and storage, Forest Products Supply is able to service lumber retailers within a 250-mile radius of the St. Louis metropolitan area.
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Hearth & Home Technologies and Lennar Corp. Announce National Supplier Agreement
Minneapolis-based Hearth & Home Technologies™ Inc. and Lennar Corp., headquartered in Miami, have established a national supplier agreement. The three-year agreement designates Hearth & Home Technologies as the exclusive provider and installer of hearth products in homes constructed by Lennar. It encompasses the Heatilator® and Heat & Glo™ brands of Hearth & Home Technologies and strengthens the company’s position as the preferred hearth provider for the nation’s top home builders. 
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U.S. Plastic Lumber Signs Agreement with Russin Lumber
U.S. Plastic Lumber Corp. (USPL) announced recently that it has signed a new six-year, multi-million dollar distribution agreement with Russin Lumber Corp. to distribute USPL’s residential decking in the Northeast United States. 

The agreement calls for Russin to distribute Carefree Xteriors, USPL’s patented product in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) residential decking. Russin will sell Carefree to retail lumberyards in its entire geography. 

This announcement follows the company’s hiring of its new chief executive officer Bruce Disbrow and the streamlining of its offerings into four product lines. Disbrow, a 25-year veteran of RH Donnelley, most recently served as president and chief executive of Dontech, a joint venture between Donnelley and SBC Communications.

“This agreement with Russin Lumber marks the next vital step in our turnaround strategy for USPL,” said Disbrow. “The Russin name has been synonymous with quality for nearly 50 years, and we are delighted that this premier brand has put its faith in our company. Russin Lumber is the perfect complement to USPL in both distribution and customer service, and we are thrilled that our products will be selling from Maine to Maryland.”
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