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Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

Volume 44,  Issue 4                                        May 2005

     In the News
         

COMPANY NEWS
Huttig Adds Branches in New York, Georgia
St. Louis-based Huttig Building Products Inc. has announced the opening of new distribution centers in Albany, N.Y., and Atlanta, Ga.

The new 45,000-square-foot Albany millwork facility, coupled with Huttig’s building materials branch in Selkirk, N.Y., serves pro dealers within a 200-mile radius. It houses two pre-hung door assembly lines and offers a variety of interior and exterior door options, including steel, wood and fiberglass, as well as complete lines of wood moulding, stair parts and columns. Brands stocked in Albany include Therma-Tru, Masonite and Woodgrain doors, L. J. Smith Stair Systems and HB&G columns, among others. The Selkirk location distributes Simpson Strong-Tie connectors, TimberTech composite decking, Typar housewrap, USG ceiling tile, Owens Corning roofing and insulation and RDI vinyl railing.

“The establishment of our Albany branch was in direct response to demand from independent pro dealers in upstate New York for Huttig to offer millwork, in addition to building materials,” said Steve Hemendinger, Albany’s general manager. 

The 58,000-square-foot Atlanta distribution center serves one of the nation’s fastest growing new-housing markets. Stocked items include TimberTech composite decking, RDI vinyl railing, LP OSB treated siding, Dixie Pacific columns, Therma-Tru exterior doors, Masonite interior doors, Windsor windows, Huttig vinyl windows and a wide variety of moulding profiles. 

“We plan to add capabilities to pre-hang doors later this year,” said Eric Cashen, general manager of the Atlanta branch. “With our existing facility in Macon, and now Atlanta, we can provide timely service to pro dealers throughout the state of Georgia.”

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Deceuninck North America Expands Capacity at Ohio Facility
To meet a rapidly growing market demand Deceuninck North America (DNA) has significantly increased capacity at its Monroe, Ohio, facility for the production of composite decking and railing systems as part of its strategic alliance with Alcoa Home Exterior Inc. 

The announcement was made by Deceuninck North America chief executive officer/vice chairperson Darwin G. Brown, who said the expansion phase was planned and implemented to service the growing needs of Alcoa Home Exterior and its distribution partners.

He pointed out that DNA composite decking and railing systems—a composition of HDPE (high-density polyethylene) and wood flour—“are winning over consumers with their enhanced aesthetic appeal and performance attributes.” He added, “Our composite products offer color-fast, highly-durable and low-maintenance alternatives to traditional wood and are among the hottest categories in the $3.5 billion decking market. This major expenditure of millions of dollars certainly shows the commitment DNA and Alcoa Home Exterior have to this rapidly growing product. 

“In addition,” he continued, “we also offer through Alcoa Home Exterior a PVC deck and rail program that enables Alcoa Home Exterior to offer a complete product offering to meet customer needs.”

DNA—recently formed by the integration of Dayton Technologies LLC and Vinyl Building Products LLC.—is a subsidiary of Deceuninck NV, a worldwide manufacturer of PVC window systems and profiles for the construction industry. 

Alcoa Home Exteriors, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alcoa, a leading U.S. manufacturer of vinyl and aluminum products for the remodeling and construction markets. 

According to Brown, the strategic alliance between both industry leaders was formed in October 2003 with the intent of bringing an exciting range of products to the home exteriors marketplace. The first composite decking and railing system products, he added, were introduced early last year. 

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MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
Lanoga Buys Millwork Fabricator and Distributor
Redmond, Wash.-based Lanoga Corp. has announced the purchase of substantially all the assets of Bernco Inc., a large independent fabricator and distributor of doors, windows and other millwork products serving the greater Minneapolis/
St. Paul market.

Lanoga president and chief executive officer Paul Hylbert said, “We are very excited about having the Bernco team join our United Building Center (UBC) division. Their expertise in the millwork business and relationships with builders in the market will be a nice complement to our UBC operations in the area.”

Dale Kukowski, UBC president stated that “We are pleased to welcome the team of 87 capable Bernco people to our organization and look forward to expanding the strong base of business that they have established.”

Terms were not disclosed.

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KUDOS
Therma-Tru Helps Soldier’s Family
Therma-Tru Doors of Maumee, Ohio, has provided a brand new Smooth-Star® fiberglass entry door to a Highlands, N.J., family while the husband serves in Iraq. The door was presented at the request of Tom Kraeutler, host of the popular “The Money Pit” home improvement radio show, who installed the door himself. 

Major David and Caryn Hargrave never had the opportunity to build their dream home. A good portion of their 16-year marriage has consisted of David serving the United States overseas: first, Desert Storm, and now, the war in Iraq. When Caryn realized her front door needed to be replaced, she knew there was no budget for home improvements. 

Caryn Hargrave’s quest for a new door began when she contacted Tom Kraeutler, who then shared the Hargraves’ story with Therma-Tru executives.

“We were happy to support ‘The Money Pit’ with its generous effort of providing the Hargraves with a new entry door system,” said Hal Gardner, Therma-Tru’s vice president of marketing. “The fiberglass door stands up to day-to-day traffic without denting, dinging or rusting like regular steel, and it provides the utmost energy-efficiency, weather-resistance, safety and durability.” 

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Jamsill Purchases Injection Molding Company
Talent, Ore.-based Jamsill Inc., the maker of the Jamsill Guard, has announced that the company purchased Dedicated Plastics of Medford, Ore., in December 2004.

Dedicated Plastics, an injection molding company, will take over production of the Jamsill Guard. According to company officials, this business partnership will allow Jamsill Inc. complete control of the quality of its product while providing competitive pricing for its customers.

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