Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

Volume 44,  Issue 7                                        September  2005

     In the News

Company News
NatureScape Showroom Features Display
NatureScape Sunrooms has chosen Kannapolis, N.C., as the site for the launch of its first company learning center.

The company, which sells the custom sunrooms through its national dealer network, opened the 8,100-square-foot training store and research center to create a hands-on and realistic environment to develop best practices to support dealers. One of the reasons the location was chosen is its proximity to NatureScape’s manufacturing plant in Lexington, N.C.

“By running a NatureScape business the way a dealer might, we’ll be exposed to the many challenges they encounter,” said Steve Hood, store manager. “We’ll then take these experiences, which range from competition to daily operations, and refine them into best practices that we’ll share with our dealers nationwide.”

With the opening of the store, located at 204 North Cannon Blvd., consumers can for the first time purchase a sunroom directly from the manufacturer.

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Weather Shield Employees Create Handcrafted American Flag
Weather Shield Windows & Doors celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with the creation of a spectacular handcrafted American flag, showcasing the company’s custom capabilities with wood and glass. The flag measures 17 feet 10 inches wide by 13 feet 6 inches tall and weighs in at a staggering 7,200 pounds.

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CMI Acquires Assets of C&S Door Corp.
CMI, a Chicago-based manufacturer and marketer of CraftMaster® door designs, has acquired the assets of independent door manufacturer C&S Door Corp. of Christiansburg, Va. As a result, CMI will immediately integrate its raised-panel door designs with C&S and begin manufacturing finished interior door products. The move further expands CMI’s portfolio of diverse, yet complementary product lines, including raised-panel interior doors, treated exterior composite trim and composite panels, according to company officials. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

As a division of CMI, C&S Door will maintain its marketplace presence by producing, selling and marketing a full line of molded, flush and solid wood doors. The company also will continue to distribute Woodgrain Millwork’s pine doors. The existing C&S management team will oversee the division, with CMI maintaining its Chicago headquarters. 

Assets acquired by CMI include two C&S plants. Founded in 1976, C&S currently operates a 138,000-square-foot plant in Christiansburg. The company recently announced plans to open a new 224,000-square-foot facility in Ozark, Ala. With a capital investment of more than $8 million, C&S expects to begin operations in Ozark later this year and add about 80 jobs to the local community. 

“Many management team members for CMI and C&S have worked together for the past 15 years, so we are extremely confident this acquisition can serve as an ideal growth platform,” said Bob Merrill, CMI president and chief executive officer. “As we seek to vertically integrate our business, it is important for us to partner with companies …, that have a strong track record of producing high-quality products.”

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Stamford, Conn.-based SP Partners’ website was incorrectly listed in the July/August 2005 issue of SHELTER. The company’s website address is: 

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