Volume 45, Issue 9 - November/December  2006

HARDSCAPES

HARDnews
Companies Partner Up to Sell Outdoor Products 

PARTNERSHIPS

Huttig Distributes HB&G Products
Huttig Building Products Inc. of St. Louis has announced it will distribute HB&G brand products at all Huttig millwork distribution locations. HB&G of Troy, Ala., is a manufacturer of composite and wood columns, railings, posts and porch parts. Huttig is one of the largest domestic distributors of millwork, building materials and wood products.

Under the agreement, the number of Huttig branches featuring HB&G products will increase from 22 to 38 locations. The agreement furthers Huttig’s strategy of offering millwork products on a nationwide basis to the rapidly growing national and regional pro dealer chains, which in turn sell to homebuilders, repair and remodeling contractors.

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

Universal Forest Products Signs Letter of Intent with Aljoma Lumber
Universal Forest Products Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich., has a signed non-binding letter of intent to acquire all of the shares of Aljoma Lumber Inc., a manufacturer of pressure-treated wood and industrial products that serves Southern Florida and the Caribbean islands. 

Aljoma’s 2005 sales were approximately $230 million, according to a Universal press release. The company is headquartered in the Miami suburb of Medley, Fla. The acquisition is expected to close after the company’s due diligence process and approval by its board of directors. 

With the purchase, representatives from Universal say it will have a strong presence in the Southern Florida market for its treated wood, fencing and growing portfolio of consumer products, and will open new opportunities for those products in the Caribbean market. 

TRAINING

Fence Seminars Educate on New Installation Techniques
CertainTeed Corp. of Valley Forge, Pa., in conjunction with the Georgia chapter of the American Fence Association (AFA), recently hosted a fence installation seminar in Lovejoy, Ga. Part of an ongoing series, the seminar gave lessons on field installation, welding methods, drilling and techniques for concrete applications of vinyl fencing. Twenty-three representatives from four Georgia contracting companies attended the hands-on seminar. 

“These seminars are a great way to help contractors keep up with the ever-changing environment of the fence industry,” says Pat Sadler, training manager for CertainTeed’s Bufftech™ brand of vinyl fencing. “We are committed to providing valuable services to our fence dealers, and are proud to share our expertise in small, hands-on installation settings.” 

CertainTeed offers a broad portfolio of vinyl and composite fencing, railing and deck systems complemented by comprehensive support programs that help fence professionals build businesses with quality products, continuing education and marketing tools.

SHELTER
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