Volume 46, Issue 6 - July/August 2007

In the News

60 Years in Business and Counting
When Carl H. Rise founded Best Moulding Corp. in July of 1947 he manufactured small mouldings out of Ponderosa pine. His office was no larger than an outhouse and visitors had to stand outside to conduct business. 

Celebrating its 60th year in business, the Albuquerque, N.M.-based company is now run by Carl’s sons, Frank DeMott, president, and Joe Rise, vice president. DeMott and Rise have been with the company for 35 years.

The company has added many species to its product mix, including radiata, oak, poplar, maple, banak and cherry. The company purchases much of its lumber from New Zealand, Chile, China and the United States, and uses its distributors to take its moulding products to market. 

“We pride ourselves on manufacturing quality mouldings at a fair price. Many of our customers have been with us more than 35 years,” says Frank DeMott. “Our customers and suppliers are very important to us; they are what has kept us going for so many years, along with our loyal employees.” www.bestmoulding.com

MERGERS & Acquisitions
Bay Industries Acquires Tru-Arx™
Bay Industries Inc., parent company of FrontLine® Building Products, a manufacturer of aluminum entry door cladding and aluminum garage door frames, recently announced the acquisition of Tru-Arx Manufacturing effective May 30, 2007.

Bay Industries’ officials say combining the merits of the FrontLine® and Tru-Arx systems will provide its customers with a superior aluminum clad product.

FrontLine® Building Products also distributes the BayShield™ full-view swing door panels with an aluminum-clad exterior and a wood interior available in various species. www.bayindustries.com

Pro-Build and US Components Acquire Another
Moorestown, N.J.-based US Components LLC, a supplier of truss and wall panels and a division of Pro-Build Holdings, has purchased the assets of Casmin Inc., a roof and floor truss manufacturer in central Florida. Terms of the sale have not been disclosed.

Casmin is headquartered in Leesburg, Fla., has truss plants in Tavares and Lady Lake, and supplies builders throughout central Florida.

Mark Casp, Casmin’s current president, will run the Florida region as regional vice president and begin taking on development roles for both start-ups and truss acquisitions in the Florida market.

Casp says the alignment with Pro-Build and US Components provides the company with competitive advantages that will positively impact its ability to grow. www.pro-build.com

84 Lumber Continues With Expansion
84 Lumber Co. of Eighty Four, Pa., has added two Denver area companies to its network of 475 stores and 22 truss manufacturing plants. JAC & Co. provides installation services, such as framing and trim, to professional contractors. Front Range Panel is a wall panel component manufacturing plant which supplies the professional homebuilding and construction market. Both newly acquired companies will operate as an 84 Lumber component manufacturing plant and an 84 Lumber installed services hub.

“This strategic acquisition allows us to greatly expand the services we offer to the professional contractor market in the Denver Metropolitan area,” says Frank Cicero, 84 Lumber executive vice president of operations. “The addition of these services in the market is part of our national strategy to continue to grow our presence in the component manufacturing and installed services areas.”

84 Lumber operates five stores in Colorado, including: Greeley, Loveland, Henderson, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction. The company plans to open another store in Aurora this fall. It also operates a truss manufacturing facility in Henderson, Colo. www.84lumber.com

Wheelers Expands for Anticipated Market Rebound
Wheeler’s Building Materials opened a second location in Charlotte, N.C., recently and says it will also be opening a millwork distribution center in Gwinnett, Ga. The Rome, Ga.-based company says it is anticipating renewed growth in the metro Atlanta housing market.

“In spite of the soft market, some segments of our business, such as windows and trusses, are booming,” says chief executive officer Mark Manis. “On top of that, we need to get ready for a real turnaround in the market, which we feel will start picking up by the beginning of next year.”

The company says it needs more space to keep up with the high demand for its new generation of vinyl and wood windows.

“We’re moving the window operation to Lawrenceville, Ga., and expanding the truss plant in Cumming, Ga., to increase capacity,” Manis says. The Gwinnett distribution center marks its fourteenth in Georgia and Wheeler’s says its second Charlotte location was also opened in response to strong residential development in the surrounding area.

“Unlike most housing markets, Charlotte is running wide open,” Manis says. “We have more business than our first location can handle.”

The 177,000-square-foot Charlotte facility includes rail access. www.wheelers.com

Environmental News
CARB Ups Requirements for Everyone
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently voted to impose new restrictions on the use of formaldehyde-based adhesives in composite wood panels (see article, “Unintended Consequences,” in Shelter, September 2006). The Composite Panel Association (CPA) says this will increase the cost of furniture, cabinets and other consumer products. By imposing additional restrictions on the use of formaldehyde–based adhesives in composite wood panels, CPA says CARB has voted to impose an annual cost of $2.5 billion on the domestic economy while, it says, returning negligible health benefits to the citizens of California.

“I’m disappointed that CARB rejected industry’s proposal for dramatic emission reductions and instead imposed additional requirements without a sound economic or scientific basis. CARB’s action is overreaching and will serve to unnecessarily increase the cost of consumer products to Californians without providing a measurable health benefit,” says CPA chairman Will Warberg, Plum Creek MDF.

CARB voted to reduce formaldehyde emissions from the current industry average of 0.18 parts per million (ppm) to a maximum of 0.09 ppm for particleboard, 0.11 ppm for medium-density fiberboard (MDF), and 0.13 ppm for thin MDF. The new standard applies to all particleboard, MDF and hardwood plywood made for sale or use in California, including raw panels or as finished consumer products, including mouldings and doors.

Both foreign and domestic manufacturers, making products for sale or use in California will be governed by this rule.

Tom Julia, CPA president, says, “… we share the concerns expressed at the hearing by the board members about how this rule will be enforced. It is critical that these new requirements are enforced equally across all manufacturers around the world.”

Julia says North American manufacturers are prepared to meet the requirements and the association looks forward to working with CARB in ensuring that overseas manufacturers are held to the same standard. www.pbmdf.com


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