Volume 46, Issue 5 - June 2007

In the News
Andersen Sues Pella and W. L. Gore

Andersen Corp. in Bayport, Minn., recently filed a lawsuit against door and window competitor Pella Corp. in Pella, Iowa, and W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. (Gore) in Newark, Del. The door and window giant alleges that Pella and Gore have unlawfully infringed on one or more claims of its “208 patent,” entitled: “Reduced Visibility Insect Screen.”

In the filing, Andersen claims the defendants are making, using, offering to sell and/or selling articles which infringe on the claims of its patent. The company claims to have suffered damages and says it will continue suffering damages unless the court puts a stop to the alleged infringement. A jury trial has been requested and Andersen is suing for damages, court costs and attorney’s fees.

While Andersen declined to comment, a Pella representative did respond, but simply said the company anticipates a victory and plans to continue manufacturing these screens. The representative would not comment on the specifics of the case.

What Goes Around Comes Around

Parker Buys Back
It’s taken less than two years for Pro-Build Holdings to decide Parker Lumber didn’t fit into its long-term plans. It’s selling ten former Parker Lumber locations, now called United Building Center, throughout Central and Southeast Texas back to Scott Parker, the prior president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Parker Lumber.

In August 2005, Parker sold 13 locations to Lanoga Corp., a subsidiary of Pro-Build Holdings Inc. in South Plainfield, N.J. Pro-Build is only keeping three of those locations. “We are keeping our two locations serving the greater San Antonio market, as well as the one serving the Texas Hill Country from Fredericksburg, all of which fit well with our 23 Pro-Build South locations …,” says Pro-Build chief executive officer Paul Hylbert.

Hylbert says the problem isn’t with how the former Parker locations are performing. It’s a matter of how they fit into the company’s overall strategy. “While our people in these locations have performed well over the past couple of years, these markets don’t fit into our core strategy of serving the larger, faster growing areas in Texas,” he said in a recent press release.

The ten locations will be renamed Parker Lumber immediately after resale, and current employees will be retained by Parker Lumber to continue operations. 

“I missed being in this business and am very pleased to be back working with so many of my former associates,” Parker says. “I am pleased to have worked out a mutually beneficial deal for Parker, our people and Pro-Build.”

Green Products

Packaging Involved at Every Stage
Everywhere you look, you seem to see a magazine cover with green building. It’s not just the media that’s going green. The movement is also catching throughout the supply chain in the building industry. If you don’t believe it, just ask Pierre Cowart, vice president and LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP) for Leopardo Construction, a pre-construction, general contracting, construction management and design-build firm in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

At press time, Leopardo was working on, or recently had completed, a total of seven projects seeking LEED Certification or incorporating green roof systems. “We’re definitely seeing more clients expressing interest in pursuing LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design]-certified projects or adding green roofs and other green elements to the project scope,” Cowart says. 

As companies like Leopardo begin to experience increased interest, the demand for product is shifting to manufacturers. Titebond® adhesives manufacturer Franklin International in Columbus, Ohio, developed a complete line of green adhesives. The company says its GREENchoice product line features solvent-free adhesives for every application on the construction site and offers the same performance, minus the odor or risks to construction crews or the environment. In addition to using post-consumer recycled material, the company also uses packaging that is a soft, moss-green color, designed around the green building motif for recognition.

While it’s currently drawing attention to these products, Franklin says it’s no newcomer. “We embraced our obligation to develop environmentally safe adhesives many years before the green movement took root,” says Franklin president Evan Williams. “Franklin launched the GREENchoice program to emphasize our own deep, ongoing commitment to offering products that are safe for the environment, for the crews who apply them and for the people who live or work in the buildings in which our products are used.”

“A lot of consumers may be interested in purchasing green building products,” says Rob Banks, executive-vice president, sales for BuildDirect. “We hope our new green building products page will lead them to the right ones.” 

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