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125-year-old GAF teams with Habitat for Humanity

BY HBSDealer Staff

Wayne, N.J.-based GAF has helped build houses in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and families in need in New Jersey, Texas and California. 

The effort was part of a celebration of the roofing material company’s 125th anniversary.

“GAF as a company has been very fortunate. Through the hard work and devotion of our employees, we have managed to stay at the forefront of our industry for 125 years — no small feat for a company, especially given the recent economic climate,” said Paul Bromfield, senior VP marketing at GAF. “This is a great opportunity to help families in need of housing, and it also is a chance to give our employees an opportunity to make a positive difference in communities.”

The company said it is committed to both sustainability and community outreach. GAF recently engaged in a national alliance with Habitat for Humanity, where GAF provides roofing materials for GAF Master Elite and Certified Contractors, donating roofing installation services for Habitat homes in their communities.

 

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NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows more concern than confidence in the economy.

The June 2011 NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator, a measure of consumer confidence, is down slightly to an index reading of 39.5. The figure indicates consumers are slightly more concerned about the economy than they were last month, when the index stood at 40.0, or in the same month last year, when the index was also at 40.0.

The NPD Group’s U.S. Economic Perception Indicator measures consumer beliefs about the current and near-term state of the U.S. economy, on a scale of 0 — "very concerned" — to 100 — "very confident." 

Source: The NPD Group Inc./The Economy Tracker, June 2011

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T.DE MONTI says:
Jun-24-2011 02:31 pm

I don't understand why any
I don't understand why any one should be surprised by the report. If you live and work in any segment of the economy except government, you should have witnessed a decline in business since about mid April to early May. We had a boost in sales in February, March and part of April but then it died. I guess people spent their income tax refunds.

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Lowe’s breaks ground in Sparks, Nev.

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According to an article in the Reno Gazette-Journal, Lowe’s began construction of a store at the Sparks Marina complex.

The Lowe’s store will be the fourth in the region, with others located in Reno, Carson City and another in Sparks.

Construction of the 130,000-sq.-ft. home improvement center is expected to begin in about a week, the paper reported. 

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