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84 Lumber honors Weyerhaeuser

BY HBSDEALER Staff

84 Lumber, the country’s fifth-largest LBM dealer with more than 250 locations, has named Weyerhaeuser as its Vendor Partner of the Year, the forest product giant announced. 

The award recognizes sales growth, consistent service and value-added support. 

Among 84’s vendor partners, Weyerhaeuser achieved the largest sales volume and sales dollars year to date, with an 83% increase over 2012, the company said. The pro dealer recognized Weyerhaeuser as “a great strategic partner,” noting in particular its ability to maintain a consistent flow of wood products from its mills at a time when some in the industry are experiencing supply constraints. Weyerhaeuser also has been a consistently reliable source for a variety of commodities and specialty building products through its national network of distribution centers.

“Weyerhaeuser prides itself on providing our dealers with not only quality products and reliable service, but on being a true partner through value-added benefits, such as training, marketing tools and our in-field sales team that provides one-on-one support,” said Steve Grohowalski, national account manager for Weyerhaeuser. 

Weyerhaeuser, one of the world’s largest forest products companies, began operations in 1900.

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Roofing Supply Group expands in Ohio and Pa.

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Roofing Supply Group has announced plans to open two new locations in Canton, Ohio and White Oak, Pa., marking the 18th and 19th branches to operate in the Rocky Mountain/Midwest region.

The branches will further RSG’s overall expansion strategy and will operate under Jeff Willis, regional senior VP and Pat Jennings, Midwest District manager.

"I am excited about the opportunities these new branches bring to our expansion into Northern Ohio and Southwestern Pennsylvania," said Willis. "Branch Manager Dave Reece, has acquired top sales and operational talent to make the Canton branch key to the market in that area. And, the addition of our second Pittsburgh branch will extend our service platform to our valued customers north and east of the river. With easy access and room to grow, this beautiful new location should soon prove to be one of the top roofing distribution facilities in Pittsburgh. Led by the veteran team of Frank Sands, Tom Jewell and Barry Novosel, we have a motivated and talented crew in place there to serve the dynamic Pittsburgh roofing community."

"These new branches are a tremendous addition to the RSG family and will be led by top experts in the industry supported by their highly experienced sales team," said Jennings. "We are enthusiastic about encouraging economic growth and development in these communities."

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Vulcan sells future production interest to Plum Creek

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Vulcan Materials Company has sold an interest in the future production of its four quarries in Atlantia, Ga., to Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc.

The transaction involves a percentage royalty interest in 255 million tons of aggregate production over 25 years. 

"In Plum Creek, we have a partner that shares our long-term view of the value and growth in the aggregates business and is investing based on that view," said Donald M. James, Vulcan chairman and CEO. "This transaction provides us capital to deploy in strategic investments in our aggregates business and to strengthen our balance sheet."

The sale gives Vulcan the opportunity to improve its bottom line while maintaining operational ownership over the assets. The company expects a pre-tax gain of $154 million over the life of the transaction, less modest transaction expenses.

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