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ABM Distributors taps Tabor as leader

BY Ken Clark

Portland, Ore.-based Associated Building Material Distributors (ABM) named Garry Tabor as executive VP.

As leader of the ABM, Tabor said he and his team will seek out ways to improve the two-step distribution model. 

“I am honored to have been selected by the ABM board of directors to lead this great organization,” said Tabor. “ABM is a diversified conglomerate of world-class distributors. We will deploy new ideas and forward-thinking practices in order to create a new kind of two-step distribution and to enhance the supplier–distributor relationship.” 

Prior to coming to ABM, Tabor was the president and CEO of Heico Distribution Group and president and CEO of Building Material Distributors (BMD). Both are based in California.

Founded in 1975, ABM is a network of 45 wholesale distributors located across the United States and in Canada. The collective buying power of this group is in excess of $3 billion.

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D.R. Horton acquires home-building assets of Breland Homes

BY HBSDealer Staff

Fort Worth, Texas-based home builder D.R. Horton has acquired the homebuilding operations of Breland Homes, which operates in Huntsville, Mobile and Baldwin County in Alabama and along the gulf coast of Mississippi. The home-building operating assets included about 320 homes in inventory and 1,020 finished lots. D.R. Horton will also control an additional 3,700 lots through option contracts. 

In 2011, Breland closed 684 homes ($130 million in revenue). Breland’s average home size is about 2,200 sq. ft. with an average sales price of $200,000.

“Breland Homes has developed an excellent reputation for quality and service, and we welcome Breland to the D.R. Horton family,” said Donald Horton, chairman of the board, D.R. Horton. “We are very excited about the expansion of our operations in Mobile and Baldwin County and our entrance into the Huntsville and Mississippi Gulf Coast markets." 

D.R. Horton has operations in 75 markets in 26 states in the East, Midwest, Southeast, South Central, Southwest and West regions of the United States.

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Aimee Copeland’s Wing revealed

BY HBSDealer Staff

Pulte Homes has announced the completion of the new 1,956-sq.-ft. home addition to Aimee Copeland’s home, called Aimee’s Wing, which took 25 days to complete. Copeland is the young woman who developed a rare bacterial infection called necrotizing fasciitis. She suffered from multiple amputations and is now facing a number of health issues. 

More than 200 people were at the celebration event, including Pulte Homes’ employees, trade partners, various community organizations, family and friends. 

Click here to view photos of Aimee’s Wing.

"It took more than 1,500 hours and 138 people to build Aimee’s Wing," said Stephen Haines, VP sales for Pulte Homes in Georgia. "It was a special day for everyone involved since they could finally see the fruits of their labor and see the decorated new space. We are so pleased to be a part of building Aimee’s Wing and want to thank our trade partners who exceeded our expectations to create a space that Aimee will love."

The two-story space features a new bedroom; a sunroom; a fitness room; the new Pulte Planning Center, which will be her main study area; and an elevator to access other parts of the home. The home’s exterior received new painting and landscaping features, as well as a new driveway.

For more information about Aimee’s status, visit Aimeecopeland.org.

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