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After review, Southern Pine gets good report card

BY Ken Clark

The Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) has submitted its proposed design values for all grades and sizes of visually graded Southern Pine dimension lumber to the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC), which will meet on Oct. 18, 2012, to hear testimony from interested parties. The ALSC board of review will then make a final decision regarding any new design values.  

The SPIB analysis of the full in-grade test data resulted in a recommendation of smaller reductions for the wider widths and higher grades as compared with the No.2 2x4s, and even some small increases as compared with current design values. The analysis also resulted in upward revisions to some of the new design values that became effective June 1, 2012, based only on No.2 2×4 data. 

There is no proposed change in Southern Pine’s specific gravity value of 0.55. Design values for shear and compression perpendicular-to-grain also will not change.

“The results are encouraging, better-than-expected news for Southern Pine lumber producers and users,” said Cathy Kaake, VP technical marketing for the Southern Forest Products Association. “For example, the impact on joists, rafters and headers is smaller than originally projected due to smaller reductions for the wider widths commonly used for those applications.”

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Universal Supply acquires cabinet company

BY Ken Clark

New Jersey pro dealer Universal Supply has purchased American Classic Cabinet Co., a kitchen and bath showroom in Haddonfield, N.J. This acquisition adds a fourth design center to the LBM chain, which also operates showrooms in Trenton, Hammonton and Egg Harbor Township. 

In addition to selections by Rutt and Signature, American Classic Co. will now offers cabinets by top-rated national manufacturer Wellborn, as well as a full line of solid-surface countertops from granite to Cambria. The Haddonfield showroom is being re-designed to fully demonstrate the depth and breadth of its offerings. 

“I know this expanded product offering will bring new opportunity to builders, remodelers and contractors from Medford to Moorestown to Audubon,” said American Classic Cabinet Co. founder Gary Okulanis.

“We are eager to partner with [American’s] customers on all their building supply needs, such as roofing, siding, windows, doors, millwork and decking, in addition to cabinetry,” said Universal Supply president Jeff Umosella.

With 11 locations in Southern Jersey, Universal Supply Co. serves the entire state, as well as southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. The company is part of US LBM Holdings, based in Green Bay, Wis.

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Simpson Strong-Tie honored by 84 Lumber

BY Brae Canlen

84 Lumber Co. has named Simpson Strong-Tie as its 2012 Vendor Partner of the Year. The pro dealer, ranked sixth on the HCN Pro Dealer Industry Scoreboard, does business with more than 4,000 vendors, according to the announcement. 

“Across our entire footprint, Simpson Strong-Tie has supported 84 Lumber on our 2012 key initiatives, including cost structure, inventory control, retail sales for the DIYer, big national builders and all customers in between,” said 84 Lumber director of purchasing Mitch Wagner. “They have exhibited true partnership.”

The award was presented at an 84 Lumber ceremony on August 25 to 26, 2012, in Farmington, Pa.

“Being named Vendor Partner of the Year is an exciting accomplishment, and on behalf of our company and all of our employees, I thank 84 Lumber for this honor. We look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with 84 Lumber and are committed to helping them grow their business,” noted Simpson Strong-Tie president Terry Kingsfather.

84 Lumber operates 252 stores and component manufacturing plants in 30 states, representing the top 130 markets in the country. The company’s sales in 2011 were reported at $1.43 billion. 

Based in Pleasanton, Calif., Simpson Strong-Tie offers an extensive product of connectors, fasteners, fastening systems, lateral-force resisting systems, anchors and products for concrete repair, strengthening and protection.

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