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Allied Building Products gains FSC certification

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Allied Building Products has been granted Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for 27 of its locations through the Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood program, according to a company announcement. The East Rutherford, N.J.-based building materials distributor, which operates more than 180 branches nationwide, will sell FSC-certified products in the following markets: Anchorage, Ala.; Phoenix Ariz.; Anaheim, Berkeley and Norco, Calif.; Denver; New Haven, Conn.; Vero Beach, Fla.; Honolulu; Arlington Heights, Ill.; Fraser, Grand Rapids and Ypsilanti, Mich.; Annapolis, Md.; Brooklyn Center, Minn.; Bismarck and Fargo, N.D.; East Rutherford and Elizabeth, N.J.; Astoria and Hicksville, N.Y.; Toledo, Ohio; Levittown, Pa.; Cranston, R.I.; Provo, Utah; Richmond, Va.; and Edmunds, Wash.

Among the FSC-certified products offered will be lumber, panels (plywood and OSB), moldings, and doors and windows in select markets.

Asubsidiary of Oldcastle, the North American arm of CRH, Allied Building Products operates in 29 states, selling to the residential and commercial markets. It specializes in roofing, siding, waterproofing, windows and interior/exterior building materials.

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Executive vp to leave Home Depot

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Bob DeRodes, executive vp and chief information officer of Home Depot, will leave the company at the end of the year.

DeRodes will continue his responsibilities for Home Depot’s information technology until his departure. The company will begin an immediate search to replace him, with DeRodes’ assistance.

“Bob has led a significant IT transformation at The Home Depot, and we thank him for his contributions to our company,” Frank Blake, Home Depot’s chairman and CEO, said in a company release. “We are pleased he will remain with us through the transition to ensure that our business technology transformation initiatives continue to run smoothly.”

DeRodes joined Home Depot in February 2002 and developed and built the company’s IT infrastructure, facilitating numerous initiatives including self-checkout; continual point of sale upgrades; and BEAR, the company’s back-end automated receiving system. Under DeRodes, Home Depot also implemented SAP Finance and opened the Austin Technology Center in 2005, which provided backup systems and security for the company’s data management infrastructure.

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NLBMDA holds 2008 legislative conference

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Washington, D.C. Senators, members of congress and legislative aides played host to lumberyard owners and executives from around the country this week as the National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association (NLBMDA) gathered here for their annual legislative conference. As in years past, the pro dealers pressed their case for relief from product liability lawsuits and skyrocketing health insurance costs. But two new issues — the recovery of the housing market and green building mandates – were added to the agenda.

Acontingent from the Northwestern Lumber Association met with Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska), while Kentucky dealers visited Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Republican from their home state. Approximately 140 dealers, hailing from Alaska to Florida, ducked in and out of congressional offices. NLBMDA members also paid a call to Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, whose father, former Indiana Senator Birch Bayh, delivered the conference’s keynote address.   

Four LBM executives from New York State crammed seven visits into one afternoon. Dean Kelly of Jay-K Independent Lumber, Robert Peterman of Peterman Lumber, Brian Rivenburgh of Strober/ProBuild and Seth Arluck of New Hampton Lumber lobbied against green building mandates that favor one type of certification or standards over another. They also urged their representatives to support the reform of the Federal Housing Administration, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

“The [housing] market is not there because there’s a limited availability of [mortgage] money,” said Kelly, who operates a home center in New Hartford, N.Y.

The three-day event, which started on March 31, kicked off with a green building forum sponsored by the LBMI, the national association’s educational organization. Speakers from the Green Building Initiative, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Energy Star for Homes and LEED for Homes talked about their different programs and standards, drew an overflow crowd to the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where the conference is being held.

More congressional visits are scheduled for today, when NLBMDA members will seek additional co-sponsors for H.R. 989, the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act. Introduced in February 2007, the bipartisan bill will hold retailers harmless in lawsuits where they merely sell a product that later causes injuries or damage.

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