Allied to distribute Siemens solar microinverters
Allied Building Products Corp., a distributor of roofing materials and other exterior building products, has entered into an agreement to sell and distribute Siemens Microinverter Systems to solar contractors nationwide. Stocking locations will be located in Hawaii and New Jersey.
Offering increased energy output and online monitoring, the Siemens Microinverter system offers homeowners and businesses a power converter that is designed with end users and integrators in mind, according to the company. The system offers many time-saving installation features and improved safety over traditional solar inverter systems, Siemens said.
"Working with the right partners is key in this industry," said Barry Contrael, director of Low Voltage Electronics for Siemens Infrastructure and Cities. "Siemens has a wide variety of products and services, but distributors like Allied Building Products are critical in filling the necessary gaps as well as maintaining relationships with the vast number of contractors and tradesmen in this country.”
This is the first distribution relationship between Allied Building Products and Siemens.
Based in East Rutherford, N.J., Allied Building Products Corp. distributes building products to specialty contractors from more than 200 locations throughout the United States. A division of Oldcastle, Allied’s Solar Division supplies solar panels, mounting hardware, inverters and monitoring systems to qualified solar contractors.
Siemens Infrastructure & Cities sector is comprised of the Rail Systems, Mobility and Logistics, Low and Medium Voltage, Smart Grid and Building Technologies divisions as well as Osram Sylvania.
Weyerhaeuser triples size of Virginia DC
Weyerhaeuser has added 70,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space to its Richmond, Va., distribution center, tripling the facility’s inside storage.
The company will use the space to support distribution of additional third-party products, including vendor managed inventory (VMI) of more than 150 SKUs of James Hardie siding and trim products, as well as 100 SKUs of cedar decking, landscaping, siding and trim. Weyerhaeuser also anticipates supplying will supply pine flooring from Trout River Lumber. Additionally, the company will be hiring more people at the facility in both operations and sales positions, and is expanding its delivery fleet size. These actions are intended to provide enhanced service to customers in Virginia, eastern West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Jeff Waterhouse, Weyerhaeuser area general manager, said the additional investment in people, products and facilities underscores the company’s commitment to dealers in the Mid-Atlantic region. “It all comes down to helping our customers be more successful, providing them with the products they need on time and in full, along with support services to grow their business,” he said.
Headquartered in Federal Way, Wash., Weyerhaeuser is one of the largest building material distributors in the nation. The company operates 30 distribution facilities throughout the United States, offering construction and finishing materials ranging from manufactured structural framing, engineered wood, solid sawn lumber, plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), siding, trim, insulation, housewrap, decking, cultured stone and steel concrete reinforcing.
Obit: Charlie Blythe
Charlie “C.D.” Delano Blythe, a well-known figure in the southern wood products industry, passed away on Sept. 4. He was 74 years old.
According to his obituary, Blythe was employed as softwood sales manager for Coastal Lumber Co. in Weldon, N.C., between 1970 and 1998. During that time, he was responsible for the annual marketing of 140 million board feet of Southern Yellow Pine Lumber, 120 million feet of plywood and 60 million feet of pressure-treated lumber. Working with a staff of 18 lumber traders and associates, Blythe was instrumental in developing a market for these products throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands.
Blythe also served on the boards of the Florida Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, Florida Wood Council, Southern Forest Products Association and Southern Pine Council.
After retiring in 1998, Blythe moved to Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., and became involved in a number of service and cultural organizations. At the time of his death, he was serving as Mayor Pro Tem for the town of Ocean Isle Beach.
Surviving Blythe is his wife of 54 years, Carolyn Parker Blythe.