Alside opens 100th unit
Alside, a manufacturer and distributor of exterior residential building products, has opened its second location in the Pittsburgh area. This marks the Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based firm’s 100th branch.
Both Pittsburgh-area supply centers stock an assortment of exterior building products, including Alside vinyl siding, insulated vinyl siding and Alside custom-made vinyl windows to meet the needs of professional contractors, remodelers and builders. The new 37,000-sq.-ft. supply center opened Jan. 2 in Export, Pa., serving the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh.
In addition to Alside-manufactured products, most Alside supply centers distribute everything from roofing shingles, entry doors, gutters, garage doors, stone, fencing and decking to weatherization products, including insulation and window and door spray foam.
Alside is a division of Associated Materials, headquartered in Akron, Ohio.
In a prepared statement, Jerry Burris, president and CEO of Associated Materials, said: "We have experienced tremendous growth, enabling us to expand in 2011, opening new centers in Austin, Texas; Toledo, Ohio; Aurora, Ill.; and Evansville, Ind. Currently, we employ 830 people throughout our supply center organization, with 78 employees added in the last year.”
Alside is a vertically integrated manufacturer and distributor of vinyl windows, vinyl siding and aluminum trim coil, as well as aluminum and steel siding and accessories. The company’s products are marketed on a wholesale basis to more than 50,000 independent contractors across the United States through company-owned supply centers and independent distributors.
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Former Wolseley exec to lead ProBuild
ProBuild Holdings has announced the appointment of Robert Marchbank, the former CEO of European operations for Wolseley, as its new CEO. Fred Marino, who had filled the role of interim CEO for the past several months, will continue to serve as vice chairman of the company’s board of directors.
“Rob has been in the industry for nearly 30 years and brings tremendous insight and experience to ProBuild with both a strong U.S. and international business background,” Marino said. “As CEO for Europe at Wolseley, Rob successfully ran multiple business operations across 19 countries. His ability to quickly identify issues and opportunities, adjust operations and improve performance for business units across a number of diverse markets will be invaluable to ProBuild.”
Marchbank, 51, served as CEO Europe for Wolseley from 2005 until March 2010. His tenure at the U.K.-based corporation stretches back to 1982, when he joined Ferguson Enterprises, the U.S. plumbing wholesale division owned by Wolseley, where he held various positions for 19 years. Marchbank moved up the ranks at Wolseley, serving as director of strategic planning in 2001 and director of information and processes in 2003. In 2008, he also took on the role of managing director of Wolseley U.K. and Ireland.
“I’ve spent my entire career in this industry, and I’m passionate about developing and implementing business strategies that drive profitable growth, foster innovation and improve efficiencies,” Marchbank said. “ProBuild has a unique national footprint and industry position, and I look forward to working with the dedicated team of industry leaders at ProBuild as we strive to continually improve our performance and prepare to take full advantage of any future market upturns.”
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Obituary: Emmett McCoy, founder of McCoy’s Building Supply
Emmett Francis McCoy, 88, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away Jan. 7.
McCoy founded McCoy Supply Co. in the 1950s, which later became McCoy’s Building Supply, based in San Marcos, Texas. His is a classic “Greatest Generation” story in which he and his wife, Miriam, raised a family and built a business. Starting in a building no larger than a four-car garage, McCoy’s, at the time of Emmett’s retirement in 1997, had grown to more than 90 locations with sales exceeding $400 million. He was a pioneer in the cash-and-carry building materials market, and today McCoy’s is one of the largest family-owned businesses in the industry.
San Marcos, Texas, Mayor Daniel Guerrero said: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Emmett McCoy, who has been an outstanding business leader and benefactor in our community for many years. Our hearts go out to Miriam McCoy, the McCoy family and the McCoy Corporation employees."
Emmett was born in Houston on Feb. 27, 1923. He was the son of Frank and Margaret (Drees) McCoy, and grew up in Galveston, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Miriam Swanson McCoy; daughter Brenda McCoy Remme and husband Kaare; son Michael Emmett McCoy and wife Myra; Brian Francis McCoy and wife Wetonnah; daughter-in-law Cindy Cox McCoy; nine grandchildren and spouses; and 18 (soon to be 21) great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Patrick McCoy, and grandson, Keith Evan Remme.
Emmett’s family moved to Galveston, Texas, when he was 4 years old, the same year Frank McCoy founded McCoy Roofing Co. in 1927. Working in the shipyards in Orange, Texas, at the beginning of WWII, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in April 1943. He served in an Engineer Aviation Battalion in the Pacific Theater, and he was discharged with the rank of Sergeant in January 1946. He and Miriam married the very next month in upstate New York and came back to Texas to start their life together.
A public memorial service will be held on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Conference Center at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1001 East McCarty Lane in San Marcos, with a reception to follow.
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