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Andersen pumps $18 million into Bayport facility

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Andersen Corporation is anticipating an $18 million expansion of its manufacturing facility in Bayport, Minnesota, a move that’s expected to add 100 full-time jobs to the local economy.

The project will involve improvements on an existing building at its complex and the purchase of new machinery.

Andersen will also get some help from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), which will award the company $625,000 from the Minnesota Job Creation Fund provided it meets its performance goals.

“The assistance we received from DEED, and organizations such as Greater MSP, helped ensure this significant expansion happened in our home state,” said chairman, president and CEO Jay Lund. “We had several location options to choose from and selected Minnesota because of the experienced workforce, our integrated supply chain model and the ability to leverage capacity at our flagship plant in Bayport.”

The new jobs added thanks to this expansion will pay an average hourly wage of $19.00, including benefits.

“Over more than a century, Andersen Corporation has employed thousands of Minnesotans and has successfully grown into one of the largest window manufacturers in North America,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “We are very grateful that this great Minnesota company has chosen to expand its manufacturing facility in Bayport, creating 100 more good-paying jobs for Minnesota workers. Thank you, Andersen!”

Andersen has been centered in Bayport since 1913, employing 9,000 people at various locations across North America.

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US LBM goes West

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Continuing its hot acquisition streak, Green Bay, Wisconsin-based US LBM launched a West Coast operation, expanding its number of LBM divisions to 12.

US LBM, the 2013 HCN Pro Dealer of the Year, announced today the acquisition of Desert Lumber & Truss and Desert Fasteners & Supply of Las Vegas, and Integrity Truss of Cedar City, Utah. 

Former majority shareholders will stay on in various capacities. Terry Ono will remain in his role as president of Desert Lumber; Dale Eggers as president of Desert Truss; Tyson Clayton as president of Desert Fastener & Supply; and Charles “Monty” Clayton as VP of Desert Fastener & Supply. 

Originally founded in 1989 by Ono, Desert Lumber & Truss is the leading full-service provider of lumber, OSB, panels and EWP, as well as roof and floor truss systems to the Las Vegas market, primarily serving the residential home builder and contractor. In 2009, Desert Fastener & Supply was founded to expand the company’s product line into fasteners, connectors, waterproofing products and adhesives, as well as a range of tools and equipment for Las Vegas roofing, framing and specialty contractors. Earlier in 2014, Integrity Truss launched its operations providing roof and floor trusses to southwestern Utah home builders.

“We are excited and proud to join the US LBM team and the opportunity it brings to provide our customers with continued enhancements to our product and service offering,” said Ono. “This partnership with US LBM provides a platform for growth to our associates and partners well into the future.” 

“The Desert family of companies is a key strategic addition to US LBM. The success we’ve experienced by partnering with leading building material businesses in the Midwest and Northeast is beginning to take shape in the Southeast and West Coast with the acquisitions of the Desert companies, Jones Lumber and Coastal Roofing & Supply,” said L.T. Gibson, president and CEO of US LBM. “We are excited to announce this addition to the US LBM team and look forward to continued investment in the Desert growth plans, as well as expanding their product and customer base.”  

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KILZ introduces Hide-All primer at entry-level price point

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Imperial, Missouri-based Masterchem Industries is getting ready to roll out a new version of its KILZ Hide-All primer, which will sell for an opening price point and will be sold exclusively at Lowe’s stores nationwide.

The multi-surface interior waterbased primer and sealer is designed to cover up imperfections and mask texture and porosity differences. It can be brushed, rolled or sprayed and is typically ready for a top coat after one hour.

“With a number of KILZ products available at Lowe’s, the addition of KILZ HIDE-ALL ensures there is a high-hiding, hardworking primer available for painting projects under tight budgets,” said Tim O’Reilly, manager, professional products and services for KILZ. “With exceptional hide, and at a very attractive price point, KILZ HIDE-ALL is a primer sealer designed to get the job done.”

One main difference between the KILZ Hide-All and other primers at similar price points is that it adheres to wood. The primer can be used on drywall, cured plaster, woodwork, masonry, concrete block, brick and previously painted surfaces.

It is not for use over glossy surfaces or floors or on problematic surfaces, such as those with stains that are inclined to bleed.

Additionally, the 2-gallon project-sized bucket has received favorable reception among contractors, according to the company, who say that they can easily drop one bucket in each room.

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