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AZEK enters distribution deal with Gaiennie Lumber

BY HBSDEALER Staff

AZEK Building Products has announced a distribution partnership with Gaiennie Lumber Co. based in Opelousas, La. 

Gaiennie Lumber will now offer the full line of AZEK’s  exterior products to its dealer network in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi and 10 counties in Tennessee.

"New product solutions in AZEK’s decking, trim and moulding lines as well as new AZEK VAST Pavers will bring exciting new offerings for our customers that will enable them to stand out in a competitive marketplace,” said Richard Gaiennie, president, Gaiennie Lumber Co., a third-generation company founded in 1937. "The extreme weather conditions in this region, including heat and high humidity in the summer, create a need for durable, weather-resistant materials," Gaiennie said.

According to Jim Gross, VP sales, AZEK Building Products has been leading the industry in developing new product solutions, everything from new deck lighting options and the In-Deck Storage Kit to AZEK Trim and AZEK Mouldings that assist with water management, offer reversible profiles and products with multiple functions. "We need a strong partner like Gaiennie Lumber to help us get these new innovations into the Southeastern market,”Gross said.

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NAWLA plays ‘Moneyball’ in Colorado

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The North American Wholesale Lumber Association has announced its speaker and education schedule for its 2012 Leadership Conference, and the event will be headlined by Billy Beane and Lt. Gen. Russel Honore. The Conference will be April 29-May 1 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

"Both our headline speakers have successfully lead organizations and people under less than ideal circumstances," said Gary Vitale, President/CEO of NAWLA. "Billy Beane challenged the status quo in baseball and changed the way it is played. General Honore brought order from chaos, live on national television."

Billy Beane is the General Manager of the Oakland A’s and was the subject of the book and movie "Moneyball." He will speak at the conference’s closing luncheon on Tuesday, May 1 about Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. Russel L. Honore, Lt. General, USA (retired), was the commanding officer of Task Force Katrina. An expert on leadership and crisis management, General Honore will be the keynote speaker at the Chairman’s Dinner on Monday, April 30. The conference will be kicked off on Sunday, April 29 by Vince Lombardi, Jr, who will speak about motivation, commitment, and mental toughness in today’s economy.

"We have a strong line up of leadership speakers, but as John F. Kennedy once said, ‘Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other’," said Vitale. "We put together a solid education program for anyone who is a leader in our industry."

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Detectives looking to arrest roofing supplier

BY Brae Canlen

A Texas roofing supplier that allegedly stiffed ABC Supply for $64,534 — resulting in liens being filed on 17 homeowners — is facing 17 felony theft charges, according to an article in the Tribune-Review.

Steven Kyle Hunt of Waxahachie, Texas, listed as the owner of Prime Roofing Systems, received $64,534.62 in payments for shingles and other roofing materials from 17 property owners in Southwestern Pennsylvania but failed to pay ABC Supply for the materials delivered to each residence, according to court documents.

Wisconsin-based ABC Supply eventually filed liens against the property owners for the unpaid bills, which range from $2,184.71 to $10,974.65. Westmoreland County detectives began investigating Hunt, who also goes by the name Kyle Hunt, after being contacted by some of the homeowners.

Police in Texas were provided the arrest warrant for Hunt, and detectives are waiting for a response, according to the report. Hunt will be extradited to Westmoreland County once he is in custody.

Prime Roofing was one of many contractors who arrived in Westmoreland County in March 2011 following a tornado and hailstorm that caused damage throughout the area, according to the newspaper.

The incident has sparked legislation in the Pennsylvania State Capitol, where a bill was recently introduced into the House of Representatives that would protect homeowners from mechanics’ liens filed by subcontractors if the homeowners paid the contractor in full.

Under the bill, a property owner would file a notice when work starts, which would require all subcontractors and suppliers to provide owners with notice of the work they are performing or the materials they are providing. These notices might be filed through a website. Ohio has a similar law.

The Pennsylvania House is scheduled to vote on the bill in the next month and then move it on for consideration in the Senate.

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