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AZEK partners with masonry supplier

BY Brae Canlen

AZEK Building Products, a manufacturer of PVC-based molding, trim and decking, has entered into a strategic alliance with VAST Enterprises, a maker of composite masonry products. Under the agreement, AZEK Building Products has purchased an interest in VAST and will make the VAST brand available to AZEK’s distribution network. AZEK and VAST will collaborate on sales and marketing initiatives to drive brand awareness among architects and contractors, according to the announcement.

Based in Minneapolis, Enterprises makes landscape pavers, permeable pavers, roof pavers, and deck and patio resurfacing pavers with 95% post-consumer recycled rubber and plastics. VAST composite pavers feature an innovative grid system engineered to reduce installation time and effort. At one-third the weight of comparable concrete products, they are a lightweight alternative for rooftop walkways, paths, patios and decks.

"This partnership elevates the VAST brand and brings it to a much larger audience of architects, project planners and contractors," said Andy Vander Woude, the chief executive of VAST Enterprises. "AZEK has led the conversion from wood exterior trim and decking to cellular PVC, just as we are striving to establish composite pavers as a replacement for concrete and clay bricks in hardscapes."   

Eric Jungbluth, CEO of CPG International, AZEK’s parent company, said: "Both companies manufacture highly engineered, low-maintenance exterior products that offer exceptional performance and longevity. VAST composite masonry products represent the future of alternative paver materials, a category with enormous growth potential."

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CertaSpec roofing-spec tool goes online

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed Corp. introduced a new version of CertaSpec, designed to make proposal generation and spec writing easier for roofing contractors and specifiers.

The new web-based version of CertaSpec, its roofing spec writing software, includes updated LEED information as well as the ability to create customizable accounts, which provide more efficient project tracking and more readily accessible technical product information.

“With our new web-based version of CertaSpec, we hope to make this useful tool even more accessible to a larger number of roofing professionals,” says Barbara McDonough, commercial roofing marketing manager for CertainTeed’s Roofing Group. “The features we’ve added in this version will help our customers to save time and track their projects more easily.”

CertaSpec allows users to quickly write accurate residential and commercial roofing specifications for job submittal packages. Live updates are routinely made, keeping the system current and accurate. Once specifications are finalized, the system generates submittal package materials that can be printed, emailed, or saved electronically. 

 

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HD Supply Facilities Maintenance DC opens in Jacksonville

BY HBSDealer Staff

San Diego-based HD Supply Facilities Maintenance announced the opening of its newest distribution center in Jacksonville, Fla. 

The new DC is the 39th in the company’s operations network in North America. The company also operates a DC in Lakeland, Fla. HD Supply Facilities Maintenance is a leading distributor of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products.

“The location of our newest distribution center will allow us to better service the area," said Anesa Chaibi, president and CEO of HD Supply Facilities Maintenance. 

"The opening of this DC is part of our commitment to continually evolve and enhance our business to meet the expectations for our customers.”

“The strategic investments in our distribution network have allowed us to add technological advancements, like the Pick-to-Voice order selection system that makes our order accuracy second-to-none, as well as to expand our network to more efficiently serve our customers,” added David Wilson, VP operations of HD Supply Facilities Maintenance. 

The opening follows shortly after the opening of the company’s DC in Boston.

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