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Beacon Roofing Supply expands in Canada

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Beacon Roofing Supply, one of the nation’s largest distributors of roofing, siding and other exterior building products, has announced the acquisition of Enercon Products, a roofing distributor with six locations in western Canada. Headquartered in Edmonton, Enercon also has branches in Calgary, Regina and Saskatoon, along with two branches in Vancouver. It generated annual sales of approximately $45 million in 2010.

Justin Rumpel, who will remain as Enercon’s general manager after the acquisition, said: "We are very pleased to be joining Beacon as it expands its presence into western Canada. We are confident that Beacon will provide the resources and know-how needed to assist with our long-term growth plans.”

Paul Isabella, president and CEO of Beacon, emphasized the strategic fit of the Enercon acquisition in the announcement. "Enercon has a track record of strong performance and provides us with an excellent opportunity to expand into Western Canada, giving Beacon a presence in every major Canadian market,” he said.

Based in Peabody, Mass., Beacon operates 185 branches in 37 states and six provinces in Canada. Sales for its 2010 fiscal year were $1.61 billion. 

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KB Home introduces LEED Platinum Calif. community

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Los Angeles-based KB Home has unveiled Primera Terra, one of the largest communities of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-certified homes in California, according to the home builder. The 52 luxury condominium homes in Playa Vista are built with sustainable materials and are equipped with energy- and water-saving features.

According to KB Home, the homes at Primera Terra are at least 40% more energy-efficient than California’s Title 24 new home standards, with estimated heating and cooling costs as little as $57 per month. KB Home will include its new Energy Performance Guide or EPG, which provides an estimate of monthly heating and cooling costs.

"Primera Terra is our first LEED Platinum-certified community in a prime location on the Westside of Los Angeles, and once again shows how focused we are as a company in being an industry leader and innovator in the area of environmental sustainability," said Jeffrey Mezger, president and CEO of KB Home. "Consumers may not be familiar with the LEED program, so we want to show home shoppers how these new KB homes can deliver incredible value to their owners, while setting a higher standard for environmentally conscious living." 

Primera Terra offers six floor plans, ranging in size from 965 sq. ft. to 1,504 sq. ft., with up to three bedrooms and two baths. Built-in green include tankless water heaters, Energy Star-qualified appliances and lighting, high-efficiency windows and WaterSense-labeled faucets and toilets. All homes will also have an energy monitoring system that tracks electricity usage throughout the day, on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, from any computer or Web-enabled mobile device. 

In addition, Primera Terra homes maximize fresh air indoors with combustion venting, an active ventilation system and exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens. Low-VOC paint and flooring also reduces toxins that can contribute to poor indoor air quality.

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BMC opens LBM distribution center in Denver

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Boise, Idaho-based BMC opened its new lumber and building materials distribution center in Denver, Colo.

The lumberyard and distribution center will serve all of Colorado’s Front Range, as well as Summit County and Southern Wyoming.

“The location of this new distribution center and lumberyard is critical to the reemergence of the residential housing market in the Denver Metro and Colorado markets,” said Peter Alexander, chief executive officer of BMC.  “Our customers will benefit from an increased service level, more capacity in the Denver Metro area, quick response time, greater depth of inventory and the availability of optimized packages of engineered wood products.

BMC serves customer segments that will drive the housing market as it begins to come back from the challenging economic climate, including production and custom homebuilders, repair and remodeling contractors and light commercial contractors.

Services offered at the new BMC facility include: quick response and precisely timed deliveries enabled by BMC’s state-of-the-art dispatch system, as well as BMC’s fleet of semi-truck flatbeds with truck-mounted forklifts that allow for tailored deliveries of large amounts of materials, sequenced and placed on the job site to improve contractor efficiency. 

Products carried at the facility include: I-joists and engineered wood products, dimensional framing lumber, panel products and job site construction supplies.

Chris Jones, manager, will oversee the lumber and distribution center.

 

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