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Beacon Roofing Supply names CFO

BY HBSDealer Staff

Beacon Roofing Supply has appointed Joseph Nowicki as executive VP, chief financial officer and treasurer, effective March 25. Nowicki will oversee finance, information technology and investor relations and will be located in the company’s Herndon, Va., office.

Nowicki has been the chief financial officer and treasurer for Spartan Motors since June 2009. Spartan designs, engineers, manufactures, and distributes specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle, emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery and service markets. Prior to Spartan, he was with Herman Miller from 1992 through 2009, where he held progressive financial roles, lastly as VP investor relations and treasurer. Nowicki also held financial positions with IBM and General Motors. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Canisius College and an MBA from the University of Michigan. 

Paul Isabella, the company’s president and CEO, stated: "Joe has a strong history of leading the finance function and has very broad base experience that makes him a perfect fit for Beacon. We feel very fortunate to bring a talented executive with his depth of financial, operations and continuous improvement experience to our team. Joe’s extensive background and leadership experience will be an important asset to us as we continue to grow. Under his guidance and oversight, our strong finance and IT teams and disciplined financial culture will continue to serve the Company well in the years ahead."

 

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Osmose makes acquisition in New Zealand

BY Ken Clark

Griffin, Ga.-based Osmose, a global supplier of wood preservative products, announced today that it has completed the purchase of the wood preservatives business of Mattersmiths Holdings and Mattersmiths Technologies in New Zealand.

Mattersmiths’ business focuses primarily on the manufacture and sale of antisapstain chemicals and wood treatment technologies.

The acquisition of Mattersmiths includes acquiring its patent portfolio, trademarks and other intellectual property. In addition, Osmose will continue to supply and expand the antisapstain business to customers in New Zealand and other markets.

“This acquisition is strategic to our global market growth initiatives,” said Paul Goydan, president of Osmose. “This acquisition includes new patented wood preservative treatment technologies that will provide us additional opportunities to expand our global wood preservative business.”

Osmose is the leading worldwide supplier of wood preservatives used to protect wood in outdoor environments against fungal decay and termite attack. Since 1934, Osmose has produced high-quality, reliable wood preservatives, including its MicroPro system, which utilizes micronized copper wood technology.

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Third L&W Supply branch earns OSHA star

BY HBSDEALER Staff

L&W Supply Corp. celebrated achieving the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star designation from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the L&W Supply, Indianapolis Drywall Supply branch.

L&W is the distribution subsidiary of USG Corp.

Indianapolis is the third L&W Supply branch to achieve the Star designation, the highest recognition within OSHA’s VPP program, according to USG. OSHA officials presented the award to the branch’s 15 employees today, with L&W Supply senior management and customers also in attendance.

To attain the Star designation, employees, management and OSHA work together to implement safety and health programs and processes that go beyond OSHA regulations to further protect employees and promote safe operations. Fewer than 2,500 worksites of the more than 8 million in the United States have received the VPP Star designation.

“The L&W Supply team in Indianapolis achieved these results not just at the branch but while operating on job sites, where conditions change constantly and are often beyond employees’ control,” said Brendan Deely, president and CEO of L&W Supply, and executive VP of USG Corp. “It takes exceptional ability and focus to meet these exceptional challenges, and it’s why we are recognized as industry leaders in safety.”

L&W Supply is the largest specialty dealer in North America for drywall, ceilings, steel framing and other building materials, with more than 140 locations. Indianapolis Drywall Supply opened in 1970 as the first L&W Supply branch location. It supplies construction materials to builders, contractors and other customers in central Indiana. Like all L&W Supply branches, it specializes in delivering the materials and then stocking them throughout the job site. Despite the potential hazards posed by this process, the L&W Supply employees have established an exceptional safety record. The Indianapolis branch has not experienced a lost workday incident since December 2004.

Indianapolis Drywall Supply completed a rigorous application process to qualify for the Star designation, which included implementing new procedures and documentation. 

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