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Beazer Homes nabs 15 Energy Star awards

BY HBSDealer Staff

Beazer Homes USA has been recognized by the EPA as a leader in energy performance. The home builder announced Monday that it received 15 2013 Energy Star Leadership in Housing Awards.

"I am very proud of the quality, energy-efficient homes we build in our communities across the country," said Beazer Homes CEO Allan Merrill. "100% of the homes we construct are Energy Star Certified, which demonstrates our commitment to providing each of our home buyers with one of the most energy-efficient homes on the market."

Certification is earned through a series of inspections and tests by an independent energy rater versed in the requirements set by the EPA.

Energy Star certification is rapidly becoming a competitive requirement in the home-building industry. Energy Star brand awareness registered at 87% as of a May 2013 survey.

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Waters begins tenure as Hillman CEO

BY HBSDEALER Staff

James P. Waters began his rein as CEO of Cincinnati-based The Hillman Group this week. He replaces Max "Mick" Hillman, who retired as CEO after 44 years with the company.

Hillman will retain a seat on the board of directors.

Waters was promoted from his post as executive VP and chief operating officer. He joined Hillman as CFO in 1999. During his tenure, Hillman made its largest acquisition to date, H. Paulin & Co., bringing significant market presence in Canada.

"I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead this outstanding organization," said Waters.

Mick Hillman guided the company through 30 years of uninterrupted growth. "I want to thank all of the employees of Hillman for making the past 44 years so successful for our company," he said, in a statement announcing the transition. 

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HCN Stock Watch: On the up and up

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Stocks closed in mostly positive form Monday, with BlueLinx, Masco and Orchard showing the biggest growth.

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