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Blue Ridge Lumber celebrates 50 years

BY HBSDealer Staff

Some 300 contractors helped celebrate the 50-year anniversary of Blue Ridge Lumber, based in Blairstown, N.J.

Founders Grace and Donald Ackerson were also on hand, with live entertainment and a vendor expo. Some 25 vendors took part in the event as well.

Fifty years ago, the Ackersons leased a small portion of Read’s Apple Jack distillery and started the company with determination, plenty of dreams and very little capital, according to the company. By the late 1960s, the company had grown enough to buy the cider mill and in 1972 constructed a new building across the stream, where the Blairstown location is now.  Don and Grace worked together for 32 years and built a very successful business, which employed more than 25 people in the late 1980s. The Blairstown yard remains the corporate headquarters today.

In 1992, Donald retired and Greg, his son, became president at the age of 26. Greg is a graduate of Lehigh University and worked for Somerville Lumber prior to returning to the family business in 1992.  Since 1992, Greg has expanded the company several times:

• 1995 – Startup of Grand Rental Station, Blairstown, N.J.
• 1998 – Purchase of Williams and Hibler, Hackettstown, N.J.
• 2005 – Second Grand Rental Station started, Hackettstown N.J.
• 2008 – Purchase of Wicks/Bradco lumberyard, Kenvil, N.J.
• 2010 – Purchase of Wicks/Bradco Kitchen and Bath

"Regardless of our company’s growth, Blue Ridge Lumber maintains its commitment to customer service above everything else," Greg Ackerson said.

Today Blue Ridge Lumber has six locations: three lumberyards, one Kitchen & Bath Design Center and two Grand Rental Stations. 

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Eco-conscious homes for veterans on the drawing board

BY HBSDealer Staff

EcoBlu Products has teamed with Heroes Village to build quality eco-conscious homes for our veterans. 

The two parties signed a "memorandum of understanding" to partner on the project, which has an initial goal to build approximately 2,000 affordable, environmentally friendly and ADA-conforming homes throughout the United States.

EcoBlu is a Vista, Calif.-based manufacturer of treated wood products.

The project has the support of the U.S. Veterans Administration, which guarantees veteran’s mortgages through the new G.I. Bill, to build Heroes Village communities in strategic locations nationwide for our veterans. EcoBlu has strategically located affiliates to supply lumber products and pre-fabricated housing components to allow each Heroes Village to meet required specifications.

"The goal of our partnership is to honor those men and women who sacrifice for the security of the United States, as well as doing our part to help our U.S. economy," said Steve Conboy, president and CEO of EcoBlu.

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Myrick no longer with ProBuild Holdings

BY Brae Canlen

ProBuild Holdings CEO Bill Myrick is no longer with the Denver-based pro dealer, according to an internal memo obtained by Home Channel News.

The email was distributed Monday morning to ProBuild Holdings employees informing them that Myrick, who held the title of president and CEO, is no longer with the company. Fred Marino will take over as CEO, while a search for a permanent replacement is launched, according to the memo. Marino currently serves as vice chairman of the board of ProBuild.

The memo was from Perry Odak, chairman of ProBuild.

"Ownership continues to support the current management team, and the number of important initiatives currently being implemented across ProBuild," wrote Odak in the memo. "I ask you to continue to focus on the work at hand. For each of you, it’s business as usual."

Myrick was named CEO of ProBuild in August 2010. He started his career in the LBM industry as a manager trainee at 84 Lumber, where he spent 25 years and rose to the position of chief operating officer before leaving 84 Lumber to join ProBuild in 2007. After being hired at ProBuild, Myrick attended a two-month program at Harvard Business School and then steadily took on more responsibilities, rising to the position of chief operating officer in June 2008. 

Marino has deep roots with ProBuild. He was the executive that led the team that brought Lanoga and Strober Organization together, eventually forming ProBuild Holdings. The entity grew from $150 million in revenue in1997 to $6 billion in 2006.

With hard times hitting the building industry, however, ProBuild sales have diminished to $3.5 billion in 2010, according to the Home Channel News Industry Scoreboard.

A ProBuild spokeswoman confirmed that Myrick left the company, effective July 11. "We thank him for his efforts," she said. "Fred Marino, vice chairman of ProBuild’s board will serve as acting president and CEO, while an executive search is conducted. He has been involved in the building products industry and active on our board for many years." 

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S.HEIFNER says:
Jul-13-2011 08:17 pm

ProBuild lost a dedicated and
ProBuild lost a dedicated and experienced man in Bill. Fist Paul H. and now Bill. All things (good & bad) hinge on leadership and Fred can fill the bill. There is one good replacement to come and I know.

M.Feinman says:
Jul-12-2011 07:10 pm

I wonder if he stopped and
I wonder if he stopped and got his slurpee on his way home ??

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