BlueLinx partners with Weyerhaeuser in New England
Atlanta building products distributor BlueLinx has announced an agreement with Weyerhaeuser to become the independent distributor of Weyerhaeuser’s engineered wood products in New England, including Trus Joist, TJI joist, TimberStrand LSL, Microllam LVL, Parallam PSL and TJ Rim board. The agreement is effective Feb. 13, 2012.
"We used a rigorous process to select our New England distributor," said Jeff Rettig, Weyerhaeuser region manager for the Northeast. "BlueLinx emerged as the best fit for this market based on its operational capabilities, alignment with our local strategy, and strong reputation and relationship with our current New England customer base."
The agreement applies to the New England market and does not impact BlueLinx’s strategy or approach in other markets, the company said. The New England market is defined as Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and upstate New York. As a distributor of building products in many regions across North America, BlueLinx currently operates four facilities in the New England market with distribution centers in Bellingham, Mass.; Portland, Maine; Burlington, Vt.; and Buffalo, N.Y.
IP acquires Temple-Inland
International Paper (IP) has announced the completed acquisition of Temple-Inland, which will now become a wholly owned subsidiary of IP. Under the terms of the transaction, each issued and outstanding share of Temple-Inland common stock will fetch $32.00 in cash, including the assumption of approximately $700 million in Temple-Inland net debt. The total transaction value is approximately $4.5 billion.
The deal, which started as an unsolicited bid, became a hostile takeover and was then delayed by government regulators, comes with certain conditions. IP and Temple-Inland must agree to sell three containerboard facilities, in Central California, Tennessee and possibly Kentucky, to satisfy competitive concerns of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division.
Without these divestitures, consumers would pay more for containerboard and corrugated boxes, the DOJ said in a prepared statement.
“Corrugated boxes made from containerboard are used to ship more than 90% of all goods nationwide,” said Sharis Pozen, acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. “With the mill divestitures, the transaction can proceed, and American consumers and businesses across the country can be assured that competition is preserved in this important industry that is vital to the U.S. economy.”
International Paper is a New York corporation headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. IP owns and operates 12 containerboard mills and 133 box plants that convert containerboard into corrugated boxes in the United States. In 2010, IP reported revenues of approximately $25.2 billion, with its North American Industrial Packaging Group, which produces containerboard and corrugated products, accounting for $8.4 billion.
Temple-Inland is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Austin, Texas. Temple-Inland owns and operates seven containerboard mills and 53 box plants in the United States. In 2010, Temple-Inland reported revenues of approximately $3.8 billion, with its corrugated-packing business accounting for approximately $3.2 billion. Temple-Inland also produces lumber, gypsum board, fiberboard and other building materials.
In some codes, more emphasis on ventilation
With the new requirement in the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) stating that builders must install mechanical ventilation in all homes, it is more important than ever that builders understand what ventilation solutions are available, according to Mike Moore, PE, LEED AP, Research Associate, Newport Partners, LLC, Davidsonville, Md.
Moore was a panelist in the “Clearing the Air: Smart Ventilation for Today’s Tighter Homes” seminar presented during the recent 2012 International Builders’ Show (IBS) Green Building & Sustainability track in Orlando, Fla. The seminar addressed the importance of home ventilation and its integral role in green and sustainable building practices, and offered a primer on helping builders navigate through the many new building codes, standards and regulations.
“In the past, mechanical ventilation was optional in homes, but the new 2012 IRC code now requires mechanical ventilation,” said Moore. He explained that several states are already early adopters of the new IRC code – Maryland, District of Columbia and Illinois – and many other jurisdictions have this new requirement under review. “By the summer, we’ll begin to see this new code adopted by many more jurisdictions, and builders will be looking for assistance from manufacturers to help them select the appropriate mechanical solutions,” Moore added.
The panel was moderated by Karen Collins, APR, marketing communications manager, Broan-NuTone, LLC, Hartford, Wis. Other panel members included Brian Wellnitz, marketing manager, kitchen ventilation, Broan-NuTone and Patrick Nielsen, marketing manager, ventilation fans, Broan-NuTone.
In addition to the new 2012 IRC code, the panelists addressed the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), ASHRAE 62.2 and CALGreen, offering tips on how best to communicate the importance of ventilation and energy-efficient building practices to homeowners. The panelists also shared some principles of air movement and how energy-efficient ventilation products, especially those that are Energy Star-qualified, save homeowners money.
Of particular interest to attendees was the discussion on proper ventilation sizing techniques and proper ducting required throughout the home. According to Moore, Broan-NuTone is the first manufacturer to develop an online tool to help builders identify code-compliant, customized whole-house ventilation systems, based on factors such as home size, number of bedrooms, whether or not the home is Energy Star V3 or LEED-certified and even homeowner preference. The Broan-NuTone CodeKey sizing tool will be available online this spring.