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BlueTarp Financial Joins NLBMDA’s MSC Council

BY Ken Clark

BlueTarp Financial is the newest member of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association’s (NLBMDA’s) Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC). The council is composed of the leading building material manufacturers and service providers serving the LBM industry.

NLBMDA’s MSC members are established industry leaders who supply products and services to lumber and building material dealers and regional chains across the nation. The dedicated members of the council share a commitment to promoting and enhancing the success of independent dealers and regional chains. 

Headquartered in Portland, Maine, BlueTarp Financial has been the leading trade credit and marketing services provider for the building supply industry across the United States since 1998. Merchants who offer BlueTarp Trade Credit to their customers enjoy cash flow, increased sales, and reduced risk of managing credit in-house.

Increased cash flow allows growing dealers to invest in sales people, customized inventory and even new locations. BlueTarp dealers can also take advantage of the company’s new eMarketing Services to increase sales. The new service, offered exclusively to qualified dealers, provides customized e-communications to drive increased visits from active and lapsed contractors. These regularly distributed emails include direct advertising, exclusive eDeals, and eSurveys that provide customer insights directly back to dealers.

"We are honored to join the NLBMDA and support the needs of its members. As growth in the building supply industry continues to accelerate, many owners are looking ahead for what investments they can make to strengthen their businesses. Our trade credit and marketing services are the smart solution for savvy dealers looking for the best ways to grow," said Scott Simpson, CEO of BlueTarp.

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Lebhar-Friedman set to launch digital magazine for the building industry

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Residential Products Group of New York City-based publishing company Lebhar-Friedman plans to launch Residential Building Products, a digital magazine for builders, remodelers and subcontractors.

The digital tablet and desktop magazine combined with an interactive website will be dedicated to delivering valuable information in an exciting digital package. 

The Lebhar-Friedman Residential Products Group also includes Home Channel News and HardwareStoreConnect.com. The group is led by Jack Brannigan, VP and group publisher.

Brannigan, who joined Lebhar-Friedman in October, has served in senior executive positions with HomeSphere Inc. and Hanley-Wood. He currently serves on the board of directors of BuilderFusion, a building and technology company based in Orem, Utah.

“The pent-up demand in the residential construction industry is creating a need for product information and analysis,” said Brannigan. “It’s an exciting time to serve this industry, and we are excited to have a team in place with the ability to deliver a first class digital product.” 

The magazine’s editorial mission includes the promise to dive beyond the basic product descriptions and examine the trends and the details that allow builders, remodelers and subcontractors to better serve their customers. Technology, technique and tools will all be featured along with the latest building concepts in the residential construction industry.

Residential Building Products will launch in mid-January.

For more information, visit residentialbuildingproducts.com.

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Johns Manville announces new president and CEO

BY Brae Canlen

Johns Manville (JM), a Berkshire Hathaway company and global building products manufacturer, has announced that Todd Raba, Johns Manville chairman, president and CEO, will relinquish his position with the company, effective immediately. Mary Rhinehart will become the new president and CEO of Johns Manville.

“I thank Todd for his leadership. He has worked diligently during a tough economic environment to effectively position the company for future success. Todd spent the last five years focusing on positioning Johns Manville for the future, and I thank him for the work he did in moving the business forward,” commented Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

Rhinehart is currently the senior VP and chief financial officer of Johns Manville. She has been with the company since 1979. Her background includes management and bottom-line responsibility for a business unit, global treasury and strategic business development, including directing a variety of acquisition activities. She has held finance leadership roles in most of JM’s businesses. Additionally, during her career at JM, Rhinehart has had responsibility for compensation, benefits management, community relations, global supply chain and organizational planning.

Rhinehart has spent her career focusing on the interests of JM employees and customers. “I am proud to have worked for this great company for over 30 years. Throughout it all we have succeeded as a company due to our people and the powerful relationships we have with our customers,” said Rhinehart. “I am excited about this new opportunity and am committed to continuing to move us forward.

Johns Manville is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality products for building insulation, mechanical insulation, commercial roofing and roof insulation, as well as fibers and nonwovens for commercial, industrial and residential applications. JM serves markets that include aerospace, automotive and transportation, air handling, appliance, HVAC, pipe and equipment, filtration, waterproofing, building, flooring, interiors and wind energy. In business since 1858, the Denver-based company has annual sales of approximately $2.5 billion and holds leadership positions in all of the key markets that it serves. JM employs approximately 7,000 people and operates 45 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China.

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