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Blume’s Solid Surface Products hits 25-year milestone

BY HBSDealer Staff

Blume’s Solid Surface Products, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer of solid surface, quartz and granite countertops, celebrated its 25th anniversary recently.

The company took root in 1972 when Gus Blume and his wife, Dorothy, launched a laminate countertop fabrication shop called Topcraft.

They sold the business in 1988 and replaced it with the modern-day Blume’s, which expanded to include stone operations in 2004 and is now a wholesale company selling to kitchen dealers, contractors, millwork houses and builders.

Blume’s is not only recognized by the community it serves, but also by the state of Pennsylvania for being the first stone fabricator in the state (and the 18th in the world) to achieve accreditation from the Marble Institute of America.

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Universal Forest Products unveils UFP-Edge

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UFP-Edge, a new line of pattern, fascia and trim products made and sold exclusively in the Western U.S., is Universal Forest Products’ latest answer to demand for locally made premium profile products.

UFP affiliates have developed the lumber using modern equipment and processes and premium brite lumber, as well as knives the company grinds itself to assure minimally flawed cuts.

"UFP-Edge products are manufactured locally, so they don¹t sit in a yard where they can be exposed to the elements, nor do they go from distributioncenter to warehouse, where they can be damaged by wear and tear," said the company in a statement.

The wood products are kiln-dried to prevent swelling, warping and shrinkage. A fire-retardant treatment is also available.

"From the lumber we carefully select to the knives we grind with precision to the manufacturing and logistics processes we control, we are proud to be the purveyors of the best products on the market, period," said Joe McGuire, VP Universal Forest Products’ Far West Region. "We are able to leverage our knowledge of our local markets, our relationships with our mills, and our more than six decades of manufacturing experience to bring to market products that we label as premium with confidence and that we offer to our customers with great pride."

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Beacon Roofing Supply reports 12% gain in Q3 sales

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Beacon Roofing Supply reported strong gains in the third quarter, with sales up 12% on a year-over-year basis and net income up 7% from 2012’s $25.4 million.

Specifically, net Q3 sales came in at $627 million versus last year’s $561 million. Residential and non-residential roofing products sales increased 0.2% and 1.1%, respectively, in existing markets. Complementary product sales rose 5.2%.

Net income came in at $27.2 million, despite a company statement that Q3 performance was adversely affected by heavy rains and fewer hail storms.

“We experienced a challenging demand environment during the third quarter of fiscal 2013; however, we still recorded double-digit growth with sales up 12% over last year," said president and CEO Paul Isabella. "Our total sales benefited from the positive impact of several acquisitions made since the start of last year, as well as a 1.2% increase in organic sales in the quarter. The soft demand led to pricing pressures that negatively impacted our gross margins, although our continued focus on expense controls enabled us to limit the impact on earnings. Our fourth quarter sales volumes are off to a good start and we will continue to focus on opening new branches, smart acquisition growth and improving our gross margins.”

Beacon acquired 19 branches thus far in 2013, with two additional branches opened in the third quarter.

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