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BMD gains FSC certification for engineered lumber

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Building Material Distributors (BMD) has earned a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for engineered wood products at its Stockton, Calif., distribution center. The Galt, Calif.-based wholesaler will offer an in-stock supply of FSC-certified engineered lumber, glulam and panels, according to a BMD spokesperson.

“This will further strengthen our affiliation with FSC-certified companies such as Roseburg Forest products, Jager Building Systems and Roy O. Martin Co. in providing greener alternatives to our customers,” said Bruce Garrett, forest products division manager for BMD.

An employee-owned company, BMD operates distribution centers in Riverside, Calif.; Eureka, Calif.; Visalia, Calif.; Denver; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Albuquerque/Santa Fe, N.M.; Grand Junction, Colo.; Garland, Texas; and Spokane, Wash.

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Indiana True Value store marks 50 years

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The staff at Goecker Building Supply and True Value in Seymour, Ind., recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary in the hardware business. Family-owned and operated, the business was started in 1958 by Earl Goecker as a contracting company. Goecker’s son-in-law, Max Roeder, joined the business in 1970, adding a small retail selling space before opening a 10,000-square-foot hardware store in 1976.

Last year the store grew by 5,000 square feet to make room for a Just Ask Rental, which is managed by Roeder’s son, Brett. The family owns a second store 15 miles east of Seymour in North Vernon, Ind.

Seymour, Ind., is the birthplace of recording artist John Mellencamp and the subject of his hit song, “Small Town,” Max Roeder said.

“We’re just an independent lumberyard that’s become a fixture here,” he said. “If it weren’t for the loyal customer base, we couldn’t compete against the Home Depots and Lowe’s and 84s that have opened around here.”

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Marvin’s makes merchandising promotion

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Marvin’s, a 25-unit home center chain based in Alabama, has promoted Craig Cowart to the position of senior vp-merchandising and marketing.

Cowart most recently held the post of vp-merchandising and marketing. He rejoined the company in 1999 as a buyer and has held positions of increasing responsibility including general merchandise manager.

He is responsible for the merchandising, vendor programs, branding and marketing for the company’s home centers in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.  

“Craig is a well respected leader both in our company and in our industry, with over 17 years of retail experience. He has been a key leader in the development and implementation of Marvin’s new strategy and growth,” said Boyden Moore, Marvin’s president and CEO, in a statement.

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