Boise Cascade to open new DC
Boise Cascade is opening a new distribution center in the Kansas City metro area. The facility, in Lee`s Summit, Missouri, will focus on serving customers within a 150-mile radius of Kansas City.
"We are excited to be increasing our market presence by offering a wider range of products and enhanced service capability in the local market,” said Jon Strickler, location manager. “We believe the Kansas City metro market and surrounding areas offer opportunity for growth as the housing market continues to improve and repair and remodel activity increases."
The 10-acre site is located near interstate 470 and is served by the Union Pacific railroad. The distribution facility is expected to be fully operational by late third quarter.
"Boise Cascade has served the Kansas City market on a limited basis for several years, and we are pleased to strengthen our service and product offering with an in-market location. We look forward to expanding our business with lumber and building material dealers, home centers, and specialty dealers," added Nick Stokes, executive VP of Boise Cascade Building Materials Distribution.
USG sets sights on Chicago’s South Side
USG Building Products is pitching in to help children and families in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood, joining other companies and organizations at the American Institute of Architects’ annual conference.
The effort will see AEC Cares, USG, Metropolitan Family Services of Chicago, Reed Construction Data and Hanley Wood join together to renovate a 30-year-old building in the neighborhood where many local infants, toddlers and preschoolers go for daycare and early learning.
Dubbed "projectChicago," the building blitz will employ ceiling tiles and other building materials from USG, the time of its employee volunteers, as well as a $10,000 donation from the company.
“USG is proud to support AEC Cares’ projectChicago and do our part to help make a difference in the lives of children living in Chicago and their families,” said Brian Cook, SVP human resources and communications, USG Corporation; and president, USG Foundation. “The fact that this event will assist communities that are neighbors to USG’s headquarters makes it that much more special for us.”
Johns Manville’s polyiso product line gets an update
Johns Manville is unveiling the next generation of its polyisocyanurate product line, which will be known in home improvement circles as ENRGY 3.E.
The main thing setting this new insulation product apart from its predecessor is its ability to meet fire tests and codes without any added halogenated flame retardants. In a word, it’s inherently fire-resistant.
To get to that point, Johns Manville added a reactive polymer modifier to boost the foam’s cell structure.
“Our research shows there is a growing need in the market for an innovative roofing insulation product that maintains all of the positive attributes of polyiso, but contains no added halogenated FRs,” said Michael Cusick, portfolio manager, Boards and Insulation. “The lack of halogenated flame retardants also demonstrates JM’s commitment to innovation and sustainability.”
Johns Manville’s ENRGY 3 will continue to be available to roofing contractors who aren’t working with restrictions on halogen flame retardants. Both products boast comparable performance and R-value.