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Boise Cascade Q3 loss narrows

BY HBSDealer Staff

Boise, Idaho-based Boise Cascade Holdings has posted a $3.7 million net loss for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with a net loss of $5.6 million in the year-ago period. Sales for the quarter totaled $627.98 million, up 5.8% from $593.50 million in the third quarter of 2010.

“New single-family residential construction remained weak during the third quarter; however, we believe we are continuing to gain market share,” said CEO Tom Carlile. “We remain cautious with regard to the overall new residential construction environment and the timing of an eventual recovery in housing starts. We have good liquidity and continue to evaluate acquisition opportunities that add value, add to our market position or help lower our costs. “

Building Materials Distribution (BMD) segment sales were $501.5 million in the third quarter, up 7% from the same quarter a year ago.

Wood Products segment sales in the third quarter were $194.8 million, up 6% from the year-ago quarter.

Boise Cascade expects “below-normal demand for the products we distribute and manufacture until there is a meaningful reduction in the overhang of distressed homes for sale,” according to a company press release.

In other company news, Boise Cascade has announced its intent to purchase the assets of the Stimson Lumber Mill in Arden, Wash. The Stimson Lumber Mill processes pine and cedar into lumber and decking products. The facility will become part of Boise Cascade’s Inland Region. 

The details of the transaction were not disclosed, and the company expects the purchase to close around Dec. 31.

“It is Boise Cascade’s intent to operate both the Kettle Falls Lumber operation and the Stimson Lumber Mill, although the operating configuration has yet to be finalized,” said Tom Insko, Inland Region manager. “The combination of the two mills will increase efficiencies and enhance the product mix capabilities of the Inland Region lumber operations.”

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Mortgage banking exec to head HBI

BY Brae Canlen

The Home Builders Institute (HBI) has named John Courson, the former president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), as its new president and CEO. Courson is a nationally recognized housing industry spokesperson and government affairs expert who served as MBA’s president and CEO from 2008 to 2011. His initial priorities at HBI will be to identify new revenue streams and create new programs for the non-profit organization.

HBI is the workforce development arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). It provides training, mentoring, curriculum development and job placement services in support of residential construction careers for both youth and adults. 

In addition to serving as the head of the national MBA, Courson was the MBA’s elected chairman in 2003 and has served as a past president of the California, Dallas and Michigan Mortgage Bankers Associations. He has also served at the head of three different mortgage companies, Central Pacific Mortgage Company in Folsom, Calif., Fundamental Mortgage Corp. and Westwood Mortgage Corp. (formerly Fort Wayne Mortgage Co.), both in Texas. From 2004 to 2008, he was chairman of the California Housing Finance Agency, a position to which he was appointed by then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Courson also has a participated in international housing initiatives led by the White House and the U.S. Treasury Department.

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r.sanders says:
Apr-19-2012 12:16 am

I do hope that he will b able
I do hope that he will b able to make a difference in this position, so many people depend on his decisions now. Was he a mortgage broker Newcastle at the beginning of his career or what I know is just a name coincidence?

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ABC Supply promotes exec

BY Brae Canlen

ABC Supply, one of the country’s largest distributors of roofing and exterior building products, has hired Tom Walker as its executive director of commercial roofing, a newly created position.

In his new role, Walker will work with the company’s national business development team to grow and develop ABC Supply’s low-slope roofing business — particularly its share of large, top-tier customers and national roofers.

Walker comes to ABC Supply from Firestone Building Products, where he served as VP sales since 2007.

Headquartered in Beloit, Wis., ABC Supply was founded by Ken and Diane Hendricks in 1982. The company has more than 450 branches in 44 states and is dedicated exclusively to serving professional contractors.

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