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Boral facilities hold up in California quake

BY HBSDealer Staff

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rolled through the Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties of California Aug. 24, but the Boral ProStone/Cultured Stone by Boral facilities in Napa are reporting "no harm done."

The plant survived the earthquake with no structural damage or interruptions, nor were there any injuries to employees or their family members, though the region as a whole suffered extensive damage.

“We feel very fortunate that no one was hurt,” said Pete Koska, general manager, Operations West Boral Stone Products. “Our facility was untouched; no loss of gas, power or even interruption of the servers. It’s a positive reflection on the integrity of our infrastructure.”

Koska added that things were running smoothly at regular shift start times and continued operating on schedule throughout the events.

Boral adheres to various earthquake and emergency preparedness drills that readied the staff to make effective safety checks before resuming production.

The equipment will continue to be inspected periodically as the region braces for aftershocks.

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HCN names Meek’s “Pro Dealer of the Year”

BY HBSDEALER Staff

New York – Hardware + Building Supply Dealer, the building products and home improvement retailing magazine of Lebhar-Friedman Inc., selected Meek’s Lumber as the 2014 Pro Dealer of the Year.

With Western and Midwestern divisions based in Sacramento, California, and Springfield, Missouri, Meek’s is a growth-oriented family business that serves builders and homeowners in California, Nevada, Missouri and Arkansas. The company ranks 27th on the HCN Pro Dealer Scoreboard, jumping up the rankings on the strength of double-digit sales gains in 2013.

The annual award, selected by editors of Hardware + Building Supply Dealer with the input of key suppliers and industry stakeholders, is designed to recognize a high-performance company with a commitment to best practices and the best values of the lumber and building material industry.

Since 1919, Meek’s has been building a reputation as an innovative and aggressive pro dealer and home center,” said Ken Clark, editor in chief of Hardware + Building Supply Dealer. “The innovation continues today in a number of programs designed to boost sales, including their Core Rebate Program, BuildersPLUS loyalty program and MPRO Advantage which caters to remodelers and building trades.” 

Meek’s operates a highly efficient delivery fleet and its own distribution channel including several central warehouses for many key building products.  They have recently invested heavily in a store-improvement initiative, bringing ten retail locations through major upgrades since 2013. The company plans to continue to make improvements at a pace of five locations per year.

Fourth generation owners Carrie, Charlie and Michael Meek will accept the Pro Dealer of the Year Award during the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit Oct. 28-30 in San Diego, California. The Summit is sponsored jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and HCN. 

“It is an honor to be recognized by [HBSDealer] as Pro Dealer of the Year.  We are very proud of our employees, our customers and the many vendor partners who have helped us to grow over the last 95 years” said Carrie Meek.

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HCN Stock Watch: SHLD gets a boost

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The ever-volatile Sears Holdings stock (SHLD) was ahead of the game on Tuesday, rising 3.71% to a share price of $34.67.

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