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Boral TruExterior Trim enters deal with Capital Lumber

BY Ken Clark

The distribution partnership expands Roswell, Ga.-based Boral’s poly-ash category exterior trim product to the West Coast.

Boral TruExterior Trim, a building product in the poly-ash category of trim, has announced a new distribution agreement with Capital Lumber, a distributor of specialty building materials serving the western United States.

The newly forged relationship will expand the availability of Boral TruExterior Trim across the West Coast states of California, Oregon and Washington, the company said. Capital Lumber’s Michael Darby, VP business development, said the product will generate response for its performance, sustainability and price point.

 

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California Faucets earn state stamp of approval

BY Ken Clark

California Faucets has earned recognition by the Made in California Program.

The program, supported by California Manufacturing Technology Consulting  (CMTC), a non-profit organization partly funded by the US Department of Commerce, is committed to retaining and cultivating as many jobs as possible of the 44,000 manufacturers that produce products within “The Golden State.”

California Faucets is among the manufacturers publicly recognized by CMTC that create American jobs. 

“When you purchase a fitting from California Faucets, you’re supporting one of the few faucet manufacturers that actually finishes and assembles its product right here in the California,” said senior VP marketing and sales Noah Taft.

He added that in the only U.S. state that ranks in the top ten — eighth, just behind Italy — of the world’s largest economies, California Faucets prides itself on employing local labor to hand-finish each of its made-to-order custom faucets. 

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Obit: James Stone

BY Brae Canlen

James (Jim) Stone, the founder of the Stone’s Home Centers chain of stores, passed away on June 7 at Memorial Manor Nursing Home in Bainbridge, Ga. He was 94 years old, according to his obituary in The Post Searchlight.

Stone opened his first store in Bainbridge in April 1959, at the age of 41, with partner Charles Kirbo (now deceased). The chain now has nine stores located across southwest Georgia and north Florida.

Stone was known in a number of communities for the tagline in his commercials — “There’s a Stone’s Store Near You!” It was also the title of his 2008 biography. After retiring in 1990 at the age of 72, he continued to actively promote his chain of stores and served as chairman of the company’s board of directors.

As a young man, Stone served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a B-17 bomber pilot, attaining the rank of second lieutenant. He was shot down over German-controlled oil fields in Romania and was taken as a prisoner of war. He was released in September 1944.

After getting a degree in agriculture from the University of Georgia, Stone returned to Bainbridge in 1949 and worked for the hardware store chain owned by his father-in-law, J.D. Bower Sr., who had been in business since the 1920s. Stone also worked for Western Auto and a Ford dealership in the 1950s, before starting his own business.

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