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Builder rescinds drywall replacement offer

BY HBSDEALER Staff

An article in the Tampa Tribune reported that a Tampa builder who agreed to move families out of homes built with toxic Chinese drywall and make the necessary repairs has now rescinded the offer.  

The newspaper’s cover story interviewed two residents of Sabal Pointe, a community built by Rottlund Homes, who discovered tainted drywall and other related damage in their homes last year. Rottlund Homes sent them letters promising to replace the drywall and pay their living expenses during the repairs. But the residents were eventually informed that the builder was unable to secure financing and did not know when it could fix the homes.

Jeff Paskert, an attorney for the builder, told the Tampa Tribune that Rottlund’s insurance company covered repairs on some of the builder’s Chinese drywall homes but not all, including the two residents in question. 

Rottlund recently sent letters saying it will not be able to replace the drywall, the paper said, but is still building homes in the Sabal Pointe development.  

 

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P.Vessey says:
Mar-23-2012 07:50 am

It seems like a case of an
It seems like a case of an irresponsible builder. Though I appreciate that he did make the effort to try to find homes and financing for the customers with the tainted drywall, it just feels like not enough is being done. The customers are the ones at the losing end, having a building with tainted drywalls and no way to solve the problem.

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Universal announces Q2 declines, names new CEO

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Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Universal Forest Products announced second-quarter net earnings of $4.3 million, down 69% from net earnings of $13.7 million in the second quarter of 2010.

Net sales totaled $544.1 million, down 15% from net sales of $638.6 million for the same period of 2010. Sales were affected by weak consumer spending on larger-ticket home-improvement items.

"These are challenging times, but we are positioning the company for better results. We have cut costs and implemented plans intended to maintain our strengths and capitalize on our opportunities moving forward," said outgoing CEO Michael Glenn. "We’re maintaining a keen focus on costs and on prudent, conservative decision-making that will create opportunities for sustainable growth and success."

In June 2011, Universal announced measures to align its costs with its business, including cuts that the company expects to result in annualized savings of about $10 million.

In other company news, Universal has appointed Matthew Missad as CEO.

Missad, former Universal EVP and general counsel, succeeds Michael Glenn, who resigned in June 2011 for personal reasons.

"Matt has proven his leadership abilities, strategic acumen and business skills in innumerable ways in 26 years at Universal, and I think he’s the perfect person for the job," said chairman William Currie.

Added Dan Dutton, the board’s lead independent director: "Matt will lead a distinguished team that includes president and COO Pat Webster and CFO Mike Cole, a powerful group that will take Universal solidly into the future."

Missad is the fifth CEO in the company’s 56-year history, following William Grant Sr., Peter Secchia, William Currie and Michael Glenn.

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HD Supply names new president of Crown Bolt

BY Brae Canlen

HD Supply has named Gary Landress as president of Crown Bolt, its retail hardware division. Landress will report to Joe Izganics, senior VP of HD Supply.

Landress will replace Crown Bolt president Jon Michael Adinolfi, who has left the organization to pursue other opportunities.

Landress comes to Crown Bolt from Fu Hsing Americas, a Taiwanese door lock manufacturing company, where he served for 13 years as senior VP in charge of U.S. operations. Prior to Fu Hsing Americas, Landress held senior executive roles with Test Rite, Titon Industries, Mr. HOW and Triangle Home Products. In these positions, he has led operations, manufacturing, supply chain, sourcing, sales, merchandising, marketing and product/package design.

Landress has worked with a variety of customers in different retail channels, including big-box retailers, co-op hardware organizations and independent hardware companies. He has also engaged in significant negotiations with global suppliers throughout Asia.

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