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Builders FirstSource opens new Florida location

BY Brae Canlen

Builders FirstSource, the Dallas-based LBM chain, has announced the opening of a new location in Riviera Beach, Fla. The 45,000-sq.-ft. facility, located off the I-95 corridor in Southern Florida, will replace the company’s West Palm Beach location.

"We have served the state of Florida for a number of years, and this new location will allow us to serve four counties, including Indian Riviera County, St. Lucie County, Martin County and Palm Beach County," said CEO Floyd Sherman in the announcement. 

The new lumberyard offers a full line of building materials and sells roof trusses, floor trusses and wall panels.

Builders FirstSource operates 51 lumberyards and 44 manufacturing plants, often at the same location, in nine states, principally in the southern and eastern United States.  

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Sales rise, losses narrow at Ply Gem

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Ply Gem Holdings, a maker of siding, fencing, doors, windows and other exterior products, reported third-quarter net sales of $297.9 million, a 10.5% hike over sales of $269.5 million in the same quarter last year. 

The Cary, N.C., company posted a net loss of $458,000 for the third fiscal quarter, which ended Oct. 1. This compares with a net loss of $6.4 million in the corresponding quarter of fiscal 2010. Third-quarter operating earnings were $25.1 million compared with $24.6 million for the third quarter of 2010. 

Gary Robinette, president and CEO, said in a prepared statement: “Market conditions for the U.S. home-building and remodeling industry have remained challenging throughout 2011. As such, Ply Gem continues to focus on gaining profitable market share, while maintaining tight control over operating expenses and maximizing cash flow. Despite single-family housing starts being down 12.7% in the first nine months of 2011 as compared with the prior year, Ply Gem’s sales increased 2.2%, reflecting new customer wins and further demonstrating our ability to gain profitable market share.”

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PPG launches zero-VOC commercial line

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PPG Industries, one of the leading manufacturers of paint and architectural coatings, has released a line of zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint for the commercial market. Speedhide, an existing line, will now offer Speedhide zero interior paint as a one-stop solution for contractors, building owners and facility managers looking for durability, affordability and long-lasting performance, according to the company.

Speedhide zero paint contains no ethylene glycol and zero VOCs, making it the first Speedhide product to comply with Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI) emissions standards. The product’s low odor enables contractors to paint in occupied spaces with little disruption to everyday activities. The product is recommended for use on drywall, plaster, masonry, wood and metal surfaces. It is available in primer, flat, eggshell and semi-gloss finishes, in a variety of bases,

Speedhide zero paint is available nationwide at PPG Pittsburgh Paints and PPG Porter Paints retail locations and independent dealers.

 

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