Builders, LBM dealers win one in Central Florida
Lobbying by local builders and lumberyard owners resulted in a one-year moratorium on school-impact fees in Lake County, Fla., according to an article in the Orlando Sentinel.
Lake County commissioners voted unanimously this week to suspend the collection of the fees — estimated at $9,324 per single-family house — until April 1, 2012. The local school board had asked for a six-month moratorium.
The commissioners, who earlier suspended the collection of impact fees to build and improve roads, heard testimony from various members of the construction industry, including Don Magruder, CEO of Ro-Mac Lumber & Supply in Leesburg, Fla. Magruder, who chairs a group called Citizens for Better Government, cited the area’s 11.5% unemployment rate in arguing against the education impact fees, which would “[kill] job creation through loss of projects," he said.
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Georgia-Pacific begins final phase on OSB plant
Georgia-Pacific has announced it is in the final construction phase of a nearly complete oriented strand board (OSB) facility in Clarendon, S.C. The mill was part of the acquisition last May from Grant Forest Products that also included an operating plant at Allendale, S.C., and another operating plant at Englehart, Ontario. The acquisition totaled approximately $400 million.
"We expect it will take most of this year to complete construction on the plant," said Mark Luetters, president, Georgia-Pacific wood products. "We are currently planning to start the plant in December 2011. Having now operated an identical plant at Allendale, we believe we will be able to quickly and efficiently begin producing OSB."
Luetters said Georgia-Pacific will spend an additional $30 million to complete the facility. The amount includes a construction crew of more than 100 people, plus the purchase and installation of the remaining equipment and infrastructure. Once completed, both Clarendon and Allendale will supply markets across the eastern United States with OSB products.
Applications for about 150 permanent positions, including management, craft and production roles at the Clarendon facility, will be accepted through the company’s website at gp.com/careers beginning April 11.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is a leading manufacturer of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs more than 40,000 people at more than 300 locations in North America, South America and Europe.
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Organizational shake-up at Stock Building Supply
Stock Building Supply has confirmed its plans, outlined in an April 1 memo to employees, to reorganize the company into four divisions and eliminate two top executive positions.
The Raleigh, N.C., pro dealer will no longer have a chief operating officer or VP national sales. Instead, Stock will rely on four regional presidents/general managers, to oversee the No. 4 player in the LBM industry, according to the Home Channel News Top 350 rankings.
The new divisions and presidents are as follows:
• The Mid-Atlantic region — Pennsylvania, Virginia, the Washington metro area and Arkansas — will be led by Phil Randolph.
• The Southeast region, which covers North and South Carolina and Georgia, will also come under Randolph for the time being.
• Dan Buttars will lead the Southwest region, which includes Texas and New Mexico.
• Duff Wakefield will head the West region, which covers Utah, Idaho, Washington state and California.
Stock also announced that senior VP Jim Drexinger will take over all supply chain and operational improvement work, including sourcing, national accounts, product management and marketing.
The employee memo said that chief operational officer Steve Short will be leaving the company, and Nigel Stobart, who held the national sales position, will remain with Stock for a transitional period.
Stock Building Supply currently operates in 20 residential markets, including Washington D.C.; Paradise, Pa.; Richmond, Va.; Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte and Winston-Salem/Greensboro, N.C.; Greenville and Columbia, S.C.; Atlanta; Austin, Amarillo, Houston, Lubbock and San Antonio, Texas; Albuquerque, N.M.; Salt Lake City and southern Utah; northern Idaho/eastern Idaho; eastern Washington; Central and Northwest Arkansas; and Los Angeles.
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