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Builders urge Congress to open up credit

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has asked members to contact Congress in support of legislation to open up lines of credit for new-housing production.

The association sent an alert to members, encouraging them to ask their representatives to co-sponsor the Home Construction Lending Regulatory Improvement Act.

"As we move into the spring home-buying season, builders and developers across the country continue to suffer from a severe lack of credit for viable home-building projects, which has major implications for the economy as a whole,” said NAHB chairman Bob Nielsen. “With scores of housing markets nationwide starting to show signs of improvement, this legislation recognizes that there is an urgent need to expand the flow of credit to builders in these communities to meet demand and keep the expansion moving ahead.”

According to the NAHB, the bill — sponsored by by Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) and Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.) — targets specific regulatory obstacles to credit availability for the home-building industry. For instance, it seeks to cease implementing a 100% capital bank lending limit for Acquisition, Development and Construction (AD&C) loans as a “hard” limit, and utilize the 100% of capital guideline as it was intended.

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ENAP recognizes Vendors of the Year

BY HBSDEALER Staff

New Windsor, N.Y.-based lumber and building material co-operative ENAP has announced its 2011 Building Products Vendors of the Year honorees.

Award recipients, presented for each division of the ENAP Building Products departments, were GAF Materials Corp. in the commodities division, United Pipe & Steel in the specialties division, Boston Cedar in the millwork division, and Masterbrand Cabinets in the kitchen and bath division. Awards were presented at breakfast at the ENAP 44th Annual Meeting & Trade Show at Disney’s Coronado Springs in Orlando, Fla.

“The past few years’ economic conditions have been challenging to say the least, but together our companies have been able to grow, work past these difficult times and cultivate new relationships and improve on existing relationships,” commented E. L. (Bud) Krusa, National Accounts Manager, GAF Materials Corp.

Steve Matlon, director of national accounts for Masterbrand Cabinets, stated: “MasterBrand Cabinets has enjoyed a long relationship with ENAP, and we’ve worked very closely over the years to increase our market presence through their members. More recently, ENAP has taken on our entire portfolio of brands, which has greatly increased our business and brought our two organizations even closer. We look forward to further growth with ENAP.”

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Cedar Creek closes Epperson Lumber deal

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Oklahoma City-based Cedar Creek announced that the company closed the deal to acquire Epperson Lumber of Statesville, N.C. 

Cedar Creek is a wholesale building material distribution company with 12 locations covering 17 states in the Mid-South, Midwest and Southeast.  In May 2010, Cedar Creek was recapitalized by Boston-based Charlesbank Capital Partners, with the goal of providing flexible capital for the company to grow beyond its current trade areas.

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