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CertainTeed Ceilings rolls out new option

BY HBSDEALER Staff

With the introduction of Ecophon Advantage, CertainTeed Ceilings says it is "revolutionizing" the ceilings marketplace by making best-in-class, sound absorbing fiberglass an affordable option. 

Expanding the company’s line of Ecophon sound absorbers—long recognized by building professionals as some of the best ceiling and wall products in the world—Ecophon Advantage now makes specifying and installing best-in-class fiberglass ceilings a viable choice in a wide variety of settings. 


Manufactured at CertainTeed’s facility in Plymouth, Wisconsin, Ecophon Advantage offers a cost-effective solution for bringing outstanding acoustics and environmental performance to a larger list of projects, according to the Valley Forge, Pennsylvania-based company. Schools, offices and other public buildings can now add the sound absorbing performance of fiberglass in high square footage applications such as classrooms and open-plan offices to basic mineral fiber ceilings and stay within budget. And because the product is manufactured domestically, projects are serviced quickly and easily.


"Traditionally, Ecophon has been associated with boutique or high-end projects," said Christine Fonock-Smith, product manager for CertainTeed Ceilings. "Ecophon Advantage opens up a new universe of possibilities by allowing building professionals to install thousands of square feet of the very best fiberglass on the market while staying within budget."

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At Vulcan, a new role for Donald James

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Construction aggregates supplier Vulcan Materials Company is experiencing personnel changes at its top-most ranks.

Donald James, executive chairman of the board of directors, is retiring effective Jan. 15 and will transition to the role of non-executive chairman. 

James previously served as president of the company, and subsequently as CEO from 1997 and 2014. He has been serving on the board of directors since 1996, as chairman since 1997 and as executive chairman since 2014.

"On behalf of the board, we are grateful for Don’s exceptional stewardship of the company and for his tireless service over the years," said Vulcan’s lead director Douglas McGregor. "Don’s transition to non-executive chairman is a natural evolution of his role at Vulcan Materials, and we appreciate his continued guidance and leadership."

"Our management succession process is going well," added James. "Our new management team, led by president and CEO Tom Hill, is now in place and functioning at a high level. The company’s financial and operational performance has continued to improve as demand for our construction materials recovers across all of our markets. In addition to volume recovery, the company’s commitment to cost control, disciplined capital spending and unit margin expansion gives me great confidence in the future of Vulcan under our new management team. Vulcan’s strategic market positions in the largest, fastest growing metropolitan areas across the country and our extensive and unmatched aggregates reserves in these markets will provide the basis for future earnings growth. I look forward to continuing to work with the board of directors and management as we strive to build additional value for our shareholders."

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Sears Hometown expands in Oklahoma

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The newest Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores outpost recently opened its doors in Muskogee, Oklahoma, marking 34 Sears Hometown openings in 2014 overall and the 16th Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores location.

"Our new Sears Hometown Store fills a void in the local retail market," said Christopher Emler, owner of the Sears Hometown Store in Muskogee. "We try to make shopping as easy as possible for our customers, and do so by providing them with the largest selection of home appliances, tools, lawn and garden equipment, mattresses and home electronics at the lowest possible price."

The Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores format brings big-box selection to an independently operated retail environment, as well as a guaranteed lowest price policy via real-time price checks.

The Muskogee location is situated at 2234 E Shawnee Bypass and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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