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CertainTeed inks deal with Canadian steel company

BY Brae Canlen

Building materials manufacturer CertainTeed has announced its intention to form a joint venture with Bailey Metal Products of Concord, Ontario, to manufacture suspended ceiling grid in Canada and the United States. Bailey Metal Products is Canada’s largest lightweight steel framing manufacturer and a leading provider of drywall trims and accessories.

“This joint venture will literally open the door for CertainTeed, giving us broad capacity for growth throughout Canada and the United States,” said Graham Thayer, VP and general manager for CertainTeed Ceilings. “CertainTeed and Bailey represent the perfect marriage of technical expertise and production capacity.”

In the short term, ceiling grid products in Canada will continue to be sold under both the Bailey and CertainTeed brands, with a gradual transition for all grid products to the CertainTeed brand.

Bailey currently offers a large product portfolio of building materials that includes steel framing, drywall trims and accessories, ceiling grid, Comslab composite floor system, and vinyl and paper-faced metal bead. A family-controlled business with operations beginning in 1950, the company has eight facilities in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building products company. Founded in 1904, CertainTeed manufactures a wide range of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

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Generac partners with HomeSphere

BY Ken Clark

Generac and HomeSphere have announced a joint agreement to offer Generac’s automatic home standby generators to HomeSphere’s network of residential builders using HomeSphere’s technology-driven solutions.

Generac, based in Waukesha, Wis., joins more than 75 manufacturing brands currently using HomeSphere’s BRI lead-generation and marketing program. 

“The BRI program is a powerful tool that allows us to offer even more builders access to home standby generators for their customers,” said Brady Boyd, director of sales, Generac. “As power outages continue to rise in frequency and severity, consumers will continue to demand them to protect their homes.”

BRI is a unique builder rebate management and building product manufacturer lead-generation application, serving the residential construction industry. Manufacturers use the BRI service to open sales channels with home builders and remodeling contractors, gaining access to new accounts and building recognition for their products and services. Builders, on the other hand, use HomeSphere to gain product knowledge and manage their cash-producing rebates.

Founded in 1959, Generac was the first company to engineer affordable home standby generators. Today, its Guardian Series home backup generators are the top-selling home standby generators in the United States.

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WOLF expands distribution territory

BY Ken Clark

York, Pa.-based WOLF expanded its service area to include parts of Alabama, Indiana and Texas, increasing the number of states WOLF serves to 21.

WOLF describes itself as the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the United States and a leading provider of composite and PVC decking, railing, trimboards and other building products. 

WOLF began filling orders last month to dealers in a region that includes: Birmingham and Huntsville, Ala.; Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Ind.; and Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston, Texas. 

WOLF will also offer dealers promotional and merchandising support, and online services, including product ordering, account management and more. 

Earlier this year in June, WOLF expanded its delivery of products and services to dealers in Ohio and Tennessee. WOLF currently distributes products to more than 3,000 pro dealers across the East Coast of the United States. WOLF-branded products are sold exclusively through independent building materials dealers.

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