CertainTeed partners with builders buying group
CertainTeed Corp. has announced a partnership with Custom Builders USA, a national industry buying consortium with more than 220 custom and independent builder members in 15 cities across the U.S.T he 12-month agreement provides CB/USA members with special programs and incentives for the entire line of CertainTeed WeatherBoards fiber cement siding products, including access to sales and business support.
“We are pleased that CertainTeed recognized this ground breaking opportunity and are confident it will be the foundation for a strong partnership going forward,” said Bill Smithers, CEO of CB/USA.
CB/USA has built the nation’s first and largest network of top custom and independent builders and has provided them with the systems, procedures and staffing to run an effective group purchasing program at both the local and national levels. Since its formation in 2004, CB/USA has grown to 223 builder members and more than 700 vendors, suppliers and manufacturers. Together, CB/USA’s members will complete over 2,700 projects in 2012 and generate combined revenue of nearly $1 billion. By working together and consolidating their purchases, CB/USA members are able to lower their direct costs, improve their levels of service and compete effectively with larger regional and national competitors.
Based in Valley Forge, Pa., CertainTeed is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The group had total sales of approximately $3.2 billion in 2011.
Cox Industries acquires Atlantic’s Treating Division
Orangeburg, S.C.-based Cox Industries has completed an asset purchase of Atlantic Wood Industries’ wood-treating plants and related operations.
This includes the Vidalia, Ga.; Sylvania, Ga.; and Newsoms, Va., facilities, along with the sales and purchasing operations.
In addition to this purchase, Cox expects to complete a lease agreement for Atlantic’s Hainesport, N.J., treating facility within the next week.
Cox said it has been able to retain the “vast majority” of the Atlantic team after the acquisition.
“The combined companies will be a formidable force in the wood treating industry, with employees, customers and vendors all benefiting going forward,” according to a press release issued Monday.
Cox Industries now operates 14 wood treating and product manufacturing facilities and employs approximately 400 people in 10 states.
“It is an exciting time to be able to merge the talent and cultures of two organizations with such deep roots and strong reputations in the wood treating industry,” said R. Michael Johnson, CEO of Cox.
Changes recommended to Southern Pine grading
A comprehensive testing of commercial produced Southern Pine has been completed, and as a result, the industry may see smaller reductions for the wider widths and higher grades of Southern Pine dimensional lumber as compared with the No.2 2x4s. Design values for visually graded Southern Pine lumber, including dense and non-dense grades, may also change.
These proposals came from a committee that analyzed the test data from the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB), the rules-writing agency that monitors and publishes new design values. The advisory committee includes technical representatives of lumber producers, as well as key user groups, such as home builders and component manufacturers.
Other recommendations from the committee included no change in the current Southern Pine specific gravity value of 0.55 and prime grades (No.1 Prime and No.2 Prime), keeping the same design values as their corresponding dimension lumber grades.
The American Lumber Standards Committee, whose board meets on Oct. 18, 2012, will hear additional testimony before making a final decision on proposed changes to new design values for visually graded Southern Pine dimension lumber.
For more information about the testing, design values or timetable, visit Southernpine.com.