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Chelsea Building Products promotes Hartman

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Gary Hartman was named director of marketing and new business development for Oakmont, Pa.-based Chelsea Building Products. 

Hartman began his career in the window and door industry 30 years ago and has accumulated experience in marketing, sales and product management. 

“Gary’s extensive knowledge and broad background in the fenestration and building products industry will be a benefit to his new responsibilities in new business development,” said Terry Abels, VP of Chelsea Building Products. “Gary will continue to be an asset to Chelsea Building Products as we expand our specialty products division that includes vinyl cellular PVC and polymeric cladding applications.” 

In his new role, Hartman’s responsibilities will expand to include new business development in windows, doors and in particular Chelsea’s specialty division, developing market and product strategies for the building material industry. 

A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in marketing, Hartman began his career in the window industry with Season-All Industries in 1983. He worked at Chelsea from 1985 to 1995, having held many sales and marketing positions and rejoined Chelsea in 2008.

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LMC Forest Products Expo picks up steam

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Wayne, Pa.-based LMC hosted member dealers from around the country during LMC’s Forest Products & Building Materials EXPO last month in Philadelphia.

In the spirit of LMC’s philosophy of ‘Building Business Together’, key forest products suppliers participated in a forum with insights on the state of forest products manufacturing today and the forces that will impact production and availability in 2014.

According to event organizers, the buzz throughout the show floor centered on meeting the needs for anticipated higher housing starts in 2014. LMC’s EXPO also afforded time for attendees to meet and exchange ideas. Dealers toured Weaber Lumber Mill — a full capacity hardwood lumber facility and mill, a wood flooring plant and a brand new state of the art prime/paint plant. A Gypsum Specialty Forum also met to discuss category challenges and opportunities. A market overview for 2014 specific to the gypsum distribution channel was provided. 

Bill Morse of Wm. B. Morse & Sons, Rochester, N.Y., said: “This is a critically important LMC meeting for dealers to attend. Few distractions combined with key contacts all in one room helps us cement relationships, and the lumber business is all about relationships. This is one of the most valuable meetings LMC holds.” 

The event also saw increased attendance over last year, according to LMC.

LMC (Lumbermens Merchandising Corp.) is a leading forest products and building materials buying group owned by independent lumber and building material dealers. There are about 1,300 LMC dealer locations.

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GE’s first Monogram French door built-in refrigerator

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GE has launched its first-ever Monogram French door built-in refrigerator, adding its own signature twist to the burgeoning French door trend.

“Our designers worked with our customers to create our first Monogram French door built-in model—one that authentically combines superior craftsmanship and performance as only Monogram can,” said Michael Mahan, product manager for Monogram Refrigeration.

The launch of the product is part of a $20 million investment in GE’s Selmer, Tenn. manufacturing facility. The company cited an Association of Household Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) report from October 2013, which found that the French door configuration is the fastest-growing refrigerator style at the moment.

The Monogram French door fridge is built with tempered glass, fabricated steel and anodized aluminum.

It also features two 18-inch wide doors, 14.49 cubic feet of space for fresh food, and a bottom freezer drawer housing 6.06 cubic feet. The configuration includes four adjustable shelves, six adjustable door bins, an icemaker using GE’s advanced water filtration system, and a digital control panel.

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