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Clayton home building group teams up with Electrolux

BY HBSDealer Staff

Maryville, Tennessee-based Clayton home building group has partnered with AB Electrolux, such that all new homes will come with the option of being furnished with Electrolux appliances.

Included are a wide collection of refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, washing machines and other home and kitchen appliances under the Electrolux, AEG and Frigidaire brands.

"Electrolux is one of the biggest names in home appliances, and we're excited to be partnering with them," Clayton CEO Kevin Clayton said. "The Electrolux family of brands produces some of the most cutting-edge and highest-quality appliances available to homeowners today."

By the start of 2016, each of the Clayton home building group's 36 facilities across the U.S. will be outfitted with Electrolux's products.

"We are always interested in providing more value to our customers, whether that means increasing the energy efficiency of our homes or offering a large range of models and features," Clayton said. "This partnership with Electrolux is designed to do just that—add value to our homes."

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Lowe’s Canada gets a new DVP merchandising

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Lowe's Canada has named Alan Blundell to the role of divisional VP merchandising, effective Jan. 11, 2016 .

Blundell will bring his 18 years of merchandising experience to bear on his new role, in which he will lead a customer-centric approach to the company's category management strategy.

Previously, he worked for Walmart Canada for 16 years, during which time he held a number of senior-level merchandising roles — most recently as VP merchandise operations.

He will report to Igor Halencak, head of merchandising and marketing for Lowe's Canada .

"As we continue to focus on improving our assortment and offering great quality products and services at affordable prices that our Canadian customers expect, the time is right to have a merchandising lead that will solely focus on delivering an omnichannel, customer-centric category management focus to the organization," said Halencak. "Alan's experience and customer-focused approach will be a great benefit to Lowe's and will allow us to further improve our customer experience."

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Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Jan. 8, 2015

*Western – regional species perimeter foundation; Southern – regional species slab construction.

Crow's Market Recap — A condensed recap of the market conditions for the major North American softwood lumber and panel products as reported in Crow's Weekly Market Report.

Lumber: Trading activity was lackluster overall in the SPF lumber market. Mill sales were described as steady but slow as buyers filled in inventory holes. Pricing, underpinned by order files touching into the week of Jan. 18, remained flat yet firm. Sales activity in the Southern Pine lumber market was sluggish, especially when comparing sales with some traders’ expectations for the beginning of the new year. Limited upward price movement and more opportunities for buyers to purchase at the prior week’s price levels or below also generated some caution among buyers. As the first week of the year wound down, Coastal species lumber producers readily admitted they expected better sales activity entering the new year. Buildups were minimal due to extensive downtime around the holidays. Weather, particularly heavy rains in California, limited the need for those yards to enter the market to replenish. Of the two major Inland species, Hem-Fir drifted lower during the holiday week, while Fir-Larch actually found some footing to move up a notch. While 9’ stud items proved difficult to locate, according to a number of buyers, 8’ remained plentiful. As a result, 8’ in both 2×4 and 2×6 remained soft and struggled to find trading levels. Both Radiata Pine and Ponderosa Pine industrial lumber have conflicting forces being exerted on them. Mldg&Btr lumber in both species remains reasonably firm. In boards, Ponderosa Pine items have changed from week to week, but it has been over a year since producers have reported a good stem-to-stern market. Decent demand in the field, especially in warmer-weather regions, kept Western Red Cedar flowing at a good rate from yards. Producers wanting a solid first quarter order file often managed to attain one.

Panels: OSB prices moved up in most zones and at most mill levels, strengthening on continued production rationalization. Buyers are still reluctant to take on volume, and mills only gave a few dollars on discounts for volume. Eastern Canada is the strongest region. Sales activity in the Southern Pine plywood market was dull. Producers managed to keep some semblance of an order file, with many lead times touching into the week of Jan. 18. However, spottier, quicker shipping volumes were available. Price adjustments for rated sheathing items were minimal. Sheathing prices in the Western Fir plywood market changed little during the week. Availability for those items ranged from prompt to the week of Jan. 25, depending on the mill. That prompt availability influenced the market more than longer lead times, leaving prices flat yet slightly soft. Heavy rains limited sales into California. Canadian plywood activity was quiet. Pricing is unchanged from the Crow’s net level established Oct. 23. A few deals were made under net, but mills are sticking with their sideways positions. Activity is largely LTL and inventories are low in the field. As expected by particleboard and MDF market mavens, buyers needing to replenish inventories came back into the market in greater numbers than the week prior. MDF availability at mills remained plentiful.

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