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Cox Industries pitches in lumber for Seaside Heights boardwalk recovery

BY HBSDealer Staff

Cox Industries is the latest company to lend a helping hand to the devastated New Jersey boardwalk. The wood manufacturer and distributor has donated lumber to help replace the two mile stretch of swing back benches, where visitors could take in sights of the ocean or adjacent shops and restaurants.

North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) president Gary Vitale originally reached out to Cox’s VP of Marketing, Keith Harris, to coordinate the effort. The donated lumber, totaling 12,000 board feet of pressure-treated wood, will replace a total of 275 benches.

"We have a facility in NJ and several of our employees and dozens of our largest customers were also seriously impacted by the storm," said Harris. "This small gift was a way for us to help return some normalcy to the area. Knowing what the area looked like after the storm, it was a very good feeling to visit mayor William Akers and see families relaxing on the benches and taking in the sights."

Both Cox Industries and NAWLA have personal ties to the New Jersey shore. Vitale spent his childhood vacations in the area, and besides the Cox facility in NJ, the general manager of its industrial division, Jim Healey, grew up near Seaside Heights.

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ABC Supply acquires assets of Sellmore Industries

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Beloit, Wis.-based building products distributor ABC Supply Co., Inc. acquired the distribution assets of Sellmore Industries, a distributor of steep-slope roofing, siding and windows with locations in Baltimore; Philadelphia; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Hagerstown, Md.

“These four new locations will expand and strengthen ABC Supply’s existing presence in these markets,” said ABC CEO David Luck.

The atmosphere that helped Sellmore Industries build a loyal customer following will remain unchanged, Luck added. “The core values that Sellmore Industries had — including taking care of the customer and having respect for contractors — are very similar to ABC’s core values,” he said. “It’s a good cultural match.” 

As ABC Supply branches, the locations will continue business as usual, said Tom Kuchan, ABC Supply’s VP Northeast region. 

Sellmore Industries’ vinyl window manufacturing operation in Buffalo was not part of the acquisition and will continue functioning as a separate entity. ABC Supply will sell and promote its products.

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Financial services report: LBM Extra

BY HBSDEALER Staff

New Ways Pro Dealers Can Use Trade Credit to Grow
(Part 1 of a Digital Series)

In this report, you will:

  • Discover how Northern Tool + Equipment grew their business with a custom trade credit program with competitive rates over a traditional in-house credit plan.
  • Learn how to leverage marketing services — like email campaigns and customer surveys — to deepen relationships and increase sales.


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