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Davidson Lumber earns accolades

BY Ken Clark

The Southern Upsher Business Association (SUBA) awarded “Business of the Year” honors to Davidson Lumber Co., of Kanawha Head, W. Va.

According to the Record Delta newspaper, SUBA Treasurer Wane Strader presented the award with the following introduction: “The business SUBA is honoring tonight is an excellent example of entrepreneurship born of necessity,” he said. “It all started when a young man lost his job, and instead of looking elsewhere for work, decided to go into business for himself at home, which a creative person today can do easier with modern technology, but was more difficult over 50 years ago.” 

Jack Davidson accepted the award on behalf of his father Buy Davidson, who could not attend.

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TimberTech’s Straight Talk plays Q&A online

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Wilmington, Ohio-based TimberTech unveiled an interactive online resource for homeowners and pros in search of deck answers. 

TimberTech is unveiling an interactive Q&A platform called “Straight Talk.” The new tool can be accessed at TimberTech.com/StraightTalk and answers deck questions from pros and consumers, the company said. 

What’s the difference between composites and wood? Do composites cost more? Do they get hotter than wood? These are some of the questions the Wilmington, Ohio-based company expects to handle. 

Questions submitted to the Straight Talk forum will be answered by qualified experts and will address such customer questions as product costs, composite benefits over wood, worries that composite decking will mold or fade, deck cleaning and care, the different types of decking materials available, and other common questions about composite products.

The online Straight Talk forum can be accessed from the newly designed TimberTech website.

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Meritage cited for energy efficiency

BY Ken Clark

Phoenix-based Meritage Homes has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. The award recognizes ongoing leadership across the Energy Star program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors. 

Meritage was recognized for its continued leadership in protecting the environment. Meritage received the EPA’s 2012 Energy Star Leadership in Housing Award, the 2011 Energy Starr Builder of the Year award and the 2010 Department of Energy’s Building America Partner award. Meritage’s accomplishments in earning these awards include being the first 100% Energy Star production builder; offering the first fully EPA-certified home for Energy Star, Indoor airPLUS and WaterSense; and the first Net Zero Energy production builder in the United States.

"Meritage has redefined the way homes can and should be built, setting a new standard in production home building," said Steve Hilton, the company’s chairman and CEO.

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