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DaVinci’s Shake it Up Contest finds its winners

BY HBSDEALER Staff

With nearly 1,000 votes to consider, DaVinci Roofscapes selected Brigitte and Mike Meehan (of Elgin, Illinois) as the winners of a $5,000 cash grand prize in its 2014 "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest.

The Meehans were among five finalists in the contest, ultimately winning over the bulk of the voters with their "Trapped in Cookie Cutter Land!" entry. The Meehans live in a sprawling, 1,000+ home neighborhood, and their appeal to stand out captured the electorate’s imagination.

“The judges saw the potential for dramatic change using color on the Meehan home exterior to get them out of Cookie Cutter Land,” says Wendy Bruch, marketing manager at DaVinci Roofscapes.

National color expert Kate Smith helped give Meehan’s vision life with an artist rendering, which included a new Brownstone blend polymer slate roof from DaVinci, a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft Canvas Collection fiberglass door and sidelites painted Cochineal Red. She also recommended some low-maintenance porch columns and a balustrade system from Fypon.

"Obviously the voting public saw the potential in adding ‘top down’ color to the home that will increase the overall curb appeal of the house and make it a stand-out in its neighborhood," added Bruch. "For our 2014 contest, the Meehan home rose above more than 125 entries to capture the grand prize."

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Roxul begins production in U.S.

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Roxul, a manufacturer of stone wool insulation products, officially began production in Marshall County, Mississippi, at its first manufacturing facility located in the United States.

The $160 million plant encompasses 600,000 square feet and is located on a 100 acre site in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park, approximately 30 miles south of Memphis.  This location will help Roxul maintain its growth in key insulation markets such as residential, commercial building, flat roof, and industrial applications, in the mid and southern USA and Mexico.  

Roxul will employ approximately 150 workers on-site once the plant is fully operational.

The factories’ location was announced at a September 2012 event. The company officially broke ground on May 8, 2013, on the state-of-the art facility. 

Roxul currently operates two North American facilities in Canada, located in Milton, Ontario and Grand Forks, British Columbia.

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Sales rise, earnings improve for HD Supply

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HD Supply, the Atlanta-based heavy-duty construction products wholesaler, reported first quarter net sales of $2.16 billion, up 6% from the first quarter last year.

“I am pleased with our solid performance this quarter, despite the adverse impact of the severe weather we experienced throughout February and March. We remain cautiously optimistic that our end markets will continue to build on the emerging strength that we are seeing in select geographies,” stated Joe DeAngelo, CEO of HD Supply. “We remain focused on controllable execution to deliver profitable growth in excess of our market.” 

The industrial distributor that was once a division of The Home Depot narrowed its loss considerably in the quarter to $12 million, improved from a net loss of $131 million in the year ago period. 

The company’s Construction & Industrial – White Cap division saw sales increase 11% to $344 million. 

The company anticipates total net sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 to be in the range of $2.35 billion to $2.45 billion.

HD Supply serves the industrial market through some 650 locations and across 48 states and seven Canadian provinces.

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