In Dayton, Requarth Lumber merges with Supply One Cabinets
The historic Requarth Lumber, a 151-year-old Dayton, Ohio, lumberyard that once sold lumber to Orville and Wilbur Wright, will merge with Supply One Cabinets and Design, according to a report in the Dayton Daily News.
The move is designed to generate business growth in a declining market. Alan Pippenger, president of Requarth, will remain president of the merged company as Supply One brings in a showroom to the lumberyard’s Dayton location on Monument Avenue.
The new showroom is expected to open in January, according to the news report.
Requarth was featured in the January 2010 issue of Home Channel News in a series of articles about business sustainability. In a prescient statement, Pippenger described adaptability as a key to long-term survival. "We aren’t the same company that we were 150, 100 or even 50 years ago," he told Home Channel News. "You have to be willing to give up on what’s not working anymore."
Pippenger told the newspaper that he was optimistic that the worst of the downturn is over.
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TW Perry named HCN Pro Dealer of the Year
Gaithersburg, Md.-based TW Perry, a pro dealer celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, was selected as the Home Channel News Pro Dealer of the Year.
The company will be recognized during a special awards dinner during the 2011 ProDealer Industry Summit held in San Antonio Oct. 26 to 28. The summit is hosted jointly by the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and Home Channel News.
"TW Perry represents a new breed of lumberyard company — smart, entrepreneurial and able to make big decisions quickly," said Ken Clark, editor of Home Channel News. "The company has shown both success and leadership and is a deserving recipient of the Pro Dealer of the Year award."
TW Perry is ranked 33rd on the Home Channel News Pro Dealer Scoreboard, with 2010 sales of $107.7 million. The six-unit dealer had double-digit sales gains in 2010, and is expecting significant growth in 2011, as well. The company is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011.
In addition to core building materials and services, the company has continually pursued innovative ways to engage their customer base, including conducting its Green Building Workshop, an event that was held in February for the third straight year, as well as other events targeted toward the architectural profession, the Hispanic communities and homeowners/contractors networking.
On receiving the award, TW Perry’s CEO Michael Cassidy said: "The entire team at TW Perry is quite honored to receive this award and to join the many notable companies that preceded us in this honor. We will demonstrate our appreciation for this award by humbly rededicating ourselves to executing on the tried-and-true basics, while innovating wherever practical as we continue to work to support our customers during these challenging times."
The selection criteria includes high performance, innovation and commitment to the values of the lumber business. Past winners of the HCN Pro Dealer of the Year award include: MarJam Supply, 2010; McCoy’s Building Supply, 2009; Curtis Lumber, 2008; Carter Lumber, 2007; and ProBuild Holdings, 2006.
In addition to the Pro Dealer of the Year awards dinner, The ProDealer Industry Summit will feature the NLBMDA Officers Installation Dinner, a yard tour with McCoys Lumber, and educational sessions ranging from supply chain management to 2010 census trends. For more information, visit prodealer.com.
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D.C. Hotline: Meet the NLBMDA’s newest lobbyist
Ben Gann took over his role as the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) director of legislative affairs and grassroots activities last month. Here’s his first HCN Q&A:
HCN: What are the key issues you’re pushing right now?
Gann: One of the issues we are very focused on is restoration and extension of the residential energy efficiency (25C) tax credit. That is set to expire at the end of the year. We are also pursuing a legislative fix regarding compliance with the EPA’s Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule. In addition, we are also working with Congress to extend the current Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Federal Housing Administration loan limits of $729,750, set to expire Oct. 1. If Congress does not act, the base limit will remain at $417,000, but the formula for establishing limits for high-cost areas will drop to $625,500.
HCN: What is the one thing dealers can do to help their own case in D.C.?
Gann: The one thing right now is dealers should contact their representative in the House and ask for their support of an amendment (Section 450 of H.R. 2584) by Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), in the Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The bill would withhold enforcement and implementation of funding for the EPA’s LRRP Rule until the EPA follows its own regulations and approves a commercially available lead test kit, as mandated by the LRRP.
HCN: Who is your all-time favorite Congressman?
Gann: That’s a tough question. I don’t know that I have an all-time favorite. There are some members for which I have a great deal of respect. Keeping it strictly to members of Congress who are now retired, and that I am from Ohio, I thought Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) did a good job of fighting for what he believed in but was willing to work with the other side of the aisle. On the Democratic side, Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio) had a distinguished military career and was an astronaut before he served four terms in the Senate. He just has a remarkable record of service to his country.
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Accurate, rapid, and inexpensive lead-paint testing is readily available. Consultants all over the USA with XRF machines provide it, so this issue of the chemical "test kits" is based on a big lie. Rep. Rehberg is either badly misinformed, or knows this. XRF testing is the primary means of performing a lead-based paint insepction. Besides being inaccurate, the "test kits" cost more than an XRF inspection, produce damage spots (15 per room on average), and take radically more time. However, the problems with "test kits" are no excuse for delaying enforcement of RRP, as the XRF inspections are readily available. Testing usually produces good news, as lead-based paint is much less common than many people may think. We're running just under $60 per unit for apartment isnpections (more for small buildings, less for larger ones), and houses $450 to $550.