Eco Red Shield Lumber starts 2014 strong in the West
Eco Building Products, Inc. issued a status update on Tuesday, affirming that shipping activity has remained high in the Western U.S., even while much of the country is heaped under ice and snow.
"It has always been part of our national rollout plan to create demand and raise up an army of ECOB Affiliates to ensure that Builders like Mike Gitt in Omaha, NE have access to this advanced framing lumber in the future without having to haul it across the country," said Steve Conboy, president and CEO. "Our first customer in the East was Greg and Patty, and they bought all of their lumber for a 12,000 sq. ft. house in CT. Today they can buy it locally from multiple vendors in the northeast for their next house."
Eco Red Shield’s manufacturing facilities in Salem, Ore. and Colton, Calif. have had a strong start to 2014, fulfilling large coating orders for Shelter Products Inc. in Portland, Ore.
Additionally, a spate of multi-family housing projects in Denver have brought railcars of protected lumber down from the Pacific Northwest.
The company still expects a fair amount of activity in the spring and in connection to the Sandy Rebuild, due in part to its recent 104 store expansion.
Mike Holmes and CertainTeed tackle IAQ
Home improvement TV personality Mike Holmes is joining forces with CertainTeed Gypsum to raise awareness of the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) and incorporating high performance drywall products as part of good IAQ design and construction.
CertainTeed’s volatile organic compound (VOC) scavenging drywall line — the AirRenew IAQ Gypsum Board product family — has been officially designated as a HOLMES Approved Product.
The AirRenew product line features technology that actively helps to clear indoor air by capturing VOCs, specifically formaldehyde and other aldehydes, and converting them into inert compounds, while M2Tech technology provides moisture and mold resistance to further contribute to a better indoor environment.
“AirRenew helps remove unwanted chemicals from your indoor air – even years after a construction job is done,” said Mike Holmes. “Many things in the home off-gas, from the furniture and paint to the carpeting and cabinets. And breathing in these chemicals on a daily basis may be dangerous to your health. It’s a real concern. But products like AirRenew are ahead of the game. They’re tackling IAQ issues head on. That’s something I can stand behind,” added Holmes.
At McCoy’s, promotions and realignments
San Marcos, Texas-based McCoy’s Building Supply promoted several executives — including one representing the fourth generation of family leadership — to senior positions.
Meagan McCoy Jones has been promoted to senior VP and chief operating officer at McCoy’s Building Supply. James Lewallen has been appointed to the newly created position of VP culture and customer experience, and Waylon Walker has been promoted to VP store operations.
McCoy Jones most recently served as VP field support. Representing the fourth generation of McCoys to lead the company, she started as a fledgling employee at age 10 when she spent the summer operating the office switchboard. After working in stores and at the company’s headquarters while in school, her career began in earnest in 2007 as assistant store manager, where she learned the ropes under the guidance of tenured company veterans. Upon transferring to corporate headquarters in San Marcos to concentrate on field support, she shifted her focus to the future of McCoy’s in both business operations and values. Today, her responsibilities include the strategic improvement of operations and growing the next generation of leadership at McCoy’s.
“This position at McCoy’s has awarded me the ability to focus on growing the leadership at McCoy’s through mentorship to improve and continue our legacy as a company that cares about people,” she said. “I’m honored to be to a part of a connected executive team that is more prepared than ever to grow our business and our future leaders.”
James Lewallen was appointed to the newly created position of VP culture and customer experience after 32 years with the company, most recently as VP store operations. With a focus on future leadership growth, the company felt it was time to create a position with the sole concentration of improving and developing (both internally and externally) the company’s Business As Unusual culture through exceptional customer experience.
The company’s Business As Unusual culture puts people ahead of profits and recognizes that it takes getting to know each other and caring about others to keep customers returning and employees loyal, according to Lewallen. “In this new position, I’m most looking forward to taking on the challenge of expanding on the Business As Unusual foundation with even more emphasis on growing our team members and building our relationships with our customers,” he said.
Waylon Walker has been promoted to VP store operations after 21 years of service, most recently as one of nine regional managers. Walker hopes to bring a new energy and focus to the executive team, and his predecessor agrees. “Waylon has the unique opportunity to use his vast operations experience to bring a freshness and renewed vigor to this team, and I’m so proud of the remarkable leader he’s grown to be,” said Lewallen.
Walker sees his new position as an opportunity to impact the growth of the company’s 85 stores in sales and customer service, with an eye on expansion. “I’m excited to interact with our team on a much deeper level while building on the solid foundation that James and the rest of our leaders have established,” added Walker.