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ECOB launches defensive builder program

BY HBSDealer Staff

Eco Building Products is introducing its own Defensive Builder Certification Program to help spread the knowledge of defensive construction within the industry.

Citing a swell of demand for its defensive building products that is predicated on its education and outreach efforts, Eco Building Products is targeting architects, engineers, builders, contractors and realtors in its efforts to expand its influence.

"It’s our Eco architects, realtors, affiliates, contractors and builders that are going to make a radical difference in America and in our insurance industry," said president and CEO Steve Conboy. "It is by their desire, that these professionals are making it their mission to defend their clients against the effects of climate change storms."

The eight-hour course uses classroom and hands-on practical application training on topics such as mold, wood rot, termites, fire, framing and overall construction defects.

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Roofing Supply Group expands in the West

BY HBSDealer Staff

Dallas-based Roofing Supply Group is opening up two new locations on the West Coast — one in McClellan Park, California and one in Woodinville, Washington.

The roofing supplies distributor now stands at 19 locations in the Western U.S., where it is currently making moves to expand.

"We are excited about the two new branches, which expand our footprint in California and Washington," said Richard Oliva, who is regional SVP in the West and will oversee both new locations. "It is great to see the super teams we are building, who will continue RSG’s commitment to our customers by providing outstanding service and quality products."

Matt Disantis, current branch manager of the existing Sacramento location, will also manage the new (and nearby) McClellan Park facility.

Todd Severson, current Seattle branch manager, will take over in Woodinville, with Arik Moe as assistant manager.

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NRF: Level the playing field

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The National Retail Federation issued a statement from senior VP government relations David French on the introduction of The Marketplace and Internet Tax Freedom Act, which was introduced by Senators Michael Enzi, Richard Durbin, Lamar Alexander, Heidi Heitkamp, Susan Collins and Mark Pryor.

French’s statement reads:

“The National Retail Federation applauds the introduction of this bipartisan piece of legislation that seeks to level the playing field between local, brick-and-mortar merchants and online retailers without creating or raising taxes.

“We appreciate the leadership of the bill’s sponsors and thank them for renewing their commitment to sales tax fairness.

“The retail industry has rapidly evolved over the last two decades with e-commerce and mobile commerce, and it is time for Congress to eliminate the sales tax disparity, which disproportionally impacts community and independent retailers.

“As the voice of the entire retail industry, NRF will continue to aggressively advocate for The Marketplace and Internet Tax Freedom Act with the hope that the bill moves quickly.”

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