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Edward Hines Lumber plans May opening

BY Ken Clark

Buffalo Grove, Ill.-based Edward Hines Lumber, a subsidiary of US LBM Holdings, will open a full-service building supply center and showroom in May in the Chicago area.

The new facility will occupy the site of the former Franklin Emery (F.E.) Wheaton Lumberyard. The downtown Wheaton, Ill., property has been vacant since F.E. Wheaton closed in 2010. The new lumberyard will be managed by former F.E. Wheaton 
general manager of 28 years, Pat Briody.

“I am looking forward to servicing local home builders and contractors 
again from this location,” he said.

Wheaton Mayor Michael Gresk also expressed his enthusiasm for this agreement.

“The addition of Edward Hines Lumber is fantastic both for Wheaton and the surrounding area,”
Gresk said, in a statement. “It’s a perfect fit. That site has been a lumber company since the late 19th century, and 
now it’s going to return to a new useful life here in our community.”

In addition to providing a full range of lumber and building materials, the Edward Hines Wheaton
location will have a window, door and cabinetry showroom and design center.

Edward Hines also operates building supply centers in Hampshire and Alsip, a Millwork facility in
Kirkland, and a Window, Door and Cabinetry showroom in Buffalo Grove.

Founded in 1892, Edward Hines Lumber 
operates locations serving home builders and professional remodelers throughout the state of
Illinois, lower Wisconsin and Northern Indiana.

US LBM Holdings is a collection of leading building material distributors serving the Midwest, Northeast
and Mid-Atlantic in eight states with more than 40 locations.

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KB Home names president, Houston Division

BY HBSDealer Staff

KB Home has announced that James Harrison has been named president of its Houston division. Harrison is responsible for all of the company’s home-building operations throughout Houston, from land acquisition and construction to sales and customer service. 

"Jim is joining a team with a proud history of building quality new homes in Houston for over 15 years, and we look forward to the valuable contributions he can make to our business, as we introduce new home designs and open communities in some of the region’s most desirable submarkets," said Jim Widner, regional president of KB Home.

Harrison has more than 30 years of experience throughout Texas. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of leadership roles, including ones at Toll Brothers, Ashton Woods Homes and Ryland Homes. Most recently, he founded and was president of JBH Austin, an independent construction and consulting company focused on commercial and residential building, as well as land acquisitions.

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ENAP points to top building product vendors

BY Ken Clark

New Windsor, N.Y.-based ENAP announced their 2012 Building Products Vendor of the Year Award recipients.

Vendors are evaluated on a variety of criteria, including sales growth, gross margin improvement, customer support and product quality.

Organized by department, the vendors are PrimeSource Building Products (specialties), USG (commodities), Atrium Windows and Doors (millwork), and MasterBrand Cabinets (kitchen and bath). 

“These four vendors continue to support the co-op and its members and strive to reach outstanding sales goals. These awards are a testament to the hard work and focus of our sales teams and these supporting vendors.” said Tom Molloy, VP building products. 

These awards will be presented at the upcoming 46th Annual Meeting and Trade Show at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Fla. 

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