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ENAP to host forest products event

BY HBSDEALER Staff

New Windsor, N.Y.-based ENAP, Inc. will host its annual Forest Products Conference on Nov. 3 – 5 in Baltimore. 

The industry’s top forest products mills and manufacturers will share their product expertise, strategies, and expectations of the market for 2014 and beyond, according to Duncan Facey, VP of forest products.

“Our annual Forest Product Conference is an opportunity to meet with our members and give them buying and contracting opportunities to benefit their operations through the next year,” Facey said. “We have added new seminars and executive speakers that will permit our members to profit from the insight of top industry leaders.” 

Included in the event will be “Four Points of Strategic Planning,” which will take a look at how to shift companies into a management-for-success mode through organizational efficiency, sales growth, proper planning, effective performance metrics, and incentive-based compensation programs. 

The even will also present: “Understanding the Changes and Challenges in Logistics,” which delves into recent trends in the trucking and rail sectors and how they impact conducting business every day. 

The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Jim Harris, founder of the Jim Harris Group and To a Higher Lever, international speaking, consulting and coaching firms 

“The ENAP Forest Products Conference is a place to sit down with the mill reps, let them know what you need and find out what they can do for you,” said John Daingerfield, Jaeger Lumber, Union, N.J . “It is many suppliers looking at my business as part of ENAP’s $1 billion of business.” 

ENAP, Inc. is a member owned forest products and building materials cooperative with offices in New Windsor, N.Y., and Monroe, La. 

 

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Salvatore Abbate named chief sales and marketing officer at Andersen

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Andersen Corporation has named Salvatore Abbate chief sales and marketing officer.

Abbate will replace Craig Evanich in this role, in which he will oversee the development of sales and marketing strategies, as well as maintain responsibility for the company’s Logistics and Order Management operations. Evanich retired in June.

“This aligns responsibility for all customer interactions and customer-facing components into one organization, which is important to building an exceptional customer experiences,” Andersen Division president Jerry Redmond said. “Under Sal’s leadership our sales and marketing teams are firing on all cylinders as the housing market recovers.”

Abbate has more than 20 years of experience in building and consumer products manufacturing, beginning with 16 years at Armstrong and most recently with Solutia, Inc., where he was VP global sales and marketing of the Performance Films division. His background in new product development, advertising, regional sales and promotions will serve to inform his new role.

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Shaw Industries plans expansion Tenn. facility

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Shaw Industries Group, Inc. of Berkshire Hathaway has announced plans to expand its hardwood floor manufacturing facility in South Pittsburg, Tenn.

Shaw plans to invest at least $40 million and hire over 25 new associates in response to growing demand for its Epic engineered flooring product, adding more than 60% capacity to its existing facility. Construction will begin later this year.

“The expansion of the South Pittsburg hardwood operation is an important component in our overall hardwood strategy," said Shaw chairman and CEO Vance Bell. "By investing in this plant and our other hardwood facilities, we are enhancing our ability to offer the widest product mix, the most innovative design, and the greatest quality and service to our customers."

The plant currently employs 200 people, 65 of which were added this year after Shaw increased the number of shifts at the facility.

The company also recently announced plans for a new carpet tile plant in Georgia, opened a carpet tile plant in China and implemented $26 million worth of technology and automation at its hardwood facilities in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

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