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EPA recognizes efficiency of Delta Faucet

BY HBSDEALER Staff

For the second time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Delta Faucet Company one of its 2013 WaterSense Manufacturer Partners of the Year, citing the company’s commitment to water efficiency and utilization of the WaterSense program.

"As a WaterSense partner since the program’s inception, we are committed to working with the EPA to encourage efficient use of water resources and protect the future of our nation’s water supply," said Richard O’Reagan, Delta Faucet Company president. "From consciously working to reduce our footprint to developing environmentally-friendly products and technologies, we recognize our role in helping to sustain the environment."

According to the company, Delta continued its initiative in 2012 to ensure that 100% of its bathroom collections offer a faucet and showerhead that meet EPA standards. The company also launched two new toilets – the Corrente and Prelude – as an expansion of its WatersSense offerings.

"All of our WaterSense partners have taken steps to reduce our nation’s water use, but several stood out in 2012 for their commitment to the WaterSense program and collaborative efforts to promote WaterSense labeled products, new homes and outreach and educational programs," said EPA’s acting assistant administrator for Water Nancy Stoner. "We are pleased to honor Delta Faucet Company for its efforts that support our mission to protect the future of our nation’s water supply."

The honor was awarded during the sixth annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas. Delta received the award in 2011 as well.

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Trex adds Mid-Atlantic region distributor

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Winchester, Va.-based Trex Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, is expanding its presence in the Mid-Atlantic region with the addition of Pittsburgh-based Babcock Lumber Company to its distribution network.

Babcock will supply dealers across western and central Pennsylvania, western New York and West Virginia with Trex products.

“Babcock is well-known and respected throughout the industry for its commitment to its customers,” said Ronald W. Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex. 

With a company history that dates back 126 years, Babcock Lumber is the oldest member of the North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) and has been a member of the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) since 1906.

“We are continually evaluating our offerings to ensure that we are supplying our customers with products and services that meet their needs and exceed their expectations,” said Bob Bootay, vice president and general manager, distribution group at Babcock Lumber. “Trex’s commitment to quality and service mirrors our own and the innovative Trex portfolio delivers the game-changing, high-performance products our customers seek.”

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Pat Thorne Lumber Co. honored by HCN

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Pat Thorne Lumber Co. of Chillicothe, Mo., will receive the 2013 Independent Pro Dealer of the Year award during the upcoming ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville, Tenn.

The Oct. 23-25 summit is sponsored jointly by HCN and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA). 

The three-unit Pat Thorne Lumber, co-owned by Pat and Susan Thorne, is a member of the Mid-America Lumbermens Association, of which Pat Thorne is a past president. 

The title of “Independent Pro Dealer of the Year” is awarded by HCN to a small, independent pro dealer that reflects the values of the lumber industry — customer service, community involvement and business best practices.

“We consider it an honor to be recognized and most of the credit goes to our staff, our customers and also our vendors,” said Pat Thorne. “We’ve been very, very fortunate to have such a great staff of professionals.”

A member of the Do it Best Corp. co-op, Pat Thorne Lumber operates three pro-focused Missouri units in Chillicothe, Plattsburg and Cameron.

Also during the 2013 ProDealer Industry Summit, HCN will recognize Green Bay, Wis.-based US LBM Holdings as national “Pro Dealer of the Year.” 

For more information, visit prodealer.com.

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