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‘Extreme Makeover’ gets closer to foundation-system supplier

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Fans of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” may wonder: “How do they build a house so quickly?” One answer is in the concrete foundation system.

New Holland, Pa.-based Superior Walls of America, a pre-cast concrete foundation system manufacturer, has signed on as a supporter for Season 8 of ABC-TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The company will supply and install custom-made energy-efficient basement and crawl space foundations for a variety of homes featured on the home improvement show in 2010 and 2011.

“This sponsorship actually represents a formalization of our ongoing relationship with ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,’ ” said Keith Weller, CFO of Superior Walls of America. “Since the show started in 2003, our corporate office and licensee partners have donated almost two dozen foundation systems to project homes for ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.’ Now we’re excited to ‘step up’ our commitment to support the goals of this television show in helping special families get their dream homes.”

Certified crews for Superior Walls will deliver and install the customized insulated panels to the job sites involved with the show and have the entire foundation system installed typically in less than six hours.

The show’s director of construction, David Bohler, described the speed of the system as “amazing.” He added: “Given the strict timeline that our show operates under, these foundation systems are perfectly suited for our needs.”

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EPA seeks input on new formaldehyde regs

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it is forming an “advocacy review panel” of small business owners to focus on formaldehyde in the wood products industry. The advisory panel will help the agency prepare for the implementation of the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, enacted in July 2010. The new standards will establish formaldehyde limits for composite wood products (hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard and particleboard) so these products meet emission standards.

Formaldehyde is a known eye, nose and throat irritant, and in 1991, the EPA classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen. Formaldehyde-based resins are sometimes used as adhesives in composite wood products.

The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires the EPA to establish a federal panel for rules that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small organizations. The panel will include representatives from the Small Business Administration, the Office of Management and Budget, and the EPA. The panel will also ask a selected group of small entity representatives (SERs) to provide advice and recommendations on behalf of their company, community or organization to inform the panel on impacts of the proposed rule.

The EPA seeks self-nominations directly from the small organizations that may be subject to the rule requirements to facilitate the selection of SERs. Self-nominations may be submitted through epa.gov/sbrefa/formaldehyde.htm and must be received by Nov. 2, 2010.

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Obituary: Carter Lumber’s Rollie Haring, 70

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Long-time Carter lumber veteran and company executive Roland “Rollie” Haring died Oct. 24 at the age of 70.

“The Carter Lumber family of companies lost a good friend over the weekend as Rollie Haring passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, after a courageous and hard-fought 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer,” read a statement from the company.

“In 1958, Rollie began his career with Carter Lumber unloading box cars in Medina, Ohio. After spending over 20 years in the stores, Rollie moved to the purchasing department at the corporate office. By combining his infectious personality with his negotiation skills, Rollie was soon promoted to VP purchasing. In addition to his work on the executive committee, Rollie was also a member of the board of directors and assumed other roles such as VP logistics, a position he held until his death.

“While at Carter Lumber, Rollie won the hearts and friendships of all who knew him, and he will be sorely missed.”

Haring’s obituary on Ohio.com describes him as a sports fan, a man with many friends in and out of the lumber industry, and a neighbor who embraced the tradition of Christmas with an impressive annual Christmas-lights display.

 

Rolland Edwin Haring was born Aug. 5, 1940, in Lodi, Ohio.

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