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Ferguson hires hall of fame QB as spokesman

BY Ken Clark

Terry Bradshaw is no stranger to the home improvement arena. The former football quarterback and current sportscaster was recently a Kickoff Breakfast speaker at a Do it Best market in Indianapolis, a guest keynoter at a BMC sales meeting in Las Vegas, and years ago was the featured speaker at HCN’s own Pro Dealer Conference.

He’s now playing for Ferguson, the plumbing and HVC giant.

Newport News, Va.-based Ferguson, the largest wholesale distributor of plumbing supplies in the United States, hired Bradshaw as the spokesperson for Ferguson’s contractor business, which consists of commercial and residential plumbers, HVAC contractors, waterworks contractors, builders and remodelers. 

"When choosing a spokesperson, we wanted someone who could easily relate to our professional trade customers," said Ferguson’s director of marketing, John Gillespie. "Terry is an excellent fit because of his winning record on and off the field, and his professional yet humble style."

On a recent radio spot in the New York area, Bradshaw tells listeners: "Check out PRO Plus at Ferguson, and tell ’em Terry sent you."

PRO Plus is Ferguson’s new rewards program for frequent customers. In addition to receiving discounts and special offers on business products and services, customers enrolled in Ferguson PRO Plus can earn points for their purchases made on Ferguson Online. 

Ferguson is part of U.K.-based Wloseley plc, which used to own Stock Building Supply. Stock was acquired by the Gores Group in 2009.

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Hoff Companies acquires Allied Lumber dealers

BY Brae Canlen

Allied Lumber Dealers, a wholesale door distributor in Denver, has been purchased by Meredian, Ohio-based Hoff Cos. The purchase price was not disclosed. Allied will be merged with Hoff’s Trimco’s Millwork distribution division. 

Founded in 1957, Allied Lumber Dealers has been a leading distributor of interior doors in the Front Range for more than 50 years. Under the leadership of  Nick and Jim Bakarich, Allied has become a major supplier of wood doors to lumberyards, pre-hung door and millwork shops, pro dealers and other wholesalers.

Jim Bakarich will join Trimco and continue to lead his existing team in their current facility for the next several months to ensure uninterrupted service to Allied’s customer base. Jim and his team will be directed by Paul Peters, Trimco’s millwork general manager, to provide the foundation for an orderly and seamless transition from Allied’s facility into Trimco’s existing warehouse in Aurora, Colo., in early 2013. 

Trimco’s recently acquired larger facility, coupled with this acquisition, will further propel Trimco to broaden its existing product lines and increase market penetration. Products will include complementary lines in exterior doors (including pre-hung and pre-finished), full line of interior doors, multiple species of stile and rail doors, moulding products and composite decking. Since Allied and Trimco service many of the same customers, the merged businesses should improve efficiencies and delivery services for the entire customer base.

Hoff Companies, now more than 100 years old, is still family-owned and managed. It has grown to include Trimco Millwork with operations in Idaho, Utah and Colorado, Western Window, Hoff Timberland division and BanBury Land Development. 

M & A Advisors, headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., acted as the seller’s exclusive adviser in this transaction. M & A Advisors is a full-service mergers and acquisitions advisory firm assisting owners and acquirers of companies primarily involved in the manufacture, distribution and sales of building products.

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MMC Contractors hires new executive

BY Brae Canlen

MMC Contractors, a commercial builder with offices in four states, has hired a new president for the Las Vegas market. Dan Coppinger will be responsible for business management and operations in the Las Vegas office, as well as helping achieve overall strategic goals for the MMC Contractors nationwide brand.

Coppinger spent the last 10 years as VP and division manager of Southland Industries in Las Vegas. He started his career 30 years ago as a sheet metal apprentice, moving up to foreman, superintendent and then transitioned into management.

MMC Contractors specializes in healthcare construction, government projects, hospitality and entertainment; educational buildings; and other non-residential sectors. Its geographical reach is 38 states, and the company has current locations in Las Vegas; Omaha, Neb.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Parsippany, N.J. Started as a family business in 1932, MMC Contractors is now 100% employee-owned. 

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