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Ferguson to open Florida showroom

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Newport News, Va.-based plumbing supply distributor Ferguson announced it will be opening a new showroom in Melbourne, Fla.

The 10,000 square-foot showroom will feature a gallery displaying new and trendy kitchen and bath products including kitchen and bath fixtures, appliances, lighting and fireplaces. Consultants also will be available at the showroom to help customers customize their kitchen and bath renovations.

The showroom is not only geared toward Ferguson’s professional base of architects, contractors and designers, but to homeowners as well, the pro dealer said in a statement.

Ferguson is a division of England-based Wolseley, which also owns and operates Stock Building Supply.

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Wood products company Pope & Talbot to close three mills temporarily

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Wood products company Pope & Talbot will shutter three mills temporarily to reduce the company’s inventory of finished goods.

Mills in the British Columbia cities of Grand Forks, Castlegar and Fort St. James will be shut down for two weeks beginning Oct. 15. The mills produce high-end softwood lumber products.

Company CEO Harold Stanton said the move was necessary due to falling prices of softwood lumber products and a stronger Canadian dollar.

“Moving forward, we will continue to make adjustments as the market dictates,” he said.

Portland, Ore.-based Pope & Talbot produces pulp and wood products for markets in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

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Do it Best fall market to kick off this weekend

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Do it Best Corp. will hold its fall market Oct. 13 to 16 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, with several previews scheduled on Oct. 12.

This year’s fall market will include the sixth year of the “Power Preview” event starting on Oct. 12, held at Victory Field adjacent to the convention center. The Power Preview will feature 25 outdoor power equipment vendors who will display their wares for Do it Best dealers.

The fall market also will include a “Rental Zone” preview on Oct. 12, during which members can try rental items and place bids on used items.

The convention also includes planned tours of Sullivan Hardware & Garden, a dealer based in Indianapolis, and learning sessions on driving customer loyalty and working within the Do it Best “Signature Store Design Program.”

NASA astronaut James Lovell Jr. will serve as keynote speaker at the event.

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