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Fiberon sponsors new Ty Pennington series

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Ty Pennington is gearing up to launch a new online video series on NextGenHomeTV called "’First to the Future’ Home." The weekly program will be dedicated to smart products and home design for next-generation homes.

Backing his effort will be Fiberon, who has signed on as a gold-level sponsor of the show. As part of the partnership, Fiberon’s new ProTect Advantage line of wood-alternative decking and Fiberail composite railing will be featured on an episode this spring.

“Fiberon is a perfect fit for Ty’s ‘First to the Future’ Home series and its emphasis on products for smarter home construction,” said Doug Mancosh, president of Fiberon. “Our family of wood-alternative products features the sustainability, durability and functionality, not to mention the beauty, that the next-generation of homes will require.”

The program will showcase the process of building an energy-efficient, weather- and storm-resistant home near St. Augustine, Fla. The completed home will be revealed later this year, at which point the show’s website will feature a complete overview of the products used during construction.

Pennington rose through the ranks as the host of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on ABC, which aired from 2004 through 2012.

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Installed Building Products posts sales growth

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Net revenue increased 30.6% for Installed Building Products, rising to $119.3 million,

Net income from continuing operations was reported as $2.4 million, essentially flat from the prior-year quarter.

The company, which describes itself as "the nation’s second largest insulation installer for the residential new construction market," said the growth was the result of improving demand for services, especially in new residential end markets. 

"We are well positioned to continue capitalizing on the new-home construction recovery, strengthening our market position and pursuing value-enhancing acquisitions while remaining disciplined with our costs to improve profitability," said Jeff Edwards, chairman and CEO. "In the first quarter of 2014, adverse winter weather conditions have slowed sales growth in many of our markets due to delayed construction activity; however, we expect to regain most of any weather-impacted demand during the remainder of the year.”

For the full year of 2013, net revenue was $431.9 million, an increase of 43.4% from $301.3 million in the full year of 2012. On a same branch basis, net revenue increased 29.6% from the prior year.

Also for the full year, net income from continuing operations was $6.6 million, compared with a net loss from continuing operations of $4.3 million in the prior year.

In addition to insulation, IBP also installs garage doors, rain gutters, shower doors, closet shelving and mirrors throughout the United States.

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Eco Building Products expands its production capabilities

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Eco Building Products, Inc. is beefing up its production through the purchase of additional automated coating equipment and the use of a currently operational facility in Augusta, Ga.

The increased production capacity will help boost panel production to meet increasing big box demands, especially in the Northeastern U.S, the company said.

"The demand in the northeast started with one house, and today we are positioned with multiple coating lines and affiliate production facilities to support that market," said president and CEO Steve Conboy. "More recently, Eco sold a whole-house pack into Omaha, Nebraska and already the supply chain is calling for Eco Red Shield protected lumber. In the Pacific Northwest, Eco’s Salem facility remains fairly busy with lumber distributors like Shelter Products and Blazer Industries sending product in for coating services to support production jobsites in Texas, Colorado and pre-fab buildings heading off-shore into Hawaii."

The company will also refurbish an existing production line under the provisions of its quality control program. The line is outfitted with pre- and post-conditioning tunnels for added quality.

"We are expecting the same in the south as we are getting calls from distributors already," added Conboy. "Once we raise the Eco Flag in the south, it is certain that the market will come to Eco for coating services because we are convincing the lumber industry Eco is the best in the business and here to stay."

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