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GAF donates roof for TV special

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Wayne, N.J.-based GAF, the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, will contribute all roofing materials in this week’s episode of the ABC television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

“This is our fourth ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ project in the past six months, and we are pleased to be given the opportunity to continue contributing to these life-changing projects,” said Ted Marcopolus, VP marketing services at GAF.

The May 1 show features Marine Staff Sergeant Bill Dickinson’s family. Dickinson has served as a member of the military for 17 years and is currently stationed half a world away from his wife and five kids. Their home is falling apart due to spreading mold damage, bad electrical wiring, an inadequate foundation and flood damage. All contractors who have been asked to evaluate the damage have reached the same conclusion: The home should be bulldozed, according to GAF.

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BlueLinx announces $60 million stock offering

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In an effort to raise $60 million, building products distributor BlueLinx has announced it will commence a rights offering of common stock to its stockholders. The proceeds will be used to pay down debt and fund working capital, the company said in an April 26 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 

BlueLinx plans to distribute to its common stockholders transferable rights to purchase up to $60 million of its common stock.. In addition, stockholders  may oversubscribe for additional shares of common stock. The company anticipates that the record date and the subscription price will be determined at or about the time that the SEC declares the company’s registration statement effective. The subscription rights are expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BXC RT.

Cerberus ABP Investor LLC, who owns approximately 55% of the company’s common stock, will backstop the rights offering, subject to certain conditions, by purchasing shares of common stock that relate to any rights that remain unexercised. The investment agreement may be terminated by the company if the board of directors finds an alternative transaction that they consider more favorable for the company. 

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, BlueLinx is a leading distributor of building products in North America, with more than 750 suppliers to service approximately 11,500 customers nationwide, including dealers, industrial manufacturers, manufactured housing producers and home improvement retailers. The company operates its distribution business from sales centers in Atlanta and Denver, and its network of 60 distribution centers. 

 

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84 Lumber looking at trades training program

BY HBSDEALER Staff

National pro dealer 84 Lumber is exploring the idea of a construction trades training program in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La. markets, according to an article in The Advocate.

The pilot program would be in partnership with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University. Training would cover not only what happens on the jobsite, but also things like how to submit a bid and handle payroll, according to Roy Lindsey, sales manager at 84 Lumber’s Baton Rouge location.

Although still in the early planning stages, Lindsey said he hoped the program could contribute to the quality of the local labor pool and also help delevop a loyal customer base for 84 Lumber.

 

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