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GAF hits 300 mark with Green Roofer program

BY Brae Canlen

GAF, one of North America’s largest roofing manufacturers, now has more than 300 professional roofing contractors who have qualified as members of the Certified Green Roofer program. Launched in 2010 and developed with partners like the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA), the Certified Green Roofer program has paid more than $60,000 in incentive dollars to contractors for recycling. 

Certified Green Roofers must pass a written test and complete a sustainability assessment before being admitted to the program. As a condition of membership, they commit to recycling shingles if they live in a state where recycling is available, and to joining their local chapter of the USGBC.

To help contractors find local recyclers, GAF sponsors the CMRA’s Web portal, and has helped it grow to a listing of almost 200 locations where contractors can recycle shingles.

“We found that our factory-certified contractors wanted a rigorous program where they could learn all aspects of sustainability and apply them to their businesses,” said Martin Grohman, GAF’s director of sustainability. “They also wanted to have a meaningful designation that they could use to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability. The rapid growth of the program shows the commitment that professional roofing contractors have to running their businesses in a sustainable way.”

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TW Perry wins ‘Exceptional Business’ award

BY Brae Canlen

Pro dealer TW Perry was ranked in 9th place among the “Top 53 Businesses and Organizations in the State of Maryland” by The Gazette of Politics and Business. The publication honors businesses and organizations based on criteria that included the recipient company’s noteworthy product or service innovations, community service efforts, and how the companies portrayed themselves as good places to work.

TW Perry was recognized for its exceptional stability and growth, as well as its support of community service programs. Since ranking 16th in 2010, the company has grown from 280 to 320 employees. In the spring of 2012, TW Perry opened an upscale Design Center in Gaithersburg, Md., and acquired Crown Stairs, an established and respected company based in Gaithersburg. 

Named the 2011 Pro Dealer of the Year by Home Channel News, TW Perry supports Rebuilding Together, Yellow Ribbon Fund, local youth groups and schools; and helping out on national programs, such as the Breast Cancer Foundation.

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LP swings to profit

BY Brae Canlen

Louisiana-Pacific Corp. reported third-quarter sales of $467.8 million, a 33.4% increase over sales of $350.6 million in the same quarter a year ago.

Net income for the quarter, which ended Sept. 30, was $31.3 million, compared with a net loss of $65.6 million a year ago.

“LP is very pleased to report significantly better results as we were able to take advantage of an improving housing market in the quarter,” CEO Curt Stevens said. “With the increasingly favorable news in housing trends, we are optimistic that the market will continue to steadily recover.”

The company’s oriented strand board (OSB) segment currently operates seven facilities and has indefinitely curtailed three other facilities due to market conditions. The OSB segment reported net sales for the third quarter of 2012 of $227 million, an increase from $139 million of net sales in the third quarter of 2011. For the third quarter of 2012, the OSB segment reported operating income of $49 million compared with a loss of $16 million in the third quarter of 2011.

LP’s siding segment, used in new construction as well as in the repair and remodeling markets, reported net sales of $134 million in the third quarter of 2012, a 20% increase from sales of $112 million in the year-ago third quarter. For the third quarter of 2012, the siding segment reported operating income of $20 million compared with $12 million in the year-ago quarter.

Third-quarter sales in the engineered wood products (EWP) segment totaled $61.5 million, a 12% increase from net sales of $54.9 million a year ago. Operating losses were $3 million for both the third quarter of 2012 and 2011.

In his outlook for the months ahead, CEO Stevens said: “While housing signs look very favorable, we are certainly cognizant of potential headwinds, including a slowing global economy, an uncertain political and fiscal environment and slow job creation. Our plan is to do what is necessary to be ready to satisfy increasing demand for our products, which emerges within this broader context and respond accordingly.”

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