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Gertner named Long Island Lumber Person of the Year

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Paul Gertner, president of Starborn Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of fastening products, was named 2013 Lumber Person of the Year during the inaugural Annual Meeting of the New York Long Island Lumber Association. 

Gertner was cited for this honor in recognition of his “long-standing dedication, support and service to the lumber and building materials industry.” 

"Paul is an example of how hard work and dedication are among the many reasons why Starborn is a major force in our industry,” said Michael Horne of Liberty Panel and the president of the New York & Suburban Lumber Association, which recently merged with the Long Island Lumber Association.

In his remarks to the gathering, Gertner recalled the mid-1990s as a critical period for the industry. Starborn’s customer base of independent lumberyards was being decimated by the spread of large box retail outlets. These “category killers” already dominated other retail segments, such as books and sporting goods. However, as Gertner noted “our industry proved different” due in large part to the significant base of professional customers. 

“Most of these professionals circled back to your stores after trying the large box outlets, and your companies pivoted to concentrate on them, becoming the thriving pro yards you are today,” he said. “Starborn also pivoted by establishing the highest standards for its construction fasteners and developing unique specialized decking products aimed at contractor-installed high end decks.” 

Founded in 1961, Starborn products include Headcote, the first stainless deck screw with color-coated heads; the patented Smart-Bit and Pro Plug System; and Cap-Tor, the first fastener designed for Capstock decking.

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Western Insulation to operate under a new name

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Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Western Insulation will begin operating as part of the Masco Contractor Services of California brand.

"We are excited to announce this change to our customers," said Thomas Morris, regional sales manager for Masco’s Builder Services Group, Inc. "We feel it will help our ongoing efforts to maximize efficiency and promote the best use of our resources to support and serve our customers."

Masco Contractor Services of California will now hold 13 locations in California with the addition of Western Insulation’s Santa Maria, Bakersfield, Ceres, Fresno, Livermore, Riverside and Sacramento offices.

Western Insulation specializes in residential and commercial insulation, as well as gutter installation services.

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Intech Equipment & Supply hires Dennis Alter

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Intech Equipment & Supply, a Phoenix-based roofing and insulation equipment provider, has hired Dennis Alter as southeast technical service manager.

Alter will be based in the company’s Madison, Ga. location and will support its five full service branches in California, Texas, Arizona, Missouri and Arkansas, as well as coverage for some other southeastern states.

"We’re very excited to have Dennis on board," said Jake Jacobson, director of business and market development for Intech Equipment & Supply. "Having been a spray foam applicator, Dennis is a great resource to the spray foam markets in a training or technical support role. With extensive knowledge of Graco, Gusmer and Glascraft spray foam equipment, Dennis’ broad background and expertise will be a valuable addition to our team."

Previously, he served as operations manager for Spray Foam Systems, in which role he as in charge of rig building, technical support and training. 

With over 15 years of experience in insulation and spray foam, Alter is certified as an instructor and field examiner by the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance. He is also a former U.S. Marine Corps member.

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