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Gibraltar president Henning Kornbrekke plans year-end retirement

BY HBSDealer Staff

Henning Kornbrekke, president and COO of building products supplier Gibraltar Industries, is preparing for his planned retirement at the end of the year.

“I will look back at my 12 years with Gibraltar with a deep sense of satisfaction,” Kornbrekke said. “Not only have I had the honor to get to know and work with an extraordinarily talented and dedicated team, but I believe that working together we have put the company in a solid position to continue its tradition of growth, evolution and shareholder value creation. I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow team members in the upcoming months as we strive to position Gibraltar for profitable growth.”

Kornbrekke was at the helm of the company since 2004 after a two-year stint as president of its Building Products Group.

“Henning Kornbrekke has done an outstanding job as Gibraltar’s president and COO and has been a trusted confidant to me and a friend as well during the past twelve years,” said Brian J. Lipke, chairman and CEO. “His dedication and loyalty to the company during both the good times and challenging times are greatly appreciated. Henning’s years of service to Gibraltar leave a solid foundation along with a metrics-driven operational structure to build upon. We wish him good health and happiness during a richly deserved retirement.”

The board of directors will be searching for a replacement with the aid of Korn/Ferry International.

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Weyerhaeuser one step closer to North American reign

BY HBSDealer Staff

With its recent Longview Timber acquisition under its belt, Weyerhaeuser Company has positioned itself as one of North America’s leading private sustainable forestry operations.

The company, which recently added 645,000 acres of forestland to its portfolio in Washington and Oregon, now manages 20.5 million acres of forestland in the U.S. and Canada that’s been certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative standard.

"Weyerhaeuser is dedicated to industry leadership in forest stewardship and sustainability, and we will continue that leadership as we bring the recently acquired Longview Timber operations into our portfolio," said Tom Gideon, Weyerhaeuser’s executive VP Timberlands. "All of Weyerhaeuser’s North American forests will continue to be certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® standard, which ensures that our forest management practices meet a broad spectrum of social, economic and environmental requirements."

Among the factors responsible for an SFI certification are protection of water resources, biodiversity, fish and wildlife habitats, at-risk species and renewable forest resources. SFI-certified acreage has grown by a whopping 71% since 2007, though globally, only 10% of forests bear this standard (compared to 100% of Weyerhaeuser’s).

According to Gideon, Weyerhaeuser has been SFI-certified for several years in North America, and it recently achieved full certification in Uruguay this year.

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Blume’s Solid Surface Products hits 25-year milestone

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Blume’s Solid Surface Products, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer of solid surface, quartz and granite countertops, celebrated its 25th anniversary recently.

The company took root in 1972 when Gus Blume and his wife, Dorothy, launched a laminate countertop fabrication shop called Topcraft.

They sold the business in 1988 and replaced it with the modern-day Blume’s, which expanded to include stone operations in 2004 and is now a wholesale company selling to kitchen dealers, contractors, millwork houses and builders.

Blume’s is not only recognized by the community it serves, but also by the state of Pennsylvania for being the first stone fabricator in the state (and the 18th in the world) to achieve accreditation from the Marble Institute of America.

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