Good news on the remodeling front
Remodeling contractors are feeling much more positive about future home improvement activity, according to Kermit Baker, director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.
“Low financing costs and a wave of previously foreclosed homes coming back on the market and in need of renovation are expected to generate healthy growth over the next several quarters,” he said.
After a three-year decline, the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity chart expects a double-digit increase through the first half of 2011—though spending is forecast to remain below its 2007 peak.
Tillman appointed to lighting company board
Cree Inc., the Durham, N.C.-based manufacturer of LED lighting products, has elected Robert Tillman to its board of directors. Tillman, 67, is the former president and CEO of Lowe’s. After his retirement from Lowe’s in 2005, he became a member of the board of directors of the Bank of America Corp. until 2009.
Tillman will serve on the compensation committee of Cree’s board of directors, the announcement said.
Cree is a publicly traded company with annual revenues of $867 million. Its products include LED fixtures and bulbs for both the retail and commercial markets and semiconductor solutions for wireless and power applications.
Quarterly sales slip 3.2% at Huttig
Huttig Building Products, the St. Louis-based distributor, reported net sales of $127.2 million for its last fiscal quarter, which ended Sept. 30, a 3.2% decline from sales of $131.4 million in the same period of 2009.
Sales declined in building products but increased in all other product categories in 2010 from 2009, the company reported in an SEC filing. Millwork sales increased approximately 6% in 2010 to $58.4 million. Building product sales decreased approximately 15% in 2010 to $54.9 million. Wood products sales increased approximately 15% to $13.9 million in 2010.
The company posted a net loss of $4.5 million for the three-month period, compared with $1.1 million for the same period a year ago.
On Sept. 30, Huttig amended and restated its existing credit agreement with a four-year, $120 million, asset-based senior secured revolving credit facility, according to the filing.
Huttig is a two-step distributor of lumber, panels, decking, windows, doors, fasteners and other building materials. The company serves 41 states through 27 distribution centers.