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GP reorganizes engineered wood business

BY Brae Canlen

Georgia-Pacific Wood Products has announced that it will make “strategic changes” to its engineered lumber division to facilitate more direct involvement with its customer base and expand its services.

GP will provide its engineered lumber customers with inside and outside account management personnel, business development support, engineering and technical services, and software development and support, the announcement said. The Atlanta-based company will continue to supply a complete engineered lumber product offering, including laminated veneer lumber (LVL), solid sawn and LVL flanged I-joists, glulam beams and rim board.

The strategy coincides with the Feb. 12, 2012, expiration of GP’s distribution agreement with distributor BlueLinx Holdings, and will allow GP to begin to phase out its Broadspan line of engineered wood products late in the first quarter of 2012.

Last week BlueLinx announced its own plans to launch a complete line of privately branded engineered lumber products in February 2012.

"This new strategy will help expand market opportunities for GP, our customers, distributors and supply partners," said Mark Luetters, president of Georgia-Pacific Wood Products. "We feel this will help us better meet customer needs through a strong network of independent distributors with a primary focus on engineered lumber products."

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WOLF flexes promotional muscle on Facebook

BY Ken Clark

York, Pa.-based WOLF, the supplier of kitchen cabinets and building products, is giving away a cabinet and vanity top package through a Facebook-only sweepstakes.

Visitors to WOLF’s Facebook page who are over the age of 18 may enter the contest by completing a simple form. The sweepstakes ends on Dec. 9.

“WOLF Classic Cabinets have quickly built a following among the independent dealers we serve,” said Jim Groff, WOLF’s chief marketing officer. “By creating this second Facebook giveaway, we’re able to extend that excitement to builders, homeowners and others, and respond to the enormous popularity of our August giveaway.”

WOLF developed its cabinet line as part of a broad strategic shift that began in 2010. The company, once a traditional two-step distributor, has positioned itself as a sourcing company that focuses on identifying or developing products designed solely to meet the needs of independent dealers.

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Mead Lumber grows in Nebraska, S.D.

BY Brae Canlen

Mead Lumber, the regional LBM chain with locations in seven Midwestern states, has purchased four locations of Fullerton Building Center, according to an announcement on its website.  

The stores are located in Yankton, S.D., and Vermillion, Winner, and Norfolk, Neb. Fullerton will still operate its lumberyards in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“The geographic location and size of these stores make them a great fit for Mead Lumber’s growth plans,” said Craig Bradshaw, president of Mead Lumber.

Founded in 1910 by Morton Mead in Ashland, Neb., Mead Lumber is now headquartered in Columbus, Neb. Ranked 34th on the HCN Pro Dealer Scoreboard, the company operates 35 lumberyards, truss plants, hardware stores and mill shops in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming. Annual sales in 2010 were estimated at $104 million.

Mead Lumber has also recently purchased Sonny’s Ace Hardware of Canon City, Colo., as well as another hardware store location in Pierre, Colo., through its Knecht Home Centers division.

Bradshaw told the Yankton Press and Dakotan, “We’ve been very fortunate during these times and have had some great opportunities to acquire some good retailers. We plan to continue to grow, and we’re actively still looking at other stores.”

 

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