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Great Southern buys two lumber plants

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Great Southern Wood Preserving has announced two of its subsidiaries have purchased Curt Bean Lumber plants, according to the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.

The wood treating plants are located in Glenwood, Ark., and Buckner, Mo.

The agreement calls for Curt Bean Lumber’s remaining Amity, Ark.-based plant to provide treating services to Great Southern, the companies said.

Great Southern now has nine treating facilities.

“Our focus has always been on providing great products and great service, and we’re excited to bring that commitment to Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and portions of Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa,” said Jimmy Rane, president and CEO of Great Southern.

Rane said his company expects to have the plants operational for the 2008 season.

Great Southern was founded in 1971 in Abbeville, Ala. It has plants in Conyers and Jesup, Ga.; Muscle Shoals and Mobile, Ala.; Sumter County, Fla.; and Columbus, Texas.

Curt Bean was founded in 1940 and has developed into one of Arkansas’ largest independent manufacturers of Southern pine and treated lumber, according to the company’s Web site.

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CPG International reports strong third quarter

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CPG International, the parent company of AZEK Building Products, reported earnings of $342,000 in the third quarter, swinging from a loss last year of $756,000.

Sales rose 25 percent to $82.55 million compared with $65.75 million in the same period last year.

“Although the residential housing market further weakened in the third quarter, CPG continued to execute on its business plan achieving impressive growth for the quarter,” said Glenn Fischer, CPG’s interim CEO.

Highlights of the third quarter include expansion of the company’s PVC deck manufacturing capabilities, with CPG adding further manufacturing capacity at plants in Alabama and Pennsylvania. Additionally, the company kicked off a 98-store test program of its AZEK Trim product in Home Depot stores.

CPG International, based in Scranton, Pa., markets products under several brands including AZEK Trim and Mouldings, AZEK Deck and Santana Products.

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Building Materials Supply expands Simpson Strong-Tie distribution

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Galt, Calif.-based Building Materials Distributors announced it will expand its distribution of Simpson Strong-Tie products into Colorado, Wyoming, eastern Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana.

The new markets join BMD’s core markets in California and Nevada.

BMD became the first Simpson Strong-Tie distributor in 1952.

“BMD has been an integral part of Simpson’s success. Due to BMD’s commitment and dedication, we recently expanded our partnership. We look forward to continued success with BMD,” said Dave Simpkins of Simpson Strong-Tie.

BMD is a wholesale distributor of building materials focusing on the western United States.

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