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Greg Brooks on board to speak at ProDealer Industry Summit

BY HBSDealer Staff

Greg Brooks is one of five speakers slated to speak at this year’s ProDealer Industry Summit, taking place Oct. 23-25 in Nashville, Tenn.

Brooks, a market analyst specializing in residential building material distribution in North America, is the editor of LBM Executive and the president of Building Supply Channel. He also serves on the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies committee and is the author of the NLBMDA’s "Scope of the Lumber and Building Materials Industry," as well as a co-author of "The Next Decade in North American Building Product Distribution."

Brooks’ 45 years of experience in the construction supply business promises to inform his contribution to the event, which hosts LBM dealers, suppliers, wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers.

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Andina acquires Tecnoglass and C.I. Energia Solar

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Andina Acquisition Corporation jointly announced its merger with privately held Tecnoglass S.A. and C.I. Energia Solar S.A. E.S. Windows (both of which are sister companies collectively known as "Tecnoglass").

Colombia-based Tecnoglass will become a subisidiary of Andina, an asset acquisition company headquarterd in the Andean region of South America.

Tecnoglass is a vertically integrated manufacturer of architectural and industrial glass and windows, as well as aluminum products for residential and commercial construction. The company has over 300 customers in the Americas and exports nearly 43% of its products.

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UFPI launches new cost-cutting structural frame system

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Universal Forest Products, Inc. has launched a new structural frame system through one of its affiliates that purports to lower costs and provide flexibility to architects and builders.

The Intact Structural Frame combines engineered wood and a full-height anchoring system that connects the roof to the foundation (versus traditional systems that connect the walls to the foundation). This "exoskeleton" is suitable for use in regions that experience heavy snow, wind or seismic activity.

The system is currently being used for the first time in the construction of a 7,000-sq.-ft. commercial building in Longview, Tex.

According to architect Kirk Acheson, the Intact Structural Frame allowed him to avoid load-bearing walls and columns and instead shift the load to the exterior. It also met his limited budget and time constraints.

The company stated that the structrual frame system can lower costs by as much as 15% to 40%, with an up to three-week reduction in construction time.

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