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Guardian consolidates and expands

BY HBSDealer Staff

Guardian Building Products says it is consolidating its Joplin, Missouri, facility into the recently acquired Hawkeye Building Distributors facility, also in Joplin.

At 48,000 square feet, the new center has more than double the inside storage capacity of the existing distribution center.

“We have worked diligently to ensure a seamless transition between these two Joplin facilities,” said Joplin Branch Manager David Fields. “Our larger space increases our service and product depth for our customers. We look forward to responding with ‘yes’ when they ask for a new item.”

A significant remodel of the DC, including replacing all warehouse lighting and updating the office space, is currently underway. Significant improvements are also being made to the outdoor storage area – when complete, nearly three acres will be available for outdoor storage.

The new facility has an approximate 200-mile service radius, and will serve all customers, reaching west to Tulsa, Oklahoma; east to St. Louis, Missouri; south to Fort Smith, Arkansas; and north to meet GBP’s Kansas City distribution center service area. Delivery schedules have been reorganized so that every customer in the coverage area can receive delivery two times per week.

Products available through the newly combined Joplin facility will include roofing products and accessories, insulation products, gypsum products, siding products, decking products and more.

The conversion to the new site will be complete by the end of the month.

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A VP retires from Ace Hardware Corp.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Rick Whitson, VP-distribution, will retire from Ace after 37 years with the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company.

Rick has a long history of contributions in the Retail Support area. During his career, Rick directed the operational start-up of the La Crosse, Yakima (now Moxee) and Princeton Retail Support Centers (RSCs). Rick also ran each of these RSCs, in particular, the Princeton RSC, for many years.

Several of the RSC initiatives we have today — containerization, voice pick with scanning, RSC slotting software and the SAP implementation within the RSCs — were led by Rick. In addition, under Rick’s tenure as Vice President – Distribution, he led the opening of the Wilmer and West Jefferson Retail Support Centers. Theses RSCs were successfully opened within the same year — a first for Ace.

The effective date of the retirement is Dec. 31.

According to the co-op: “Rick is known for his steady hand, his deep knowledge of distribution processes, and for his passion for serving Ace retailers. Rick plans to spend his retirement enjoying his grandsons and continuing his volunteer efforts.”
 

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LP and Cedar Creek make a deal

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LP Building Products and Cedar Creek announce the distribution of LP SolidStart and LP SmartSide Trim & Siding to the distributor’s location in Lakeland, Florida. The increased distribution of LP’s innovative products brings in-demand building products to the Southeast. The Lakeland location is currently in the process of adding all LP products to its inventory. This marks the 29th of 31 Cedar Creek locations to carry LP products.

“At Cedar Creek we are committed to taking care of our customers’ needs by offering the highest quality products available,” said Mike Wilson, Vice President of Sales for Cedar Creek. “We saw an increased customer demand for both of these LP product lines and are excited to be adding them to our Florida location.”

“Cedar Creek has been a great customer and distributor of LP Building Products for many years,” said Jim Abbott, Director of Sales and Marketing for LP. “Cedar Creek’s extensive relationships combined with our innovative products, solutions and sales support to the professional lumber dealer align well to meet future demand within the Southeast market.”

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