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Husqvarna digs deeper roots in Arkansas

BY HBSDealer Staff

Husqvarna Group, a manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, is expanding its operations in Nashville, Ark., with the construction of a 350,300-square-foot distribution center and materials warehouse facility.

The project is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2018.

The facility will serve primarily as warehouse, staging, and storage, and will be located adjacent to the current manufacturing facilities in Nashville where chainsaws, trimmers, blowers, pole saws, and hedge trimmers are made for the Husqvarna, Poulan Pro, Jonsered, McCulloch, and Weed Eater brands.

The addition of the new distribution center to existing Nashville manufacturing operations will significantly impact operational efficiencies — primarily by localizing distribution operations and automating the transfer of finished product from the assembly line to the warehouse. The investment includes an adjacent four-acre site to be used as a trailer court. Once the new facility is operational, the company’s manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution footprint in Nashville will exceed 874,000 square feet.

“We’re always looking for ways to better serve our customers in an increasingly competitive market, and this new state-of-the-art facility will help us improve our product/cost value position by optimizing warehousing and distribution,” said Jim Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Sourcing, Operations, and Supply Chain for Husqvarna Group’s Consumer Brands Division.

The Nov. 8 ground-breaking event was attended by Billy Ray Jones, Mayor of Nashville, Arkansas; Larry Teague, Senator of Arkansas District 10; and various members of the Husqvarna Group senior leadership team. The ground-breaking event for the new facility coincided with the “flip-the-switch” event for the company’s new solar power generating facility at its injection molding plant nearby.

 

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Houzz Stat: Bathroom upgrade hot spots

BY Erin Carlyle, Houzz

Faucets, wall finishes and countertops are ripe for change. Compared with last year’s study, homeowners this year were somewhat less inclined to remove all the features in their master bathrooms and start from scratch. But if they were going to change something, it was likely to be their faucets, wall finishes, countertops and flooring — the most frequently cited items to be changed in this year’s survey.

Read more about this year's study here.

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Copp’s Buildall upgrades its business software

BY HBSDealer Staff

Copp’s Buildall, a pro dealer with four locations in London, Ontario, Canada, has selected Epicor BisTrack software to assist in running operations.

BisTrack will provide Copp’s with integrated dispatch and delivery management, electronic document management, inventory control tools such as suggested orders, real-time business intelligence, and more in helping the company make accurate business decisions, Epicor said in a press release.

Family-owned and operated through four generations, Copp’s has played a prominent role in London, Ontario’s building industry since 1877.

“To continue being a leader in the industry required us to look at ways to improve efficiency and better serve our customers,” said David Loughlin, vice president of finance at Copp’s Buildall. “Copp’s Buildall is a future-oriented business and we don’t want to be held back by our software in the years to come.”

According to Loughlin, the software previously used by the company did not integrate will all of its systems, including delivery, business reporting, and document storage.

“BisTrack software will help us better serve customers by increasing our efficiency to eliminate manual tasks, gain better business insight, and improve the customer experience,” Loughlin said. “Our primary objective for transitioning to BisTrack software is to take our customer service to an even higher level.”

Approximately 50% of the Copp’s Buildall business is delivered, requiring accurate and real-time data to effectively serve customers and keep the business on track. “With BisTrack software, we’ll know exactly where our trucks are and how long they spend at each drop. We can even give our customers access to the status of their shipped orders. They can monitor their shipments online or request an alert once a shipment has been delivered to their workers at the jobsite,” said Loughlin.

“We are excited to support Copp’s Buildall with its growth plans,” said Kevin Hodge, director, product development and management, LBM, Epicor Software. “Copp’s investment in BisTrack will ensure they have a solid foundation for growth.”

 

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