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Hyde Park Lumber completes showroom renovation

BY Ken Clark

Hyde Park Lumber and Design Co., the lumber company and design center operating in the Cincinnati area, recently completed their 80,000-sq.-ft. showroom renovation.

“One of the things that makes us stand out from the big-box stores, and even other design centers, is that we don’t have products on a shelf in the box, we actually have samples of the products shown ‘in-use’ — so the buyer can see, feel, touch the products and see what they will look like in their setting,” said Mills “Mike” Cooper Judy Jr. , president of Hyde Park Lumber and Design Center. 

The displays are described as "vast" — 80 full-size doors on display, more than 200 moldings, 300 knobs, pulls and latches, all types of fencing, shingles, decking, paneling and much more.

Hyde Park Lumber and Design Center began with the majority of their business done by contractors. But over the years they have evolved by enticing homeowners and do-it-yourselfers, the company said. In the last couple of years they have also seen their walk-in customers include a large amount of women who are looking for ideas for a bath or kitchen make-over.

Located throughout the showroom are large-screen TVs featuring projects that have been completed by their contractor customers using products purchased from Hyde Park Lumber and Design Center.

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CertainTeed’s interactive tool tests indoor noise

BY Ken Clark

Now there’s an app for testing and demonstrating the acoustical performance of wall systems.

CertainTeed launched an interactive tool called dBstation that simulates the acoustical performance of its SilentFX Noise-Reducing Gypsum Board. 

Designed for use on the Apple iPad or Motorola Android mobile devices, dBstation allows architects and builders to actually hear the acoustical differences of wall systems in real-world applications, the company said.

“When dBstation users hear the change in decibel levels for each of the wall systems, they are amazed at how the acoustical comfort of a space can vary,” said Angie Day, residential marketing manager for CertainTeed Gypsum. “The dBstation helps architects and building professionals demonstrate the benefits of high performance noise reducing wall systems. These systems are especially important for commercial projects with stringent acoustical requirements, such as hospitals, schools and hotels, as well as for residential homes with media rooms, nurseries and home offices.” 

The products scenario application demonstrates how specific noises — such as ringing telephones in an office, watching television at home, or multiple conversations in a busy hospital corridor — can impact interior spaces. Wall system configurations apply to both wood- and steel-stud assemblies for residential and commercial construction.

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Report: HD Supply prepares for IPO

BY Ken Clark

Reuters is reporting that industrial distribution giant HD Supply is preparing for an initial public offering.

The San Diego-based industrial distribution company split from Home Depot about six years ago when private equity firms paid $8.5 billion for the company. Atlanta-based Home Depot kept a 12.5% stake in HD Supply. 

The same private equity investors — Bain Capital, Carlyle Group and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice — are at work selecting underwriters for the IPO deal, according to the report.

HD Supply had $7 billion in revenues in 2012.

On its website, HD Supply describes itself as a "supplier of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products to owners and managers of multifamily, hospitality, educational and commercial properties; healthcare providers; and municipal and government facilities. We also are experts in interior upgrade and renovation projects."

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