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KB Home opens new N.C. community

BY HBSDealer Staff

KB Home is expanding its presence in the Durham, N.C., market with Orchard Ridge, a new community of Built to Order single-family homes. KB Home already has four other communities currently open in the Durham area.

A grand opening is planned for Oct. 29 from noon to 3 p.m. 

"KB Home sees a demand here in Durham for smartly designed, energy-efficient homes that deliver great value, quality and choice to buyers," said Rick Carruthers, president of KB Home’s North Carolina division. "Orchard Ridge answers this demand with our signature Built to Order homes in a coveted location."

The homes will be Energy Star-qualified and include KB Home’s Energy Performance Guide (EPG). The EPG provides an estimate of monthly electric and/or gas costs for each new home and estimated monthly savings over a typical resale home.

Orchard Ridge will be available in nine floor plans, with prices starting in the $170,000s. All new homes will be Built to Order, which means home buyers can choose their home site and floor plan, and then customize their home to fit their lifestyle, tastes and budget.

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ProDealer Industry Summit kicks off in San Antonio

BY HBSDealer Staff

The 2011 ProDealer Industry Summit began Wednesday night with a keynote address on the “Forces of Change” in the distribution industry.

The Oct. 26 to 28 event, hosted jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and Home Channel News, will feature several educational sessions as well as networking opportunities for leaders in the lumberyard industry.

On Friday, the summit will conclude with a visit to a San Antonio branch of McCoy’s Building Supply. 

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Obit: Robert Gaites, co-founder of Strober

BY Brae Canlen

Robert Gaites, one of the founders of the Strober Organization, died on Oct. 21, according to an article in the Staten Island Advance. He was 70 years old.

In 1975, shortly after graduating from college, Gaites became one of the  founding principals of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Strober Brothers. The company grew quickly and went public under the name Strober Organization in 1991.

In 1997, the company was purchased by ProBuild, becoming part of the nation’s largest LBM chain. Gaites retired from ProBuild in January 2008.

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