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Kevin Braun named PPG’s VP industrial coatings

BY HBSDealer Staff

PPG Industries has appointed Kevin Braun to its post of VP industrial coatings, a horizontal shift from his previous role as VP global raw materials and Americas purchasing.

“Kevin is a superb leader, who combines excellent product and manufacturing experience with a keen awareness of the industry and market trends,” said Viktor Sekmakas, executive VP, PPG.

Braun’s new post, effective immediately, was enacted to replace Richard Zoulek, who left the company.

Braun has been with the company since 1991 and has served in several roles, including general manager of silica products and general manager of architectural coatings in Australia/New Zealand. Previous to his time with PPG, Braun worked with industrial coatings, fiber glass and architectural coatings.

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HCN names US LBM Holdings ‘Pro Dealer of the Year’

BY HBSDEALER Staff

New York — HCN, the building products and home improvement retailing magazine of Lebhar-Friedman Inc., selected US LBM Holdings as the 2013 Pro Dealer of the Year.

Green Bay, Wis.-based US LBM Holdings was founded in 2009 as a federation of independent lumberyards with highly autonomous local operators building their businesses with services tailored to local markets. Among the company’s original lumberyard players are Wisconsin Building Supply in Green Bay, Wis.; Bellevue Builders Supply in Schenectady, N.Y.; and East Haven Builders Supply in East Haven, Conn. 

US LBM Holdings has enjoyed impressive success since its formation, as it has built a culture of constant improvement, open communication and local knowledge in the markets it serves.

The company is also one of the fastest-growing companies on the HCN Pro Dealer Industry Scoreboard. In less than five years, the company has grown into a 55-unit pro dealer ranked 14th in sales, with year-over-year sales growth of 15.7% in 2012. 

US LBM Holdings CEO L.T. Gibson will accept the Pro Dealer of the Year Award during the 2013 ProDealer Industry Summit Oct. 23-25 in Nashville, Tenn. The Summit is sponsored jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and HCN

"I am very humbled and excited for our team to be recognized by HCN as Pro Dealer of the Year,” Gibson said. “Many of our associates have devoted their entire careers to our industry. And they have made US LBM Holdings what it is today. Being selected as Pro Dealer of the Year recognizes their efforts toward our goal of building one of the best companies in this industry. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far and excited for what the future holds."

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Weyerhaeuser to restart South Alabama mill

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Weyerhaeuser will begin plans to restart production on its Trus Joist TJI joists and Microllam LVL lines in Evergreen, Ala., effective immediately.

The company will be investing capital in the engineered lumber products facility after a four-year closure due to weak wood products demand in North America. The company plans to hire 100 new employees at the facility by the end of 2014. Robert Doll will be plant manager and will be on site effective Aug. 30. 

"Customer demand for engineered wood products has improved over the last year and our Evergreen facility is the ideal location to add production capacity of our Trus Joist TJI Joists and Microllam® LVL building products," said Jan Marrs, manufacturing manager for Weyerhaeuser Engineered Lumber Products. "With our markets improving and positive support from both the state and local community, we are looking forward to re-starting this facility." 

The Evergreen Trus Joist facility was acquired by Weyerhaeuser in 2000 and has an estimated annual production of 2 million cubic feet of Microllam LVL and 120 million lineal feet of TJI Joists.

In Alabama, Weyerhaeuser also operates a lumber manufacturing facility in Millport, a Nursery Tree Improvement Center in Camden, and it sustainably manages more than 547,000 acres of timberland in 23 counties.

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