Kleer offers comprehensive fastening solution
Kleer Lumber, Inc., a manufacturer of extruded free foam cellular PVC building products, introduced KLEER Fasteners, the first comprehensive hidden fastening solution for cellular PVC trim and decking products. Engineered to provide long-term performance, KLEER Fasteners are backed by a lifetime warranty and offer a lifetime of beauty for projects built with Kleer Decking and Kleer PVC Trim products.
KLEER Fastener products include Cortex screws and plugs for trim, Cortex screws and plugs for decking and the KLEERKlip Stainless Steel concealed fastener for KLEER grooved decking products.
“We believe one of the reasons a contractor chooses Kleer trim or decking products is for the beauty they provide when finished properly,” said Walt Valentine, president, Kleer Lumber, Inc. “Last year, we introduced a line of adhesives and sealants to make the selection of those products easier for contractors. Another important part of finishing a project is choosing fasteners that are structurally sound while providing a clean, color-matched and hidden appearance.”
Cortex screws and plugs for Kleer Cellular PVC Trim are packaged in 50, 250 and 750 linear foot boxes and feature a free Cortex setting tool with the purchase of the 250 or 750 sizes. The setting tool ensures contractors will install the Cortex screws and plugs as quickly as possible and at the correct depth every time.
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Parr Lumber helps kids map Portland
A group of preschoolers stung by wasps have transformed their experience into a giant map of Portland, thanks in part to a donation by Parr Lumber. The Maple classroom at Growing Seeds, a children’s learning center in North Portland, was given two large sheets of plywood by the Northwestern pro dealer to transform into a mural of their favorite places in Portland.
The mural project started when a few of the three-to five year olds got stung by wasps while walking around the neighborhood one day, according to their teacher, Jeffery Hotchkiss. “Their interest in maps continued for months afterward,” Hotchkiss said.
The mural features Portland landmarks of importance to the children, among them students’ homes, parks, Peacock Lane, downtown, the Rose Garden, all the bridges, Oaks Park and the zoo. The preschoolers unveiled their masterpiece at a dedication ceremony on April 12, 2012, at Parr Lumber’s flagship store on Martin Luther King Blvd.
Headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, Parr operates 38 facilities in Oregon, Washington and Arizona including pro/retail building material yards, contractor focused facilities and cabinet outlets.
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WOLF releases LBM index
Building materials distributor WOLF has announced the creation of a proprietary new metric aimed at measuring how building materials buyers see the near-term future of the residential construction industry.
The WOLF Key Buyer Index (KBI) will gather from a monthly survey of key buyers at independent building materials dealers in the distributor’s 18-state sales territory. The initial survey, from the week of March 23, found that 63.8% of respondents reported their purchasing would increase over the following four weeks, 31.9% said purchasing would remain about the same, and 4.3% said purchasing would decline.
Based on these responses, WOLF calculated the initial Key Buyer Index at 79.8. A WOLF KBI score of 50 reflects a neutral outlook, a score above 50 reflects a positive outlook, and a score below 50 reflects a negative outlook.
CEO Tom Wolf, who created the new industry metric, said that the initial KBI indicates optimism for April among buyers — the group best positioned to offer an informed assessment.
“WOLF maintains ongoing communications and close relationships with hundreds of independent dealers,” Wolf said. “The WOLF KBI captures their near-term sentiment in a statistically significant way that informs dealers, manufacturers, builders, the media and others.”
Wolf noted that the company calculates the KBI using a formula similar to the monthly Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), a highly anticipated monthly indicator developed by the Institute for Supply Management.
WOLF will publish the Key Buyer Index each month in an effort to forecast industry sentiment and identify trends. WOLF will also develop a workable set of statistical adjustments for the index to reflect seasonal, market and product-category variations.
For more information on the WOLF Key Buyer Index, read the detailed explanation on Tom Wolf’s blog or see the latest KBI score at wolfleader.com.
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