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Klein Tools expands in U.K.

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Klein Tools is ratcheting up its presence in the United Kingdom and Ireland via a investment and strategic partnership with wire installation tool company Super Rod.

Under these new arrangements, Super Rod will serve as a master distributor for Klein Tools. It also brings Klein into City Electric, an electrical wholesale network in the U.K.

“Klein Tools has built a solid reputation on the quality of their tools and we look forward to bringing them into the electrical distribution channel exclusively at City Electric,” stated Malcolm Duncan, managing director of Super Rod. “Super Rod and City Electric have worked together to provide the industry’s best electrical products and we are excited to expand that offering even further.”

According to a statement by Klein, the partnership will leverage Super Rod’s existing distribution channel and sales network, as well as provide Super Rod with rare assets in the electrical and utility tool market.

“We are excited to bring the quality and legacy of Klein Tools from the U.S. to the European market,” said Mark Klein, VP sales of Klein Tools. “Super Rod is a key partner and will introduce our products to more hardworking electricians who rely on professional tools that work as hard as they do.”

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GP invests $6 million in Alabama facility

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Georgia-Pacific is investing approximately $6 million in its Thorsby, Alabama facility to boost production capacity for its laminated venner lumber (LVL) products.

“As the housing market continues a slow, but steady improvement, we are investing in our building products division to ensure our ability to meet growing customer needs,” said Paul Watterson, general manager for Georgia-Pacific’s engineered lumber business. “Along with being located within a good wood basin that provides easy access to raw materials, the improvements to our Thorsby operations will increase our ability to supply LVL – a key component for beams and headers in new construction.”

Specifically, upgrades to the operations will include an improved lay-up line and veneer sheet feeders in the press system, as well as increased veneer dryer capacity and efficiency.

The Thorsby facility is one of seven GP maintains in Alabama, three of which are part of its building products division. Out of GP’s 2,500 Alabama employees, about 240 are located in Thorsby.

The project is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2015.

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APA honors Jim Logan

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The APA-The Engineered Wood Association recognized the Metriguard president with a Bronson J. Lewis award at its Annual Meeting this year.

Jim Logan, owner and president of Pullman, Washington-based Metriguard Inc., was honored during the event in San Antonio, Texas, this past November, where APA chairman Tom Temple introduced him as "[a true] pioneer in the engineered wood products industry."

Logan and Metriguard have been a part of the engineered wood industry for 42 years, providing equipment to aid in the production and testing of lumber, veneer and panels.

The APA also credited Logan for his research work in the early 1970s, which helped advance methods of characterizing the structural properties of solid wood and wood composites.

The award, which is given out to those with notable leadership skills and contributions to the industry, is named after the APA’s former secretary and EVP Bronson Lewis.

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