Kodiak acquires New England Building Supply
Denver-based Kodiak Building Partners announced Wednesday the combination of Kodiak and New England Building Supply to expand their merged business in the eastern U.S. market.
Kodiak Chairman, Paul Hylbert, said, “We are very excited about having New England Building Supply join our team. Tony Ciampaglio and Russ Smith have built a fine organization in Boston and developed a terrific business. In addition to giving us a strong presence in greater Boston, the company and capable people offer us a platform on which to grow throughout the Eastern Seaboard marketplace.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. New England Building Supply’s team of 61 people will remain in place, according to the announcement, with Smith and Ciampaglio retaining leadership roles in the company.
“We see this as an opportunity for growth,” said Smith. “In addition to expanding our business in greater Boston, we’re excited about growth well beyond our existing service area.”
Founded in 2011, Kodiak’s current portfolio of companies includes Barton Supply, a steel fabricator and distributor with 3 locations in Colorado, Gulf and Basco, a window, cabinet and appliance distributor serving greater Houston, and Great West Drywall Supply, a gypsum and accessories distributor also serving the Colorado market.
Ciampaglio added, “Kodiak brings expansion capital to grow our business, and both Russ and I will be significant investors in Kodiak going forward as part of this transaction. We’ve known and worked with Hylbert and Steve Swinney, Kodiak’s President and COO, for many years and are excited to be joining forces to participate in the housing recovery together.”
Swinney added: “We expect this to be the first of many acquisitions to take place under the New England Building Supply leadership team.”
BPI establishes new millwork division
Waterloo, Iowa-based Building Products Inc. formed a new millwork division called FinishCraft.
The company describes FinishCraft’s as a provider of “high-quality millwork with an industry-leading color matching system, for both paint and stain.”
“One of the biggest advantages to our dealers and their contractors will be our brand new, state-of-the-art showroom,” said J.J. Robson, general manager. “This facility will provide end users the ability to visualize their products and choose the millwork items they want — in person."
The program includes guaranteed lead times, quick quote turnarounds and a multi-stage quality inspection process, according to BPI.
The new venture includes a millwork trailer that allows a millwork specialist to present ideas to contractors who can’t make it to the showroom. “All they need to do is give us a call and reserve a time,” said Robson.
Tamko adds roof measurement tool to its arsenal
Joplin, Mo.-based Tamko Building Products has teamed up with EagleView Technologies to offer a new aerial measurement tool to contractors enrolled in Tamko’s Pro Certified Contractor program.
Contractors will now be able to offer professional and customized roof measurement reports to their customers. These reports use 3-D modeling to create measurements, as well as easy-to-read diagrams and summary tables
“The EagleView reports will increase the accuracy of material ordering and increasing production planning on each project,“ said Stephen McNally, TAMKO VP sales and marketing. “This will give contractors a competitive advantage in a competitive marketplace.”
EagleView also offers an aerial measurement app for the iPhone, Android and iPad. With the EagleView app, contractors will have timely roof measurements with pitch, square footage, lineal footage and much more information on most houses from their mobile device or tablet.
The progressive app offers users the ability to easily place new orders for reports anytime, anywhere with a photo image from their mobile device or tablet, while also being able to receive completed report orders as soon as they are ready. Contractors can usually access report measurements from current and past projects while also checking the status of pending orders.