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Len-Co Lumber expanding to third site in western New York

BY HBSDealer Staff

Two-unit, Buffalo, N.Y.-based lumber dealer Len-Co Lumber Corp. paid $2.95 million for a 60,000-sq.-ft. property in the Town of Tonawanda, N.Y., according to an article in the Buffalo News.

Len-Co’s new location, its third, is a former Premier Wines flagship store. Len-Co operates stores in Buffalo and Williamsville, N.Y.

The family owned and operated pro dealer had been searching for a third location for about five years, the newspaper reported. It expects to open next spring in the Tonawanda location.

 

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At International Builders’ Show, a smarter show home

BY HBSDealer Staff

Now under construction near Orlando, Fla., the New American Home 2012 is a re-interpretation of the Classic White Box of the 1960s and ’70s made popular by leading architects such as Le Corbusier and Richard Meier, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The home in Winter Park measures less than 4,200 sq. ft. — the smallest TNAH in years, according to the NAHB. The designers strived to take maximum advantage of Florida’s friendly climate. Walls of movable glass panels and motorized screens provide a seamless flow from the indoor to the outdoor spaces.

The house will be displayed as a two-bedroom floor plan that will appeal to empty nesters, and will have four additional rooms that could be converted to bedrooms if needed.

Phil Kean of Winter Park, Fla., the architect and builder of the 2012 home, seeks to honor the architecture of the past while taking advantage of current technologies and design trends. Kean is focusing on functional and transitional spaces and attention to detail instead of square footage, and the design uses space efficiently to create a calm and serene living environment.

The latest green building products and methods are factored heavily into the home’s design. Kean hopes the home will achieve "emerald" status under the green building certification process administered by the NAHB Research Center and based on principles set forth in the ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard certified by ANSI. "Emerald" is the highest of the four levels of achievement a home can attain.

Now in its 29th year, TNAH is constructed annually in conjunction with the NAHB International Builders’ Show to showcase innovative construction technologies and the latest building products. NAHB will hold the 2012 International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 8 to 11, 2012.

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CertainTeed announces exec promotions

BY Brae Canlen

CertainTeed Corp. has appointed new presidents for both its roofing and siding product divisions, effective Sept. 1. 

Tom Smith will serve as president of the roofing group. Smith will be responsible for residential and commercial roofing, as well as CertainTeed’s solar business. Smith joined CertainTeed in 1999 as VP of CertainTeed commercial roofing. In 2005, he joined the siding products group as VP and general manager and was promoted to president in October 2005.

Prior to joining CertainTeed, Smith held a variety of positions in general business and operations management with American Sunny Foods, Pacific Rice Products, Kaiser Aluminum & Chemicals and G.S. Roofing.

Smith will replace Guillaume Texier, who recently accepted the position as president of Saint-Gobain’s global ceramics group.

Mark Rayfield, the new president of CertainTeed’s siding products group, previously served as VP and general manager for Saint-Gobain Abrasives in North America and VP for Superabrasives Worldwide. In his new role, Rayfield will oversee the company’s vinyl, fiber cement and polymer shake siding, fence, railing, deck and cellular PVC trim product lines.

Rayfield joined Saint-Gobain Abrasives as director of sales in 1999 and was later promoted to positions as VP distribution markets and sales and marketing, respectively. He has also served as VP sales for Piab USA.

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