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LMC Forest Products Expo picks up steam

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Wayne, Pa.-based LMC hosted member dealers from around the country during LMC’s Forest Products & Building Materials EXPO last month in Philadelphia.

In the spirit of LMC’s philosophy of ‘Building Business Together’, key forest products suppliers participated in a forum with insights on the state of forest products manufacturing today and the forces that will impact production and availability in 2014.

According to event organizers, the buzz throughout the show floor centered on meeting the needs for anticipated higher housing starts in 2014. LMC’s EXPO also afforded time for attendees to meet and exchange ideas. Dealers toured Weaber Lumber Mill — a full capacity hardwood lumber facility and mill, a wood flooring plant and a brand new state of the art prime/paint plant. A Gypsum Specialty Forum also met to discuss category challenges and opportunities. A market overview for 2014 specific to the gypsum distribution channel was provided. 

Bill Morse of Wm. B. Morse & Sons, Rochester, N.Y., said: “This is a critically important LMC meeting for dealers to attend. Few distractions combined with key contacts all in one room helps us cement relationships, and the lumber business is all about relationships. This is one of the most valuable meetings LMC holds.” 

The event also saw increased attendance over last year, according to LMC.

LMC (Lumbermens Merchandising Corp.) is a leading forest products and building materials buying group owned by independent lumber and building material dealers. There are about 1,300 LMC dealer locations.

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GE’s first Monogram French door built-in refrigerator

BY HBSDEALER Staff

GE has launched its first-ever Monogram French door built-in refrigerator, adding its own signature twist to the burgeoning French door trend.

“Our designers worked with our customers to create our first Monogram French door built-in model—one that authentically combines superior craftsmanship and performance as only Monogram can,” said Michael Mahan, product manager for Monogram Refrigeration.

The launch of the product is part of a $20 million investment in GE’s Selmer, Tenn. manufacturing facility. The company cited an Association of Household Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) report from October 2013, which found that the French door configuration is the fastest-growing refrigerator style at the moment.

The Monogram French door fridge is built with tempered glass, fabricated steel and anodized aluminum.

It also features two 18-inch wide doors, 14.49 cubic feet of space for fresh food, and a bottom freezer drawer housing 6.06 cubic feet. The configuration includes four adjustable shelves, six adjustable door bins, an icemaker using GE’s advanced water filtration system, and a digital control panel.

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Springs Window Fashions acquires Horizons Window Fashions

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Springs Window Fashions, LLC has announced the completion of its acquisition of Horizons Window Fashions, which includes the totality of its assets and its Waukegan and Gurnee, Ill. operations.

"Horizons’ history dates back to 1891, and similar to Springs’, has been evolving and adapting to the changing needs of their customers and the industry," explained Springs Window Fashions in a statement. "Horizons produces high-quality products, provides exceptional customer service, and brings a management team with a high level of industry knowledge, skill and integrity. These characteristics align well with Springs."

Horizons will retain its management structure and go-to-market strategies, with president Bill O’Connor reporting directly to Springs president and CEO Scott Fawcett.

Middleton, Wis.-based Springs currently operates in nine locations across the U.S. and Mexico, with a staff of approximately 5,000 associates.

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