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Lowe’s is ready to open in San Francisco

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Lowe’s at 491 Bayshore Blvd. will be the first Lowe’s in San Francisco when it opens Friday. The company will celebrate an official opening-day party on Nov. 4.

The store is located in the Bayview/Hunter’s Point area of the city. Construction began 12 months ago on the site, which has been vacant for nine years and was formerly occupied by Goodman’s Lumber.

The Lowe’s will be the first national chain home center in the city. Home Depot at one time had approval to build at the same location. It fought for and won approval in 2005, but Home Depot changed plans last year and abandoned the project.

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EPA seeks input on new formaldehyde regs

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it is forming an “advocacy review panel” of small business owners to focus on formaldehyde in the wood products industry. The advisory panel will help the agency prepare for the implementation of the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, enacted in July 2010. The new standards will establish formaldehyde limits for composite wood products (hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard and particleboard) so these products meet emission standards.

Formaldehyde is a known eye, nose and throat irritant, and in 1991, the EPA classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen. Formaldehyde-based resins are sometimes used as adhesives in composite wood products.

The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires the EPA to establish a federal panel for rules that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small organizations. The panel will include representatives from the Small Business Administration, the Office of Management and Budget, and the EPA. The panel will also ask a selected group of small entity representatives (SERs) to provide advice and recommendations on behalf of their company, community or organization to inform the panel on impacts of the proposed rule.

The EPA seeks self-nominations directly from the small organizations that may be subject to the rule requirements to facilitate the selection of SERs. Self-nominations may be submitted through epa.gov/sbrefa/formaldehyde.htm and must be received by Nov. 2, 2010.

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Obituary: Carter Lumber’s Rollie Haring, 70

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Long-time Carter lumber veteran and company executive Roland “Rollie” Haring died Oct. 24 at the age of 70.

“The Carter Lumber family of companies lost a good friend over the weekend as Rollie Haring passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, after a courageous and hard-fought 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer,” read a statement from the company.

“In 1958, Rollie began his career with Carter Lumber unloading box cars in Medina, Ohio. After spending over 20 years in the stores, Rollie moved to the purchasing department at the corporate office. By combining his infectious personality with his negotiation skills, Rollie was soon promoted to VP purchasing. In addition to his work on the executive committee, Rollie was also a member of the board of directors and assumed other roles such as VP logistics, a position he held until his death.

“While at Carter Lumber, Rollie won the hearts and friendships of all who knew him, and he will be sorely missed.”

Haring’s obituary on Ohio.com describes him as a sports fan, a man with many friends in and out of the lumber industry, and a neighbor who embraced the tradition of Christmas with an impressive annual Christmas-lights display.

 

Rolland Edwin Haring was born Aug. 5, 1940, in Lodi, Ohio.

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