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Lumber Liquidators searched by feds

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Federal authorities came to Lumber Liquidators’ corporate offices in Toano and Richmond, Va., on Thursday with sealed search warrants related to questions over the importation of its wood flooring products.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, together with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, were involved in the search, though no further information is being released at this time.

"The Company takes its sourcing and compliance very seriously, and is cooperating with authorities to provide them with requested information," read a statement released by Lumber Liquidators.

The company said that since it sources products from approximately 110 domestic and international mills around the world, it’s subject to standard international and domestic regulations. Lumber Liquidators stressed its policies related to the sourcing, harvesting and manufacturing of its products, bolstered by more than 60 employees worldwide who monitor compliance with federal and other regulations.

Previously in June, Lumber Liquidators was under fire for an alleged formaldehyde violation. Seeking Alpha analyst Xuhua Zhou published a report detailing independent testing of its product samples, which revealed formaldehyde levels as high as three and a half times the legal cut-off. Some consumers also reported experiencing allergic symptoms after installing the flooring, including but not limited to headache, burning throat and skin rash.

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Susan Roeder promoted to public affairs director at Andersen

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Andersen Corporation has promoted Susan M. Roeder to director of public affairs, in which she will be responsible for growing the company’s presence via public outreach.

Roeder has been with Andersen since 1996 in a community outreach capacity. Since then, she has taken on additional responsibilities in the name of developing its public affairs initiatives and overseeing public relations.

“Susan has been the public face of Andersen to the community for 17 years,” said Andersen Vice President of Corporate Communications Laurie Bauer. “State and federal government actions can have a significant impact on our ability to do business – and we want to ensure we are part of the conversation.”

Roeder also serves as vice president of the Andersen Corporate Foundation board of directors, as well as a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for Yellowstone National Park and the board of directors for Como Friends at the Como Zoo in St. Paul.

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84 Lumber honors Weyerhaeuser

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84 Lumber, the country’s fifth-largest LBM dealer with more than 250 locations, has named Weyerhaeuser as its Vendor Partner of the Year, the forest product giant announced. 

The award recognizes sales growth, consistent service and value-added support. 

Among 84’s vendor partners, Weyerhaeuser achieved the largest sales volume and sales dollars year to date, with an 83% increase over 2012, the company said. The pro dealer recognized Weyerhaeuser as “a great strategic partner,” noting in particular its ability to maintain a consistent flow of wood products from its mills at a time when some in the industry are experiencing supply constraints. Weyerhaeuser also has been a consistently reliable source for a variety of commodities and specialty building products through its national network of distribution centers.

“Weyerhaeuser prides itself on providing our dealers with not only quality products and reliable service, but on being a true partner through value-added benefits, such as training, marketing tools and our in-field sales team that provides one-on-one support,” said Steve Grohowalski, national account manager for Weyerhaeuser. 

Weyerhaeuser, one of the world’s largest forest products companies, began operations in 1900.

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