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Lumberyard fire: 30 firefighters, 9 engines, little damage

BY Brae Canlen

A fire that broke out on July 14 at Padula Lumber in Coyote, Calif., brought 30 firefighters, nine fire engines and two trucks to contain the blaze, according to an article in the San Jose Mercury News. One building was gutted and another seriously damaged, the newspaper reported. But owner Doug Morse told Home Channel News that the extent of the damage was pretty minimal. 

“My [delivery] truck got burnt up, and one of the metal boxes we use for storage,” he reported. No buildings were damaged, however. A tenant on the property who makes furniture out of recycled and reclaimed wood did suffer some losses, however.

Although the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Morse said there was some speculation about the involvement of a transient on the nearby railroad tracks.

As for the overwhelming response to the early morning incident, Morse explained that Coyote, located in an unincorporated area near San Jose, seems to be in several fire districts. At least four jurisdictions responded to the emergency call, he said.

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Weyerhaeuser expands production of sheathing product

BY Brae Canlen

Weyerhaeuser has announced the addition of a production line this summer for its radiant barrier sheathing (RBS) at its oriented strand board (OSB) mill in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. The added manufacturing capacity will help meet demand for the product in California, Arizona and Nevada, the company said.

The Federal Way, Wash.-based company already produces RBS in Arcadia, La. The product is a foil-laminated OSB roof sheathing that helps lower home energy use by reflecting 97% of the sun’s radiant energy, cooling homes and also reducing energy bills. 

The panels offer an efficient and cost-effective way to help keep homes cool and comfortable while reducing energy bills.

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PACOA hires veteran executive

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Distributor PACOA hired 40-year industry veteran Mike Kudiak as senior merchandising manager, effective July 16.

Based in Port Washington, N.Y., the wholesale distributor of paint, hardware, lumber, janitorial, and building supplies serves independent retail dealers throughout the New York Tri-State area. It operates a 92,000 sq. ft. warehouse with 15,000 skus on premises.

“We are excited to have Mike on our team and to use his experience to assist in PACOA’s continued growth,” said Steve Geismar, president.

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