Maze Nails celebrates 170 years in business
2018 promises to be a big year for W.H. Maze Company.
The Peru, Ill.-based company is celebrating its 170th year in business as a nail manufacturer and retail lumberyard. In operation since 1848, Maze continues to be the largest manufacturer of specialty nails supplying U.S. and Canadian customers with millions of pounds of nails each year.
The Maze lumber operation continues to thrive as well. In fact, according to Maze, it’s the oldest lumberyard in the state.
The fifth and sixth generations of the founder, Samuel Maze, work at the manufacturing facility; and all Maze Nails are 100% made in the USA in Peru, Ill.
Maze Nails offers a full line of specialty nails in bulk for hand driving and in collated sticks and coils for popular pneumatic nailers. Its exclusive Stormguard double hot-dipped galvanized coating provides ultimate corrosion-resistance, Maze Nails said.
A full line of stainless steel nails is also available. Offerings include nails for decking and trim, fiber cement, cedar and redwood sidings, fencing, and various types of roofing. Maze eco-friendly nails are made from more than 90% recycled, re-melted steel to support sustainable building.
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84 Lumber location hits $100 million mark
Store manager Dan Jones was recognized for an impressive accomplishment at 84 Lumber’s recent company Town Meetings.
The North Charlotte, N.C. 84 Lumber store that Jones manages hit the $100 million mark in annual sales this year. For the location’s achievement, Jones not only received a hug from company president Maggie Hardy Magerko but he was also given his own home.
This marked the first time an 84 Lumber location had hit the $100 million mark, the privately held company told HBSDealer. The North Charlotte location opened in 2005 and the 16-acre facility had total annual sales of $66 million in 2015 and $89 million in 2016.
“My team deserves all the recognition for this accomplishment,” Jones said. “I am truly thankful for their commitment to lead our team and accept nothing less than the best we can give.”
84 Lumber is one of the nation’s largest pro dealers, operating 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops and engineered wood product centers in 30 states.
“We’re always trying to be a better provider to our customers, while at the same time creating opportunities for our people to grow. We’re looking forward to another challenging and successful year in 2018,” Jones added.
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Cox Industries exits residential lumber business
Cox Industries, the Orangeburg, S.C.-based producer of pressure-treated wood products is selling its residential lumber division assets to Culpeper Wood Preservers, a Virginia-based wood treater with a similar focus on residential lumber.
Included in the sale are Cox manufacturing plants located in Orangeburg and Branchville, S.C. along with facilities in Coleridge and Cove City, N.C. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but Cox Industries said the sale is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
All Cox employees currently working in the residential business will be given the opportunity to transition to Culpeper while Cox will retain its corporate headquarters in Orangeburg, according to Cox.
"We are excited at the opportunities this next phase in Cox's history presents for our employees," said Mikee Johnson, CEO of Cox Industries. "The residential division of Cox represents a significant part of our company's legacy so it was extremely important that any transaction we entered into was done with a company that shares the same foundational values as us.”
Cox also said that the transaction will allow the company to place additional resources into its “rapidly growing” industrial division which predominately manufactures and sells utility poles and marine piling.
"Within only a few years, our industrial division has grown to become one of the largest providers of utility poles in the United States, with a customer base that now extends from coast to coast," said Johnson. "We look forward to using proceeds from the sale of our residential division to growing and diversifying this business while expanding our role as a key player in supporting America's electrical and marine infrastructure.”
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