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Midwest Gloves & Gear offers ladies garden clogs

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Midwest Gloves & Gear introduced new Ladies Garden Comfort Clogs. The lightweight, comfortable design is molded in advanced EVA material in the latest fashion colors. Removable insoles provide added comfort, and the clogs are easy to clean by rinsing off with a garden hose. 

Comfort Clogs is a registered trademark of MidWest Quality Gloves, based in Chillicothe, Mo. The company markets a full line of premium quality work gloves, including lined leather, unlined leather, leather palm, chemical resistant, chore, jersey and cotton.

In addition, MidWest Gloves & Gear brand products encompass full glove lines of automotive gloves, outdoor gloves and garden gloves. The full gear lines are garden accessories, lawn and garden footwear, boots and rainwear. MidWest products are distributed internationally to the retail, commercial and industrial markets.

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Losses narrow at Builders FirstSource

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Builders FirstSource, one of the industry’s largest pro dealers, reported $206.4 million in sales for the second quarter of 2011, a decrease of 2.4% over sales of $211.5 million in the second quarter a year ago. The company attributed the decline to commodity price deflation, which was partially offset by a slight increase in sales volume, the company said.

Net loss for the Dallas-based LBM chain was $15.5 million, compared with a net loss of $19 million in the corresponding period of 2010.

During the current quarter, Builders FirstSource recorded $1.9 million of facility closure costs primarily related to the closure of a distribution facility in Georgia.

“We are very encouraged by our second-quarter results, as our near break-even adjusted EBITDA was our best operating performance since the third quarter of 2007,” said Floyd Sherman, CEO at Builders FirstSource. “We finished the current quarter with sales of $206.4 million, down just 2.4% compared with sales of $211.5 million in the second quarter of 2010. While U.S. single-family housing starts and average commodity prices were down 13.1% and 20.8%, respectively, over this same time period, our sales volume was up slightly, which we believe is indicative of significant market share gains during the quarter.” 

Sherman added: “Though there continues to be a significant amount of uncertainty in the macro-economic factors that drive housing demand, we are seeing positive trends in our results in spite of the difficult environment.”

Builders FirstSource operates 51 distribution centers and 46 manufacturing facilities in nine states, often on the same site, principally in the southern and eastern United States. Manufacturing facilities include plants that manufacture roof and floor trusses, wall panels, stairs, aluminum and vinyl windows, custom millwork and pre-hung doors.

 

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FLOR opens fifth retail location

BY Brae Canlen

FLOR Inc., a retail chain offering design-it-yourself modular floor coverings, has opened its fifth retail location in Dallas. Other stores are located in Chicago; Santa Monica, Calif.; Atlanta; and the SoHo district of New York City.

Visitors to the FLOR stores can choose from a full range of colors, patterns and textures available in FLOR’s system of 19.7-in. carpet squares. Customers are invited to mix and match styles to create custom rugs, runners and wall-to-wall designs of any length, size or shape. For those desiring more assistance, stores have design consultants to help choose styles, coordinate colors and answer questions on care or assembly.  Customers may also take advantage of FLOR’s in-home consultations and professional installation services. 

Founded in 2003 as part of the Interface Corp., the Chicago-based company also operates a recycling program for old or unwanted carpet squares.

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