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More with less in home building

BY Ken Clark

A National Public Radio report examines how technology brings efficiency in the home-building industry, specifically Mid-Atlantic Builders, based in Rockville, Md.

The builder is one of many post-recession companies doing more work with fewer employees. Technology allows for increased efficiency, along with fewer employees.

Also emphasized in the report is the modern builder’s reliance on suppliers. For instance, 84 Lumber’s manufacturing capabilities are highlighted in the article, as the builder turns to the dealer for more services.

The broadcast, “Technology Upends Another Industry: Homebuilding,” can be found here.

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Beacon Roofing Supply names CFO

BY HBSDealer Staff

Beacon Roofing Supply has appointed Joseph Nowicki as executive VP, chief financial officer and treasurer, effective March 25. Nowicki will oversee finance, information technology and investor relations and will be located in the company’s Herndon, Va., office.

Nowicki has been the chief financial officer and treasurer for Spartan Motors since June 2009. Spartan designs, engineers, manufactures, and distributes specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle, emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery and service markets. Prior to Spartan, he was with Herman Miller from 1992 through 2009, where he held progressive financial roles, lastly as VP investor relations and treasurer. Nowicki also held financial positions with IBM and General Motors. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Canisius College and an MBA from the University of Michigan. 

Paul Isabella, the company’s president and CEO, stated: "Joe has a strong history of leading the finance function and has very broad base experience that makes him a perfect fit for Beacon. We feel very fortunate to bring a talented executive with his depth of financial, operations and continuous improvement experience to our team. Joe’s extensive background and leadership experience will be an important asset to us as we continue to grow. Under his guidance and oversight, our strong finance and IT teams and disciplined financial culture will continue to serve the Company well in the years ahead."

 

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Osmose makes acquisition in New Zealand

BY Ken Clark

Griffin, Ga.-based Osmose, a global supplier of wood preservative products, announced today that it has completed the purchase of the wood preservatives business of Mattersmiths Holdings and Mattersmiths Technologies in New Zealand.

Mattersmiths’ business focuses primarily on the manufacture and sale of antisapstain chemicals and wood treatment technologies.

The acquisition of Mattersmiths includes acquiring its patent portfolio, trademarks and other intellectual property. In addition, Osmose will continue to supply and expand the antisapstain business to customers in New Zealand and other markets.

“This acquisition is strategic to our global market growth initiatives,” said Paul Goydan, president of Osmose. “This acquisition includes new patented wood preservative treatment technologies that will provide us additional opportunities to expand our global wood preservative business.”

Osmose is the leading worldwide supplier of wood preservatives used to protect wood in outdoor environments against fungal decay and termite attack. Since 1934, Osmose has produced high-quality, reliable wood preservatives, including its MicroPro system, which utilizes micronized copper wood technology.

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