MRS adds James Hardie to its mix
Irvington, N.J.-based Wholesale distributor Manufacturers Reserve Supply has formed a partnership with James Hardie Building Products. Under the deal, MRS will offer the company’s siding, trim and backer board to its customers in 2018.
“Partnering with America’s No. 1 brand of siding helps us to achieve that vision,” said Brian Boyd, general manager and fourth generation of Manufacturers Reserve Supply.
“We’ve been serving the industry for more than 85 years now and delivering James Hardie products will only help build our already vast selection of products for our customers,” said Brian Boyd, general manager, of MRS.
The partnership will give customers access to James Hardie products, which are available primed or in 25 shades of James Hardie ColorPlus Technology colors in the Northeast market. ColorPlus Technology combines durability and beauty to create a lasting exterior product with baked-on color that resists chipping, cracking and peeling, according to the press release announcing the deal.
“MRS and James Hardie share a common goal of providing customers with extraordinary service and value,” said Rob Reber, strategic accounts manager for James Hardie. “Together we will continue that mission and deliver products that make it easier for builders and contractors to create projects that are as unique as they are durable.”
Established in 1931, MRS's name originated from reserving materials from manufacturers for its customers. The distributor services New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut.
Growth on display at House-Hasson market
The booths are getting bigger at the House-Hasson Hardware dealer market, and so are the sales increases, the company said.
“A growing number of vendors are bringing their national hardware show booths to our markets, so we’re seeing some bigger displays,” said Don Hasson, president of House-Hasson Hardware. “They know it’s an important show.”
The Knoxville, Tenn.-based hardware distributor reported that sales during its October 2017 dealer market in Sevierville, Tenn., were up 13% over the previous year, which itself was up 14% over 2015. The number of vendors increased as well, by 10 percent, at the 2017 event.
Among those exhibitors with a larger presence were Stanley Hand Tools; DeWalt; and Midwest Fastener. “It makes a statement when vendors go to the effort and expense of bringing to our market the display they use at the annual national hardware show in Las Vegas,” Hasson said.
Company officials also noticed a bump in market attendance and activity from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, states principally served by House-Hasson’s 300,000 square-foot Prichard, W. Va. warehouse. House-Hasson customers are served from Prichard and from the company’s 400,000 square-foot Knoxville, Tenn. warehouse.
“One reason for the uptick from Ohio and Pennsylvania is an ever-increasing number of Amish customers,” said Pat McCutcheon, House-Hasson VP of sales. “They’re great customers; vendors who take their needs into account are making a very good business decision.”
Next up for House-Hasson is its dealer market at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Feb. 1-3.
BlueLinx appoints Czanderna to board of directors
BlueLinx Holdings Inc., the Atlanta-based building products distributor, has appointed Karel Czanderna to the company’s board of directors effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Czanderna is president and CEO of Flexsteel Industries, Inc., the Dubuque, Iowa-based furniture manufacturer.
Prior to joining Flexsteel, Czanderna served as group president of building materials for Owens Corning. She also previously held various executive management positions with Whirlpool Corporation including vp of North America cooking products, vp and general manager of global KitchenAid and Jenn-Air businesses, and vp of global refrigeration and water products.
“Karel is an accomplished and experienced business leader. We believe that she will add tremendous value to the organization and we look forward to reaping the benefits of her unique perspective, insight, and counsel,” said Mitch Lewis, president and CEO of BlueLinx.
Ms. Czanderna currently sits on the boards of Flexsteel, American Home Furnishings Alliance, and American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Inc.
In other news, Steve Mayer of Cerebrus Capital Management has resigned from board, effective Dec. 7, according to an SEC filing by BlueLinx. Mayer's resignation was not due to any disagreement with the company, BlueLinx said.