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Myrick joins Florida dealer

BY Brae Canlen

Bill Myrick, the former CEO of ProBuild and chief operating officer of 84 Lumber, has been hired as CEO of American Builders Supply (ABS), a leading supplier of doors, windows, millwork and trusses to home builders in Florida. ABS, which is owned by Blue Wolf Capital Partners, has five Florida locations and has consolidated four leading independent competitors in the last 15 months.

In an interview with Home Channel News, Myrick said he “looked at several opportunities” during his one-year hiatus after officially leaving ProBuild on July 12, 2011. He chose ABS because of the company’s growth plans.

“Our goal is to offer more [products] and grow the footprint,” Myrick said. “We just added lumber at one location, and others will follow.” The company has recently begun component manufacturing, another area where Myrick sees potential.

Myrick said he was also attracted by ABS’s size. “I like working for a smaller firm where I can get to know the [staff] and the customers,” said Myrick, who oversaw the nation’s largest pro dealer at his last job.

Chad Barton, chairman of ABS, said, "Bill is a well-respected executive in our industry, and we are looking forward to working with him. His experience and business relationships will prove invaluable as we continue to grow in our core markets in Florida and as we expand into new end markets and geographic territories. Bill will enhance our ability to provide our full suite of products to both existing and new customers." 

ABS services customers throughout North and Central Florida from its Sanford headquarters (outside of Orlando) and from three additional manufacturing and distribution facilities located in Winter Haven, Melbourne and Jacksonville. Through its Melbourne and Sanford facilities, ABS also offers custom doors and molding products for specialty home builders and retail customers.

Although Florida’s home-building industry is starting to rebound, Myrick will face plenty of competition in his markets from former employers and rivals. ProBuild is there, as is 84 Lumber and Builders FirstSource. Florida also has a number of strong independent lumberyards and specialty dealers. But for now, Myrick said, “I love this industry and I’m glad to be back.”

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BlueLinx adds new engineered lumber products to software solution

BY HBSDealer Staff

BlueLinx has announced that its onCENTER Engineered Lumber products are now included in the product library of MiTek’s Sapphire Structure software.

With version 7.3.5 Service Pack 1, released June 28, 2012, users of Sapphire Structure can now specify onCENTER BLI Joists, onCENTER LVL and onCENTER Rim Board, and the MiTek Single Member Design Engine will analyze each member using material properties provided by BlueLinx.

"This is great news for our customers who design trussed roofs using MiTek Sapphire software," said Richard Graham, BlueLinx engineered lumber national engineering manager, "as they can now design onCENTER Engineered Lumber floors and headers without switching to another software program. The entire process will be streamlined, and the risk of errors will be reduced."

For BlueLinx customers not using MiTek software, the BlueLinx DOMA Studio offering includes DOMA Builder, a whole-house add-on to AutoCAD Architecture; DOMA Framer, a standalone CAD/Design package for roof and floor design; DOMA Sizer, a single-member design program; and DOMA Optimizer, a cutting optimizer to reduce waste when cutting orders from stock.

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KB Home acquires land in California

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KB Home has acquired land within the Elworthy Ranch property in the town of Danville, Calif. Development of the site will begin soon, and the home builder expects groundbreaking on new model homes before the end of the year. KB Home plans to construct 84 Built to Order single-family homes in the new community, Quail Ridge.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to once again offer KB Home’s signature Built to Order home designs in one of the Bay Area’s most sought-after submarkets," said Chris Apostolopoulos, president of KB Home’s Bay Area division. "Danville is an incredibly scenic and thriving community, and we are proud to add Quail Ridge to our line-up of new home communities in the East Bay."

KB Home’s new acquisition, which is on the Las Trampas Ridge overlooking the San Ramon Valley, is adjacent to 179 acres of open space in the Elworthy Ranch property.

Home designs available at Quail Ridge will include up to four bedrooms and three baths. The two-story floor plans will range in size from about 1,700 sq. ft. to 2,200 sq. ft. Each new KB home will be Built to Order, which means home buyers will choose their home site and floor plan.

All new KB homes in the Bay Area, including those that will be built at Quail Ridge, are Energy Star-qualified, GreenPoint Rated and come with the builder’s proprietary Energy Performance Guide (EPG). The KB Home EPG provides buyers with an estimate of monthly energy costs for the home as designed and an estimate of monthly energy cost savings compared with a typical resale home.

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