NAHB honors home makeover show
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has presented its first-ever Special Achievement Award for Contributions to the Home Building Industry to the television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
NAHB created the award to recognize individuals or organizations that are not directly involved in housing that have done much to showcase the home-building industry in a positive light.
“Through their work, the talent, creativity, dedication and generosity of the home-building community has been showcased in millions of living rooms across the country,” said NAHB chairman Sandy Dunn, in a statement.
The show’s executive producer Conrad Ricketts, senior producer Diane Korman and production manager David Bohler accepted the award.
More than one hundred home builders and 65,000 volunteers have donated time and materials to build homes for more than 130 “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” families across the United States, according to the NAHB.
Former Hechinger, GP exec hired at Viance
Viance, the Charlotte, N.C.-based wood treatment technology provider, has hired Chris Kollwitz as its new director of marketing. He comes to Viance from ELF Wood Products in Atlanta, where he worked as director of sales and marketing for two years.
Kollwitz’s career in the building products industry began at Hechinger, where he worked in store operations and planning from 1985 to 1993 and was involved in the former retailer’s launch of the “Home Project Center” concept.
In 1993, Kollwitz joined Georgia-Pacific as senior marketing manager for its building products businesses. In 2004, he was promoted to national account executive to home improvement retailer Lowe’s, and later worked for BlueLinx after it purchased GP’s distribution business.
Ajoint venture between Rohm and Haas and Chemical Specialties, Viance is a provider of wood treatment technologies and services to improve the performance and durability of wood and wood products.
Stimson Lumber auctions off mill items
Stimson Lumber has auctioned off the inventory of its 125-year-old mill in Bonner, Mo.
The Portland, Ore.-based lumber company closed the mill in July of this year following a “chronic, long-term” shortage of logs in western Montana relative to the high milling capacity in the area.
According to the Missoulian newspaper, goods are being auctioned off of the mill through today, including blades, drill presses and numerous other items. The lumber mill has been up for sale since August, at an asking price of $16 million, according to the report.
Stimson Lumber operates nine manufacturing locations in the United States, in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.