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New CEO for Alexander Lumber

BY Ken Clark

Aurora, Ill.-based LBM dealer Alexander Lumber Co. named Russell Kathrein as CEO and president.

Kathrein has 25 years of experience in the lumber and building material industry, including senior management positions at 84 Lumber, BMC West, and most recently, ProBuild.

Alexander Lumber operates 20 yards in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, along with two truss plants and a counter-top facility.

“We are excited to have Russ join our team,” said Alexander Lumber Co. Chairman Watt Alexander. “His experience, track record of success and dramatic leadership style make him the perfect person to drive the company forward, and continue its legacy of being a trusted partner in the communities we serve.”

Alexander Lumber Co. is a 123-year old family owned lumber and building materials company serving both professionals and home owners. 

Kathrein stated: “It is my hope that, with the experiences I have had in my career, and the great people that I have had the opportunity to work with and train under, I can bring some new ideas and direction that will solidify Alexander Lumber’s reputation as one of the best company’s to work for, and the best supplier to do business with.”

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Taylor promoted at Sierra Pacific

BY HBSDealer Staff

Sierra Pacific promoted Bob Taylor to VP of business development and customer service for its Window Division.

Taylor played a key role in the success of the SP Window and Door operations and was previously the Plant Manager at the SP Windows Plant in Red Bluff, California. 

“The company will benefit from Bob’s 23 years of experience as we expand into new markets for our products” noted Kendall Pierson, president of Sierra Pacific Windows. “Bob’s vast knowledge of our production processes and sales operations will be a great asset in the expansion of our window and door production.”

Sierra Pacific Industries is a third-generation, family-owned forest products company based in Anderson, California.  

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Cedar Siding sells prefinished LP product

BY HBSDealer Staff

Nashville, Tenn.-based LP Building Products recently announced that prefinished LP SmartSide Lap Siding will now be stocked in the full standard 12-color palette by Cedar Siding, the first member of the LP Preferred Prefinisher Network to offer this service.

“LP SmartSide is the fastest-growing brand of exterior siding in the United States,” said Mike Maddern, segment manager for LP SmartSide Trim & Siding, “and in order to keep evolving locally, regionally and nationally, it’s important that we build strong relationships with quality distributors like Cedar Siding. That’s why we’re thrilled at their decision to fully stock our lap siding in the entire LP color palette. This service offers their customers as well as ours a convenient one-stop shop for the SmartSide lap color they’re looking for with little to no wait time ever, which saves valuable time on the job.”

According to LP, the benefits of having the full color palette in stock include:
• Prompt availability for both the initial order and any additional product needed to finish a job;
• In-stock position allows for competition with similar in-stock color programs on other composite-based materials;
• Cedar Siding’s standard 15/25 limited warranty on the finish covers some or all of the labor costs for the first 15 years, with an overall 25-year warranty on the coating itself;
• Additionally, the primed siding and trim products come with a 5-year, 100% labor and replacement feature as part of the 50-year prorated limited warranty.

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