New NAHB president elected
Sandy Dunn, a second-generation West Virginia home builder, has been elected the 2008 president of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.
Dunn is president of Point Pleasant, W. Va.-based B.J. Builders, which specializes in single-family, entry-level homes.
“Our primary objective in 2008 will be to work with the nation’s lawmakers and administration to implement policies that will resolve the credit crunch in housing finance markets and revitalize home building as the engine of economic growth,” said Dunn.
Dunn became an NAHB member in 1975. She has chaired various NAHB committees and was named National Representative of the year in 1998 and served as an NAHB national vp in 1988 to 1989 and 2000 to 2001.
In addition. Dunn was president of the Home Builders Association of West Virginia in 1991 and 1992 and served as president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Charleston in 1987. She was named Builder of the Year by her local HBA in 1976, and in 1997 the state association awarded her the Henry E. King Award.
Also elected to leadership positions during the International Builders’ Show were 2008 NAHB first vp Joe Robson, from Tulsa, Okla.; vp/treasurer Bob Jones from Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; and vp/secretary Bob Nielsen from Reno, Nev. Brian Catalde, 2007 NAHB president, from El Segundo, Calif., will remain on the leadership ladder as immediate past president. Rounding out the association’s leadership is NAHB executive vp and CEO Jerry Howard, from Washington, D.C.
Wal-Mart launches solar pilot program
Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores announced it has completed the first stage in its pilot program to use solar power in its retail stores.
The company has already converted the Chino, Calif., Sam’s Club, one of seven California stores the company will convert for the pilot program.
“Wal-Mart is moving forward with its commitment to conserve energy, reduce energy costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions, and this project is a step in the right direction,” said Kim Saylors-Laster, vp-energy at Wal-Mart.
Once installed, Wal-Mart said it hopes solar power systems will provide approximately 30 percent of the power to its stores.
“Installing the solar power systems will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8,000 to 10,000 metric tonnes a year,” said David Ozment, director of energy at Wal-Mart.
The company said 15 locations in Hawaii will also be included in the program.
Wal-Mart described the project as a major step toward its goal of using 100 percent renewable energy.
Pope & Talbot to sell sawmills
Portland, Ore.-based Pope & Talbot announced that it has agreed to sell its Fort St. James and Midway sawmills.
The company said it will sell the Fort St. James sawmill to the Sinar Mas Group for $6 million and the Midway sawmill to Fox Lumber Sales for $750,000.
The sales are subject to approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the Canadian Court, as well as customary regulatory approvals in Canada and the United States. The company said it expects to receive such approvals and close the transactions in the second quarter of 2008.
Sinar Mas Group is a global enterprise with significant interests in pulp and paper in Indonesia, China and elsewhere. Sinar Mas is the largest producer of pulp and paper in Asia and is one of the top five in the world. Pope & Talbot sold three Canadian-based pulp sawmills to the Sinar Mas Group last month.
Fox Lumber Sales is a full service lumber manufacturing business headquartered in Hamilton, Mont.
Pope & Talbot was founded in 1849 and produces market pulp and softwood lumber at mills in the United States and Canada.