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New role for Georgia-Pacific exec

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Georgia-Pacific consumer products manufacturing division named Gary W. Kaiser head of its Crossett, Ark., manufacturing operations.

He replaces Karen Dickinson, who retired.

"It’s an honor to return to Crossett,” said Kaiser. “I consider it a privilege to be a part of a mill that takes pride in making the best products for our customers. I’ve always had a deep respect for the Crossett mill, its employees, families and the community. I’m dedicated to creating a workplace where no one is ever injured by ongoing training of employees and continuous improvement of our practices. The mill will continue to work closely with non-profit organizations for the betterment of the communities where our employees live, and we will always strive to be a good neighbor and friend.” 

Kaiser previously was VP of Georgia-Pacific’s Camas, Wash., operations.

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EcoPlanet Bamboo sets 1 million-acre reforestation goal

BY HBSDealer Staff

After concluding a first phase of growth that involved the strategic reforestation of 10,000 acres of degraded land, EcoForest Bamboo is raising the bar to 1 million acres to mark its latest goal.

“While our achievements to date are still a long way from our 1,000,000 acre goal, they have proved not only that we can, but that we are committed to industrializing bamboo in a way that benefits the local community, is environmentally positive, and enables the feedstock security that multinational corporations require to ultimately move away from unsustainable logging practices, and make the switch to an alternative fiber,” said Troy Wiseman, CEO of EcoPlanet Bamboo Group.

The company’s initial reforestation effort, which took place in Central American and Southern Africa, was aimed at demonstrating the commercial viability of bamboo as a wood alternative in varied climates. The company also gained accreditation from the World Bank and the World Wildlife Fund, among other institutions.

The second phase of growth will be concentrated in Southeast Asia, Brazil and Africa, and will be split into smaller dedicated plantations of 25,000 – 100,000 acres.

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Masonite’s sales up 4.7% with net income loss in Q2

BY HBSDealer Staff

Masonite’s second quarter results pointed to strong year-ago gains of 4.7% to $453.1 million in net sales, though the company sustained a loss in net income.

Specifically, net income loss attributable to Masonite totaled $1.21 million, a gain compared to 2012’s Q2 loss of $3.89 million.

“Second quarter results reflect a strengthening U.S. housing market and on-going benefits from our strategic tuck-in acquisition program,” said Fred Lynch, president and CEO of Masonite. “Pricing actions taken in the first quarter led to improvements in the average unit price achieved in North America. Also, our decision to proactively discontinue certain unprofitable product lines and exit select markets in Europe also contributed meaningfully to second quarter results.”

Masonite’s position in Q2 was strengthened by other meaningful expansions, including its recent acquisition of the door manufacturing operations of the Chile-based Masisa S.A.

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