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Now in Canada: AZEK building products

BY By Ken Clark

Canada has emerged as a hot destination for home channel expansion. The latest company to enter the massive northern market is Scranton, Pa.-based AZEK Building Products.

The manufacturer of trim, molding, decking and railings will partner with PrimeSource Building Products Canada for complete national two-step distribution across Canada.

Rick Corry, VP sales for AZEK, announced the PrimeSource Building Products Canada agreement Tuesday. “As the manufacturer of high quality building products, we depend on premium distribution partners to assist in our downstream channel sales efforts," he said. "With PrimeSource’s recent acquisition of Langtry Industries, AZEK Building Products will be available across Canada.”

Mike Gibson, VP Canada for PrimeSource, views this partnership arrangement as a strategic move by both companies. Not only will AZEK have nationwide distribution, according to Gibson, it will be able to tap into a dedicated group of primary demand specialists that will strengthen the brand across all product lines.

The AZEK-PrimeSource partnership follows by about a month a deal that brought Memphis-based distributor Orgill to Canada. Orgill partnered with Mississauga, Ontario-based Castle Building Centers to fully integrate Canada into Orgill’s core business.

On Jan. 13, Atlanta-based Home Depot announced a new president of its Canadian division — Aaron Carmack. Also, Target Corp. made Canada its first-ever foreign expansion when it acquired some 220 Zellers discount department stores.

 

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Royal Group announces promotions

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Royal Group, a manufacturer of decking, trim, pipe and other building materials, has announced a series of promotions in its pipe systems division.

Chad Hall has been named western regional sales manager for electrical fittings in the United States. Prior to joining Royal Group as regional sales manager in November, Hall held several sales positions at Southwire Com., most recently sales manager. Based in Denver, Hall brings 16 years of sales experience in the electrical industry.

Steven Piper was appointed national specification manager for Canada, a position he began on Nov. 1. He is responsible for product specifications and will be working with city planners and engineers. Prior to joining Royal Group, Piper was president of Piper Technical Services and a specification engineer for Harrington Corp.

Alice Tourout is the company’s new customer service director for the Pipe division in North America. She most recently worked at Brenntag Inc., where she was responsible for customer service and business process improvements.

Based in Woodbridge, Ontario, Royal Group is a subsidiary of Georgia Gulf Corp., which makes a variety of remodeling and new construction products, including siding, deck, fence and rail, trim and moldings, pipe and fittings, and window and door profiles.

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Boise Cascade appoints new controller

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Boise Cascade has announced the resignation of Bernadette Madarieta as VP and controller, effective Jan. 31.

The board of directors has elected Kelly Hibbs as the company’s new VP and controller. The 44-year-old executive served as director of strategic planning and internal audit since February 2008.  

Prior to that position, Hibbs served for seven years as manager of financial forecasts and projects for Boise Cascade and OfficeMax.

Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, Boise Cascade is a leading distributor of engineered wood products and plywood in North America. It is a subsidiary of BC Holdings, a privately held company.

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