Obit: Charlie Blythe
Charlie “C.D.” Delano Blythe, a well-known figure in the southern wood products industry, passed away on Sept. 4. He was 74 years old.
According to his obituary, Blythe was employed as softwood sales manager for Coastal Lumber Co. in Weldon, N.C., between 1970 and 1998. During that time, he was responsible for the annual marketing of 140 million board feet of Southern Yellow Pine Lumber, 120 million feet of plywood and 60 million feet of pressure-treated lumber. Working with a staff of 18 lumber traders and associates, Blythe was instrumental in developing a market for these products throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands.
Blythe also served on the boards of the Florida Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, Florida Wood Council, Southern Forest Products Association and Southern Pine Council.
After retiring in 1998, Blythe moved to Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., and became involved in a number of service and cultural organizations. At the time of his death, he was serving as Mayor Pro Tem for the town of Ocean Isle Beach.
Surviving Blythe is his wife of 54 years, Carolyn Parker Blythe.
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Armstrong sells Patriot Flooring Supply
Lancaster, Pa.-based Armstrong World Industries sold Patriot Flooring Supply to The Belknap White Group, a 35-year-old flooring distributor operating in New England and upstate New York.
The transaction closed on Sept. 1, 2012, the company announced Wednesday. Patriot, a flooring sales and distribution business that employs 65 people in Wilmington, Mass., and Pompton Plains, N.J., serves the New England, metropolitan New York and Northern New Jersey markets.
Frank Ready, CEO of Armstrong Flooring Products, said in a prepared statement: "Armstrong’s strategy is to focus on our core businesses — flooring and ceilings. Patriot distributes hardwood and laminate flooring, and we’re in the business of making and marketing floors. So this is a strategic decision that makes sense for all three parties –Armstrong, Patriot and The Belknap White Group. With Patriot, Belknap can strengthen the operations of both businesses for the benefit of the customers they serve in the Northeast. And we will continue to drive our business in North America and around the world for the benefit of all of our stakeholders."
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Boise to carry AZEK in Mid-Atlantic
Boise Cascade’s Building Materials Distribution will begin carrying all AZEK product lines through its Baltimore, Md. facility, making them available to Boise’s customers throughout the Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Central Pennsylvania and Eastern West Virginia.
The AZEK products offered will include AZEK exterior building trim, mouldings; decking, porch and railing products. In the past year, AZEK composite pavers have been added to the line-up.
In a prepared statement, Stan Bell, president of Boise Cascade’s Building Materials Distribution division, said: “Boise is proud to align with the AZEK brand and the quality and performance it represents." Mike Nutile, the Baltimore branch manager for Boise Cascade, added: "With the sophisticated market areas we service, including many high-end metropolitan markets, AZEK is a perfect fit and aligns very nicely with our portfolio of value-added building products."
“We look forward to having Boise Cascade help us achieve our sales goals in the Mid-Atlantic region by bringing these new AZEK products to market,” said Jim Gross, VP sales, AZEK Building Products. Gross added that Parksite continues to service and distribute the full line of AZEK products in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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