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Obituary: Cassity Jones of the Cassity Jones Cos.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Cassity Jones, entrepreneur and founder of The Cassity Jones Companies, passed away Jan. 21, at his home in Longview, Texas.

During his career, he was a building contractor; a developer; and owned an automobile dealership, a grocer/wholesale company and various real estate ventures — all which led him to found the Cassity Jones Companies, which now includes Cassity Jones Lumber, Home Plus Floors, A-1 Rental, Winn Tile Co., and CJ Commercial. 

Cassity served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corps. After returning, he taught at Panola College. Thanks to postwar demand, he began building houses and opened a lumberyard.

In recent years, his company has been under the leadership of his sons John Jones, CEO; Jim Jones, CFO;and Jerry Jones, director of marketing. His grandson, Jeb Jones, is the chief operations officer. Stores are now located in Longview, Carthage, Tyler, Henderson, Marshall, Nacogdoches, Terrell and the Dallas area. 

Cassity was a member of the East Texas Home Builders Association and the Texas Lumbermen’s Association, and was honored by this organization in 2000 as the “Lumberman of the Year” for the state of Texas. He served on the board of the National Lumbermen’s Association. 

Recently, he was chosen by the Carthage ISD Alumni Association for the “Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.” Panola College also honored him with a permanent plaque on the campus’ “Panola Pony” in appreciation of Cassity’s support and service to the college and community.

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Builders’ Show to co-locate with KBIS

BY Ken Clark

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) signed a deal to co-locate the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas beginning in February 2014.

The two events will remain separate and distinct shows held simultaneously at the Las Vegas Convention Center through 2016, creating Design and Construction Week, one of the world’s largest gatherings focused on new ideas, products and technologies to design, build and remodel homes.

“This new format allows exhibitors to reach a full range of design and construction professionals who buy, specify and influence the products that go into American homes,” said NAHB chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. “For attendees, it means access to two expansive trade show floors and hundreds of additional suppliers to meet.”

“Two shows, two associations and one place to see and connect with every aspect of residential construction and remodeling,” said John Morgan, NKBA 2013 president and president of Morgan Pinnacle, a manufacturer’s representative for cabinetry and technology brands. “We couldn’t be more excited to deliver this special event for the industry.”

The new mega-event will be held Feb. 4-6, 2014 in Las Vegas, with each show occupying a separate hall. Kitchen and bath brands that have participated in both shows can choose to exhibit in the KBIS or IBS hall. One pass will provide access to both exhibits. NKBA and NAHB will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events. Future show dates are Jan. 20-22, 2015, and Jan. 19-21, 2016, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Design and Construction Week 2014 is expected to draw more than 75,000 specifiers, builders, dealers and suppliers and 2,000 exhibiting brands, based on recent trends for both shows.

IBS is the largest annual light construction show in the world, with 50,000 attendees expected at the 2013 show. Builders, remodelers, developers, architects and other industry professionals from more than 100 countries attend to see the latest products and services from nearly 1,000 exhibitors in more than 200 construction categories, attend dozens of cutting-edge education sessions, visit show homes featuring the latest trends and innovations and network with peers. Now in its 69th year, IBS is organized, produced and managed exclusively by NAHB.

Held annually for the last 49 years, KBIS is the largest event in North America focused on the kitchen and bath segment, attracting more than 700 exhibitors. The 2013 show, to be held in New Orleans, April 19-21, is expected to attract more than 20,000 buyers and specifiers from more than 50 countries, as well as 300 members of the media. Attendees include dealers, designers, architects, remodelers, wholesalers and custom builders. KBIS is owned by NKBA, sponsored by K+BB magazine and produced by Nielsen Expositions.

“Co-locating IBS and KBIS will enable kitchen and bath professionals to benefit through a greater understanding and familiarity with related products, such as windows, doors, flooring and mechanical systems, all of which are critical to overall consumer satisfaction with project outcomes,” Morgan said.

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IBS: Flooring trends from Lumber Liquidators

BY Brae Canlen

Las Vegas — Exotics are still in, but gray is the hottest trend for residential flooring, according to the chief merchandising officer at Lumber Liquidators. In an interview at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) here, Bill Schlegel told HCN that the Toano, Va.-based national flooring retailer is selling hardwood, engineered wood and even laminate wood flooring in various shades of gray.

Tropical woods like acacia and Tigerwood are also more in demand. “As the economy is turning around, more and more people are asking for it,” Schlegel said. Bamboo is still popular because of its eco-friendly profile, “but [consumers] want wider planks, and they want it to look like wood,” he added. Lumber Liquidators has responded with wire brushed bamboo and more strand-like appearance. One variety resembles black-veined oak.

Click technology, which is now available in wood, stone and marble like vinyl flooring, has brought a number of DIYers into the market. ”It’s a huge growth category for us,” Schlegel said.

The three-day IBS event runs through Jan. 24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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