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Obituary: Grant Benson Jr., of Benson Lumber

BY Ken Clark

Grant G. Benson Jr. of Derry, N.H., died Saturday. He was 84 years old and owner of Benson’s Lumber and Hardware in Derry.

Mr. Benson served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean Conflict and was an active leader in the Derry community.

in 1965 he received the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award. He served on the board of directors for retail promotion for Cotter and Co. from 1973 to 1975.

Benson Lumber was founded in 1913 by George Washington Benson. Today it includes two hardware/lumber yards, a ski shop and a garden center.

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Huttig sees sales growth in 2012

BY Ken Clark

St. Louis-based Huttig Building Products reported sales of $520.5 million in the full year ended Dec. 31, up 8.7% from $478.7 million in 2011. 

It was the company’s best year of sales since 2008, when the two-step distributor had sales of $671.0 million. 

The company also narrowed its net loss from continuing operations to $100,000, compared with a net loss of $12.7 million in 2011. 

“The increase in building product sales was partially offset by the decrease in our roofing business, which is partially storm driven,” the company reported in its annual report.

Gross margins improved to 19.2%, up from 18.5% in 2011.”The higher margin percentage in 2012 reflects changes in the product mix coupled with a concerted effort to increase margins. In 2012 and 2011, gross margins continued to be negatively impacted by competitive pricing pressure in the down housing market,” the company said.

For the fourth quarter, sales were $125.4 million, up from $113.1 million in the fourth quarter last year. Net loss was $130,000, unchanged from the previous year’s quarter.

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NOCSA names Quikrete exec as president

BY Ken Clark

The National One Coat Stucco Association (NOCSA) recently named The Quikrete Companies stucco products manager, Mike Griffin, to its board of directors as president.

A 30-year industry veteran, Griffin follows George Adams of EZ Wall Premix Co. as NOCSA president and is responsible for helping elevate the quality of one-coat stucco manufacturing and installation through the organization’s education and awareness programs targeted at members, building departments, architects and specifiers, builders, lath and plaster contractors.

“Mike has deep, well-rounded experience that includes everything from job-site installation and product development to sales and marketing,” said Adams. “The combination of his practical hands-on background with an unwavering commitment and passion for the industry make Mike a great fit as the next leader of NOSCA.” 

Griffin, who began his career as a masonry subcontractor, is currently responsible for driving national stucco sales for Quikrete, which produces and delivers high-quality, factory-blended cementitious base coat and finish coat stuccos for the construction industry. Prior to joining Quikrete in 2007, Griffin held national and regional sales and management roles with several premier building products manufacturers.

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