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OrePac Building Products signs up AZEK

BY HBSDealer Staff

Scranton, Pa.-based AZEK Building Products signed a distribution deal with OrePac Building Products, a building materials wholesaler serving the West and Pacific Northwest.   

Under the agreement, OrePac’s Denver, Colo., and Salt Lake City, Utah, branches will offer the full line of premium, exterior AZEK products.  OrePac’s Denver branch covers Colorado, Eastern Wyoming, Northern New Mexico and the Scottsbluff area of Nebraska, while the Salt Lake City branch covers Utah, Southwestern Wyoming, Eastern Nevada and Southeastern Idaho.

Jeff Williams, OrePac’s Regional Manager–Colorado & Utah, said: “In these regions, we are dealing with the full range of weather extremes, from very hot to very cold. AZEK products, with warranties against rotting or deteriorating, offer homeowners great looking and highly durable exterior options.”

OrePac has been serving the needs of retail lumber yards, home centers, door shops, manufactured home plants and export customers since 1977.

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Builders’ Show taps Eisner to deliver 2013 keynote

BY Ken Clark

The former leader of the Walt Disney Co. will kick off the International Builders’ Show (IBS). Also on stage: the Capitol Steps.

Former Walt Disney Co. chief Michael Eisner will deliver the keynote address at the International Builders’ Show, slated for Las Vegas Jan. 22-24.

Eisner, who served as the chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co. for 21 years, is recognized for having revitalized and reinvented the company into a full spectrum entertainment enterprise that grew from $1.7 billion to $30 billion under his watch. Eisner’s remarks will motivate corporate innovation and teamwork.

The show’s opening day ceremonies will also include a performance by famed political satire group, the Capitol Steps. Created in December 1981, the Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who used the headlines of the day to create song parodies and skits that conveyed a special brand of satirical humor. 

"The Opening Ceremonies always provides an impressive lineup of speakers and entertainment, and this year is no exception," said NAHB chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. "We look forward to hearing the inspirational words of former Disney leader Michael Eisner, followed by a comedic performance of the Capitol Steps."

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BlueTarp Financial Joins NLBMDA’s MSC Council

BY Ken Clark

BlueTarp Financial is the newest member of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association’s (NLBMDA’s) Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC). The council is composed of the leading building material manufacturers and service providers serving the LBM industry.

NLBMDA’s MSC members are established industry leaders who supply products and services to lumber and building material dealers and regional chains across the nation. The dedicated members of the council share a commitment to promoting and enhancing the success of independent dealers and regional chains. 

Headquartered in Portland, Maine, BlueTarp Financial has been the leading trade credit and marketing services provider for the building supply industry across the United States since 1998. Merchants who offer BlueTarp Trade Credit to their customers enjoy cash flow, increased sales, and reduced risk of managing credit in-house.

Increased cash flow allows growing dealers to invest in sales people, customized inventory and even new locations. BlueTarp dealers can also take advantage of the company’s new eMarketing Services to increase sales. The new service, offered exclusively to qualified dealers, provides customized e-communications to drive increased visits from active and lapsed contractors. These regularly distributed emails include direct advertising, exclusive eDeals, and eSurveys that provide customer insights directly back to dealers.

"We are honored to join the NLBMDA and support the needs of its members. As growth in the building supply industry continues to accelerate, many owners are looking ahead for what investments they can make to strengthen their businesses. Our trade credit and marketing services are the smart solution for savvy dealers looking for the best ways to grow," said Scott Simpson, CEO of BlueTarp.

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