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Pacific States Industries acquires plywood company

BY HBSDealer Staff

Pacific States Industries, a California-based forest products and building materials company, acquired the privately owned Hoquiam Plywood Co. of Hoquiam, Wash. 

The Hoquiam facility is known for its premium plywood sheathing. Operations at the western Washington facility will come under the direction of Pacific States Plywood (PSP), headquartered in Springfield, Ore.

“For more than 50 years, Hoquiam Plywood has been recognized as a provider of quality plywood products and veneers,” said Sean Burch, Pacific States Industries general manager. “This acquisition supports our planned growth in the Pacific Northwest and enables us to better serve market demand across the United States and Canada with additional volumes of our high-quality products.”

Pacific States Industries is a privately held family-owned company that has been providing forest products and building materials to lumber dealers and home improvement stores in California, the Pacific Northwest and nationwide for more than 40 years. The company’s holdings include Pacific States Plywood, Pacific States Treating, Redwood Empire Wholesale Distribution and Redwood Empire Sawmills.  

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Toll Brothers shows profit in second quarter

BY Ken Clark

The Horsham, Pa.-based luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers returned to a profit in the second quarter amid signs of strengthening home-building market.

The company posted a profit of $16.9 million in the quarter, compared to a loss of $20.8 million in the same quarter last year. Revenue rose 17% to $373.7 million.

Douglas C. Yearley, Jr., Toll Brothers’ chief executive officer, stated, “It appears that the housing market has moved into a new and stronger phase of recovery as we have experienced broad-based improvement across most of our regions over the past six months. The spring selling season has been the most robust and sustained since the downturn began. Even now, for the first three weeks of May, our non-binding reservation deposits, a leading indicator of future contracts, are running 39% ahead on a gross basis, and 23% ahead on a per-community basis, compared to last year’s same May period.”

The builders’ home deliveries increased to 671 units, up from 591 units. Net signed contracts increased to 1,290 units, up from 879. And Backlog rose to 2,403 units, from 1,760.

“Operating performance and new order growth (+46.8% y/y) were materially ahead of expectations and attest to the strength of the spring selling season which is the best in the last five years,” according to a research note from RBC Capital Markets analyst Robert Wetenhall.

 

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Material honors for Perennial Wood

BY Ken Clark

Perennial Wood received honorable mention for a MEDIUM Award for Material of the Year from Material ConneXion.

The award recognizes materials that demonstrate outstanding technological innovation and the potential to make a significant contribution to the advancement of design, industry, society and the economy.

Perennial Wood, described as real wood modified to endure nature’s harshest elements, received the award at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City.

“We are honored to be selected among the best new materials by Material ConneXion, experts in material science and specifications,” said Deborah Baum Crain, director of innovation projects for Perennial Wood. “Now more than ever, manufacturers are looking to incorporate longer-lasting, high-quality and sustainable materials into their products. For outdoor applications, whether furniture, windows, doors, siding or trim, Perennial Wood offers manufacturers a practical alternative to composite, plastic and tropical hardwood materials.”

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