PCBC prepares to unleash the sharks
You’ve seen the TV show where entrepreneurs pitch their products to a panel of “sharks.” Something similar is on tap at the PCBC event, the West Coast’s largest home-building tradeshow and business exchange.
The PCBC Parade of Products Awards will involve three-minute pitches to the Key Buyers Club, which represents an excusive group of purchasing agents from the country’s top home-building companies. The event is designed partly to recognize the most innovative products in homebuilding, and also swing for the fences.
“Presenting a product to these buyers can turn a business into an overnight success story,” according to the press release announcing the event.
The PCBC exhibit floor will be open for all kinds of business June 25-26 at the Moscone Center in San Franciscowith an opening day keynote by Boston Philharmonic Conducutor Ben Zander and an opening night party at AT&T Park.
Ongoing education events during the conference will examine the issues of supplier/trade shortages, sales leadership and multi-family building trends.
PCBC is sponsored by the California Building Industry Association.
CertainTeed-ABC collaboration prepares students
An ongoing partnership between Valley Forge, Pennsylvania-based CertainTeed Corporation and leading building products distributor ABC Supply Co. is helping prepare carpentry students at a Massachusetts technical high school for the workforce with important industry training.
For six years, representatives from CertainTeed and ABC Supply’s Fall River, Massachusetts, location have made visits to Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School in Bourne, Massachusetts, to give hands-on instruction in the proper installation of vinyl and polymer siding and PVC trim. Students who successfully complete these sessions can earn CertainTeed Master Craftsman installer certification, which gives them a leg up as they enter the workforce after graduation.
“One of our goals is to help our students get real world construction experience and earn as many professional certifications as they can, because those things make them more employable after they graduate,” said Robert Dutch, superintendent of Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School District. “Having access to this level of expertise from CertainTeed and ABC Supply, has really benefitted the students of our carpentry program. They’re great with the kids, too — they’re able to break things down and communicate it in a way that the students understand.”
The high school’s carpentry program has always pursued large, real-life projects, such as constructing or remodeling campus buildings, to give students more hands-on experience with trade skills. Their most recently completed building was the school’s 10,000-sq.-ft. Nursing and Allied Health Education Center, which features Cedar Impressions Triple 5-in. Straight Edge Polymer Perfection Shingles in Sterling Gray, Cedar Impressions 6-1/4-in. Half Round Shingles in Granite Gray, Restoration Millwork PVC Trim and Landmark roofing shingles. The school has used this blend of exterior products and colors on all of its projects so campus buildings will match.
With acquisition, PrimeSource points to U.S. jobs
Irving, Texas-based PrimeSource Building Products has announced the acquisition of Progressive Steel and Wire. In doing so, the building material distributor says its paved the way for more U.S. jobs.
PSW was previously part of a joint venture between Dubai Wire and PrimeSource, but with PrimeSource now taking 100 percent ownership and control, the company says it intends to bring nail and wire product manufacturing back to the US, creating new local jobs.
“We are excited to meet the demand for high quality, domestically produced collated nails by taking full ownership of Progressive Steel and Wire,” the company said in a joint statement from Ken Fishbein and Mona Zinman, co-chief executive officers of PrimeSource Building Products. “Our goal is to bring nail and wire product manufacturing back to the USA and to create more jobs here at home.”
Progressive Steel and Wire LLC is currently reformatting its Dallas-based nail production facility which is expected to result in a broader mix of products. All products manufactured in this facility and future facilities will be available exclusively through the 42 distribution centers of PrimeSource across North America.
In addition to the more than 100 new jobs created in the Dallas location, PSW plans to open additional production plants in strategic locations throughout the United States and Canada, the company said.