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PDIS kicks off in Savannah

BY Ken Clark

Savannah, Ga. — The 2012 ProDealer Industry Summit begins today in Savannah, Ga., with a slate of committee meetings of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and the annual NLBMDA Installation dinner.

Chuck Bankston of Bankston Lumber of Barnesville, Ga., will take over the gavel as NLBMDA chair from Cally Fromme, of Victoria, Texas-based Zarsky Lumber. 

Wednesday events also include the presentation of the Home Channel News Pro Dealer of the Year award. The 2012 honoree is Boise, Idaho-based BMC.

The three-day PDIS will draw to a close on Friday, Oct. 26.

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LP helps build mortgage-free homes for wounded veterans

BY HBSDealer Staff

Louisiana-Pacific Corp. is collaborating with Operation Finally Home to build mortgage-free homes for wounded veterans.

LP donated SmartSide product and PR support to a home built by New American Homes in Greater Chicago for U.S. Army Spc. Nick Mapson, who sustained debilitating injuries in Afghanistan. This included the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC) with the National Association of Home Builders and the Chicago NFL Players Association Former Players Chapter.

The Mapson home was built with universal design principles, including specific floor plan accommodations and such amenities as wide doorways and circulation areas and enhanced accessibility in entrances. 

LP participated in four events: 

• Siding of the home by former NFL players;
• Presentation about the home to the HBAGC membership;
• Surprise announcement about Mapson and the home at the HBAGC’s annual golf event; and
• Giving the home keys to Mapson and his family.

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Universal Forest buys pallet, container manufacturer

BY HBSDealer Staff

Universal Forest Products has announced that one of its subsidiaries is expanding the company’s industrial business in the northwest United States with the acquisition of the operating assets of Nepa Pallet and Container Co., a manufacturer of pallets, containers and bins for agricultural and industrial customers. 

The purchase of Nepa by UFP Washington advances a number of Universal’s strategic objectives: to enter that geographic market without adding capacity to the marketplace, to expand its industrial busines, and to grow by acquiring successful companies. 

Nepa has facilities in Snohomish, Yakima and Wenatchee, Wash., and had trailing 12-month sales through September 2012 of $25 million. Closing is expected to take place in early November 2012.

“In its 75 years, Nepa has built a strong reputation as a solid manufacturer with great customer service. Its employees are loyal and dedicated, which is consistent with our culture,” said Matthew Missad, CEO of Universal Forest Products. “We look forward to adding Nepa and its people to the Universal family of companies, and growing with them in a territory that’s important to Universal’s future and success.” 

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