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PDIS panel to address supply chain collaboration

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A moderated discussion featuring representatives from ProBuild, the nation’s largest pro dealer, and Standard Pacific, a residential builder with operations in seven states, will take place on Oct. 14 at the ProDealer Industry Summit in Orlando, Fla.

Michael Mahre, senior VP corporate development for ProBuild, and Scott Hearty, VP national purchasing operations for Standard Pacific, will participate in an informal talk led by Luis Solis of Symbius Corp. The focus of the session — how to improve communications between suppliers, subcontractors and purchasing agents at the local and regional level — will drill down to topics such as partnerships, the role of technology, measurements and dashboards, and pricing/incentive mechanisms. A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion.

Mahre, the former CEO and president at BMHC’s SelectBuild, now oversees strategy, business development and acquisitions for Denver-based ProBuild. Hearty is a 26-year veteran at Standard Pacific, which has operations in California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, North Carolina and Florida.

Solis, president and managing partner of Symbius Corp., is a supply chain consulting firm to the residential construction industry.

Jointly sponsored by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and Home Channel News, the ProDealer Industry Summit will kick off in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 13, with a keynote speech by former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. The conference ends on Oct. 15. All events will be held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

For more information on the conference, visit www.prodealer.com

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Quanex elects Stevens to board

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Houston-based Quanex Building Products announced it has named Curtis Stevens to its board of directors, effective Oct. 1.

Stevens serves as EVP administration and CFO of Nashville, Tenn.-based building materials manufacturer Louisiana-Pacific Corp.

“Mr. Stevens’ extensive financial background and his experience with numerous acquisitions and their successful integrations will add to our board strength. He also has leadership experience in areas that we are eager to utilize such as strategy, supply chain management and information technology,” said David Petratis, chairman and CEO of Quanex Building Products.

Stevens has served as CFO of Louisiana-Pacific for the past 13 years and EVP administration for the last eight. Previously he spent 14 years in various financial and operational positions at Planar Systems, a flat-panel display products manufacturer, where he also sat on the board for five years.

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RPM acquires Turkish distributor

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Medina, Ohio-based RPM International announced that its Building Solutions Group has acquired Istanbul, Turkey-based Park Dis Ticaret A.S.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, however RPM said they are expected to be accretive to earnings within one year.

Park Dis Ticaret is a leading supplier of sealants, tapes and membranes to the construction markets in Turkey. The company’s annual sales are approximately $10 million.

“This acquisition will provide Tremco illbruck and the RPM Building Solutions Group (BSG), a strong base from which to grow our international presence,” said Frank C. Sullivan, RPM chairman and CEO. “As part of the RPM BSG, Park will also be able to expand its product offerings into new categories, such as firestopping.  We look forward to having Adnan Akin and his management team join RPM.”

RPM International’s subsidiaries are world leaders in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services serving both industrial and consumer markets. The company’s industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and specialty chemicals.  Industrial brands include Stonhard, Tremco illbruck, Carboline, Flowcrete, Universal Sealants and Euco.

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