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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Parr Lumber

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Mike Howell, Tony Cookston and Casey Doss are among the management promotions at the Hillsboro, Ore.-based pro dealer.

Parr Lumber’s recent appointment of Jim Boyer as the new president of the company and its subsidiaries created a chain reaction of advancement opportunities for others at the Hillsboro, Ore.-based company.

Howell was promoted to fill Boyer’s previous position as the director of operations.   

Other promotions include Tony Cookston, newly appointed manager for the Newberg, Oregon location; Casey Doss, now manager of the Forest Grove location; and John Friesen was promoted to manage the northeast Portland location on MLK Blvd. 

“Parr has always believed in promoting from within and creating career paths for our employees. It’s great to see so many of our team members receive such well-deserved recognition,” said CEO David Hamill.

The Parr Company consists of six distinct companies that provide building solutions and services: Parr Lumber Company, Parr Cabinet Design Centers, Cascade Wholesale Hardware, NSC, NSCi and Parr Marketing Group.

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Kodiak acquires New England Building Supply

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Denver-based Kodiak Building Partners announced Wednesday the combination of Kodiak and New England Building Supply to expand their merged business in the eastern U.S. market. 

Kodiak Chairman, Paul Hylbert, said, “We are very excited about having New England Building Supply join our team. Tony Ciampaglio and Russ Smith have built a fine organization in Boston and developed a terrific business. In addition to giving us a strong presence in greater Boston, the company and capable people offer us a platform on which to grow throughout the Eastern Seaboard marketplace.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. New England Building Supply’s team of 61 people will remain in place, according to the announcement, with Smith and Ciampaglio retaining leadership roles in the company.

“We see this as an opportunity for growth,” said Smith. “In addition to expanding our business in greater Boston, we’re excited about growth well beyond our existing service area.” 

Founded in 2011, Kodiak’s current portfolio of companies includes Barton Supply, a steel fabricator and distributor with 3 locations in Colorado, Gulf and Basco, a window, cabinet and appliance distributor serving greater Houston, and Great West Drywall Supply, a gypsum and accessories distributor also serving the Colorado market. 

Ciampaglio added, “Kodiak brings expansion capital to grow our business, and both Russ and I will be significant investors in Kodiak going forward as part of this transaction. We’ve known and worked with Hylbert and Steve Swinney, Kodiak’s President and COO, for many years and are excited to be joining forces to participate in the housing recovery together.” 

Swinney added: “We expect this to be the first of many acquisitions to take place under the New England Building Supply leadership team.”

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BPI establishes new millwork division

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Waterloo, Iowa-based Building Products Inc. formed a new millwork division called FinishCraft. 

The company describes FinishCraft’s as a provider of “high-quality millwork with an industry-leading color matching system, for both paint and stain.”

“One of the biggest advantages to our dealers and their contractors will be our brand new, state-of-the-art showroom,” said J.J. Robson, general manager. “This facility will provide end users the ability to visualize their products and choose the millwork items they want — in person."

The program includes guaranteed lead times, quick quote turnarounds and a multi-stage quality inspection process, according to BPI. 

The new venture includes a millwork trailer that allows a millwork specialist to present ideas to contractors who can’t make it to the showroom. “All they need to do is give us a call and reserve a time,” said Robson.

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