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Ply Gem sales up 33.1% in Q3

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Ply Gem Holdings, Inc. released financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 28, 2013, which highlighted a year-over-year transition into the black for the company in terms of its net income.

Net sales also received a hearty boost of 33.1% compared to the third quarter of 2012, increasing to a total of $407.4 million. The growth was even sharper for the Windows and Doors segment, which increased by 41.8%. Net sales for Siding, Fencing and Stone grew 26.9%.

That said, the acquisitions of Gienow and Mitten factored heavily into the robust growth. With the impact of these acquisitions excluded, net sales increased 9.9%, Windows and Doors grew 16.6% and Siding, Fencing and Stone was up 5.2%.

Meanwhile, net income came in at positive growth of $16.9 million, compared to 2012’s third-quarter loss of $3.7 million.

“Ply Gem continued to execute during the third quarter as the new construction market drove further demand for our products while channel inventory levels improved," said president and CEO Gary E. Robinette. “The housing market recovery is still in the early stages, however, I am encouraged by the favorable trends in the market and the significant demand it is creating for our products. Our expectation is that the housing market will continue its recovery into 2014 and 2015, and I remain confident in Ply Gem’s ability to capitalize on the market recovery. We remain focused on executing our strategic initiatives and solidifying our position as a leading building products manufacturer."

Robinette also added that revenue growth led by the Windows and Doors segment has resulted in the addition of extra labor resources intended to scale operations to meet the demand.

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Council describes urgent need for forest management

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At a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, this week, a group of like-minded forest product companies reached an agreement. They agreed that reducing forest loss is a global societal priority requiring immediate and concerted action.

At its meeting, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Forest Solutions Group announced the need to significantly scale up sustainable forest management.

The 26 companies in the group, which describe themselves as committed to transforming forest-related challenges into forest-based opportunities and solutions, are responsible for nearly 40% of annual global forest product, paper and packaging sales.

The companies endorsed the announcement following an international discussion including three forest certification systems — the Forest Stewardship Council, the Sustainable Forest Initiative and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification — at WBCSD’s Council Meeting in Istanbul, Nov. 4.

One of the companies in the group is Weyerhaeuser.

 "Our collective statement today and our stakeholder membership in PEFC aligns with our commitment to responsible fiber sourcing, especially from family-owned forests," said Weyerhaeuser VP for Sustainable Forestry Cassie Phillips.

Earlier this year, Weyerhaeuser attained international stakeholder membership in the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, the world’s largest forest certification system and the certification system of choice for small, non-industrial private forests. PEFC, which is made up of large forest owners and hundreds of thousands of family forest owners around the world, has endorsed two North American certifications standards, including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. In the United States, PEFC also endorses the American Tree Farm System, which means landowners certified to SFI and Tree Farm also comply with the PEFC’s internationally recognized sustainability benchmark.

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Beacon Roofing Supply makes a couple executive appointments

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Beacon Roofing Supply has announced the appointment of Brendan P. Daly as chief supply chain officer and Patrick G. Murphy as EVP business improvement.

“I am excited to work with Brendan again and have him join the Beacon team," said president and CEO Paul Isabella. "Through working with him at Cooper Industries, The Stanley Works, and GE, I know that his strength in strategic and tactical planning and implementation will be a benefit for Beacon as we continue to drive continuous improvement through our purchasing and supply chain organization. He will be able to build upon Pat Murphy’s great work in building our supply chain organization and this will allow Pat to return to an operational improvement role. These moves further will strengthen Beacon’s senior management team.”

Daly brings over 25 years of experience to the table in sourcing, logistics, transportation and purchasing for manufacturing and distribution sites. He will be leaving his position as VP of Supply Chain-Americas at Zodiac Pool Systems. He has also worked in various supply chain-related roles for Cooper Industries, The Stanley Works and General Electric. Daly will relocate from San Diego to Herndon, Va. for his new role.

Meanwhile, Murphy touts over 25 years with Beacon, having been promoted to an EVP role in 2011. Murphy will assist Daly in his transition and will lead business improvement initiatives, largely acquisition-related, across the company in his new role. He will remain with Beacon’s South Division headquarters in Goldsboro, N.C.

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