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Pro-Build enters Las Vegas market

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Pro-Build Holdings, the industry’s largest pro dealer, has announced its intention to purchase Rosen Building Supplies, a five-unit supplier of drywall and steel framing materials to the south Florida and Las Vegas markets. The purchase price was not disclosed.

The deal builds on a recent flurry of acquisitions by the company. Late last month, Pro-Build announced it would purchase the LBM division of HD Supply, which operates out of 19 lumberyards in the Atlanta area and 20 in Florida. In December, Pro-Build announced it would acquire Lumber Inc., a distributor of lumber, flooring and roof trusses based in Albuquerque, N.M.

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Rosen Building Supplies has locations in Miami, Riviera Beach, Vero Beach and Fort Meyers. In Las Vegas, the company operates as Garrett Materials. It has been selling into the residential and commercial building markets since 1996.

Founder Drew Rosen will remain with the company, along with two other members of the management team, Brian Gordon and J.D. Garrett.

Pro-Build Holdings, based in Denver, operates more than 520 distribution yards, assembly plants and manufacturing facilities in 41 states.

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Huttig to close two branches

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Huttig Building Products, a distributor of millwork, building materials and wood products, has announced its intention to close facilities in Greensburg, Pa., and Kansas City, Mo., in response to market conditions.

Greensburg customers will be served from distribution facilities in Columbus, Ohio, and Lancaster, Pa. The company will cover the Kansas City market from its facility in Springfield, Mo.

Huttig expects to save approximately $2.0 million before taxes as a result of the consolidation, which will also involve downsizing its corporate office in St. Louis.

Approximately 50 positions will be eliminated at the two closed branches, although some employees may transfer to other locations, according to the Huttig announcement. Another 30 positions have been cut at other branches and at Huttig headquarters during the fourth quarter of 2007, the company said.

Huttig currently operates through 36 locations serving the building, remodeling, industrial and manufactured homes market in 44 states.

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PAL president to retire

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Progressive Affiliated Lumbermen Cooperative (PAL), a building materials co-op based in Grand Rapids, Mich., has announced the retirement of its long-time president, William “Bill” Danzig, on Dec. 31, 2007.

A29-year veteran of the company, Danzig started as an assistant general manager before being promoted to executive vp and general manager. He assumed the title of president in the mid-1980s.

Danzig’s replacement has not yet been named, according to a PAL spokesperson.

Established in 1934, PAL is a member-owned buying group of independent lumberyards with dealers in 17 states throughout the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic regions.

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