Pro dealers talk shop in San Antonio
The 2011 ProDealer Industry Summit is responding to the building downturn with a healthy lineup of business-building educational sessions.
This year’s event, sponsored jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and Home Channel News, will take place Oct. 26 to 28 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio.
“This industry is ready to break out of the doldrums,” said Jim Reynolds, PDIS managing director. “The best minds in the industry will gather again this year in San Antonio to share their ideas.”
In addition to more networking opportunities than in years past, the event will feature an educational lineup designed to empower the attendees and their businesses.
Among the highlights:
• Forces of change in distribution: Guy Blissett, the wholesale distribution lead for the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, will present a keynote address on changing distribution models, with lessons from the best in distribution.
• Standout sales and leadership: Connie Podesta, the president of Connie Podesta Inc./Standout, will discuss optimum leadership for today’s business environment.
• The 2010 census and the impact on residential construction: David Vandenbroucke from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Greg Brooks, president of BSCi, review the data to help steer companies toward a recovery.
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Cedar Creek to purchase wood wholesaler
Cedar Creek Wholesale, a building material distributor based in Oklahoma City, has agreed to purchase Wholesale Wood Products of Dothan and Birmingham, Ala. Financial details of the transaction were not revealed.
Wholesale Wood Products serves five southeastern states from two locations in Alabama and specialized in western red cedar and cypress.
Cedar Creek has 12 locations in 17 states across the Midwest, Mid-south and Southeast.
“This move backfills Cedar Creek’s current coverage area in the Southeast between our current Tennessee and North Carolina branches and further underscores our commitment to growing the footprint of Cedar Creek," said Bill Adams, CEO of Cedar Creek.
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Power Home Remodeling Group expands to Massachusetts
Power Home Remodeling Group, an East Coast-based provider of exterior home renovations, has expanded its operations to Marlborough, Mass., where it will continue to serve the greater Boston metropolitan area. Power has already hired more than 50 employees in the Boston region and plans to create at least 100 jobs in 2011 and another 100 to 250 in 2012, the company said in a press release.
In 2010, Power installed energy-efficient solutions in more than 14,000 homes and sites, many of them taking advantage of 2010 energy-efficiency tax credit for homeowners. In 2011, the company expanded into three additional new markets, including Boston, Long Island and Atlanta. Power’s portfolio of exterior remodeling solutions includes replacement windows, vinyl siding, roofing, entry and garage doors, attic insulation, gutters and guards.
Family-owned since 1992, Power Home Remodeling Group is the nation’s fourth largest home remodeling company with more than 900 full-time employees and $135 million in sales. Headquartered in Chester, Pa., Power serves residents throughout the Eastern Seaboard, including Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Boston metropolitan area.
Boston metropolitan area. Power has already hired more than 50 employees in the Boston region and plans to create at least 100 jobs in 2011 and another 100 to 250 in 2012, the company said in a press release.-Marla Ahlgrimm
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