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ProBuild to exit Chicago market

BY HBSDEALER Staff

ProBuild Holdings has confirmed that it is leaving the Chicago market, where it waged a battle with labor union members a year ago. A spokeswoman for the Denver-based pro dealer, the largest in the industry, told Home Channel News that the company would close its Yorkville, Ill., and Westmont, Ill., facilities by Dec. 16.

Members of Teamsters Local 673 staged a seven-week strike at two of ProBuild’s Chicago locations in August and September 2010. The walkout ended on Sept. 24, after ProBuild announced it was consolidating its three Chicago facilities into its Yorkville location on Sept. 30.

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Obituary: Linton Tibbetts, Cox Lumber founder

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Linton Tibbetts, a Florida lumberman who founded Cox Lumber, passed away on Oct. 6, according to his obituary. He was 88 years old.

Tibbetts, who split his time between St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Cayman Islands, opened LBM outlets in both locations. His U.S. operation, founded in 1949,  grew to 30 locations, making it one of the largest regional chains in the United States. In 2006, when Tibbetts sold Cox Lumber to Home Depot, the company’s annual revenues were $396 million.

“A gracious gentleman” was how Bill Tucker, president of the Florida Building Materials Association, described Tibbetts to Home Channel News. Tucker saw Tibbetts on Sept. 28 at the grand opening of the third location of Tibbetts Lumber, a new venture of the deceased. The latest location was in St. Petersburg, at the original headquarters of Cox Lumber.

Tibbetts was taken to the hospital the next day and died a week later. 

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At PDIS, analyzing the forces of change

BY Ken Clark

In a presentation titled "Forces of Change," Guy Blissett will present leading strategies from across the distribution industry to attendees of the ProDealer Industry Summit.

The wholesale distribution lead for the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors will deliver the keynote address at the 2011 ProDealer Industry Summit in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 26. In addition to a look at macroeconomic conditions and powerful trends at work in the industry, Blissett’s presentation will touch on four key concepts that keep executives up at night: Services, human capital, analytics and information technology.

Blisset’s keynote will be delivered on the first night of the Oct. 26-28 summit, hosted jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and Home Channel News in San Antonio.

One of the key trends facing the industry is the expanding role of government. "We try to put politics aside as much as possible," said Blissett. "But regulations and taxation impact this industry. One question is what is the role of government. But more importantly, how are you going to capture the opportunity it presents?"

 

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