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ProBuild promotes Myrick to chief operating officer

BY HBSDEALER Staff

ProBuild Holdings has named Bill Myrick, president of the company’s Strategic Initiatives group, as its new chief operating officer. In this role, Myrick will oversee all areas of field operations, supply chain, manufacturing, market development and gypsum.

“I am confident that, with his in-depth industry experience and leadership skills, Bill is the right person to help ProBuild navigate through the current industry downturn and prepare us for the enormous opportunities that lie ahead,” said CEO Paul Hylbert in a prepared statement.

Myrick joined ProBuild in February 2007 as a senior vp-strategic initiatives. He started his career in the LBM industry as a manager trainee at 84 Lumber, where he spent 25 years, rising to the position of chief operating officer before leaving last year to join ProBuild.

Headquartered in Denver, ProBuild is the largest supplier of lumber and building materials in the United States, with more than 550 locations and $5 billion in sales in 2007.

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EPA fines home builders for storm water violations

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In a major crackdown against violations at construction sites, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department have announced agreements with four major home builders. Centex of Dallas; KB Home of Los Angeles; Pulte Homes of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; and M.D.C. Holdings of Denver agreed to pay a total of $4.3 million in fines and penalties. Combined, the four builders accounted for more than 124,000 home closings in 2006.

The companies named in the settlements allegedly failed to obtain permits before clearing land for subdivisions and to prevent dirt, silt and other runoff materials from leaving 2,202 construction sites in 34 states from 2001 to 2005.

Along with the federal government, seven states will share in the settlements based on the number of sites within each state. Those states include Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, Missouri, Nevada, Tennessee and Utah.

The settlements are the latest in a series of enforcement actions to address storm water violations from construction sites around the country. A similar consent decree, reached in February with Home Depot, required the company to pay a fine of $1.3 million and establish a comprehensive storm water compliance plan to prevent future violations.

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Mythic Paint names Sherwin-Williams, Ace veteran as vp

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Mythic Paint, the Hattiesburg, Miss.-based no-VOC paint company, has announced Bud Moses will serve as vp-sales and marketing and will help spearhead a planned television and print advertising campaign.

Moses has served in the coatings industry for 20 years, most recently with Ace Hardware, where he served as a senior district sales representative. Prior to that, he spent 10 years with Sherwin-Williams as a sales representative. He also has worked as a retail development specialist for Do it Best.

Moses will be responsible for national and international retail and trade sales for Mythic. He also will be heavily involved with what the company called an “extensive marketing campaign,” scheduled to launch in July for the company’s line of zero-VOC paint, which features a 1,232-color palette.

“Bud brings with him a unique blend of experience in ‘real world’ store management, direct and international sales and marketing not easily found in our industry,” said Rocky Prior, president of Mythic Paint.

Mythic Paint, a subsidiary of Southern Diversified Products (SDP), was developed in cooperation with the University of Southern Mississippi.

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