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Quikrete announces ‘What America’s Made Of’ winners

BY HBSDealer Staff

Quikrete, a manufacturer of packaged concrete products for the building and home improvement markets, has announced the six winners of the Quikrete “What America’s Made Of” sweepstakes. The winners, who entered the contest at DannyLipford.com, each received a copy of the "Quikrete Guide to Concrete" book and up to $599 in Quikrete products to help build a patio, BBQ fire pit, walkway or outdoor kitchen.

The winners are:

• Wendy Langhoff, Kimball, Mich.
• Gregory Williams, Cincinnati
• Ronni Fox, Buffalo, N.Y.
• Mike Perkins, Phoenix
• Joy Bennett, Harlingen, Texas 

Project details:

• Patio — Crack-Resistant Concrete Mix, Cure & Seal and Liquid Color
• BBQ Fire Pit Kit — Pavestone blocks, caps, insert ring, grate, sand and construction adhesive
• Walkway — WalkMaker Form, Crack-Resistant Concrete Mix, Liquid Color, PowerLoc and Jointing Sand
• Outdoor Kitchen — Mason Mix, QuikWall, Countertop Mix, Liquid Color, Cure & Seal and Guide to Concrete book

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Rail shipments of lumber on the increase

BY Brae Canlen

Union Pacific Corp. is pulling rail cars from storage for the first time in four years to haul lumber for home builders, according to a Bloomberg report.

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported that North American rail carloads of lumber and wood products have risen 10% through the end of July when compared with the same period in 2011.

In its latest weekly rail traffic report, dated Aug. 16, the AAR reported that 10 of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, with lumber and wood products up 19.8%, outpaced only by petroleum products at a 44.4% increase.

The previous week’s report, on Aug. 9, showed a 29% rise for lumber and wood products compared with the previous year. Petroleum products rose 56.3%.

Warren Buffet’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe hauled 10.7% more lumber and wood products in the first half of this year than a year earlier, according to Bloomberg. The housing-market trend that’s boosted Norfolk Southern Corp. (NSC)’s lumber business by 6% is “encouraging,” Donald Seale, chief marketing officer of the Norfolk, Va., company, said in a July 24 conference call with analysts. Clarence Gooden, CSX executive VP sales and marketing, projected a “continued recovery” in building materials on a July 18 earnings call, Bloomberg reported.

Economists speculate that builders may be stockpiling lumber, given the volumes shipped versus the number of housing starts. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas president Richard Fisher told reporters on June 28 that the “numbers would tell you we’d have some 700,000-plus homes built this year.” He observed that the recovery process is a slow one, adding: “I do think the housing market has bottomed out.”

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ABM Distributors taps Tabor as leader

BY Ken Clark

Portland, Ore.-based Associated Building Material Distributors (ABM) named Garry Tabor as executive VP.

As leader of the ABM, Tabor said he and his team will seek out ways to improve the two-step distribution model. 

“I am honored to have been selected by the ABM board of directors to lead this great organization,” said Tabor. “ABM is a diversified conglomerate of world-class distributors. We will deploy new ideas and forward-thinking practices in order to create a new kind of two-step distribution and to enhance the supplier–distributor relationship.” 

Prior to coming to ABM, Tabor was the president and CEO of Heico Distribution Group and president and CEO of Building Material Distributors (BMD). Both are based in California.

Founded in 1975, ABM is a network of 45 wholesale distributors located across the United States and in Canada. The collective buying power of this group is in excess of $3 billion.

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