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Rashkin to address PDIS event

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Sam Rashkin, national director of the EPA’s Energy Star for Homes program, will address attendees of the 2008 ProDealer Industry Summit on Friday, Oct. 3. His session, titled “Energy Star: What’s Next?” will explore why the rules of home building have changed, and how builders and their suppliers can ramp up their product offerings to address this new paradigm shift.

“Builders and their suppliers need a compelling value proposition to stimulate interest in new homes,” Rashkin said. “More than ever, Energy Star Qualified Homes address industry business objectives with unique opportunities to survive a soft housing market.”

Rashkin also noted that the number of builders joining as Energy Star partners each month has increased nearly tenfold over the last 18 months.

“Energy Star: What’s Next?” will give dealers information on what products meet current and forthcoming requirements for Energy Star Qualified Homes, as well as what the EPA’ s Indoor Air Plus label will mean for those in the home-building industry. In addition, Rashkin will explain the concept behind Advanced New Home Construction, a method of building a super energy-efficient home with little or no carbon footprint.

The ProDealer Industry Summit, scheduled from Oct. 1 to 3 in Chantilly, Va., is a joint conference of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and Home Channel News. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will kick off the event at the Westfields Marriott. Ivy Zelman, one of the building industry’s most widely recognized analysts, will deliver her industry outlook and moderate a panel of industry experts.

Other educational sessions will include strategies for running a tight credit operation and a supply chain session that explores how the downturn has changed builders’ attitudes toward their suppliers. A golf tournament benefiting the City of Hope will round out the social networking events and tabletop exhibits. For more information about the conference, visit  www.prodealer.com.

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Ace cuts back LBM staff

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Ace Hardware reduced the size of its LBM division and brought it under the direction of Sean Flynn, a longtime merchandise executive for the Oak Brook, Ill.-based cooperative.

Amy Pellerito, a 19-year Ace veteran and previously LBM manager, is no longer with the company. Ace hired Pellerito as a lumber trader in 1989. When Ace spun off its lumber division in 1999, she continued with Ace in store planning and design. When Ace resumed its LBM efforts with a focused division in 2003, the co-op put Pellerito in charge.

In 2006, Pellerito had four territory managers in her department. Two LBM specialists — Jeff McGuire and Beth Stewart — remain with the LBM division, according to McGuire, who pointed to market conditions as a primary reason for the structural change.

Ace spokesman Christopher Boniface said the change is “more than a reaction to economic issues. From our standpoint, it’s a better alignment of our buying offices.”

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LP issues warning on composite decking

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Louisiana-Pacific has issued a product advisory for its composite decking materials purchased after Jan. 1, 2005, and made at its Meridian, Idaho, facility. Some of the products can prematurely deteriorate and break, posing a risk to consumers, the announcement said, blaming “variations in manufacturing processes.”

The affected products were sold under the WeatherBest name nationwide and under the Veranda and ABTCo brands at Home Depot stores in the western part of the United States.

Only the Veranda decking and railing products made by LP are subject to the advisory. WeatherBest products manufactured after LP’s sale of the Meridian plant in October 2007 are not affected.

Consumers should check their decks for cracks or chipping of the surface layers, the company said. LP will arrange an inspection to determine if decks are affected and will remedy the problem, up to replacement of the entire deck if necessary.

For more information, visit  www.deckingnotice.com .

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