Michigan lumber supplier to close
T.W. Hager Lumber, which has three locations in Michigan, is closing after nearly 81 years in the lumber distribution business, according to The Grand Rapids Press.
The family owned business, founded as Hager Lumber in 1928, employs about 50 people at its Grand Rapids, Gaylord and Hudson facilities. CEO Gary Vitale said his company will close because of steep downturns in home construction and the lumber industry overall, plus upheaval in the banking industry, the article said.
Hager supplies Miller-Zeilstra Lumber, Grand Rapids; Plainfield Lumber, Plainfield Township; Standale Lumber & Home Center, Walker; 84 Lumber and Norandex, Wyoming; Deleeuw Lumber and Overisel Lumber, Holland; Zeeland Lumber & Supply, Zeeland; and many other outlets across Michigan.
Product offerings include the following: wood and building products, including treated lumber; and industrial products, including crating and packaging.
Rona receives award for its life cycle approach
Canadian distributor and retailer Rona was recognized by the National Assembly in Quebec City for its environmental initiatives. The retailer was honored as a “Large enterprise which has instituted a sustainable development program.” Rona was one of 13 winners selected by an independent jury to receive the highest environmental distinction bestowed in Quebec.
According to the retailer, Rona was recognized for its initiatives based on the life cycle approach, including the introduction of the Rona ECO line of products in store. Rona ECO products were selected in partnership with the International Chair in Life Cycle Analysis at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal.
“This award is acknowledgement of the commitment our teams have shown in helping our customers adopt more environmentally responsible behaviour,” said Claude Bernier, Rona executive VP marketing and customer innovation. “We are tremendously proud to have our efforts recognized, and we are encouraged to continue implementing fundamental programs aimed at improving the environment.”