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Rick Brinton promoted to GM at CertainTeed

BY Brae Canlen

Sales and marketing veteran Rick Brinton has been appointed as the general manager for the fence, rail and decking business at CertainTeed Corp. He will assume this leadership role in addition to his existing responsibility as the general manager for the company’s Restoration Millwork Exterior PVC Trim product line.

“During his 15-year tenure, Rick has shown tremendous ability to achieve market share goals, profitability and growth objectives for the company,” said Mark Rayfield, president for CertainTeed Siding Products Group. “In his new role, Rick will be committed to implementing a robust business strategy that meets the needs of our customers and supports the growth of our fence, rail and decking business.”

Brinton joined the CertainTeed roofing division in 1996 and held positions of increasing responsibility in sales and marketing. In 2006, he transferred from roofing to the siding products group as business manager for restoration millwork. In addition, he is a certified Black Belt in the Six Sigma quality management program used globally by many large industry sectors.

Based in Valley Forge, Pa., CertainTeed offers a comprehensive line of outdoor living products, including cellular PVC trim, railing systems, vinyl decking, cellular PVC decking, composite decking, post wrap systems, and structural porch posts and columns. 

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White Cap expands in Texas

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HD Supply has announced the opening of its newest White Cap branch in Conroe, Texas, approximately 40 miles outside of Houston.

The Atlanta-based parent company continues to expand the national footprint of White Cap, which distributes concrete accessories, tools and safety products for professional contractors. New locations opened in Nashville, Tenn., in April 2011 and Lafayette, La., in December 2011. The division has a network of 133 branches in 29 states.

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Mike Henley, formerly of Strober’s, passes

BY Brae Canlen

Mike Henley, a Strober’s salesman whose battle with early onset Alzheimer’s was chronicled in Newsday, died from complications of the disease at the age of 47.

Henley started his career in the LBM industry at the now defunct Channel home improvement store, in New Hyde Park, N.Y., in 1985. He was hired at Strober Building Supply as a salesman at the Farmingdale, N.Y., store. 

In the late 1990s, when Henley was married with two small children, he began having severe memory problems and other behavioral problems, according to the Newsday obituary. In April 2001, Henley was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. He was 36.

Henley was given a life expectancy of five to seven years but lived for another 11 years. The Henley family’s struggles to take care of him at home were depicted in Newsday’s 2009 series "Alzheimer’s: The Love and the Heartbreak."

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