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Ridgefield supply gains new purchasing manager

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Ridgefield Supply Company appointed Jeff Batterton as its new purchasing manager. Batterton brings 45 years of extensive management and industry experience to Ridgefield, Connecticut-based Ridgefield Supply. 

Batterton began his new role at RSC on July 17. The move comes at a time when the company is experiencing what it calls upward mobility.

“We are thrilled to have someone so knowledgeable of the industry and who understands the commodity of specialty purchasing to join our team as Ridgefield Supply’s Purchasing Manager,” said Margaret Price, CEO and owner of Ridgefield Supply. “After being at one company 45 years, for Jeff to make a change, says a lot about who we are.”

Prior to joining Ridgefield Supply, Mr. Batterton worked at Iffland Lumber Company for 45 years where he climbed the leadership ladder. He began his career as a driver. From there, he was promoted to Operations Manager, then Purchasing Agent and finally General Manager. As the new Purchasing Manager for Ridgefield Supply, Mr. Batterton will buy lumber, building materials and specialty products.

“I am proud to join the Ridgefield Supply team and hope to continue to build and grow RSC,” said Mr. Batterton. “I had the honor and opportunity to know Margaret’s late father, Louis, but it is truly Margaret who has taken the company and remodeled it.  Margaret has incredible plans for the team, company and future of Ridgefield Supply.”

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Freedom Materials opens new distribution yard

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Savage, Maryland-based Freedom Materials, a supplier of gypsum and related products, continues to expand its footprint in the Mid-Atlantic with the opening of a new distribution yard here. The yard, its third location in the region in the past two years, will serve its professional builder customer in Baltimore, Washington D.C., and surround areas.

Freedom Materials sells a full line of residential and commercial products, primarily gypsum, steel, insulation, acoustical tile, millwork, windows, and cabinets.

Silvio Ferrari started Freedom Materials in 2015 in partnership with Kodiak Building Partners to build a leading drywall distribution business in the Mid-Atlantic. Its first two locations were in Newark, Del., and Greenwood, Del., in 2016.

“Freedom is an excellent representation of Kodiak’s long-term, build and grow strategy,” said Steve Swinney, Kodiak CEO.

Kodiak Building Partners was founded in 2011 to invest in housing and building-products companies. Its portfolio consists of fabricators and distributors of building products, with locations in Colorado, Texas, Michigan, Massachusetts, Delaware and Maryland.

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Millard Lumber named Independent ProDealer of the Year

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HBSDealer, the building products and home improvement retailing magazine of Lebhar-Friedman Inc., has named Omaha, Nebraska-based Millard Lumber as the 2017 Independent Pro Dealer of the Year.

The annual award, selected by editors of HBSDealer in concert with the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, is designed to recognize a high-performance independent lumberyard with a commitment to best practices and the best values of the lumber and building material industry.

“We are humbled and honored to be chosen for such a prestigious award and join an outstanding list of prior recipients.  This honor is a direct reflection of the hard work of our entire team who deserve all of the credit for their outstanding customer focus,” said Joel Russell, chief operating officer of Millard Lumber.

With the slogan “More than Lumber,” Millard Lumber serves its communities in Omaha and Waverly, Nebraska, with drive-thru warehouses, design centers, hardware stores and a truss and wall manufacturing plant. The company, now in its third generation of family ownership, also operates a cabinet division in Spring Hill, Kansas.

In addition to embracing the traditional values of service to community and customer, the company is a recognized leader and innovator of lumberyard technology. It continuously strives for a paperless system and metrics-based decision making.

Millard Lumber is also no stranger to awards. The Northwestern Lumber Association has recognized Millard Lumber as the 2017 Nebraska Lumber Dealer of the Year.  And for 11 of the past 12 years, Millard Lumber has been recognized by the National Safety Council’s Greater Omaha Chapter as one of the Safest Companies in the area.

Millard Lumber will accept the award at the 2017 ProDealer Industry Summit, slated for Phoenix, Arizona, Oct. 17-19. The summit is hosted jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and HBSDealer.

 

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