Ring’s End expands its footprint
Ring’s End announced Wednesday the acquisition of the business assets of Tuxis Lumber at 85 Bradley Road in Madison, Connecticut. The move will expand Ring’s End's presence in the shoreline communities.
The new location in Madison will be the eighth full-service lumberyard in the company’s portfolio, which includes 11 free-standing paint centers, a commercial paint and lacquer facility, custom millwork shop, a centralized distribution warehouse and an education center.
Family owned and operated since 1902, Ring’s End is a supplier of lumber and building materials and the largest Benjamin Moore paint retailer in Connecticut. Tuxis Lumber has been in business for 56 years.
“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to fulfill the building and home improvement needs of the Madison community," said Bill Ryan, general manager of the new Ring’s End Madison location "Our priority during the transition is to lessen the impact on area customers as we implement new systems, increase product offerings and provide additional services."
During the transition, Ring's End expects to benefit from the proximity to its store in Branford, Connecticut.
Over the course of its 115 year history, Ring’s End has created a one-stop shopping experience for customers, the company said. It carries thousands of products to improve an existing home or build a new one, including brands such as Marvin, Andersen and Integrity windows and doors and the full line of Benjamin Moore paints and stains, the company said.
Ridgefield supply gains new purchasing manager
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.”
Freedom Materials opens new distribution yard
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.