Royal Building Products announces a winner
Royal Building Products has announced a winner in its Build Bold contest, which prompted consumers to take a chance on their exterior design.
The exterior home makeover reveal took place on “Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford” this week, featuring the winner, Karen O’Leary, from Guilford, Connecticut.
O’Leary was selected from more than 500 homeowners across the United States for her detailed vision.
The exterior home makeover she got in return was worth up to $25,000, complete with guidance from Royal design experts to transform her dated exterior with Royal Estate siding and complementing white trim and accessories.
“To give Karen an idea of what her redesigned house could look like with dark siding and white trim, we used our online design tool, HomePlay,” said Kriss Swint, director of interactive strategy and design. “Using HomePlay allowed Karen to upload an image of her house to see what it could look like with different colors and styles of siding, trim and accessories. We are thrilled with the final design.”
Quikrete appeals to the One Bag Wonder
Quikrete is out to recognize the most resourceful of its resourceful customers with a contest that aims to see who can do a lot with just a little concrete.
The "One Bag Wonder" contest asks DIYers to show off what they managed to accomplish with just one bag of Quikrete.
“Concrete has really captured the imagination of DIYers across the country the past few years. During that time, we’ve collaborated with Quikrete to stretch the creative limits of what you can do with concrete,” said Ben Uyeda, founder of HomeMade Modern. “In addition to larger, complex projects like countertops, fire pits, mobile coolers and outdoor bars, we’ve made things like lamps, vases, planters, stools and even a coffee pot using no more than a single bag of concrete. It’s amazing what you can do with a bag of concrete and the end product often costs a fraction of home furnishings or décor at a store.”
“There is no question that concrete is great for traditional uses like pouring patios or repairing steps, but with a little inspiration, know-how and confidence, concrete can really bring out the cool, funky and whimsical designer in all of us,” said Frank Owens, VP marketing for Quikrete. “The result can be concrete projects that really transform a home to reflect the personality and style of a homeowner. Not to mention that our pre-blended concrete requires nothing more than adding the appropriate amount of water to the mix, so getting the right consistency is fool-proof.”
From Aug. 1 through Aug. 31, “One Bag Wonder” contest entries can be submitted by emailing a 100-word project description with at least three photos to [email protected] and posting the same on social media with #QUIKRETE1BagWonder.
It’s double-digit growth for Huttig in Q2
Huttig Building Products, Inc. made a strong showing in the second quarter, logging double-digit growth thanks to an increase in construction activity, a new product line and the completion of the BenBilt acquisition.
Net sales for the second quarter ended June 30 were up 13% to $197.9 million, compared with $175.1 million in the year-ago period.
Meanwhile, net income was $10.4 million compared to $5.1 million in the second quarter of 2015.
"We delivered our 21st consecutive quarterly improvement over prior year's quarter, excluding unusual items, in the second quarter of 2016," said Jon Vrabely, Huttig president and CEO. "I am very pleased with our financial results and our continued success in executing our strategic priorities in the quarter. We closed the acquisition of BenBilt Building Systems, accelerated our revenue and margin growth, and continued our investments in people, capital, and technology, which we believe will support our growth and profitability going forward."
Sales increased in all product categories, especially millwork sales, which were up 16%. Building products were up 10%, and wood product sales were up 9%.
Gross margin also increased 19% to $42.2 million in 2016 compared to $35.6 million in 2015.