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Royal Building Products partners with U.S. Lumber

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Marion, Va.-based Royal Building Products has added U.S. Lumber to its Southeast and Mid-Atlantic distribution network, the company announced Monday.

“With the rapid growth of new, low-maintenance product alternatives, we are constantly adding high-quality brands that deliver on that promise to our contractor-oriented, pro-yard customers," said Jeff McClendon, president of U.S. Lumber. "The Royal brand is a perfect addition to that list.”

U.S. Lumber will distribute RBP’s Royal trim and mouldings profiles, including S4S Trimboard, Royal Trimboard sheet stock, fascia, window and door surrounds, and decorative moulding.

“We have ambitious goals for the Exteriors division of Royal, and U.S. Lumber is an ideal partner for helping us generate more demand for our products,” said Simon Bates, VP and general manager, Royal Exteriors. 

The Royal Exteriors division will provide U.S. Lumber with trim and mouldings manufactured at its Marion facility in southwestern Virginia and in Bristol, Tenn.

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Jones Lumber Company joins US LBM

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The latest addition to the US LBM Holdings family is Jones Lumber Company of Boca Raton, Fla.

“Jones Lumber is a key strategic addition to the US LBM team, expanding our presence and capabilities into the Southeastern region,” said L.T. Gibson, president and CEO of US LBM. “The dedicated and knowledgeable team at Jones enjoy success by providing a local feel and focus to their customers, which aligns perfectly with the goals of US LBM. We are excited to partner with Jones Lumber and look forward to continuing and expanding on its past achievements, while also focusing on growing its product and customer base.”

Founder and president Mark Jones launched the company in 1981, and it has been supplying lumber and building materials to the South Florida markets ever since.

Its product offerings include dimensional lumber of all species, pressure-treated lumber, Southern Yellow Pine, plywood and a variety of hardware items for home builders, remodelers and specialty contractors. Currently, it has two locations in Fort Pierce and Boca Raton.

“We are excited and proud to join the US LBM team," said Jones. "Jones Lumber has been a key partner in the development of our communities for over 33 years. This opportunity enables us to continue providing superior products and services to our loyal clients across South Florida, while providing a platform for growth to our associates and partners well into the future.”

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Simpson Strong-Tie hires a new president and COO

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Pleasanton, Calif.-based Simpson Strong-Tie has made two executive appointments in the form of a new president and COO, effective July 1.

Roger Dankel will be the president, North America Sales, in which role he will be charged with the strategic leadership of the company’s sales, customer support and distribution. He has been with the company since 1993 and has served as sales manager for the southeast branch since 1997.

Ricardo Arevalo will take on the role of COO, overseeing the operational leadership of the company’s product lines and related support functions. He has worked for Simpson Strong-Tie since 1999 and has been serving as VP engineering since 2008.

"Roger and Ricardo are proven leaders, and their deep knowledge of our company, customers and industry will be instrumental in driving growth and maintaining our strong culture," said Karen Colonias, CEO of Simpson Manufacturing.

Dankel and Arevalo are replacing president and CEO Phillip "Terry" Kingsfather, who recently announced his retirement but will remain at the company through June to assist with the transition.

"I’ve had the privilege of working with the most talented employees and customers in the industry, and I know Roger and Ricardo are the right leaders to take on these roles and guide Simpson Strong-Tie into its next chapter of growth," said Kingsfather.

"We wish Terry all the best in retirement and want to thank him for all that he’s done for our company during his 35-year career," added Colonias.

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