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Russin Lumber hires territory manager

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Montgomery, N.Y.-based Russin Lumber hired Steve Jankins as territory manager, covering eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Jankins, a veteran with nearly 20 years of experience at Brockway Smith Corp., more recently helped Reeb Millwork launch its business in the New England territory.

For Russin, Jankins will develop programs and solutions to help enable retailers to improve cash flow, reduce inventories and grow gross margins, the company said. By leveraging Russin’s manufacturing operations, Jankins will be able to bring many of the solutions Russin’s existing customer base has already experienced to a wider network of dealers. Further, Jankins will be able to draw on the strategic partnerships Russin has developed with such manufacturers as Fairway Vinyl Systems, Fiberon and Versatex Trimboards to expand an already-growing dealer network.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome Steve to the team,” said Jordan Russin, VP New England sales for the company. “Steve has experience and contacts, which will bring our customer relationships to a new level, and he has the smarts to teach us a lot along the way.”

Russin Lumber is a manufacturer and distributor of building materials, covering 13 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

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TW Perry hosts 3rd Annual Green Building Workshop

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Gaithersburg, Md.-based pro dealer TW Perry will host its Third Annual Green Building Workshop March 17 in Fairfax, Va.

The daylong event, presented in partnership with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, represents the six-unit dealer’s commitment to the green building market. TW Perry is certified by both the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

According to TW Perry CEO Michael Cassidy, there is much information and misinformation surrounding green building. "The Workshop is designed to provide practical solutions that have real impact as opposed to the latest and greatest technology or fad of the moment."

The workshop is designed primarily for contractors and architects, but homeowners would benefit as well, he said.

"The benefit to TW Perry is having a customer base of contractors and architects that is better educated about what really works and is then able to sell the best products and services to homeowners for remodeling or new home projects," Cassidy said. 

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Knauf Insulation files patent infringement suit

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Knauf Insulation, the Shelbyville, Ind.-based manufacturer, has filed a patent infringement action against CertainTeed Corp. in an Indiana federal court. According to the lawsuit, Knauf Insulation mineral wool is made with ECOSE technology, a sustainable binder technology based on rapidly renewable bio-based materials rather than petroleum-based chemicals commonly used in traditional fiberglass insulation products.  

Knauf alleges that CertainTeed, a subsidiary of Saint Gobain, infringed on the intellectual property rights of ECOSE technology when it manufactured and sold its Sustainable Insulation product. According to CertainTeed’s Web page, the Valley Forge, Pa., company uses recycled and renewable content including a plant-based, formaldehyde-free binder to make its Sustainable Insulation product. 

CertainTeed issued the following statement: "CertainTeed strongly denies the allegations of patent infringement contained in the Complaint filed today by Knauf in US District Court.  Moreover, CertainTeed and its international affiliates have their own unique and proprietary sustainable insulation binder formulation and have filed patent applications throughout the world on this formulation."

 

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