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Ryan Homes enters Columbus market

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Ryan Homes, a division of NVR, will enter the Columbus, Ohio, market this year after purchasing 139 lots from Beazer Homes, according to a published report in Columbus Business First. Ryan paid Beazer $2.8 million for the parcels, which are located in three suburban developments: Taylor Glen in Pataskala, Grant Run in Grove City and the Enclave at New Albany.

Beazer pulled out of the Columbus market this past February, according to Business First.

Ryan’s parent company, NVR, is one of the largest production builders in the country. The Reston, Va.-based company, which is publicly traded, also builds in the Cleveland, Cincinnati and Akron areas. Besides Ryan Homes, NVR builds under Rymarc Homes, NV Homes and Fox Ridge Homes.

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Wolf recalls 24,000 ranges

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Madison, Wis.-based Wolf Appliance has recalled 24,000 gas ranges manufactured in the United States due to a delayed gas ignition problem.

The faulty gas ignition can cause a flash of flames to come out of the range door when it’s opened.

The company has received 97 reports of delayed ignition, as well as 15 reports of minor burns, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. There have been no reports of fires or property damage.

The ranges were sold through a variety of home-building and appliance stores around the country from January 1998 to June 2008. Some units were sold directly to home builders.

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True Value retailer named Citizen of the Year

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Raymond Chamberlin of Belmont True Value Hardware in Belmont, N.Y., was recently named Citizen of the Year by the Belmont Betterment Association and the residents of Belmont.

Chamberlin received the honor in recognition of his achievements in business and overall contributions to the community. Since purchasing Belmont True Value in 1981, he has expanded the retail selling space from 3,000 square feet to 7,000 square feet, and has added building materials and a lumberyard.

“In rough times we’ve had lately, we’ve been able to thrive by working on customer service, making people feel special when they walk in the door,” Chamberlin said. “I think the Betterment Association is appreciative to see a small business doing well in this society.”

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