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Ryland Homes acquires Philly’s Cornell Homes

BY HBSDealer Staff

Ryland Homes announced Friday that it has gone forward with the acquisition of Cornell Homes, marking a strategic move into the tri-state market for the homebuilder.

Cornell Homes is one of Philadelphia’s largest private homebuilders and currently operates in 12 communities. The acquisition will provide Ryland with 97 homes that are sold and ready for delivery, eight decorated models and 1,716 lots for future projects.

“We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Cornell Homes, which is consistent with our strategy of expanding into new markets that present opportunities for growth," said Ryland CEO and president Larry Nicholson. "We are excited about the current and future land positions we have acquired as a result of the purchase of Cornell."

Cornell president Greg Lingo will assume the role of Philadelphia Division President under Ryland.

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Tom Sewitsky assumes presidency of KB Homes’ Carolinas division

BY HBSDealer Staff

KB Homes has a new face in its leadership department. Tom Sewitsky will bring 20 years of homebuilding experience, eight of which he spent in the Raleigh and Charlotte markets, to his new post as president of the Carolinas division.

"We are very pleased to welcome Tom to the KB Home team in one of our southeast region’s primary markets,” said Vince DePorre, regional president of KB Home. “Tom’s deep management and land acquisition expertise in this territory will be a great asset to our business as we focus on growth opportunities in the Carolinas.”

Sewitsky will oversee all homebuilding operations in the Raleigh/Durham region, including land acquisition, construction, sales and customer service.

Previously, he was division president for Citizens Homes. Sewitsky also worked for Ryan Homes in Baltimore upon graduating from Towson University with a B.S. in business and finance.

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Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for July 19, 2013

*Western – regional species perimeter foundation; Southern – regional species slab construction.

Crow’s Market Recap — A condensed recap of the market conditions for the major North American softwood lumber and panel products as reported in Crow’s Weekly Market Report.

Lumber: Activity levels remained strong enough in the SPF lumber market to push prices higher again. Futures gains following the expiration of July’s contract assisted the market’s fluidity. Summer shutdowns at mills in eastern Canada placed limits on supplies. Southern Pine lumber prices continued their move higher, spurred by mill order files often extending 2 weeks. Buyers replenishing yard inventories often found broken tallies at mills. Tight truck availability remained bothersome. Prices among Coastal species gathered more upward momentum, driven by steady and improved demand. Tighter availability drove buyers to search harder for specific items, including long lengths. Buyers also discovered reduced availability for dry Doug Fir 2×6 #2&Btr. Inland lumber prices continue upward in an orderly progression. Not a lot of lumber is available in the market. Radiata Pine Mldg&Btr is firmer, with less talk of excess stock being available. Radiata Shop is very firm, most U.S. distributors reporting that they cannot get any. Ponderosa Pine Mldg&Btr remains unchanged in price in either 5/4 or 6/4 thickness. Producers report that demand is sufficient to keep them “booked out,” with some mills having files into the first week of August. Losses of $5 were common among Ponderosa Pine 1×4, 1×6 and 1×8 in both #2 and #3 Common, but #4 narrows were more stable. Eastern White Pine producers report a very stable market from both the pricing and demand perspectives. Western Red Cedar sales at mills continued the same pattern, one in which buyers tended to purchase fill-in volumes consisting of a mix of items. Retailers held little inventory whenever their suppliers were willing to provide highly mixed tallies.

Panels: The various regional segments of the OSB industry are not moving in concert right now. Significant differences in buying activity are causing some regions to look very good, while others are simply on hold, at best. Having moved order files out into the middle of August, Southern Pine plywood mills raised prices and went off the market at various intervals. Customer participation was broad based. Wholesalers purchased what could ship in the front half of August. Although not as strong as the week prior, Western Fir plywood mills experienced enough demand to boost prices higher. Demand was broad-based, as Northeast buyers continued to contribute to sales activity. The hectic pace of Canadian plywood that dominated the market in previous weeks has clearly subsided. The market itself, however, shows no weakness. The particleboard market continued its pedestrian pace, somewhat slower than prior to the Fourth of July holiday but still moving well enough to bring some encouragement to market participants. Prices for MDF remained firm.

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