Sales slip at Huttig Building Products
Huttig Building Products, the St. Louis-based distributor, reported net sales of $99.5 million for the quarter that ended March 31, 2011, approximately 3.9% lower than the same quarter in 2010. Sales declined in both the millwork and building products categories but increased in the wood product category in 2011 from 2010. Millwork sales decreased approximately 8% in 2011 to $47.3 million. Building product sales decreased approximately 1% in 2011 to $40.8 million. Wood products sales increased approximately 6% to $11.4 million in 2011.
The company posted a net loss of $6.7 million for the quarter, compared with a loss of $5.8 million in the corresponding quarter of 2010.
Huttig is a two-step distributor of lumber, panels, decking, windows, doors, fasteners and other building materials. It operates through 27 distribution centers serving 41 states and sells primarily to building materials dealers, national buying groups, home centers and industrial users, including makers of manufactured homes.
I CAN SEE WHY SALES ARE DOWN
I CAN SEE WHY SALES ARE DOWN IN MILLWORK AND BUILDING PRODUCTS MAYBE THEY SHOULD LOOK CLOSELY AT WHAT THEY WANT TO CONVAY TO CLIENTS
NLBMDA’s Stine takes job with Stine Lumber
Jeremy Stine, the current manager of government and public affairs for the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA), is leaving the association to take a marketing position at Stine Lumber.
Sulphur, La.-based Stine Lumber operates 13 locations in Louisiana, and is owned and operated by the Stine family.
At the NLBMDA, Jeremy Stine helped promote legislation to benefit lumberyard and building material dealers. He also wrote the "D.C. Hotline" column for Home Channel News. His new position with his family company begins May 3.
"Jeremy has brought a lot to the association over the past couple years, including increasing our presence on Capitol Hill, managing our grassroots alerts, the NLBMDA website, the NLBMDA e-updates, green updates and press releases," said Michael O’Brien, NLBMDA president and CEO. "He’s also had to attend one too many deadly congressional fundraisers. He has played key roles on such issues as the EPA Lead Rule, 1099, and Homestar, among others. He will be missed, but I’m sure he will have a bright future in the industry and politics."
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Owens Corning HQ earns Gold LEED-EB status
Owens Corning’s Toledo, Ohio, global headquarters has earned gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Existing Building (EB) program — it is the third existing building in Ohio to receive the designation.
The building first earned silver certification under the LEED-EB program in 2007 and has an Energy Star rating, which ranks it among the top 25% of energy-efficient buildings in the United States.
"The gold-certified LEED-EB status of our global headquarters building in Ohio is an iconic representation of Owens Corning’s deep commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency," said chief sustainability officer Frank O’Brien-Bernini. "It’s also an example of the operating cost advantages that are achievable through sustainable building practices."
The company’s headquarters, built in 1996, was designed by architect Cesar Pelli, who included such environmentally friendly features as under-floor ventilation for energy-efficient air delivery, optimal use of daylight, the reuse of office partitions and recycling of carpet. In addition, 55% of the site was restored to a natural environment with low-maintenance native vegetation.
"Building operations are nearly 40% of the solution to the global climate change challenge," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like Owens Corning are addressing it through local solutions."
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