Sanford and Hawley expands
Unionville, Connecticut-based lumberyard Sanford and Hawley acquired certain assets of Rogers Sash and Door of Newington, Connecticut.
“We couldn’t be happier knowing a company with the reputation of Sanford and Hawley and more than 130 years of experience will be taking care of our customers,” explained Ron Sager, VP operations for Rogers Sash & Door.
Both companies describe themselves as family owned and operated companies with over 274 years of combined experience delivering quality building materials and millwork throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.
Bob Sanford,president of Sanford and Hawley, added “My grandfather, Truman, purchased Andersen Windows from Rogers Sash & Door, so we’ve enjoyed a longstanding 75 year relationship between the two companies. This feels like a very natural evolution. We look forward to working with our new customers and continuing the level of quality and service they’ve come to expect.”
Sanford and Hawley will provide both millwork and building materials to the customers of both companies from its locations in Unionville, Avon and Manchester, Connecticut, along with its Massachusetts region location in West Springfield. “We want to express our thanks to so many contractors and homeowners who have supported us over the years. Sanford & Hawley is a company that we respect very much. We’re pleased that some of our team members will be making the transition as well, allowing our customers to continue working with familiar faces and we’re confident that they will be well taken care of,” said Ralph Sager, owner of Rogers Sash & Door.
Sanford and Hawley is a fifth generation company founded in 1884.
NAHB clings to confidence over housing
Despite a double-digit decline in residential construction, the National Association of Home Builders remains confident that starts will grow along with an improving economy.
Nationwide housing starts dropped 17% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 897,000 units in February, according to the latest tally from the U.S. Commerce Department.
“This drop is not surprising based on our recent surveys, but our builders continue to show cautious optimism in the months ahead,” said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, a home builder from Blue Springs, Missouri.
“February’s numbers indicate that wavering consumer confidence continues to impact the housing recovery,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “Buyers are waiting for a stronger, more reliable economy before making a home purchase, and builders are responding to their reluctance. Even with this month’s drop in production, we expect the housing market to move forward this year in step with an improving economy.”
Single-family housing production fell 14.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 593,000 in February while multifamily starts dropped 20.8% to 304,000 units.
Combined single- and multifamily starts decreased in all regions of the country, with the Northeast, Midwest, South and West posting respective declines of 56.5%, 37%, 2.5% and 18.2%.