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Shelly Enterprises joins US LBM Holdings

BY HBSDealer Staff

US LBM Holdings announced the acquisition of seven-unit Shelly Enterprises of Telford, Pa., the company’s ninth acquisition since 2010.

Founded in 1923, Shelly’s is one of the oldest and largest building material suppliers in Eastern Pennsylvania with seven locations serving five counties in the metro Philadelphia area for the builder, remodeler and consumer. “Shelly’s 90-year history is a result of its relentless focus on providing top quality products with first class service to its customers,” according to the release announcing the acquisition. 

Shelly’s adds to US LBM’s presence in Pennsylvania with building material suppliers John H. Myers & Son, serving south central Pennsylvania since 1916 with six locations and Universal Supply serving the Philadelphia market since 1965.

“Through the hard work and dedication of employees over many years, the Shelly family is proud of the contributions made in the development and ongoing growth of our communities,” said Bill Shelly, a third generation family co-owner. 

Added co-owner Greg Shelly: “Our partnership with US LBM allows Shelly’s to enjoy the benefit of additional resources to promote continued growth. Shelly’s will continue to have the local feel and focus that our customers deserve with the resources of a much larger organization.”

Bill and Greg Shelly are staying on with the company for the forseeable future, according to US LBM Holdings.

US LBM president and CEO L.T. Gibson said: “Shelly’s service capabilities, breadth of product offering and leading market position make it a great fit for US LBM as we continue to build momentum in the marketplace through acquisition and new locations. We are excited to partner with the Shelly’s team and continue their impressive history of growth.”

US LBM is a collection of eight building material distributors serving the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic in eight states with more than 50 locations. Implementing the philosophy of local management and leadership, US LBM capitalizes on the premier reputation of its operating companies and the local customer relationships that each operation is known for in its market. US LBM is owned by private equity firm BlackEagle Partners and is recognized as one of the fastest growing suppliers of building products in the United States. 

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Growth item: Biscuits for builders

BY Ken Clark

Pittsburgh-based Versatex Trimboard now offers a PVC-compatible plastic biscuit for builders who biscuit-join PVC trim components.

Versatex VP sales Rick Kapres said the building trade made clear that biscuit joining offers strength and easy handling without compromising moisture resistance.

“That’s why we’ve added these new white, #20 plastic biscuits to our comprehensive PVC trim system,” Kapres said. “They’re dimensionally stable and precision molded for easy installation.” Available from Versatex distributors nationwide in boxes of 25 or cartons of 10 boxes, the biscuits enable builders to make tight, permanent joints using standard carpentry techniques and PVC adhesives.”

Biscuit joints, according to the company, are an increasingly popular solution for aligning and securing joints in fascia and frieze applications as well as window and door trims and millwork.

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Tim-Br Mart recognizes Simpson Strong-Tie

BY Ken Clark

Tim-Br Mart Group, a $2 billion-plus member-owned corporation serving building supply retailers, commercial dealers and home manufacturers across Canada, has honored the Canadian branch of Simpson Strong-Tie with the 2013 “Gold Hardware Vendor of The Year” award.

Tim-Br Mart Group represents more than 750 independently owned lumberyard locations across Canada under the Timber MART and/or Ace Hardware brands.

“We are very pleased when we get to recognize a good partner like Simpson Strong-Tie,” said Tim-Br Mart Group VP merchandise Randy Martin. “We have had a national agreement with them since 2006 and have seen continued growth in sales year over year.”

The Gold Hardware Vendor of the Year award was presented in Toronto at the Tim-Br Mart Buying Show awards dinner last month.

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