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Simpson sales increase 7% in first quarter

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Pleasanton, Calif.-based Simpson Manufacturing’s first-quarter net sales increased 7.0% to $132.5 million compared with the same quarter last year.

Net income declined 23.1% to $7.08 million, down from $9.20 million in the same three-month period of 2010.

The company said sales to contractor distributors, dealer distributors, lumber dealers and home centers increased in the quarter, despite economic conditions it described as "challenging." Sales of anchor products and shearwalls also increased over the same period.

In the first quarter of 2011, sales increased throughout most of North America and increased significantly in Europe, the company said. Sales increased in the United States with increases in California, the Midwestern, Southeastern and Northeastern regions as compared with the first quarter of 2010, partly offset by decreases in the Western region excluding California.

The company’s subsidiary Simpson Strong-Tie makes connectors and fastening systems, pre-fabricated shearwalls and related products.

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Feldman brings California Redwood to the East

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Eureka, Calif.-based The California Redwood Co. announced it established a new distributor relationship with Feldman Wood Products to serve a growing demand for its products in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. By May 1, Feldman will have various sizes in stock.

“Bringing our product from one coast to the other is a fantastic opportunity for The California Redwood Co.,” said Carl Schoenhofer, VP and general manager for The California Redwood Co.  

Classic Heart is the type of redwood to be offered through Feldman Wood Products. Using hand-selected, heartwood-only boards, the result is a deep red and uniform appearance throughout the application. Heartwood comes from the inner portion of the tree and contains properties that render it resistant to insects and decay.

Feldman will stock 5/4 and 2×6 eased edge Classic Heart redwood decking in lengths up to 20 ft., as well as 2×2 cuts for balusters and 4×4 cuts for posts. 

“We know there is a demand for quality redwood on the East Coast," said Richard Kahn, sales manager, Feldman Wood Products.

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GAF donates roof for TV special

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Wayne, N.J.-based GAF, the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, will contribute all roofing materials in this week’s episode of the ABC television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

“This is our fourth ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ project in the past six months, and we are pleased to be given the opportunity to continue contributing to these life-changing projects,” said Ted Marcopolus, VP marketing services at GAF.

The May 1 show features Marine Staff Sergeant Bill Dickinson’s family. Dickinson has served as a member of the military for 17 years and is currently stationed half a world away from his wife and five kids. Their home is falling apart due to spreading mold damage, bad electrical wiring, an inadequate foundation and flood damage. All contractors who have been asked to evaluate the damage have reached the same conclusion: The home should be bulldozed, according to GAF.

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