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Snavely Forest Products chosen as Accoya wood distributor

BY David Salazar

Accsys Technologies, a London-based high-tech wood manufacturer, has chosen Snavely Forest Products as one of the U.S. distributors of its Accoya wood.

The wood—which is currently available in a handful of U.S. stores — goes through a process that prevents insect damage and fungus by replacing water-bonding molecules with more stable ones.

Snavely’s will focus on distributing Accoya in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Texas, Maryland and North Carolina. Accsys’ director of sales and marketing, Bryan Crennell, said that the partnership “signals targeted expansions of Accoya in the U.S.”

“Accoya is an innovative wood product, with excellent performance properties that are ideal for the U.S. market,” said Snavely VP, marketing, Clark Spitzer, said. "Its durability, strength, and stability make it particularly well suited to the range of applications we will develop.”

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Homes for Our Troops salutes CertainTeed

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.-based CertainTeed Corporation has made a multi-year commitment to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans across the nation.

The homes are provided mortgage-free to the veterans they serve. The company is contributing roofing, insulation and gypsum wallboard for 40 homes across the United States.

"Having corporate partners like CertainTeed is essential to our mission of helping our nation’s most severely injured veterans regain their freedom and independence through the gift of a new home," said Bill Ivey, executive director, at Homes for Our Troops. "It’s an honor to help these heroes rebuild their lives, and CertainTeed’s involvement ensures our homes are built using only the best materials and finest craftsmanship available, and will stand the test of time."

The one-story homes feature an open floor plan, going beyond ADA compliance, with roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. The homes may also include specialized items, including lift systems, keyless door entry and voice-activation controls. Each home is constructed by teams of skilled laborers on site to build, paint and landscape.

A typical home takes five to seven months to build and costs an average of $430,000. The organization has built more than 166 such homes for wounded service members since 2004.

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Retail sales tick up 0.2% in June

BY HBSDealer Staff

U.S. retail sales went up 0.2% in June to a total of $439.9 billion for the month, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Though the growth fell below many economists’ expectations, June’s activity still pointed to a strengthening economy, with sales that were up 4.3% year-over-year.

Retail trade sales (not counting food service) fared slightly better — up 0.3% since May. Nonstore retailers were up 8.1% year-over-year, and health and personal care stores were up 7.9% since 2013.

In a surprising reversal from their status as the driving forces of retail growth over the past few months, both motor vehicles & parts dealers and food services & drinking places fell 0.3% in June.

Building material & garden equipment and supplies dealers also fell 0.1%, though the category was up 3.7% year-over-year.

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