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STAFDA announces new members
New distributor members of STAFDA include companies from Minneapolis and Memphis, Boulder and Beaverton., according to an announcement in the Elm Grove, Wis.-based association’s December Trade News bulletin.
A & M Nut & Bolt, Phonix, Ariz.; B & F Fastener Supply, Minneapolis, Minn.; DrillSpot.com, Boulder, Colo.; Eagle Sales Co., Memphis, Tenn.; Elite Sales, Chandler, Ariz.; Fisher’s Tools & Handles, Tempe, Ariz.; Fat Boy Tools, Canton, Ohio; Outil Mag, Victoriaville, Quebec; Platt Electric Supply, Beaverton, Ore.; and Salescorp of Florida, Wildwood, Fla.
STAFDA also announced 15 new associate member and seven rep agents. According to the STAFDA web site, the association has 2,778 member companies.
Hurd Windows & Doors acquires SuperSeal
Medford, Wis.-based Hurd Windows & Doors announced it has acquired South Plainfield, N.J.-based SuperSeal Manufacturing Co, a 50-year old, privately held vinyl window manufacturer.
The acquisition supports Hurd’s strategic growth plan to expand its product mix and address the shifting needs of multiple construction markets. The company intends to emphasize the replacement window market as well as new residential and light commercial.
“With SuperSeal’s high-end line of vinyl windows, Hurd is uniquely positioned in the marketplace,” said Dominic Truniger, president and CEO of Hurd. “SuperSeal mirrors many of Hurd’s core business principles and brand attributes. Like Hurd, they’ve built their brand on giving customers more. SuperSeal products are well-designed and offer excellent quality, top performance, broad design options and an almost unprecedented range of exterior colors,” he said.
Ron Vespa, co-owner of SuperSeal will continue serving as vice president.
SuperSeal will operate as a subsidiary of HWD Acquisition. Its products will be marketed under the SuperSeal brand and through its existing distribution channels, along with Hurd’s eastern distribution infrastructure.
Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index
A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Jan. 7, 2011
*Western – regional species perimeter foundation; Southern – regional species slab construction.
Crow’s Market Recap — A condensed recap of the market conditions for the major North American softwood lumber and panel products as reported in Crow’s Weekly Market Report.
LUMBER: Early gains in the futures market and a subsequent influx of moderate buying provided incentive for SPF lumber producers to increase quotes. Eastern producers were able to play off of the limited availability at western mills. Enough demand, combined with less quick shipping availability, prompted Southern Pine lumber producers to increase prices — by $15 to $25 for narrow widths. Producers in the Coastal species lumber market experienced "steady sales" throughout the week, helping to establish higher selling levels in both Hem Fir and dry Doug Fir dimensions. Lack of significant volumes of inland Hem-Fir has contributed to the overall sense of supply shortage. Fir-Larch is still undergoing some downward adjustments, with 2×8 and narrower down $5 to $15. Ponderosa Pine Mldg&Btr remains at $1,225 for 5/4 and $1,240 to $1,245 for 6/4. Availability of #2 Shop is tight and still moving up, adding another $10 this week. A little more question surrounds #3 Shop. All #2 Common items are moving well to a "steady" DIY demand. Export demands have kept both Inland and California producers cleaned up on both #3 and #4 Common. Idaho White Pine producers have been forced to some deeper discounts in their competition with Eastern White Pine. The weakness of Eastern White Pine Premium boards "has definitely stabilized," although some confusion remains with regard to both availability and price. Both Standard and Industrial boards are stable. Radiata Pine prices are quite stable and very firm at current levels. Western Red Cedar production continued to ramp up in light of the orders taken for the first quarter.
PANELS: Western Fir plywood prices were firm to $5 higher in most instances, a result of moderate demand enabling producers to edge order files more solidly into the week of Jan. 17. Southern Pine plywood buyers shored up low yard inventory levels and participated in even greater numbers, in response to rated sheathing prices accelerating to levels $20 to $30 higher. OSB mills have positioned themselves above the reported market, pulling activity along in their efforts to see price gains. This has proven successful in most regions. Canadian plywood sales have been most active in the West, according to reports, but the overall tone of the market has been solid in both the East and West. A surprising number of particleboard producers reported that December was a good selling month, contrary to historical patterns. MDF action has been lighter than particleboard, according to some sources.
Source: RISI’s Crow’s Weekly Market Report