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Standard Lumber opens ‘green’ yard

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Standard Supply and Lumber, a 12-unit chain of lumberyards and showrooms in western Michigan, has announced the opening of a location devoted exclusively to FSC-certified wood products and eco-friendly kitchen and bath products. Located in Grand Valley/Standale, the combination lumberyard/showroom will provide a place where architects, builders, homeowners and others interested in green building projects can source all their products in a single place.

In addition to low-VOC adhesives, composite decking and cabinets and flooring made from sustainable resources, Standard Lumber and Lumber’s “Eco-Connections” will feature Energy Star windows and appliances.

“We are committing our company to the goals of the LEED green building rating system,” said Tim Rottschafer, president of Standard Lumber and grandson of the company founder.

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., the 104-year-old company also manufactures trusses, constructs post frame buildings, and installs windows, roofing and siding in the residential market.

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Sherwin-Williams buys Ohio-based paint maker

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United States paint giant Sherwin-Williams has acquired Grove City, Ohio-based Becker Powder Coatings, according to Business First of Columbus, Ohio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Becker Powder Coatings is a division of Sweden-based AB Wilh. The company makes powder paints for appliances, decor items, electronics and furnishings. Becker had 2007 sales of approximately $14 million.

In turn, AB Wilh will buy the Chicago-based coil coatings business of Sherwin-Williams. Terms of that deal also were not disclosed.

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ProDealer Conference and NLBMDA Industry Summit merge

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Washington, D.C The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and the ProDealer Conference (presented by Home Channel News) announced the merger of their two annual industry conferences: the HCN ProDealer Conference and the NLBMDA Industry Summit.

The new combined conference, renamed the ProDealer Industry Summit, will be held Oct. 1 to 4, 2008, at the Westfield Marriott Resort in Chantilly, Va., and will be jointly run by both organizations.

“We are excited to bring together two great conferences for the overall benefit of the industry,” said Diane Swenson, new president of the NLBMDA.

“Both conferences have served the industry quite well,” said Jeff Arlen, publisher of Home Channel News. “The ProDealer Conference has grown significantly over its 11 years, and the NLBMDA Industry Summit has been a success for more than 21 years.”

“We will now be able to offer to the industry a single event, combining all of the benefits of each conference, while delivering more value to the vendors and manufacturers who support these events,” said Jim Reynolds, managing director of the ProDealer Conference.

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