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With SteelStar, Kodiak keeps growing

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Denver-based Kodiak Building Partners is merging the assets and operations of Dacono, Colorado-based SteelStar with Barton Supply, located in Aurora, Colorado.

The alliance will enhance the combined company’s ability to serve the growing Colorado market, the companies said. 

“We are very excited about having the SteelStar team join forces with us,” said Barton Supply president Don Barton. “The team brings significant structural steel and miscellaneous metals fabrication expertise to Barton and allows us to broaden the assortment of products and services, which we provide our customers.”

SteelStar was founded in 2004. It serves the commercial, industrial and multi-family residential markets as an American Institute of Steel Construction Certified Fabricator with a Sophisticated Paint Endorsement. SteelStar specializes in design-build, architecturally exposed structural steel, challenging structures, and large scale miscellaneous metals projects throughout the region.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

Kris McLean, CEO of SteelStar, added: “The Barton-SteelStar combination ushers in exciting new opportunities for all of SteelStar’s employees, customers and vendors, and we are very pleased to be undertaking this partnership.”

Kodiak Building Partners was founded in 2011 to invest in housing- and building products-related companies with a long-term, build-and-grow strategy.

“This acquisition marks another step in the growth of Kodiak and our growth in the Colorado market,” Kodiak CEO Steve Swinney said. “With three Barton Supply locations and our specialty drywall operation, Jones-Heartz Drywall Supply, we intend to keep adding to our footprint to serve this growing state and region.”

Kodiak’s portfolio companies consist of fabricators and distributors of building products with locations in Colorado, Texas, Michigan and Massachusetts, serving commercial and residential contractors, builders and sub-contractors with a wide variety of products, including steel, gypsum, lumber, doors and millwork, windows, cabinets and appliances.

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Style Crest reshuffles executive team

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Style Crest, a distributor and manufacturer of specialty building products based in Fremont, Ohio, has reorganized its leadership team.

Under the new executive structure, former CEO Tom Kern will stay on-board as chairman, Bryan Kern will fill his shoes as CEO, and Bill Vogel will serve as EVP sales.

In his new role, Bryan Kern will lead the company together with CFO Ty Frantz. He has been working for the company since 2005, serving in roles such as engineering manager, plant manager and VP operations (his most recent role).

Meanwhile, Vogel will be charged with leading the sales operations for both the Residential Housing Group and the Manufactured Housing Group. He has been working for Style Crest since 2009 as director of aftermarket sales for the Manufactured Housing Group, and more recently as EVP sales for the Manufactured Housing Group.

Tom Kern was also recently recognized by the Manufactured Housing Industry after he was inducted into the Manufactured Housing Hall of Fame.

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Cree says its new bulb is better

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Durham, North Carolina-based Cree is promoting a new LED bulb designed for superior lighting and resembling a traditional incandescent bulb.  

The Cree LED Bulb features a new innovative design with the same cost savings and 25,000-hour lifetime that made the original Cree LED Bulb America’s best-selling LED bulb. 

The Home Depot sells the new Cree LED Bulb for as low as $7.97.

“Since the launch of the original Cree LED Bulb, consumers are rapidly switching to LED technology,” said Betty Noonan, Cree chief marketing officer. “Our New Cree LED Bulb goes a step further, delivering even better light performance at a lower price. This new bulb provides consumers a better overall lighting experience, which we know drives even more rapid LED adoption.”

The New Cree LED Bulb emits a warm, omnidirectional light thanks to its 4Flow Filament Design. This innovation creates a compact, optically balanced light source inside a durable, shatter-proof housing. The New Cree LED Bulb is available in 40- and 60-watt replacement options, delivering 460 lumens for the 40-watt replacement and 815 lumens for the 60-watt replacement in soft white (2700K) and daylight (5000K) color temperatures.

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