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Trex adds Mid-Atlantic region distributor

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Winchester, Va.-based Trex Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, is expanding its presence in the Mid-Atlantic region with the addition of Pittsburgh-based Babcock Lumber Company to its distribution network.

Babcock will supply dealers across western and central Pennsylvania, western New York and West Virginia with Trex products.

“Babcock is well-known and respected throughout the industry for its commitment to its customers,” said Ronald W. Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex. 

With a company history that dates back 126 years, Babcock Lumber is the oldest member of the North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) and has been a member of the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) since 1906.

“We are continually evaluating our offerings to ensure that we are supplying our customers with products and services that meet their needs and exceed their expectations,” said Bob Bootay, vice president and general manager, distribution group at Babcock Lumber. “Trex’s commitment to quality and service mirrors our own and the innovative Trex portfolio delivers the game-changing, high-performance products our customers seek.”

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Pat Thorne Lumber Co. honored by HCN

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Pat Thorne Lumber Co. of Chillicothe, Mo., will receive the 2013 Independent Pro Dealer of the Year award during the upcoming ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville, Tenn.

The Oct. 23-25 summit is sponsored jointly by HCN and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA). 

The three-unit Pat Thorne Lumber, co-owned by Pat and Susan Thorne, is a member of the Mid-America Lumbermens Association, of which Pat Thorne is a past president. 

The title of “Independent Pro Dealer of the Year” is awarded by HCN to a small, independent pro dealer that reflects the values of the lumber industry — customer service, community involvement and business best practices.

“We consider it an honor to be recognized and most of the credit goes to our staff, our customers and also our vendors,” said Pat Thorne. “We’ve been very, very fortunate to have such a great staff of professionals.”

A member of the Do it Best Corp. co-op, Pat Thorne Lumber operates three pro-focused Missouri units in Chillicothe, Plattsburg and Cameron.

Also during the 2013 ProDealer Industry Summit, HCN will recognize Green Bay, Wis.-based US LBM Holdings as national “Pro Dealer of the Year.” 

For more information, visit prodealer.com.

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Axalta creates jobs, sets up headquarters in Pa.

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Axalta Coating Systems is establishing its new headquarters in Pennsylvania for its corporate and North America operations.

The corporate offices, which opened Sept. 30, are located in Center City at Two Commerce Square. The North America offices are set to open Oct. 31 and will be located in Concord Township.

“We are tremendously excited about our new facilities in Pennsylvania,” said Charlie Shaver, chairman and CEO of Axalta Coating Systems. “New offices are a vital element in our plan to communicate our independence and new identity to our customers, our employees and other stakeholders in the U.S. and around the world.”

According to the company, the move is expected to bring more than 100 jobs to Philadelphia and over 230 to Concord.

“My administration is working every day to bring new jobs to Pennsylvania – today we celebrate 332 new jobs coming to Philadelphia and Delaware County,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. “It’s a sign we are heading in the right direction and Pennsylvania’s economy is on the rise. Global companies like Axalta now want to come here, hire our workers and grow in the commonwealth.”

Shaver said he will host a meeting of the global excecutive team next week at the new Philadelphia offices, with the company’s first global R&D conference set to take place at the end of the month, brining over 100 of the company’s top scientists to Center City.

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