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Trex CEO reflects on Middle East milestone

BY HBSDealer Staff

Trex CEO and president Ronald Kaplan gave a few words on the company’s recent entry into a new development project in Dubai — what will eventually be the Emirate’s longest boardwalk.

"We are honored to have been chosen to be part of such a significant and beneficial endeavor," said Kaplan. "This project marks a major milestone for Trex as the Corniche represents one of the largest uses of Trex decking in a single public installation. Selection of our Transcend product is a testament to the proven quality and durability of Trex offerings.

The project, dubbed the Jumeirah Corniche Development Project, was envisioned by VP and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. It will be constructed along 14 km of beachfront, spanning six residential communities between Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa to Burj Al Arab Hotel. It will also include a recreational area with room for exercise and sporting activities, such as a jogging track, retail kiosks and rest areas.

"We look forward to bringing the Sheikh’s innovative vision to life and sharing the Trex experience with the residents and visitors of the UAE through this meaningful development," added Kaplan.

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STAFDA president likes Northwest metrics

BY HBSDEALER Staff

STAFDA president Eric Grabowski says the association’s distributors are regaining ground lost since the recession of 2007. 

In a column from the STAFDA Trade News newsletter, Grabowski, of Edge Construction Supply of Spokane, Washington, said construction jobs are showing growth in the Northwest.  

Housing is particularly strong in the Pacific Northwest: “In Washington state alone, the residential market has grown by 22% the past year, and is at pre-recession levels based on total dollars of construction.”

Also, he said a distributor who follows the residential market in the Pacific Northwest is celebrating the best two years of business in 2013 and 2014.

“That’s a bit of good news I wasn’t hearing four years ago,” Grabowski wrote.

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CalStar opens its second plant

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Caledonia, Wisconsin-based CalStar Products has made its first expansion to a new manufacturing facility, located in Columbus, Mississippi.

The new 100,000-sq.-ft. facility expands CalStar’s geographic footprint from its existing facility in Racine, Wisconsin, located in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park near the Alabama border. The location also provides proximity to areas where brick and masonry are in-demand for residential and commercial facades, as well as raw materials for lighter color options.

At the moment, it’s running two lines using CalStar’s sustainable manufacturing process: a dry-cast line for manufacturing its Holland pavers and brick and Thru-Wall units, and a semi-automated wet cast line for its stone trim and accent pieces.

"We’re excited to welcome CalStar Products to Columbus," said Joe Max Higgins, CEO of the Golden Triangle Development LINK, the region’s economic development organization. "CalStar will bring nearly 60 jobs to the area, and we have the skilled workforce to fulfill those needs. We look forward to the continued success for both the company and the community."

New products are also expected to come out of the facility, including an Ambassador brick, Roman brick, Norman brick, King brick and more, the company said.

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