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Trex participates in New Orleans rebuilding

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Building materials company Trex has participated in a Habitat for Humanity project in New Orleans, donating $75,000 worth of products to rebuilding efforts and employee aid to the “Musician’s Village” project.

Around 160 Trex employees also helped complete the Village project, which is being built to help house New Orleans musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The additional $75,000 donation is meant to supply decking materials to more than 40 single-family homes and also for public walkway and marina projects.

“Our New Orleans initiatives demonstrate our belief that … we have a responsibility and unique opportunity to be part of the solution to environmental and community challenges,” said CEO Andrew Ferrari.

Trex, based in Winchester, Va., makes decking, railing, fencing and other building materials using recycled material.

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Ferguson to open Florida showroom

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Newport News, Va.-based plumbing supply distributor Ferguson announced it will be opening a new showroom in Melbourne, Fla.

The 10,000 square-foot showroom will feature a gallery displaying new and trendy kitchen and bath products including kitchen and bath fixtures, appliances, lighting and fireplaces. Consultants also will be available at the showroom to help customers customize their kitchen and bath renovations.

The showroom is not only geared toward Ferguson’s professional base of architects, contractors and designers, but to homeowners as well, the pro dealer said in a statement.

Ferguson is a division of England-based Wolseley, which also owns and operates Stock Building Supply.

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Akzo Nobel adds incentives in takeover quest for ICI

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The ongoing takeover quest of ICI Paints by Netherlands-based coatings giant Akzo Nobel will continue into November, when both companies hold discussions with shareholders about the proposed buyout deal.

ICI, with a corporate parent based in the United Kingdom, has a large North American presence with brands including Dulux, Glidden and Liquid Nails. The company was No. 16 on HCN’s Top 500 list of home channel retailers, following estimated 2006 sales at ICI’s retail stores of $1.8 billion.

Akzo has upped its bid for ICI to about $16 billion and has expressed confidence in receiving shareholder backing for the bid. To further woo its own investors, Akzo announced this week it would raise dividend payouts by 15 cents and give $3 billion back to investors by 2009.

“This is a year of incredible transformation,” said Akzo chairman Hans Wijers in a statement. “We are fully on track in creating one of the world’s leading industrial companies. We have a strong portfolio of businesses in attractive growth markets and, coupled with the synergies of the ICI integration … we should be able to outgrow our markets.”

Akzo manufactures paints and coatings under the names Crown, Sikken and Schoenox, among others, with operations in 60 countries.

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