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TW Perry launches green building program

BY HBSDEALER Staff

TW Perry, the six-unit chain of lumberyards and showrooms located in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., area, has launched a comprehensive green building program aimed at consumers, contractors and builders. Based in Gaithersburg, Md., the 97-year-old company has obtained chain-of-custody certifications for its lumberyards from both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

The pro dealer has also expanded its inventory to include green product lines, including caulks and adhesives, decking, trim and insulation. Additional eco-friendly products will be added in the coming months, according to the company. Staff has also been trained in green building methods and product knowledge.

The program also includes an interactive Web site with separate entrances for homeowners and professionals. Consumers can find a referral list of green builders, tips on water and energy conservation and answers to common questions about green building. On the builders’ side, educational information ranges from lot design and preparation to fresh air ventilation systems. Referrals to other green building organizations can also be found at the site, www.twperry.com.

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Boozer Lumber goes out of business

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Boozer Lumber, a two-unit dealer founded in 1946, closed its doors last week after six decades in the lumber business. The Columbia, S.C.-base dealer, which operated a home center and lumberyard, along with a showroom and component manufacturing facility, served South Carolina and parts of North Carolina and Georgia. The business generated $46 million in revenues in 2006, according to the Home Channel News Top 350 Pro Dealer list.

The decision to shut down Boozer Lumber was made last month when owner Dale Boozer, whose father founded the company, could not find a buyer, according to an article in The State, a local newspaper. The pro dealer spent approximately $4 million on expansions and upgrades in 2005 and 2006, according to the newspaper.

The business continued to ship its final orders but has been selling off inventory, equipment and property over the past few weeks. Approximately 160 people lost their jobs as a result of the closure, which became official on July 25.

Atelephone recording at Boozer’s headquarters now says that the company is “regrettably no longer open for business.”

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HD Supply reopens Ft. Myers location

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Specialty tools distributor HD Supply White Cap has reopened a newly renovated warehouse facility in Ft. Myers, Fla.

The 38,000-square-foot location features a merchandise showroom and an open warehouse format, catering to White Cap’s base of large- and medium-sized professional contractors.

“The open warehouse format has enhanced our ability to offer a broader array of products to professional contractors in southwest Florida,” said HD Supply White Cap Florida area director Mikel Valett, in a statement.

Among the assortment of around 2,000 items are numerous specialty tools and accessories, as well as tilt-up hardware and brace rentals, power tools, stormwater pollution prevention products, welding supplies, lightweight construction equipment and job site and personal safety equipment.

The specialty distributor plans a grand reopening event on July 31, which will include facility tours and new product displays.

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