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Unified Purchasing Group joins NLBMDA

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced that Unified Purchasing Group (UPG) is the newest member of the NLBMDA’s Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC).

The council is composed of the leading building material manufacturers and service providers serving the LBM industry.


The members of the council share a commitment to promoting and enhancing the success of independent dealers and regional chains. 

Unified Purchasing Group was established by bringing together independent suppliers in the construction industry and leveraging their collective purchasing power to negotiate volume discounts on commonly used products and services. 

"Joining NLBMDA will allow us to build on our goal of supporting independent suppliers and dealers. We know from our business model that bringing together businesses with a common interest, far more can be accomplished together than alone," said Sean Overholt, VP partner development at UPG. "Our company looks forward to a valuable relationship with NLBMDA and the Manufacturers and Services Council." 

Through UPG, members enjoy economies of scale that balance the leverage between purchasers and suppliers and help manage supply and operating costs. Members recognize the immediate cost-savings benefits and continue to spread the word. As a result, UPG and its membership continue to enjoy exponential growth, and with that growth, a continual increase in purchasing leverage and strength.

UPG consists of more than 20,000 member companies with a representation of more than 2 million employees nationwide and more than $400 billion in annual sales revenue. 

UPG member companies exist across the entire spectrum of the supply chain for the construction industry — from architects and engineers who first conceptualize and plan the projects through the manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of durable goods such as lumber, concrete, shingles and landscaping supplies who finish them.

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Q.E.P. closes Plasplugs deal

BY HBSDealer Staff

Q.E.P. CO., Inc. has recently closed the deal on its acquisition of Plasplugs, which includes its trade name and other assets.

"Combined with the company’s recent purchase of the Homelux business, the Plasplugs products will further enhance the global QEP product offering by adding another established range of fasteners, tiling tools and power tools," said Lewis Gould, chairman of Q.E.P.’s board of directors.

Q.E.P., a worldwide manufacturer of flooring and industrial solutions, stands to benefit from the purchase of the wall anchor company, which also deals in fasteners, sharpeners, tiling tools, tile cutters, saws, knives, abrasives, electrical products and power tools. 

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Snavely’s marketing team has a new member

BY HBSDealer Staff

There’s a fresh face at Snavely Forest Products’ Marketing Operations department in Pittsburgh. The company has recently hired Drew Garrison to spearhead a number of print and online marketing initiatives.

A graduate of Purdue University, Garrison has previously served the steel and advertising industries with his marketing strategy, copywriting and marketing collateral design skills. His position at Snavely will mark his entry into the specialty building products industry.

“We are excited to have Drew on our marketing team,” said Clark Spitzer, VP of Marketing. “Anytime we can bring young talent into our company and the industry we are better. Adding Drew to our team brings both youth and talent.”

Garrison will be primarily responsible for Snavely’s print ads, promotional flyers, web development, social media campaigns and new product development.

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