Universal Forest Products buys crate manufacturer
A subsidiary of Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Universal Forest Products acquired Container Systems, a manufacturer of crates and containers for industrial applications and the moving-and-storage industry, located in Franklinton, N.C.
CSI produces a full line of moving and storage crates, specialized crates for niche markets and integrated packaging solutions, and is a wholesale cut-to-size panel and lumber supplier to the area’s industrial customers. Sales in 2013 were about $3 million.
The acquisition provides a presence in the Eastern United States for Universal’s Industrial Wood Industries (IWI), which supplies bulk shipping and storage bins, moving boxes, fruit and nut bins, and other specialized wood products to industrial and agricultural customers, primarily in the West. IWI shares many customers with CSI. With this move, IWI will have a presence in the East and an opportunity serve new clients and to enhance service to existing clients with locations nationwide, the company said.
“This acquisition is a perfect complement to IWI’s business, and allows that affiliate to bring its strong capabilities and solutions to the Eastern Seaboard,” said UFP CEO Matthew J. Missad.
UFP’s industrial business is a primary focus for growth opportunities, he added.
“Container Systems is known as a quality panel products manufacturing company in its market and, with the resources and strengths of our IWI operations, we look forward to serving new customers in the East with the products and service they expect from a Universal company.”
CSI joint-owner Scott Parsons will remain as plant manager of the Franklinton operations, and employees Lyle Davis and James Boswell will serve as operations manager and account manager, respectively. “This is an exciting new chapter for the people and customers of CSI, and we’re proud to now be a part of a respected international manufacturer and supplier,” Parsons said.
The transaction closed on March 14.
PGT hires a new marketing director
PGT Industries, a North Venice, Fla.-based supplier of residential impact-resistant windows and doors, has appointed Danielle Mikesell as its newest director of marketing.
In her new role, she will be responsible for the company’s marketing strategies related to its window and door brands.
Mikesell has a strong background in marketing and sales within the building and consumer goods industries. In her most recent role, she served as marketing director at Masco Cabinetry, where she oversaw all marketing initiatives.
"Danielle’s diverse skill set enables her to bring a strategic vision and focus to PGT," said Todd Antonelli, VP sales and marketing. "She is results-oriented and highly collaborative, which makes her a strong cultural fit. The PGT brand is established in our market and Danielle’s expertise will allow us to capitalize on that strength and help us to grow."
Jacuzzi partners up with Eco Building Products
Jacuzzi has chosen Eco Building Products, Inc. as its manufacturing partner for the production and export of Jacuzzi skirt structures to Mexico.
"As the founder of this great American company, I can tell you that the team here at Eco all shares a common bond; that those that came to this America had the simple idea that memories from the past cannot take over our dreams of the future and beyond," stated Steve Conboy, president/CEO, Eco Building Products, Inc. "As we do our part to help Washington create export business that can support job growth here in the U.S., we are excited about this new business with great companies like Jacuzzi. To date we have received 197,598 board feet and this is great business outside of what we do in housing."
Eco procures Canadian Spruce lumber at its coating facility in Colton, Calif., which is then treated with Eco Red Shield lumber coatings and Eco Armor paint, which adds UV and moisture protection. The lumber will then be loaded onto trucks and shipped to Mexico, where it’ll be used to create Jacuzzi spas for global export.
"At Eco, we are very excited about this type of business as it proves our export model with respect to adding value to the lumber commodity for use as finished goods," said a company statement.