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Upsolar rewards homeowners and solar installers

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Upsolar, a solar PV module company with an international footprint, has named the winners of its "Concorso Solare Upsolar" contest.

Those considered for prizes included homeowners and installers who purchased Upsolar products in Italy between September 2012 and March 2013. Rewards included PV system refunds for homeowners, as well as vacation packages to Shanghai for installers, where the company’s corporate headquarters is located.

"We strive to show gratitude to our valued customers and tireless installer network on a daily basis, but this contest was a chance to do something really special for a lucky few,” said Giuseppe D’Elia, country manager of Upsolar Italy. “We recognize that our success is founded in our strong, long-term relationships, and we’re happy to go above and beyond to ensure we’re offering top-tier products, services and support each step of the way.”

Installers who won trips to Shanghai were treated to a company-guided tour of the region, as well as the company’s headquarters and R&D center.

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Canadian timber company names new CEO

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Eacom Timber Corp., a manufacturer and marketer of lumber related products in Eastern Canada, announced the appointment of Kevin Edgson as president and CEO, replacing CEO Rick Doman who will serve as chairman of the board of directors.

The move took effect Dec. 1.

In prepared statement, Doman said: "The board of directors of Eacom and I are very pleased to welcome Kevin to join the company as CEO. Kevin has been involved in the forest products industry for 27 years and is joining us after serving most recently as CFO of Millar Western Forest Products.”

Privately held Eacom owns eight sawmills, all located in eastern Canada.

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Beacon CEO Paul Isabella points to progress

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Peabody, Mass.-based Beacon Roofing Supply CEO Paul Isabella added color to his company’s record sales performance for the quarter and the full year.

For the quarter, residential sales were up 4.8%, commercial sales were up 8.3%, and complementary sales were up 3.4%. “This marks two consecutive quarters where all three product lines have seen positive organic growth, 1.2% last quarter and 6% this quarter.”

He described the company’s market as “large and growing.” 

Earnings for the company were below expectations, “but considering the competitive price pressure we felt, we feel good about our progress.”

Net income for the fourth quarter was $27.4 million compared with $27.9 million in 2012.

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