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U.S. Concrete names new chairman

BY HBSDEALER Staff

U.S. Concrete, a Houston-based manufacturer of concrete and related products, has appointed construction industry veteran John M. Piecuch as non-executive chairman of its board of directors, the company announced.

Piecuch succeeds Vincent Foster, a founding director of the company who had served as non-executive chairman since 1999. Foster will remain an active member of the board, serving on its audit, compensation and executive committees.

Piecuch has served on the U.S. Concrete board of directors since February 2007. He is also a member of the board of directors of Brampton Brick Limited.

Most recently, Piecuch was president and CEO of MMI Products, a national manufacturer and distributor of building materials. Previously, he served as president and CEO of Lafarge Corp., a producer of cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete and other related products in North America.

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Weyerhaeuser to sell Australian mills

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Following a $148 million first-quarter loss, Federal Way, Wash.- based Weyerhaeuser has announced plans to sell its Australian sawmills to Auckland-based Carter Holt Harvey.

The deal will add five additional mills to Carter Holt, which currently runs plants and mills throughout the country.

Assets to be sold include the selling and distribution operations of Pine Solutions Australia, including an export chip business operated out of Portland, Victoria; as well as sawmills owned under the Weyerhaeuser Australia name. Additionally, the sale includes Green Triangle Forest Products and its associated sawmills, export chip business and Pine Mouldings operation.

Weyerhaeuser is also in discussions on a potential simultaneous sale of its 50 percent interest of the Green Triangle Forest Products timberlands business to a timber investment fund, according to the company. Those timberlands include approximately 50,000 acres of plantation pine forest in Australia.

“The Australian businesses will continue to focus on meeting customer needs during the sale process and will work with the potential buyer to ensure a smooth transition,” said Craig Neeser, Weyerhaeuser senior vp-International Group. “It is also important to note that the employees and contractors working for the Weyerhaeuser Australia Group have made significant contributions to its success and will be an asset to any potential buyer.”

Terms of the Carter Holt deal were not disclosed. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval.

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84 Lumber gains FSC certification for 26 yards

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Pro dealer 84 Lumber has received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for 26 of its lumberyards, the company announced.

The locations are: Bridgeville, Mars, Grove City, Clarion and Eighty Four, Pa.; Moundsville, W.Va.; North Eaton (Columbia Station), Painesville, Macedonia and Massillon, Ohio; Rochester, Middletown, Ithaca, Elma, Watertown and Riverhead, N.Y.; Wyoming (Grand Rapids), Mich.; Karns (Knoxville), Tenn.; Mount Airy, Md.; Ft. Myers, Fla.; Gurnee, Ill.; Las Vegas; Henderson, Colo.; Chandler, Ariz.; and Beaumont and Hesperia, Calif.

The chain of custody designation enables these stores to sell FSC-certified lumber and building materials, which can earn points in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects, NAHB’s Model Green Home Building Guidelines, and other green certification programs. 

“FSC-certified products are a value-added service for our increasingly environmentally conscience customers,” said Kathleen Mannas, green products manager at 84 Lumber. “The FSC supports healthy forests and communities, and 84 Lumber is a strong proponent of this initiative.”

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