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US LBM goes West

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Continuing its hot acquisition streak, Green Bay, Wisconsin-based US LBM launched a West Coast operation, expanding its number of LBM divisions to 12.

US LBM, the 2013 HCN Pro Dealer of the Year, announced today the acquisition of Desert Lumber & Truss and Desert Fasteners & Supply of Las Vegas, and Integrity Truss of Cedar City, Utah. 

Former majority shareholders will stay on in various capacities. Terry Ono will remain in his role as president of Desert Lumber; Dale Eggers as president of Desert Truss; Tyson Clayton as president of Desert Fastener & Supply; and Charles “Monty” Clayton as VP of Desert Fastener & Supply. 

Originally founded in 1989 by Ono, Desert Lumber & Truss is the leading full-service provider of lumber, OSB, panels and EWP, as well as roof and floor truss systems to the Las Vegas market, primarily serving the residential home builder and contractor. In 2009, Desert Fastener & Supply was founded to expand the company’s product line into fasteners, connectors, waterproofing products and adhesives, as well as a range of tools and equipment for Las Vegas roofing, framing and specialty contractors. Earlier in 2014, Integrity Truss launched its operations providing roof and floor trusses to southwestern Utah home builders.

“We are excited and proud to join the US LBM team and the opportunity it brings to provide our customers with continued enhancements to our product and service offering,” said Ono. “This partnership with US LBM provides a platform for growth to our associates and partners well into the future.” 

“The Desert family of companies is a key strategic addition to US LBM. The success we’ve experienced by partnering with leading building material businesses in the Midwest and Northeast is beginning to take shape in the Southeast and West Coast with the acquisitions of the Desert companies, Jones Lumber and Coastal Roofing & Supply,” said L.T. Gibson, president and CEO of US LBM. “We are excited to announce this addition to the US LBM team and look forward to continued investment in the Desert growth plans, as well as expanding their product and customer base.”  

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KILZ introduces Hide-All primer at entry-level price point

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Imperial, Missouri-based Masterchem Industries is getting ready to roll out a new version of its KILZ Hide-All primer, which will sell for an opening price point and will be sold exclusively at Lowe’s stores nationwide.

The multi-surface interior waterbased primer and sealer is designed to cover up imperfections and mask texture and porosity differences. It can be brushed, rolled or sprayed and is typically ready for a top coat after one hour.

“With a number of KILZ products available at Lowe’s, the addition of KILZ HIDE-ALL ensures there is a high-hiding, hardworking primer available for painting projects under tight budgets,” said Tim O’Reilly, manager, professional products and services for KILZ. “With exceptional hide, and at a very attractive price point, KILZ HIDE-ALL is a primer sealer designed to get the job done.”

One main difference between the KILZ Hide-All and other primers at similar price points is that it adheres to wood. The primer can be used on drywall, cured plaster, woodwork, masonry, concrete block, brick and previously painted surfaces.

It is not for use over glossy surfaces or floors or on problematic surfaces, such as those with stains that are inclined to bleed.

Additionally, the 2-gallon project-sized bucket has received favorable reception among contractors, according to the company, who say that they can easily drop one bucket in each room.

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New Eco Home models showcase post-Sandy building standards

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Eco Building Products is continuing its crusade against the damage left in Hurricane Sandy’s path — this time with the introduction of two new Eco Home models demonstrating the codified change needed in the era of defensive building practices.

The models — located in Breezy Point, New York, and in Sea Bright, New Jersey — both contain defensive features specific to the region. The New Jersey home is built on concrete walls that are 108 ins. above flood tide, whereas the Breezy Point home is the first in the region to be built on telescoping steel columns 48 ins. above flood tides.

"The realities of what’s happening in this rebuild are further complicated when we see buildings coming out of the ground in areas that had 48 ins. of water, with 30-in. concrete walls and structural floor members that could be subjected to future flooding, when the manufacturer’s product guides state that the products should not be subjected to constant wetting since the core of that lumber is glued like particle board," said Steve Conboy, president and CEO, Eco Building Products.

Eco Building Products will be demonstrating the models to architects and engineers during the Eco Home Tour later this month, as well as promoting the relatively cost-effective brick-and-mortar prices.

"Team Eco’s goal is simple — create defensive models for people to touch and feel, that display our [defensive building practices] principles in living form, that in most cases does not have to raise the cost beyond reach," read a company statement. "At ECOB, we understand change is not easy for builders and contractors to embrace, so we are going the extra mile right now to prove out that Sandy Victims who purchase the complete package from The Home Depot [the Costco of building materials] can build defensively for similar costs of standard building materials."

The team is also hoping to meet one-on-one with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has displayed a renewed commitment to the Sandy rebuild.

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