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Versatex hires industry veterans

BY Ken Clark

Describing its new hires as “seasoned professionals,” Pittsburgh-based Versatex Trimboard bolstered its field sales lineup.

Rich Maurer, Versatex’s new regional sales manager for the Southeast, is based in Greenville, S.C. He will cover North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and the Gulf region. He brings with him more than 20 years of field sales experience. Most recently, he served as regional business manager for Patterson Pope, a distributor specializing in storage solutions for institutions and industry. 

Darren Kennedy, who joins Versatex as a market development specialist for western New York and Ontario, is based in Rochester, N.Y. His new territory stretches from Erie, Pa., to Albany, N.Y., and all across Ontario. He comes from Kennedy Home Center in Wellsboro, Pa.

Versatex Trimboard products are manufactured by Wolfpac Technologies of Pittsburgh, whose state-of-the-art facility produces cellular PVC trimboards, sheet, beadboard, moldings and prefabricated corners, as well as the innovative Versatex soffit system. 

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Dow Powerhouse shingles hit the East Coast

BY Ken Clark

Nexus EnergyHomes is partnering with The Dow Chemical Co. as the first home builder to offer the Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingle to home buyers on the East Coast.

Nexus EnergyHomes is the 2012 Energy Value Housing Award "Builder of the Year." 

The Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingle is an award-winning, integrated solar roofing system that protects the home and generates electricity. It is designed to combine the benefits of solar technology with the durability and performance of traditional roofing materials.

“This solar-integrated roof product protects the home, uses sunlight to power it and provides superior aesthetic appeal for our homes’ exterior design, and that is exactly what we were looking for, because they support our ability to lead the market in sustainable living,” said Paul Zanecki, Nexus EnergyHomes founder and president. “This is the future of new home building in America.”

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Hyde Park Lumber completes showroom renovation

BY Ken Clark

Hyde Park Lumber and Design Co., the lumber company and design center operating in the Cincinnati area, recently completed their 80,000-sq.-ft. showroom renovation.

“One of the things that makes us stand out from the big-box stores, and even other design centers, is that we don’t have products on a shelf in the box, we actually have samples of the products shown ‘in-use’ — so the buyer can see, feel, touch the products and see what they will look like in their setting,” said Mills “Mike” Cooper Judy Jr. , president of Hyde Park Lumber and Design Center. 

The displays are described as "vast" — 80 full-size doors on display, more than 200 moldings, 300 knobs, pulls and latches, all types of fencing, shingles, decking, paneling and much more.

Hyde Park Lumber and Design Center began with the majority of their business done by contractors. But over the years they have evolved by enticing homeowners and do-it-yourselfers, the company said. In the last couple of years they have also seen their walk-in customers include a large amount of women who are looking for ideas for a bath or kitchen make-over.

Located throughout the showroom are large-screen TVs featuring projects that have been completed by their contractor customers using products purchased from Hyde Park Lumber and Design Center.

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