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Wagner adds portable paint spray system

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Wagner rolled out the Wagner SprayTech FLEXiO 890, an indoor/outdoor paint sprayer that takes some of the time and fatigue out of painting jobs.

The sprayer contains an X-Boost turbine in the base, which stays on the floor for a lighter, more portable user experience. It also provides tripe the power of traditional units, according to the company. This helps atomize paint for a smooth and even finish, regardless of the type of paint.

"We designed the FLEXiO 890 to make spraying less tiring over long periods of time," said Jon Beaton, Wagner product manager. "Our goal was to help consumers get their indoor or outdoor projects done quickly and with great results."

Ideal for painting broad surfaces, the patented iSpray nozzle sprays any coating and easily handles thick paints for even coverage. A Detail-Finish nozzle can also be used for small projects and detail work.

"With controls for the speed of air flow, width of the spray and fan pattern, the FLEXiO 890 can be used to paint broad interior surfaces without concern for overspray – and without the tedious effort associated with brushes or rollers. Prep work only requires basic masking," said Beaton.

Additionally, the FLEXiO 890 is 50% quieter than traditional, airless sprayers — comparable to a hairdryer, says the company.

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Weyerhaeuser bolsters James Hardie offering in Minnesota

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Weyerhaeuser Distribution is buffing up its James Hardie fiber cement siding offerings at its St. Paul, Minn. location. 

The distribution center will now carry the full line of SKUs, which includes the addition of ColorPlus technology, a factory-applied finish that lasts up to two times longer and has 30% better fade resistance.

The full line includes HardiePlank siding, HardiePanel siding, HardieShingle siding, HardieSoffit panels, HardieTrim boards and HardieBacker cement board.

“Adding ColorPlus to St. Paul’s lineup further bolsters Weyerhaeuser Distribution as a single source for all types, sizes, styles, and colors of James Hardie fiber cement siding and trim in the upper Midwest,” said Spenzer Forbes, division general manager for Weyerhaeuser Distribution. “James Hardie is one of the most respected names in cladding, and we’re pleased to continue to grow our relationship with them while giving our customers a broader range of choices.”

The St. Paul distribution center serves dealers in Minnesota, northwest Wisconsin and the eastern Dakotas.

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Kodiak acquires Factory Builder Stores

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Denver-based Kodiak Building Partners has agreed to purchase the assets of Factory Builder Stores, a large independent specialty distributor of appliances and cabinets based in Houston.

"We are very excited about having Factory Builder Stores join our team," said Kodiak chairman Paul Hylbert. "Doug Rapier and his management group have built a fine organization serving custom home builders, remodeling contractors and consumers in the major markets in Texas. In addition to strengthening our presence in greater Houston, the company and its strong people offer us a platform for expanding throughout Texas."

Doug Rapier, CEO of Factory Building Stores, added that the acquisition will help boost the company’s expansion in Texas.

Factory Builder Stores serves builders statewide with locations in Austin, San Antonio, College Station, Corpus Christi, the DFW Market and Houston.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of April.

Kodiak Building Partners was founded in Denver in 2011 to invest in building products distributors. The firm’s current portfolio of companies includes Barton Supply, a steel fabricator and distributor with three locations in Colorado; Gulf & Basco, a window, cabinet and appliance distributor serving greater Houston; Jones-Heartz Drywall Supply, a gypsum and accessories distributor also serving the Colorado market; and New England Building Supply, a building products distributor serving greater Boston.

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