Weyerhaeuser bolsters James Hardie offering in Minnesota
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.
Kodiak acquires Factory Builder Stores
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.
Briggs & Stratton gets a Shorty Industry Award
Representing the marketing chops of the home improvement industry, Briggs & Stratton Corporation earned high marks for its Mower Mouth social media contest at this year’s Shorty Industry Awards on April 7 in New York City.
The contest earned Briggs & Stratton the spot for Best Facebook Contest, which it shared with ESPN’s SportsCenter after beating a third finalist, ABC Family.
The Mower Mouth contest prompted customers to submit videos of themselves making lawn mower sounds. Entries included household pets, props and a parody of the "What Would the Fox Say?" music video. The ultimate aim? Demonstrating that many find their lawn mowers to be too noisy and introducing customers to the new QPT engine, which cuts mower noise by 65%.
"The Mower Mouth contest was a great way for us to engage with consumers in a unique and fun way," said Carissa Gingras, director of marketing for Briggs & Stratton. "We loved showcasing the creativity of the entries while promoting our engines across our social media channels."
The Shorty Industry Awards aim to recognize outstanding social media campaigns, websites, games and applications.