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Weyerhaeuser to buy sawmill in Oklahoma

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Federal Way, Wash.-based Weyerhaeuser said it will buy an Idabel, Okla.-based sawmill from Freeman Brothers, parent of Bibler Brothers Lumber.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The sawmill currently operates as a chip supplier for Weyerhaeuser’s Valliant, Okla.-based containerboard mill.

The mill is capable of producing up to 130 million board feet of lumber per year.

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Wal-Mart to evaluate energy used by certain suppliers

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Wal-Mart Stores has announced a plan to measure energy used by its suppliers in seven product categories: vacuum cleaners, soap, DVDs, toothpaste, milk, soda and beer.

The company is partnering with the non-profit group Carbon Disclosure Project to help evaluate the amount of energy used to make products and move them through the supply chain.

The goal is to, following the evaluation, launch a pilot project to make the supply process more energy efficient.

The products were chosen because they are ordinary products that customers commonly use, Wal-Mart said. Wal-Mart has been involved in several “green” initiatives in recent years, including plans to make stores more energy efficient and promotions on compact fluorescent light bulbs.

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Wolseley year-end income down on U.S. housing slump

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Wolseley, the British parent of Stock Building Supply, saw its yearly pre-tax net income fall 17.6 percent, to 634 million pounds (US$1.3 billion) from 769 million pounds (US$1.55billion), primarily because of lower demand in its U.S. business, the company said.

Revenue rose 14.6 percent to 16.2 billion pounds (US$32.7) from 14.16 billion pounds (US$28.6) last year. Sales growth primarily was driven by bolt-on acquisitions and the company’s expansion in the Nordic region, an area that performed better than expected. Earlier this year, Wolseley expanded its Nordic region DT Group with the acquisition of Swedish building supply company Save Tra Forsaljnings.

“Recent events relating to the subprime market in the U.S. and the subsequent concerns over liquidity in global financial markets have created uncertainty,” the company said in a statement. “It is too early to assess whether these trends will continue.”

The company went on to say that while it believes “there are no signs yet of any upturn in the U.S. housing market,” commercial and industrial markets, as well as the European building supply market, are expected to remain strong.

In July, Wolsley announced it would close 24 Stock Building Supply locations, leading to the reduction of 370 employees. The company earlier closed 22 Stock branches and reduced its headcount at the division by 4,500.

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