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Weyerhaeuser shuts down engineered lumber plant

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Weyerhaeuser has announced it will close its Structurwood plant in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, by early July. The facility, one of nine Weyerhaeuser units that manufacture oriented strand boards, had an annual production capacity of 550 million square feet.

The decision will affect 170 employees, according to the company. The Hudson Bay facility had already reduced it production, in the spring of 2007, because of reduced demand. The mill will now be mothballed, although Weyerhaeuser has not ruled out other strategic alternatives.

“We will also use this time to explore transfer of ownership opportunities for this operation,” said Phil Dennett, Weyerhaeuser’s vp-strand technologies, in a prepared statement.

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CTI enters Atlanta market

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Banking on the future of Atlanta’s housing market, HD Supply has opened a 20,000-square-foot warehouse to serve as the regional hub for Creative Touch Interiors (CTI), a division that caters to production builders. The Atlanta facility will serve the southeast market, the announcement said, encompassing Birmingham, Ala., and Macon, Ga.

In addition to entering the Atlanta market, CTI recently expanded into Texas and the Southwest and is evaluating future investments in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest regions. The company intends to establish a national footprint that will offer builders and their customers customized finish products, including flooring, cabinets, countertops and window coverings.

CTI operates more than 90 design centers and six countertop fabrication facilities. It is part of HD Supply, a wholesale distribution company that once belonged to Home Depot but was sold last year to a group of private investors.

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True Value recognizes ‘13 best hardware stores’

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True Value recently recognized 13 True Value hardware stores as winners of its inaugural “Best Hardware Store in Town”’ nationwide program, which aims to recognize high-performing stores.

The Chicago-based co-op recognized one store from each of its retail regions as “consistently delivering a superior shopping experience; providing a knowledgeable and helpful staff; offering a well-stocked, clean store; and providing a local market-focused product selection.”

“Our vision is to help every True Value be the ‘best hardware store in town,’ and these 13 stores represent what it takes to exceed customer expectations,” said Lyle Heidemann, president and CEO of True Value.

Stores were self-nominated and went through a series of selection processes until regional managers narrowed down the top candidates. Mystery shoppers then visited each store to gain a customer’s perspective. Store evaluation criteria included physical appearance, product selection, competitive pricing, promotional activity and customer assistance. 

The 13 winning retailers and their store locations are:

• Jerry D. Bryant, True Value Home Center, Oakhurst, Calif.

• Erik Burkman, Brandon True Value, Brandon, S.D.

• Paul Cain, Cain True Value Hardware, Carthage, Texas

• Donald Keller, K&K True Value Hardware, Bettendorf, Iowa

• Jeff Lobb, Cameron’s True Value Hardware, Oxford, Pa.

• Max Merrick, Horns True Value Hardware, Portales, N.M.

• Shelley Moeller, Harpeth True Value Hardware, Franklin, Tenn.

• Thomas A. Morrow, Arthur’s True Value Hardware, Orchard Park, N.Y.

•  Warren E. Sawyer, Sawyer’s True Value, The Dalles, Ore.

•  Joseph J. Scapin Jr., Lee Hardware True Value, Lee, Mass.

•  Robert Schmidt, Gasser True Value, Maquoketa, Iowa

• Bob Swanson, Swanson Hardware Supply, Vineland, N.J.

• Jim Waters, Waters True Value, Salina, Kan.

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