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Whirlpool supplies appliances to Meritage Homes

BY Ken Clark

Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool Corp. signed a deal with Meritage Homes to be the exclusive appliance provider to the builder’s homes, including first-time, move-up, luxury and active-adult.

Whirlpool will provide Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Maytag and Whirlpool brand appliances to Meritage Homes’ extensive communities throughout the southern and western states.

“We believe Whirlpool Corp., and its portfolio of brands, is the best choice for our home buyers, as well as our business,” said Bill Harrill, VP national purchasing at Meritage Homes. “With a variety of highly regarded brands to choose from, Whirlpool’s appliance selection meets our home buyers’ varied lifestyle and design needs. Buyers should find their services and products exceptional in quality, and their go-to-market strategy is a strong match with ours, which is key to maintaining our efficient home-building schedule.”

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Obit: Ronald Fosdick of Lumbermens

BY Brae Canlen

Ronald Fosdick passed away at his home with his family by his side on April 20. He was 75 years old.

Fosdick began his career as a plumber, then worked for Simpson Timber and later, Rex Floor Covering. For several years he operated his own flooring business called "Omni Floor Covering." In 1981 Fosdick went to work for Lumbermens (now ProBuild), where he worked for many years in a variety of contractor sales positions until he formally retired in 2009.

After retirement, Fosdick enjoyed frequenting the 40 et 8 and the Vet’s Club, visiting the local casinos, reading western and fantasy novels and, most of all, according to his family, “he loved hanging out with his best buddies from ProBuild to shoot the breeze.”

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Southern California lumberyard to close

BY Brae Canlen

Hoyt Lumber, located in Upland, Calif., is closing on June 2, according to an article in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. The San Bernardino County lumberyard has been open since 1996, when the owners purchased Rugg Lumber, which operated across the street for 67 years, and relocated the operation.

Hoyt opened a second location at in Rancho Cucamonga in 1979, which will remain open.

Co-owner Peggy Nelson said a slowdown in construction that has dragged on for several years forced the store’s closure. 

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