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White Cap expands in Texas

BY HBSDEALER Staff

HD Supply has announced the opening of its newest White Cap branch in Conroe, Texas, approximately 40 miles outside of Houston.

The Atlanta-based parent company continues to expand the national footprint of White Cap, which distributes concrete accessories, tools and safety products for professional contractors. New locations opened in Nashville, Tenn., in April 2011 and Lafayette, La., in December 2011. The division has a network of 133 branches in 29 states.

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Mike Henley, formerly of Strober’s, passes

BY Brae Canlen

Mike Henley, a Strober’s salesman whose battle with early onset Alzheimer’s was chronicled in Newsday, died from complications of the disease at the age of 47.

Henley started his career in the LBM industry at the now defunct Channel home improvement store, in New Hyde Park, N.Y., in 1985. He was hired at Strober Building Supply as a salesman at the Farmingdale, N.Y., store. 

In the late 1990s, when Henley was married with two small children, he began having severe memory problems and other behavioral problems, according to the Newsday obituary. In April 2001, Henley was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. He was 36.

Henley was given a life expectancy of five to seven years but lived for another 11 years. The Henley family’s struggles to take care of him at home were depicted in Newsday’s 2009 series "Alzheimer’s: The Love and the Heartbreak."

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NVR named 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year

BY HBSDealer Staff

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named NVR the 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year for the large home builder category for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through building Energy Star homes. 

NVR, which will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 15, has committed to the next level of Energy Star (version 3.0) for 2012.  NVR uses the HERS (Home Energy Rating System) to measure energy efficiency and tests 100% of its homes for compliance with Energy Star standards. 

"As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Energy Star program, EPA is proud to recognize NVR with the 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award for New Home Builders," said EPA administrator Lisa Jackson. "NVR and all our Energy Star award winners are building an energy-efficient future for America’s families by developing Energy Star-certified homes that reduce energy costs and protect the environment."

NVR builds under the Ryan Homes, NVHomes, and Fox Ridge Homes brand names. 

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