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William Kristol to speak at NLBMDA event

BY Brae Canlen

William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and a regular commentator on Fox News, will address the members of the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) at its legislative conference on March 18-20, 2013. The annual spring conference will be held at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Va. 

LBM dealers from around the country will gather to discuss policy issues and attend Capitol Hill appointments with their legislators and key federal agency officials. The conference will culminate with a reception for members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill. The NLBMDA event will take place jointly with the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), providing business networking opportunities for members of both organizations. 

For more information on the conference, click here.

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New president at Style Crest

BY Ken Clark

Style Crest, the Fremont, Ohio-based distributor of building materials and manufacturer of vinyl siding, has appointed Jeff Buckley as president, Residential Housing Group.

Buckley spent his career in building products and distribution, most recently with Weyerhauser, where he held the position of general manager of the Eastern Division since 2006. 

Buckley will be leading the company’s Residential Housing Group efforts in increasing sales and profitability through market share growth in both new construction and the remodeling markets. 

Style Crest is a two-step distributor of exterior siding, exterior accessories, and composite decking and railing, with plans to continue to add to its portfolio of building products. Style Crest also manufactures vinyl siding sold under the Homex and RMC Siding brands. Style Crest primarily distributes products through independent lumber building material dealers and other specialty dealers.

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NARI offers updates for Post-Sandy rebuilding efforts

BY Ken Clark

Des Plaines, Ill.-based National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) released a post-Hurricane Sandy report from its 12 chapters affected by the northeastern storm.

“Those affected by the storm are now trying to piece lives back together,” says NARI National Chairman Michael Hydeck, president of Hydeck Design Build, in Telford, Pa. “The NARI community is proud to come together and support each other in what will be a long and difficult rebuilding process.”

Here is a look at some of NARI’s Sandy recovery efforts so far.

• New York City/Long Island NARI chapter took action after seeing a news report about the Heckman family’s struggle to treat one child’s recent leukemia diagnosis with a home destroyed by the storm. The chapter immediately organized a rebuild of the home, gathering supplies and labor, for what will eventually be a new home for the family.

• NARI-Staten Island Home Improvement Contractors Association is focused on education and safety for homeowners during the rebuild. They have joined forces with other groups and business leaders to form the Rebuild SI coalition, with the goal of disseminating information to more than 20,000 victims on issues like avoiding unscrupulous/unlicensed contractors, health risks associated with flood waters and hazardous materials left behind, and proper care and removal during cleanup to lessen risk.

In addition, Steven Coppola, NARI-HIC of Staten Island Liaison and president of APB Security Systems Inc., in Staten Island, N.Y., said that many members are giving back in additional ways. “Remodelers are giving free estimates to help victims apply for assistance, and some are performing work without any assurance of payment,” Coppola said.

• NARI of Bucks-Mont chapter based in Spring House, Pa., raised funds and organized multiple supply drop-off trips to New York City. On one trip to Queens, chapter board members joined Bill Clinton and volunteers from the Clinton Global Initiative in rebuild efforts.

Chapter Membership Chair Laura Hawley, principal of Ambiance Design based in Pipersville, Pa., continues to look for help and donations and plans to return to the same neighborhood. “There is just so much to do and still great need,” Hawley said.

• NARI Eastern Massachusetts chapter based in Newton Centre, Mass., organized a supply drop-off at Breezy Point, home to many New York City police and firefighters who are themselves in need of assistance from flooding and fires. Everything from light construction equipment, clothing, food and water were collected in the effort.

• Building Industries Exchange of Pottstown and Vicinity member Steven Oehlert, of Oehlert Brothers Inc., a heating and cooling company in Royersford, Pa., made 20 emergency fuel deliveries to New Jersey residents and municipalities in need of gasoline and diesel to power generators and more directly following the storm. Additionally, Potty Queen, a portable restroom rental company based in Pottstown, Pa., donated portable restrooms and comfort stations in to areas in New York and New Jersey.

• Remodeling Contractors Association of Connecticut chapter member Carl Loschiavo, president of Timberline Carpentry in Stratford, Conn., and property owner in the Milford Shore area, lost two homes in the storm. Nevertheless, Loschiavo and his crew started pumping water from basements during the first three days following the storm and set up a grill and passed out hot dogs and hamburgers to workers and victims. “It was great to bring neighbors and workers together to talk and laugh over hot food, if even only a minute — it gave people a little break from the smell and disaster around them,” Loschiavo said.

• North Jersey NARI chapter members, based in Hawthorne, N.J., are doing their part to help as well, providing free delivery of materials and donating a portion of jobs sold from November to the end of January to the American Red Cross Sandy Relief fund.

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