Wolf to keynote the EBMDA event in Hershey, Pa.
Delivering a keynote speech at the Eastern Building Material Dealers Association (EBMDA) in Hershey, Pa., Oct. 3 will be Tom Wolf, CEO of WOLF, the kitchen cabinets and building products distributor.
Wolf will be speaking on the strengths and unique relevance of the independent dealer in today’s challenging housing marketplace. The sixth generation leader of The Wolf Organization, Wolf brings exceptional leadership and management expertise to the conference.
Wolf holds degrees from Dartmouth College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of London. He served as the Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue from 2007 to 2008. He gave up a viable 2010 gubernatorial candidacy to take the leadership of his family’s company.
“The expertise of Tom Wolf and Rick Davis will be a valuable addition to all our conference attendees,” says David Garrett, executive director, EBMDA. “We’re fortunate to have them as part of our event, especially given the volatility of the industry.”
In addition to Wolf’s presentation, the conference, named Rebuild Your Business, will feature a mini trade show and two workshops on leadership and management led by award-winning writer and columnist Rick Davis.
All parts of the conference, including the golf outing at Hershey Country Club, are open to all members and non-members of the building materials distribution community.
For more information and instruction on how to register for the conference, contact the EBMDA at (800) 670-4103 or visit the EBMDA site.
Zelman to speak at ProDealer Industry Summit
A presentation from housing sector analyst Ivy Zelman will be among the educational highlights during the 2012 ProDealer Industry Summit Oct. 24 to 26.
As CEO of Zelman & Associates, Ivy Zelman holds more than 20 years of experience covering housing and housing-related industries, and has earned a reputation as one of the industry’s most accurate, tell-it-like-it-is forecasters.
In addition, a session outlining Zelman & Associates forecast for 2013 and beyond, Zelman will moderate a panel of pro dealers with a view toward improved planning in 2013.
The ProDealer Industry Summit will take place in Savannah, Ga., at the Westin Savannah.
GAF to open second ISO facility
Wayne, N.J.-based GAF will open in Gainesville, Texas, a new manufacturing facility for polyisocyanurate (ISO), an insulation material used in commercial roofing systems.
GAF opened its first ISO manufacturing facility in Statesboro, Ga., which began shipping material in August of this year. It plans four such facilities.
This ISO facility will be integrated with the company’s existing thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) manufacturing facilities and will enable GAF to efficiently serve its customers throughout the central region of the United States, the company said.
The plant will also produce residential sheathing.
Construction of the new 200,000-sq.-ft. facility is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2012, and the facility will begin operating in the third quarter of 2013.
“The opening of our second ISO facility demonstrates GAF’s unwavering commitment to create efficient and cost-effective solutions for our customers,” said Bob Tafaro, president and CEO of GAF. “The products manufactured at this facility will support property owners’ efforts to reduce energy costs through thermal efficiency.”