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Wood products boost revenues at Weyerhaeuser

BY Brae Canlen

Weyerhaeuser Co., one of the industry’s largest supplier of wood products, reported net sales from continuing operations of $1.8 billion for its second fiscal quarter, a 12.5% increase over net sales from continuing operations of $1.6 billion in the second quarter a year ago.

Net earnings for the second quarter, which ended June 30, were $84 million, compared with net earnings of $10 million a year ago. Earnings for the second quarter of 2012 include after-tax gains of $37 million from special items. Excluding these items, the company reported net earnings of $47 million. This compares with net earnings before one-time items of $32 million in the second quarter of 2011.

"We are seeing signs of a rebound in the U.S. housing market, and as markets strengthen, the operational improvements within our wood products business are yielding clear results," said Dan Fulton, Weyerhaeuser’s president and CEO. "Our ongoing work to improve performance across all businesses is positioning us to capture the full benefit of the market recovery as it unfolds."

Net sales in the wood products division during the second quarter reached $776 million, up from $634 million during the first quarter of 2012. (Year-over-year comparisons were not available.) 

The company attributed much of the increase to higher selling prices for lumber and oriented strand board and operational improvements. Lumber prices increased 13% and prices for oriented strand board improved 9%, according to the SEC filing. Sales volumes increased “substantially.” Special items for the second quarter include a $6 million pre-tax gain on the sale of property.

Weyerhaeuser anticipates lower earnings from the wood products segment in the third quarter of this year. The company expects comparable sales volumes for most products and seasonally lower selling prices for lumber.

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Huttig swings to profit in Q2

BY Brae Canlen

Huttig Building Products, the St. Louis-based distributor, reported net sales of $137.6 million for its second fiscal quarter, a 5.3% rise over sales of $130.6 million in the same quarter of 2011. Net income for the second quarter, which ended June 30, was $1.6 million, compared with a net loss of $1.9 million a year ago.

There were no significant one-time charges or additions during the quarter, Huttig’s CFO, Phillip Keipp, told Home Channel News. Sales were strongest in the millwork category, he said.

Huttig carries an assortment of building material products used principally in new residential construction, home improvement, and remodeling and repair projects. It operates through 27 distribution centers serving 41 states and sells primarily to building materials dealers, national buying groups, home centers and industrial users, including makers of manufactured homes.

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ABC Supply adds Pennsylvania unit

BY Brae Canlen

Roofing distributor ABC Supply will open a new store in Carnegie, Pa., on Aug. 1. The 42,000-sq.-ft. facility will contain a warehouse and showroom space in two buildings. Designed to serve residential and commercial construction professionals, the new store will carry a complete assortment of low-slope and steep-slope roofing materials, siding, windows, doors, gutter, decking and related tools and equipment. 

The new location will be ABC Supply’s second in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, the other being in North Huntingdon, Pa. The company has 13 additional branches located throughout Pennsylvania.

Headquartered in Beloit, Wis., ABC Supply has more than 450 branches in 45 states and is one of the largest exterior building products in the United States.

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