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Worldwide Wholesale Floor Coverings celebrates 20 years

BY Ken Clark

New Jersey floor coverings retailer Worldwide Wholesale Floor Coverings will celebrate its anniversary June 23 with 20 prizes for lucky winners.

Top prize is a $20,000 home flooring makeover. Second prize is a kitchen granite counter top remodel valued at $2,200. The 20th prize is a free carpet cleaning.

The company with locations in Edison and Lawrenceville, N.J., took a creative approach to delivering the prizes. Bar-coded cards were mailed to consumers, who need to bring the card into the store to find out if they have won any of the prizes.

The company is also offering 20% off storewide on June 23 in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

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Fypon unveils Stone & Timber accents

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Maumee, Ohio-based Fypon introduced a new “Stone & Timber” collection of decorative products created to accent homes featuring stone, stucco and timber as major design themes. The Stone & Timber product line offers either a stone or woodgrain texture on exposed surfaces.

“These pieces have been created to provide a lightweight, easy-to-work-with product that provides the look of real cast concrete and timber without the weight of actual cast concrete or the performance problems inherent with wood,” said Derek Fielding, senior product manager for Fypon. “The new textures extend our Fypon product line to assure we have a solution for every project."

The Stone & Timber product offering includes window and door trim, decorative millwork, louvers, post wraps, trellis systems, stone surround systems, stone columns and stone balustrade systems. Each durable piece features authentic textures and details to resemble traditional cast concrete or timber accents. 

The new products resist moisture, insect infestations, warping, cracking and splitting.

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D.Hodgskin says:
Jun-13-2011 02:33 pm

snow and cold weather worry
snow and cold weather worry free??

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Jun-13-2011 02:32 pm

main interest is the insect
main interest is the insect plan

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Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

BY HBSDEALER Staff

 

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for June 10, 2011

*Western – regional species perimeter foundation; Southern – regional species slab construction.

Crow’s Market Recap — A condensed recap of the market conditions for the major North American softwood lumber and panel products as reported in Crow’s Weekly Market Report.  

LUMBER: Buyers of SPF lumber stayed on the sidelines in large numbers, digesting previous purchases. Most dimension lumber pricing remained static or adjusted only slightly in both the East and West. The depth of Southern Pine lumber mill discounts often varied widely, dependent on the individual mill’s need to sell particular items. Meanwhile, buyers chose precise tallies to fill inventory holes. The Coastal species lumber market has achieved what other markets continue to struggle with — a balance between supply and demand. Dry Douglas Fir was especially strong, while Hem-Fir increases were more moderate. Limited supplies of green Doug Fir kept prices from drifting lower, despite pedestrian demand. The narrows in Fir-Larch have seen increases of $5, with the wides less active. Inland Hem-Fir is doing well simply to hold onto its prices. Both 5/4 and 6/4 Ponderosa Pine Mldg&Btr appear to be priced acceptably, with no change for the time being. The 5/4 #2&Btr Shop is available readily enough to warrant no change. The 6/4, on the other hand, is tight and moves up $10. Most of the board market is moving along with little change from recent weeks, but a few items are clearly worth noting. Eastern White Pine producers are beginning to sense a little more energy in the market and some uptick in demand from key retail chains. The situation in New Zealand has become virtually unbearable for Radiata Pine producers, based on the value of the New Zealand dollar. Spotty and slight increases in demand were reported by producers in the Western Red Cedar market. Overall, buying remained limited and any uptick in demand was not across the entire market.

PANELS: Buyers needing to fill inventory holes provided enough demand in the Western Fir plywood market for prices to bounce off of floors. Although Southern Pine plywood producers reported selling production or more, prices were unable to gather any upward momentum. Instead, any price movement remained downward. No continent-wide OSB market exists, but some spot regional activity gives evidence that a little energy is flowing into the system. At least one key Canadian plywood producer promoted some buyer response by discounting his offerings. The presence of the discounted wood in the system does affect trading, so the new baseline price is C$290 for 9.5 mm CSP delivered to Toronto. During this session and carrying over from last, particleboard and MDF producers in both the South and the West have increased their prices, with the results yet to be defined.

Source: RISI’s Crow’s Weekly Market Report

For more on RISI, click here.

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