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The BlueLinx brand expands

BY HBSDealer Staff

Atlanta, Ga.-based BlueLinx Holdings Inc., a leading distributor of building and industrial products in the United States, announced Monday that it would conduct the business of Cedar Creek and all of its subsidiaries under the BlueLinx brand.

“This news is representative of our evolution to come together as one team,” said President and CEO Mitch Lewis. “We are excited to continue providing outstanding service to our customers and great representation for our vendor partners as one company, under one name.”

The move comes as BlueLinx continues its integration of its legacy business with Cedar Creek, the building products distributor it acquired in April of this year. The combined companies create one of the largest wholesale distributors of LBM products in the industry with total revenue of approximately $3.2 billion in 2017 and more than 70 locations in 40 states.

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In Ohio, Ace builds on distribution

BY HBSDealer Staff

Ace Hardware Corporation plans to expand its distribution center located in West Jefferson, Ohio.

Originally opened in 2014, the upcoming expansion of the West Jefferson RSC — or “Retail Support Center” — will add approximately 309,000 sq. ft. to the existing 534,000-sq.-ft. facility. Construction for the project is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018 with a target completion in the first quarter of 2019.

“We look forward to breaking ground on the expansion of our West Jefferson Retail Support Center, an integral piece in Ace’s overall supply chain,” said Lori Bossmann, executive VP, chief supply chain officer at Ace Hardware. “Ace’s continued volume growth has driven our need for a larger facility to accommodate our growing business demands.”

The facility in West Jefferson serves Ace Hardware retail locations throughout Ohio, parts of Michigan, eastern Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.

Ace runs a supply chain network that includes  14 company-owned RSCs in the United States and three non-Ace RSCs.

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Promotions at PRO Group

Growing responsibility in the marketing and merchandising departments.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Denver-based PRO Group, Inc. has promoted Alex Hernandez to Associate Merchandise Manager. Hernandez has been with PRO Group since 2014 and was previously Marketing Manager. Drew Eflin has also been promoted to Marketing Manager. Drew started with PRO Group in 2016 as a Marketing and Merchandising Coordinator.

Hernandez’s Merchandise Manager responsibilities include overseeing a long list of categories: apparel, Farm & Ag Supply, Home Hardware, Housewares, Paint & Stain, and Pet Supplies. He will work closely with manufacturers and distributors in the circular advertising process, coordinating special promotions and recruiting new vendors for the group at trade shows and conferences.

Eflin’s Marketing Manager responsibilities include managing and creating content for the company’s web sites and social media platforms and using digital marketing platforms for corporate communication. Additionally, he will be responsible for the PRO Hardware and FARM MART stores programs and will travel to distributor shows to interact with retailers as well as present advertising and marketing programs.

Eflin worked as a marketing assistant for AIM Investment Solutions prior to joining PRO Group.

“Alex and Drew have both been an asset to PRO Group and are valuable members of our team,” said Shari Kalbach, VP of PRO Group, Inc. “I look forward to their continued success at PRO in their new roles as they take on more responsibility and continue to create programs that help the independent distributors and retailers succeed.”

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