Russin Lumber expands shingle offering
Montgomery, N.Y.-based Russin Lumber is now carrying Eastern White Cedar shingles from Bardobec, a manufacturer located in Daaquam, Quebec. Russin will be carrying raw shingles in Extra, B and C grade and will also act as the exclusive distributor for Bardobec’s B-Chroma line of Prefinished shingles.
Bardobec has been manufacturing white cedar shingles for more than 25 years. All B-Chroma prefinished shingles are coated over 100% of the surface area of the shingle and are carefully dried using infrared ovens, according to the company.
“I’m so happy to add Bardobec’s high-end shingles to our stable of siding products,” said Jordan Russin, Russin Lumber VP. “Since Barbodec offers their B-Chroma line which utilizes PPG coatings, they’re a natural fit with the work we’ve been offering out of our own prefinishing facility.”
Russin has begun to receive Bardobec’s products into its Montgomery distribution center and is accepting orders for immediate delivery.
Russin Lumber is a manufacturer and distributor of building materials covering 13 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
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Slowdown seen in new-home sales
Sales of newly built, single-family homes declined 8.4% in June 2012 compared with the previous month, reaching an annual rate of 350,000 units, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The bad news follows similar numbers from the National Association of Realtors, which reported last week that completed sales transactions of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops declined 5.4% in June 2012 compared with May.
Both agencies saw year-over-year improvements, however. June’s sales were 16% higher than they were in June 2011, according to the latest report from the Census Bureau.
"While we would have liked to see a third consecutive month of new-home sales gains in June, the fact remains that the sales numbers are up on both a quarterly and yearly basis, while builders continue to report that they are seeing more serious buyers in the market for a newly constructed home with all of the latest updates," said Barry Rutenberg, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Gainesville, Fla.
On a regional basis, new-home sales gained 14.6% in the Midwest and 2.1% in the West, but fell 8.6% in the South and 60% in the Northeast in June.
IHS Global Insight attributed the overall sales decrease mostly on the “hard-to-understand sales plunge in the Northeast that may just be a bad reading.” Which is one of several reasons why the economic and financial advisory firm takes the longer view on housing data. “We prefer looking at moving averages or quarterly figures, since these estimates iron out volatility and highlights trends,” wrote economists Patrick Newport and Michele Valverde.
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GAF to open new shingle plant
GAF, one of North America’s largest roofing manufacturers, has announced plans to open a new asphalt roofing shingle manufacturing facility in eastern Missouri or southern Illinois, with an anticipated start-up in 2015.
Following the commencement of operations, GAF will own and operate 14 shingle plants in the United States. The new state-of-the art facility will further expand GAF product distribution to customers located throughout the central region of the United States. The facility is expected to employ more than 80 people.
Based in Wayne, N.J., GAF’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and commercial roofing systems, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors.
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