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Allied Solar partners with CertainTeed

The Beacon Roofing subsidiary will distribute Solstice Solar System.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Allied Solar Products, a subsidiary of Beacon Roofing Supply and one of the nation’s largest distributors of photovoltaic panels and solar accessories, has partnered with CertainTeed to expand the distribution of the manufacturer’s Solstice Solar System.

The move will allow Allied Solar Products to build on its roofing and solar opportunities, according to Dave Jenkins, national vice president of solar for Allied Solar Products, who describes the partnership as “a win for both companies and their contractor customers.”

“Allied Solar always looks for ways to improve its supply chains so we can deliver popular products to as many customers as possible as quickly as possible,” said Jenkins. “The move allows us to leverage our logistics, just-in-time delivery, and dedicated solar sales teams to deliver Solstice.”

CertainTeed’s Solstice system combines components including modules, inverters, mounting and flashing with a single-source warranty. In addition, when installed by one of CertainTeed’s Credentialed or Master Solar Installers, CertainTeed warrants the installation workmanship on the system for up to 25 years.

Solstice systems are designed to maximize roof space and can be configured to best suit the needs of the client, according to CertainTeed.

Mark Stancroff, director of CertainTeed Solar, said the Allied Solar Division’s sales know-how and logistical presence will complement CertainTeed’s strong brand recognition and installer base.

“Allied Solar’s team has strong product knowledge and solar industry expertise,” said Stancroff. “In addition, their parent company Beacon can deliver roofing material for solar jobs that require reroofs. All of this is supported by Beacon’s Pro+ e-commerce platform that allows customers to order 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Solar and roofing contractors value these solutions which enable them to stand out in the marketplace,” Stancroff added. “Allied’s logistical capabilities and service platform allow them to provide a steady supply of product to contractors, making their work more efficient. They are a natural fit for the distribution of CertainTeed’s value-added solar solutions.”

Beacon Roofing Supply, based in Herndon, Va., operates more than 550 branches throughout all 50 states and six provinces in Canada. The company distributes

At the start of 2018, Beacon completed its acquisition of Allied Building Products Corp. in a $2.62 billion cash deal.

 

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Sears on brink of bankruptcy

Sears Holdings could file for Chapter 11 as early as Friday.

BY Marianne Wilson

Sears Holdings Corp. is inching closer to filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The embattled, 125-year-old department store has hired M-III Partners LLC, a boutique advisory firm, to prepare a bankruptcy filing, the Wall Street Journal reported. The filing could occur as early as this week. The report comes on the heels of Sears adding restructuring expert Alan J. Carr to its board of directors. It also comes as Sears approaches a $134 million debt payment, due on Oct. 15, which the cash-strapped retailer previously warned it may not meet.

In September, ESL Investments, the hedge fund run by Sears chairman and CEO Eddie Lampert, proposed a plan that would essentially translate into a wholesale financial restructuring of the company but without a Chapter 11 filing. It includes selling off many of Sears’ remaining stores and asking lenders to exchange their loans for equity stakes in the retailer. (Some of the stores would be leased back to Sears.) It also includes an offer to buy Sears’ signature Kenmore appliances brand for $400 million. A special committee of the board is currently evaluating the proposal.

“There is a slim chance that Sears may avoid the latest bankruptcy threat, especially if lenders and stakeholders quickly agree to the restructuring program put forward by Eddie Lampert,” commented Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail. “However, in our view, this is not a long-term solution; it is simply a way to prolong the life of a company that has long since lost the will to live.”

As of its latest quarter, Sears was operating some 900 stores (Sears and Kmart) down from 4,000 plus in 2005.

 

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Environmental StoneWorks expands in Washington

The stone veneer manufacturer has acquired VanWell Masonry.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Environmental StoneWorks, the manufacturer and installer of stone veneer, has acquired VanWell Masonry based in Snohomish, Wash.

VanWell Masonry has provided the Northwest with masonry installation for 25 years. The acquisition expands Environmental StoneWorks installation capabilities while cementing its position as a top stone veneer manufacturer and installer nationwide.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“VanWell Masonry has a well-earned, stellar reputation for covering the Puget Sound region with a broad range of masonry installation and services,” said Charles Stein, president and CEO of Environmental StoneWorks. “Expanding the Environmental StoneWorks footprint into the Northwest solidifies our position as the only national turnkey manufacturer and installer of stone and brick veneer.”

“Our extensive masonry offering, combined with the deep knowledge of our personnel, gives us the expertise to see all customer projects through to a successful completion,” added Mark VanWell, president of VanWell Masonry. “The Environmental StoneWorks ‘one-stop shop’ belief system is a perfect match for us: as part of their national brand, we will continue to expand our services, reach, and customer commitment across the Pacific Northwest.”

VanWell Masonry is a full-service masonry company specializing in commercial masonry for multi-use and multi-family buildings, with much of their work located in Western Washington and Oregon. The combined entity will continue to service the region.

Based in Denver, Colo., Environmental StoneWorks offers a turnkey business model including sales leaders, project managers, and tested safety programs. The company’s product design, manufacturing, installation, and warranty support are housed under one roof, creating a “start to finish” customer-focused structure.

 

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