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Central Valley unveils panel facility

The Napa, Calif.-based pro dealer is ready to manufacture prefab walls.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Central Valley, a top-100 pro dealer, has opened a new 35,303-square-foot manufacturing facility in Yolo County to house the firm’s new prefabricated wall division.

Central Valley’s new facility will manufacture walls for the construction industry, allowing home builders to economically accelerate building completion, the dealer said.

“We are thrilled by this exciting growth opportunity,” said Paul Kinser, Central Valley general manager of Sales and Prefab Wall Division. “Central Valley has the leadership and technical teams in-place to begin the manufacture of prefabricated wall panels, giving our customers a higher-quality end product for their builds.”

In an industry reeling from a skilled labor crunch and burgeoning construction costs, prefabricated wall panels have become a rising alternative to traditional stick framing. Prefab wall panels offer lower costs for the framer, but also reduce waste by efficiently reducing costly material overruns.

Pete Yanez, Director of Operations for the prefab division said, “In today’s environmentally-conscious climate, prefab walls are an excellent solution.”

With state-of-the-art machinery, skilled carpenters, and precision, Central Valley will be producing prefab wall panels, with the first walls being shipped to Coffey Park on May 18, to expedite Sonoma’s post-fire re-build.

Santa Rosa’s five-acre Coffey Park neighborhood was one of the hardest hit areas during the Tubbs fire, the most destructive of the 17 separate wild fires that hit Northern California in October 2017.

Napa, Calif.-based Central Valley maintains warehouse operations in St. Helena, Napa, and Healdsburg, with production yards in Woodland and American Canyon.

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CertainTeed integrates solar with luxury housing

Stoneledge is featuring CertainTeed’s Apollo II solar roofing system as an optional upgrade.

BY HBSDealer Staff

CertainTeed has formed a new partnership with South Carolina-based builder, Stoneledge Properties.

Stoneledge is featuring CertainTeed’s Apollo II solar roofing system as an optional upgrade in the builder’s first luxury, solar development: Le Jardin. The 55-acre, 64-home site is an exclusive, gated community in Greenville, S.C.

“CertainTeed Solar is proud to team up with Stoneledge on this exciting project that focuses on sustainable living in a luxury setting,” said Mark Stancroff, director of CertainTeed Solar. “Stoneledge has a rich history in the industry and supports our mission of providing efficient and aesthetically-pleasing solutions for homeowners.”

Apollo II systems offer roof-integrated energy production while fitting in seamlessly with Le Jardin. The development focuses on architectural integrity and consistency, with Apollo II visually blends into roofs, providing a clean look that a standard rack-mounted system cannot match.

“Since Le Jardin has an incredible emphasis on design and green building, we felt it was only fitting to offer our homeowners the best in solar – the natural choice was Apollo II,” said Chris Bailey, builder and founder of Stoneledge Properties. “CertainTeed has been a trusted partner for some time and we hope to continue our track record of creating sustainable and beautiful homes together.”

Based in Malvern, Pa., CertainTeed manufactures interior and exterior building products including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.

 

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A new day for classic American brands

Hangzhou GreatStar plans a relaunch of Goldblatt, Pony and Jorgensen.

BY Ken Clark

Hangzhou GreatStar Industrial Company plans to polish off three venerable American brands, and operate them under the direction of a fourth – Arrow Fastener Co.

Goldblatt, Pony and Jorgensen — properties of China-based Hangzhou GreatStar, one of Asia’s largest hand tool manufacturers – are being relaunched with the help of Arrow’s sales, marketing and distribution teams. Hangzhou GreatStar agreed to acquire  Saddle Brook, N.J.-based Arrow from the Masco Corporation about one year ago.

The relaunched Pony and Jorgensen adjustable clamping brands and Goldblatt tile, drywall, concrete and masonry tools will hit the North American marketplace in mid-2018.

Arrow’s New Jersey facility will become a primary distribution center for Pony, Jorgensen and Goldblatt products, in addition to Arrow’s product line, the company said.

“As a respected American tool brand, Arrow products are ‘must-have’ items for many retailers in North America and elsewhere,” said Arrow President Gary DuBoff. “Given Arrow’s sales and marketing capabilities, combined with GreatStar’s manufacturing expertise and innovation pipeline, we are well positioned to deliver high-quality, innovative products under all these iconic American brands: Arrow, Pony, Jorgensen and Goldblatt.”

Here is how GreatStar describes the reputation of Pony and Jorgensen:

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“Since 1903, both the Pony and Jorgensen brands have been well known US clamp brands owned and managed by the Adjustable Clamp Company in Chicago. The products are used by a wide array of woodworkers, cabinet makers, carpenters, and serious DIY enthusiasts. Some items, such as the Jorgensen handscrews and the Pony pipe clamps are iconic hand tools with wide recognition. A standard pipe clamp, for example, is commonly referred to as a “Pony Clamp” among woodworkers and tradesmen regardless of what brand is on the product. In May, 2016, the Adjustable Clamp Company ceased operations and all business assets were acquired by GreatStar.

And here’s the company’s description of Goldblatt: “Started by Henry Goldblatt in Kansas City in 1885, Goldblatt was at one time a strong and vibrant US based hand tool brand best known for its line of US made masonry trowels and concrete floats. As America grew through the first half of the twentieth century, the company grew with it, expanding its product line to include drywall tools, tile installation tools and painting tools. A series of ownership changes beginning in the 1960s took the company away from family ownership. The business then changed hands through several private equity owners before being purchased by GreatStar in 2010.”

DuBoff added that GreatStar intends to recreate the tools as faithfully to the originals as possible, Also, GreatStar “has executed on a firm commitment to make the new tools at least as good, but preferably better, than the original U.S. made product,” he said.

Arrow is currently in the process of stocking the Saddle Brook, N.J. warehouse with Pony, Jorgensen and Goldblatt inventory. The company expects the warehouse to be fully stocked and operational by July 2018.

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