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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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Fastener Week II: Screw-It-Again

A step-by-step guide to a revolutionary wood anchor system.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Screw-It-Again wood anchor offers an innovative solution for a common problem — stripped wood screw holes. The product promises simplicity, ease of use, and an ability to fit a variety of hole sizes.

The pro or DIYer simply snaps off the anchor at the desired length to repair stripped holes in a variety of applications, including the repair of loose hinges, as shown in the video here. The process is a radical improvement upon home-made solutions involving some combination of golf tees, toothpicks or wood glue.

Screw-It-Again is a warehouse item at ACE Hardware, True Value, Do It Best, Bostwick-Braun, Blish-Mize, Horizon, Rafferty, General Hardware, and other distributors.

[Visit here for purchase information.]

The Screw-It-Again system is one of several participants in HBSDealer’s Fastener Week II, running through Oct. 12. The HBSDealer Daily Newsletter will feature a new concept, theme or trend from the fastener industry each day this week.

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Lowe’s prepares for Hurricane Michael

The retailer opens its Emergency Command Center as Panhandle braces for Category 2 hurricane.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Just weeks removed from facing Hurricane Florence in its own backyard, Lowe’s is bracing for the lingering impact of another storm and has reopened its Emergency Command Center.

Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle Wednesday evening as a Category 4 hurricane. Wind speeds were reported at 155 m.p.h., that’s 2 m.p.h. south of Category 5 strength.

Lowe’s said it reopened its center in Wilkesboro, N.C. on Oct. 8. Additionally, a satellite command center is set up inside Lowe’s corporate headquarters in Mooresville.

Distribution centers in Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas have already begun shipping truckloads of supplies to areas in the path of the storm. This includes generators, bottled water, sand, plywood, gas cans, and tarps.

The home improvement retailers said it will continue to monitor the weather and make inventory adjustments as needed. All of Lowe’s store are equipped with emergency backup generators and can quickly reopen when it’s safe after a storm or power outage.

Lowe’s is also maintaining an updated list of stores that are closed or have adjusted hours due to the storm, online.

For the past month, Lowe’s has been actively supporting areas that were hit by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, including assisting some of its own employees.

The Lowe’s Emergency Command Center was created in 1989 in the wake of Hurricane Hugo, which caused more than $7 billion worth of damage in the U.S., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

 

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