Quikrete Industry Dashboard: Holding steady
A quiet week for major metrics and a slight gain in gas prices.
Most of the major metrics tracked by the Quikrete Industry Dashboard remain unchanged in a quiet week of government reports. However, gas prices continued their upward movement, hitting $2.86 for an average gallon of regular. The residential construction/sales charts tell a mixed story — total starts and existing-home sales gaining month-over-month, while single-family starts lost momentum in March.
Central Valley unveils panel facility
The Napa, Calif.-based pro dealer is ready to manufacture prefab walls.
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.
CertainTeed integrates solar with luxury housing
Stoneledge is featuring CertainTeed’s Apollo II solar roofing system as an optional upgrade.
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.