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Readers Respond: The Pace of Disaster

Expectations call for an increase of expensive weather disasters.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The National Centers for Environmental Information reported that the United States experienced 11 weather and climate disaster events that each crossed the $1 billion-in losses mark.

These 11 events include Hurricane Florence (Sept. 13); Southwest/Southern Plains Drought; the Colorado Hail Storm (June) and the Northeast Winter Storm (March). Not counted toward the total is the California wildfires that are raging currently.

During 2018 so far, the U.S. has experienced the fourth highest total number of these type of disasters. There have been only three years that saw more billion-dollar-damage events – 2011, 2016 and 2017. These were described by the agency as “very active years.” They could also be described as very expensive. The U.S. spent a record $306.2 billion to clean up 16 major weather events in 2017.

[Read about the West Coast Lumber and Building Material Association effort to provide aid to fire victims here.]

So, what’s the future look like? Are we living in an age where major natural disasters are the new normal owing to global warming? Or are we simply seeing a statistical anomaly in the form of natural disasters.

Most readers expect an increased frequency of expensive weather.

After more than 100 votes, here is the breakdown to the question: “Do you expect the number of billion-dollar natural disasters to increase or decrease in 2019?”

• Increase, 81%.
• Decrease, 21%.

You can still take the poll on the right side of the page (or scroll down your mobile device.)

As always, readers’ comments are welcome: send them to us here.

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Mans Lumber expands in Michigan

The dealer has acquired Detroit market leader Washtenaw Door & Trim.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Mans Lumber and Millwork, the metro Detroit LBM dealer, has acquired Washtenaw Door & Trim, Inc.

Washtenaw is known in the market as a go-to place for custom doors, moulding, stairs and hardware, has serving the greater Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area since 1974.

Mans Lumber and Millwork President Doug Mans.

“We are truly honored to have Laura Spears and Washtenaw Door & Trim become part of the Mans family,” said Doug Mans, president, Mans Lumber and Millwork. “Laura’s reputation for providing the highest level of customer service and products is well-known in the community, and we have the highest respect for her values and success.”

In joining with Mans Lumber and Millwork, customers of Washtenaw Door & Trim will have access to the complementary products offered by Mans.

Washtenaw Door & Trim is just four miles from the Mans showroom and lumberyard in Canton, Mich. All staff will be retained and become part of the Mans team.

“I’m truly excited to be combining forces with Mans, which allows me to provide even more service and selection to my clients” said Laura Spears, owner, Washtenaw Door & Trim. “For more than 100 years, the Mans family has excelled at offering the highest-quality service and products, and my staff and I are honored to become part of the Mans team.”

Mans Lumber and Millwork operates locations in Canton and Trenton, Mich. Both locations feature showrooms for home, kitchen and bath. The dealer

 

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New CEO for Johnson Level & Tool

Under new ownership since April, the tool brand appoints a new leader

BY HBSDealer Staff

Hultafors Group, which acquired Johnson Level & Tool in April, named Peter Chatel to take over the CEO role at Johnson Level and Hultafors Group North America.

Previously, Chatel was a member of the senior executive team who led the turnaround of Senco Brands (global manufacturer and marketer of fastening systems) resulting in the successful transition of the business from private equity to Kyocera. Prior to this, Chatel held executive leadership positions at Walter Meier Holdings, and Pentair Tool Group (General Manager for Porter Cable Power Tools, as well as for Delta Machinery). He spent the first 13 years of his career at Black & Decker in commercial and general management roles, including assignments in both Canada and New Zealand.

Effective Nov. 26, the move marks a shift for Johnson, which had been operating under family leadership for decades, according to the announcement.

“I am very excited to be joining the Johnson Level / Hultafors Group teams,” said Chatel, in a prepared statement. “Johnson is an impressive business with a great history of contractor‐grade products, deep customer relationships, and a strong brand that is meaningful to the professional end user. With Hultafors Group’s new ownership, the potential for significant growth in U.S. and Canadian markets is very promising.”

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