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Thanks to snow, a run on roof rakes

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The consumer demand for roof rakes – a device that many consumers didn’t even know existed until this winter – has grown to a feverish pitch, according to media reports around the country. 

At R.W. Hine Hardware in Cheshire, Conn., several hundred people lined up outside the store after a delivery came in, according to the New HavenRegister. Police had to be called to direct traffic. Another local dealer, Branford Building Supplies, had a waiting list with a couple hundred people who paid deposits. 

State and local officials in New England have been warning residents about the dangers of roof collapse because of heavy snow accumulation. This has set off a panic among some consumers, who have emptied the shelves of roof rakes, which are essentially long poles attached to a flat piece of metal used to shovel snow off roofs. They usually sell for between $20 and $60. 

News stations have carried images of senior centers, schools, car dealerships, and other businesses that have been damaged by their roofs caving in, adding to citizens’ fears.  

At Westport Hardware in Westport, Conn., George Plaitis told the Westport News that he hasn’t sold a roof rake in 10 years – until this winter. Now, like most of the dealers in the area, the store is sold out. 

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A run on roof rakes

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The consumer demand for roof rakes — a device that many consumers didn’t even know existed until this winter — has grown to a feverish pitch, according to media reports around the country.

At R.W. Hine Hardware in Cheshire, Conn., several hundred people lined up outside the store after a delivery came in, according to the New Haven Register. Police had to be called to direct traffic. Another local dealer, Branford Building Supplies, had a waiting list with a couple hundred people who paid deposits.  

State and local officials in New England have been warning residents about the dangers of roof collapse because of heavy snow accumulation. This has set off a panic among some consumers, who have emptied the shelves of roof rakes, which are essentially long poles attached to a flat piece of metal used to shovel snow off roofs. They usually sell for $20 to $60.

News stations have carried images of senior centers, schools, car dealerships and other businesses that have been damaged by their roofs caving in, adding to citizens’ fears. 

At Westport Hardware in Westport, Conn., George Plaitis told the Westport News that he hasn’t sold a roof rake in 10 years — until this winter. Now, like most of the dealers in the area, the store is sold out. 

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Mastercraft Exteriors announces promotions

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Mastercraft Exteriors, a national roofing and siding contractor specializing in storm damage restoration, has announced the appointment of a new executive team. Matt Spanton has been named president of Mastercraft Exteriors, after serving three years as VP national storm operations. He joined the company nine years ago as a sales rep and then worked his way up to sales manager, general manager and VP.

Bryan Becker was appointed as VP national storm operations and will lead the national sales and construction team. He began his career as a siding installer and eventually rose into a position where he managed 3,500 roofing jobs a year. Becker joined the company in 2005.

The new VP administration at Mastercraft is Meredith Becker, a company veteran who has worked numerous positions, from reception to insurance claim processing to office manager. Under her direction, the team has collected well over $100 million in accounts receivable during her tenure.

Headquartered in Rockton, Ill., Mastercraft Exteriors is a family owned and operated business that deals predominately with residential homes, multi-family apartments and commercial businesses. Its founder and CEO is Richard Spanton Jr. The company has operations in more than 25 states.

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