Wagner SprayTech acquires HomeRight
PaintSticks, sprayers, heat guns and a loyal DIY following are all part of the deal.
Wagner SprayTech, maker of advanced paint applicators and tools, acquired HomeRight, a division of Diversified Dynamics Corporation based in Blaine, Minn. HomeRight markets PaintSticks, airless and HVLP paint sprayers, heat guns, rollers, steamers and related products, primarily to home DIY and crafting markets.
In the announcement of the deal, Wagner pointed to HomeRight’s loyal customer base of DIY and arts and crafts consumers. The acquisition is part of Wagner’s growth plan, further solidifying the company’s leadership position in the sprayer category and the decorative finishing industry, the company said.
“We are pleased to welcome HomeRight customers and employees to the Wagner SprayTech family,” said Greg McGuirk, president, Wagner SprayTech, Americas. “With a history of innovation, a passion for quality, and desire to exceed customer expectations, HomeRight is an excellent addition to Wagner’s industry leading brands and will bolster our leadership position in the DIY and crafting markets.”
Wagner will retain the HomeRight brand and plans to continue offering HomeRight products through existing retailers. HomeRight products will continue to be sourced and manufactured globally, and will begin shipping from Wagner facilities starting Jan. 1, 2019. Full details of the integration plan will be finalized in the coming months.
“After more than 30 years developing the HomeRight brand, the time is right to join forces with Wagner, a prominent industry leader,” said Steve Bruggeman, President, Diversified Dynamics. “Our customers will be in good hands with such a capable and customer-focused company, ensuring our tradition of making DIY and crafting easier and faster continues.”
James Hardie assists Texas church rebuild
First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs suffered one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.
James Hardie Building Products said it is working with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and other partners to restore the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.
Located about 30 miles east of San Antonio, Texas, the church suffered one the worst mass shootings in U.S. history last November when 26 people were killed and 20 injured.
James Hardie, which specializes in fiber cement products, is donating siding and trim to the Sutherland Springs rebuild, which includes a new worship center and education building. Rebuild efforts led by the NAMB – which is part of the Southern Baptist Convention and is based in the Atlanta area – began in May 2018 and will continue through spring 2019.
“We can’t imagine what this community has been through and are honored to be able to help in whatever way we can to rebuild the First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs,” said Brian Ward, area sales manager at James Hardie Building Products. “We want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved, whether it’s contributing a monetary donation or providing materials. No amount of help or support goes unnoticed.”
The newly built worship center will include seating for 250 people, and there are plans for a memorial to honor the 26 people who tragically lost their lives almost a year ago.
“Generous donations from partners like James Hardie are integral to completing the restoration of the First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs,” said Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board. “We’re grateful that so many are stepping up to support this community during its time of need.”
To donate to the project and to learn more about the Sutherland Springs rebuild efforts visit www.restoresutherlandsprings.com.
LBM Advantage hits Atlanta
The co-op’s fall conference includes discussing challenges and preparing for 2019.
LBM Advantage members, mills and manufacturers gathered in Atlanta, Ga. last week for the buying group’s Annual Fall Conference.
Holding the Fall Conference at this location accommodated additional members from LBM Advantage’s emerging Southern and Western regions, the company said.
A NextGen meeting took place Georgia-Pacific’s corporate headquarters and benefitted members of a new leadership program, LBM Advantage said. Attendees learned the life cycle of OSB, from timber harvest to shipment.
At the conference, held at the Omni Atlanta Hotel, discussions included a rollercoaster year of challenges including trucking shortages and record level pricing.
Several seminars were offered, including an overview of Rayonier Advanced Materials from CEO Paul Boynton, as well as a mill perspective on the shift to Southern yellow pine by more Northern markets, and the impact of the political climate on the industry. Specialized user group meetings were also held.
New members to the co-op, whether through merger or new signing, learned more about their cooperative and took advantage of everything the Fall Conference had to offer, according to LBM Advantage.
The main thrust of the Fall Conference is to provide a foundation for members to plan their next year’s purchasing strategy in conjunction with their traders and preferred mills, the co-op said. Contracts and commitments are at the forefront. New this year was the inclusion of select building products manufacturers which allowed dealers to plan for 2019 across multiple product categories.
LBM Advantage is a member-owned forest products and building materials cooperative with locations in in New Windsor, N.Y., Grand Rapids, Mich., Smithfield, N.C., and Monroe, La.