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WCLBMA announces board moves

There’s a new slate of officers for the West Coast LBM Association

BY HBSDealer Staff

The 102-year-old West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association elected Mark Boone, president and COO of Champion Lumber as president for the 2019-2020 term. Boone has served on the WCLBMA board of directors the past six years, the last two years as first vice president.

Champion Lumber is a family-owned business established in 1950 in Riverside, Calif. Champion Lumber has been a member of the WCLBMA since 1997.

In addition to Mark Boone as president, other officers and members of the board include:
• First vice president, Frank Addiego, All Bay Mill & Lumber, American Canyon;
• Treasurer, Sean Fogarty, Osborne Lumber, Newark.
• Past president, Victor Fresca, Dixieline Lumber and Home Center
• Dealer director, Brian Pierce Friedman’s Home Improvement, Santa Rosa.
• Associate Director, Pat Zan, Taiga Building Products, Rocklin;
• Associate Director, Vic Hausmaninger, HBLA CPAs, Irvine.

Re-elected to the board of directors for a second three-year term as a Dealer Director was Matt Endriss, Central Valley; and re-elected as an Associate Director was Thom Wright, Sierra Pacific Industries, Redding.

Mark Boone

Augie Venezia was re-elected to the board of directors as government affairs chair.

Holdover directors are Barrett Burt, Ganahl Lumber, Pasadena; Rick Deen, Nichols Lumber, Baldwin Park; Marc Mizgorski, Hayward Lumber, Monterey; Chris Fleiner, Reno/Carson Lumber, Reno; Barry Schneider, Bear Forest Products, Riverside; and Glenda DeFrange, Straight Line Transport, Huntington Beach.   Ken Dunham, WCLBMA executive director, serves ex officio on the board of directors as corporate secretary.

The incoming president of Second Growth, WCLBMA’s young professionals group, Steve Schroeder, Ganahl Lumber, will join the board in a non-voting capacity in December.

The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA) is one of the largest lumber and building material trade associations in the country. It has been active in California and adjacent states since the early 1900s. The organization is also affiliated with the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association.

 

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Poll Question: Holiday Sales Preview

BY HBSDealer Staff

Let the holiday sales begin. The warehouse home improvement stores have already made room for Christmas trees and holiday lawn ornaments. Lowe’s has even advanced Black Friday-like sales into the first of November. Of course, independents are getting in on the festivities, too.

For mass retailers, the name “Black Friday” is derived from the kind of sales that push the business into the black. Spring is the biggest selling season for home improvement, but home centers and hardware stores have shown increased sophistication when it comes to seasonal merchandising — especially Christmas season.

This week’s HBSDealer poll question asks: Compared to recent years, how would you describe your emphasis on Christmas and holiday sales this season?

The poll question is active on the right side of this page (or scroll down your mobile device). We invite your extended comments on holiday sales strategy and timing. Share with us here.

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Installed Building Products acquires Advanced Fiber Technology

AFT manufactures cellulose, asphalt, and industrial fibers used for insulation.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Installed Building Products, Inc. has acquired Advanced Fiber Technology (AFT).

Founded in 1988 and located in Bucyrus, Ohio, AFT manufactures cellulose, asphalt, and industrial fibers. The company has annual revenues of approximately $18 million and sells its products to distributors and installers predominately in the Midwest and Northeastern U.S.

“AFT provides us with an opportunity to vertically integrate our cellulose insulation supply in certain markets which we believe will have an immediate and favorable impact on our business and financial results,” said Jeff Edwards, chairman and CEO of Installed Building Products.

Edwards noted that cellulose is an attractive alternative to fiberglass in a variety of insulation applications.

Doug Leuthold, founder of AFT, will remain with the company and help IBP run the facility and grow its cellulose supply chain.

This year, Installed Building Products has closed 10 acquisitions representing about $76 million of acquired revenues.

“Acquisitions remain a key component of our growth plan and we continue to have a robust pipeline of acquisition opportunities across multiple geographies, products and end markets,” Edwards said.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Installed Building Products specializes in installed insulation for residential new construction. The company also offers installed complementary building products, including waterproofing, fire-stopping and fireproofing, garage doors, rain gutters, shower doors, closet shelving and mirrors.

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