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Roseburg Forest Products resumed full operations of its veneer manufacturing plant in Weed, Ca., on Nov. 9, more than two months after the devastating Mill Fire on Sept. 2.
The plant’s 145 employees returned to full schedules after implementing new safety procedures, installing new ash-handling equipment, and conducting routine maintenance and planned capital improvements. Specifically, Roseburg:
- Removed the mill’s “ash mixer” that a manufacturer designed to mix and cool the mill’s ash with water.
- Installed a replacement mixer to mix the ash with water and cool the ash.
- Updated how the mill produces, stores and removes its ash from the new ash mixer.
- Updated emergency response processes.
- Conducted team member trainings for handling ash with the replacement ash mixer and a new storage facility.
“We carefully considered the concerns our neighbors, regulators, investigators and our community may have had about the resumption of full operations,” said Pete Hillan, spokesperson for Roseburg. “We’ve trained our team members, tested the equipment, and updated our operational protocols so that we are confident in safely resuming operations.”
CalFire and the Siskiyou County Sheriff have not issued the results of their investigations into the cause of the Mill Fire.
Traditionally a distributor of its own milled and treated wood products, Hixson Lumber Co. is now distributing a third-party non-wood brand: Fiberon.
Hixson, a division of Doman Building Materials, will stock Fiberon composite and PVC decking, railing, fasteners and Wildwood at its Mineola, Tx., location, then forward them to its branches in Magnolia and Plumerville, Ar.; Hattiesburg, Ms.; and Caddo Mills, Carrollton, Houston and Willits, Tx.
According to Hixson president Mark Chatfield, the expansion into such products “is in line with what other Doman divisions, such as California Cascade and Honsador, are doing.”
About 75% of replacement exterior doors and patio doors were purchased from home improvement warehouse stores, while less than half of replacement windows were purchased there, according to a recent presentation by Ed Hudson, Home Innovation Research Labs.
Among his other findings:
- Vinyl windows are the most common type in new homes overall, particularly in starter and move-up homes. Larger builders—those constructing 50 homes a year or more—are three times as likely to install vinyl windows than smaller builders.
- Wood windows are the top choice of smaller builders and builders of luxury homes.
- Recent data shows the average new single-family luxury home has about 28.8 windows, while the average starter home has only 11.3. The number of windows installed in a new single-family detached home went up from 17.8 to 19.5, on average, after declining in each of the previous 5 years. This increase reflects the strength of the move-up and luxury home markets in 2021, where rising home prices sidelined buyers at the lower end of the price range.
- Over the past decade, sliding patio doors have gained share from about 40% to 60% of new single-family home installations, while swinging patio doors have declined by the same percentage.
- Moving glass walls are being used in place of traditional patio doors more than ever—now included in about 8% of all new single-family homes. Moving glass walls are particularly popular in the South and West.
Premier Building Systems, Puyallup, Wa., is folding its Premier SIPS, R-Shield Insulation, R-Shield Geofoam, and Premier ICF (formerly Diamond Snap-Form) product brands—all under common ownership since 2018—into PBS. Its Big Sky R-Control SIPs brand is now being marketed under the Premier SIPS brand.
“Under the umbrella of PBS (Premier Building Systems), each brand fits perfectly into our niche—manufacturing superior products that are faster, stronger, and far greener for architects, contractors, and developers to use in building design and construction. We remain committed to offering the industry’s top echelon of sustainable building systems,” said Brad Huempfner, president.
Creating a family of brands fosters PBS’s ability to combine research and development, technical, production, and distribution resources across all brands, offering exceptionally high-performance construction and building system solutions from the foundation up.
“With all these superior building system product lines, we have remained committed to continued growth through investments in production, innovation, and sustainability. As the demand for environmentally responsible building products has grown, our wide offering of building systems has also grown to serve customers across North America,” said Huempfner.
Additionally, Premier SIPS launched a new look and new website full of product and industry resources at www.premiersips.com. R-Shield Insulation & Geofoam and Premier ICF will unveil new websites in the coming months.
Canfor Southern Pine will invest approximately $210 million to build a new, state-of-the-art sawmill in southern Alabama.
The mill, which will replace its existing facility in Mobile, will have an annual production capacity of 250 million bd. ft. on a two-shift basis, with a workforce of about 130.
The complex will also include a biomass-fueled lumber drying system. Startup is anticipated in the third quarter of 2024.
Knowles Lumber, North Monmouth, Me., is liquidating after a decade in business and has sold its customer list to Ware-Butler Building Supply.
Knowles’ staff is also moving to Ware-Butler, which intends to service North Monmouth from its nearby western Maine locations.
Owners Paul King and Bill Abbott are selling the Knowles property to a non-lumber business.
Two of New England’s top eastern white pine manufacturers will be stronger together with Hancock Lumber’s acquisition of Madison Lumber Mill, Madison, N.H.
Hancock Lumber’s eastern white pine operations will expand to four mills with its first sawmill acquisition in over 20 years. After the deal closes, which was expected by Sept. 30, the Madison facility will continue to operate under the Madison Lumber Mill name. The plan is to keep Madison’s employees, manufacturing systems, customer relations, and products produced unchanged.
Hancock CEO Kevin Hancock said, “The addition of Madison Lumber is filled with synergy for both companies. The current owners, Kim Moore and Jim Smith, have built an exceptional company. When you find caring owners that are looking for an exit strategy that can preserve and perpetuate their love for their business, employees, industry, and customers—well, it’s a win-win.”
Located an hour west of Hancock’s headquarters in Casco, Me., the Madison mill is estimated to be the sixth largest manufacturer of eastern white pine. In addition to producing pine boards and products, the company operates a significant wholesale division. Moore and Smith purchased the former International Paper mill in 2001.
The addition reportedly makes Hancock the nation’s largest eastern white pine producer. GM John Fuller, along with all of Madison’s employees, will remain.
Capital has added a distribution location in Oxnard, Ca., to complement its Chino, Ca., location.
The new location offers 4.5 paved acres and 38,000 sq. ft. of a combination of warehouse and office space. A five-car rail spur and excellent freeway access provide inbound and outbound freight services. Marshall Waugh serves as operations supervisor.
The new location allows Capital to improve its service model from Los Angeles north to Paso Robles and Bakersfield with products that supply the retail segment with the level of customization and responsiveness that they have been accustomed to receiving from Capital.
Capital now operates nine regional distribution throughout the West.
Kodiak Building Partners, Highlands Ranch, Co., has completed its acquisition of Denver, Co.-based Western Interior Supply.
Western Interior Supply was founded in 1985 to locally source and distribute Division 9 acoustical materials in the Denver-area commercial building industry. Over the past few decades, Western Interior Supply has thrived under the leadership and collaboration of its core team in operations and sales with over 200 years of combined industry experience and expertise. With USG as the leading manufacturer for ceiling products and a knowledgeable team, Western Interior Supply is widely recognized as the leading distributor of standard acoustical ceilings, specialty acoustical ceilings and walls, and decorative ceiling and wall products for Denver commercial contractors, builders, and developers.
Kim Stafford will continue to operate Western Interior Supply as general manager and will report to Beau Hayes, president of sister companies Jones Heartz and Drywall Material Sales, two gypsum distributors based in Colorado.
“Western Interior Supply is excited to partner with Kodiak to expand our capabilities, customer base, market coverage, and service to our customers,” Stafford said. “Our team at Western has become our company’s great greatest asset over the years, and I appreciate Kodiak’s emphasis on prioritizing our team to continue to make decisions at the local level for our growing market and industry.”
“Western Interior Supply is a valued addition to Jones Heartz Building Supply, Drywall Material Sales, and Kodiak teams,” said Hayes. “Kim Stafford has developed an expert organization that leads in the acoustical and specialty-ceilings market here in the Front Range. We are enthusiastic to partner with Western Interior and expand their presence and delivery capabilities.”
“The acquisition of Western Interior Supply marks our first acquisition in the gypsum space since 2017,” Steve Swinney, Kodiak’s CEO, said. “This is a bold strategy with headwinds in the single-family market, and we are confident it will pay off for Kodiak and expand our gypsum-related offerings along the Colorado Front Range market.”
Westside Building Supply, Lynden, Wa., has transferred ownership of the company to the next generation of their family.
Brothers Bernie and Jayson Bovenkamp, who had owned the business since 1978, sold it to family members Paul Bovenkamp, who becomes general manager, and Andrew Bright, now sales manager.
The new owners expect long-term opportunities to grow and an expanded inventory of products.
Bernie and Jayson bought the business from their father, Jake Bovenkamp, who founded Westside Building Supply in 1959.
Weston Forest, Ontario, Canada-based distributor and remanufacturer, has acquired Industrial Lumber Sales (ILS), Moultrie, Ga.
Weston president and CEO Steve Rhone said, “Industrial Lumber Sales is a well-run, highly reputable business with tremendous opportunity for growth. Their business is an excellent complement to Weston Forest: there are supply chain efficiencies that will create immediate potential for growth at both companies. Weston will benefit from ILS’ highly experienced management team, strong business model, and geography. Weston brings our diverse product mix, winning culture, financial strength, logistics capabilities, and the strategic expertise of the Watermill Group.”
ILS is a packaging, cut-to-size, crating facility launched in 1991 by partners Clint Friedlander and John Norris.
“This provides welcome continuity for our people, our suppliers, and our customers,” noted co-owner Friedlander.
Norris added, “Weston has a culture and core values that we can relate to. This is a good fit for everyone at ILS.”
The acquisition represents Weston’s fifth in the last decade, second in the U.S., and first since Weston was purchased last year by the Watermill Group
Building Industry Partners platform Southeast Building Supply Interests has acquired Buettner Brothers Lumber Co., Cullman, Al.
Buettner is SBSI’s first location in Alabama and third acquisition in recent months, on the heels of deals for Wallace Building Supply, Indian Mound, Tn., and Haywood Builders Supply, Waynesville, N.C.
Roger Farmer, president of SBSI, shared, “I consider Alabama home, and I could not be more excited to acquire our first business in the state. Under John’s [McPhillips] and Jimmy’s [Barnes] leadership Buettner has been a pillar of the Cullman community, and we look forward to continuing in that tradition.”
Panda Windows & Doors, North Las Vegas, Nv., a leading US window and door manufacturer known for creating some of the largest aluminum systems in the industry, is partnering with Tuval Minimal of Israel to bring its custom steel windows and doors to the North American market.
“While Panda has been designing and fabricating aluminum windows and doors for over 30 years, when we opted to offer steel products to our discerning customers we turned to the experts,” said Avi Shoshan, Panda Windows & Doors founder and CEO. “Tuval Minimal has been internationally known as the finest designer and supplier of premium steel-framed windows and doors for over 20 years, and we’re excited to introduce them in North America”
Kempsville Building Materials opened a larger facility with 120,000-sq. ft. warehouse on 18 acres in Henrico, Va., replacing two smaller Richmond area locations.
Kempsville, with 50 employees in the Richmond market, has served professional builders there for the past 10 years. However, with the market’s continued growth and to meet their customers’ demands, Kempsville opted to consolidate the two smaller yards into the larger one in June.
Greg Harrell, VP of sales for Kempsville, said, “With our commitment to partnering with our customers for their future growth, we invested in this location to be able to service the expanding needs of our loyal customers in the Richmond Metro area. This location’s larger footprint and warehouse space will also allow us to add 10 employees shortly to service the specialized needs of builders in this market.”
A division of the Carter Lumber, Kempsville currently operates eight locations and two manufacturing facilities in Virginia and North Carolina.
SRS Distribution has acquired De Bel Roofing Supply, a leading distributor of residential and commercial roofing and other related products with two locations north of the San Francisco Bay area. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Headquartered in Petaluma, Ca., the company was founded in 1989 by Andre De Bel and is run today by Andre’s two sons, Scott and Doug. De Bel operates a second location in Greenbrae, Ca., and currently employs a team of 15. Scott and Doug will continue to lead the Company’s dedicated team under the De Bel banner, ensuring continuity and consistency for customers, suppliers, and employees.
“It is an honor to welcome Scott, Doug, and the rest of the De Bel team to the SRS family,” said Dan Tinker, president and CEO of SRS Distribution. “The company’s exemplary customer service and focus on taking care of its employees make it a perfect addition to our family of independent distributors. This acquisition will increase our presence in the rapidly growing area north of San Francisco, and we look forward to the many successes our teams will achieve together.”
Scott De Bel, majority owner of the Company, commented, “We are happy to announce our partnership with SRS as the next milestone in De Bel’s storied history. After over 30 years in business, we were very fortunate to find a partner in SRS that would be a trustworthy steward of our Company’s legacy and treat our people like family. De Bel will continue to be a leading provider of residential and commercial roofing products in the San Francisco Bay area and will look to expand our reach throughout Northern California supported by the extensive resources of SRS.”
Fortress Building Products’ new Fe26 Axis horizontal steel railing delivers sought-after contemporary aesthetic to decks, front porches, patios and balconies.
Backed by a 15-year limited warranty, it is offered in Black Sand, and can also be used for indoor applications.
Axis is the newest infill option for Fe26, Fortress’ panelized, quick-to-install railing system.
Avery Dennison Performance Tapes is rolling out a interior surface bonding solutions for the building and construction segment. Offered are nine pressure-sensitive tapes featuring a variety of adhesive technologies applicable for bonding materials to commercial and residential interior surfaces.
Strong, durable, flexible and easy to use, the tapes can join, mount, attach or fasten without the use of mechanical fasteners or wet glue systems.
Applications include wall mounting, backsplashes/tiles, ceilings, flooring and blinds.
Combilift’s new Combi-CSS is a free-standing, electric-powered, semi-automated machine for loading and unloading of 20-ft., 40-ft., and 53-ft. containers transporting lumber and panel products.
It has a container-chassis docking system and a bi-direction, horizontally moving Hardox Steel Slip-Sheet with a capacity of 65,000 lbs.
To load, the container-chassis docks to the CSS and the pre-loaded slip-sheet powers into the container. With the load inside the container, a gate closes across the doorway, securing the load until the slip-sheet retracts. To unload, the container-chassis docks to the CSS, and the slip-sheet power-glides under the load into the container.
With a single operator, it enables cycle times of six minutes with greater safety and less product handling, lift-truck use, and product damage.
Big Joe Forklifts is rolling out two new material handlers featuring lithium power supplies, extremely compact chassis designs, and power steering.
The RPL44 Rider Pallet Truck features a 24-volt AC drive motor, capable of transporting pallets weighing up to 4,400 lbs. at speeds up to 5 mph. Reportedly the smallest rider pallet truck on the market, it can operate efficiently in congested areas with the same duty-cycle of larger and heavier machines thanks to its onboard 205ah lithium battery and 120vac opportunity charger.
The PTT60 Pedestrian Tow Tractor provides 6,000 lbs. of easy-to-control towing capacity in the palm of your hand.
Milwaukee engineered the new M12 Green Cross Line & 4-Points Laser to offer the brightest green beams, all-day run-time, and easier set-up, for improved jobsite efficiency.
When paired with an M12 RedLithium CP 3.0 battery, users get at least nine hours of continuous run-time for ultimate productivity. The high-intensity green laser offers users superior visibility for long-range applications up to 125 ft. The vertical and horizontal lines allow for easier alignment and leveling applications, while the plumb points help with floor-to-ceiling point transfer, and the horizontal dots squaring points give users the option for quick and accurate squaring alignment.
It’s fitted with amplified rare earth magnets, providing a secure hold and ensuring it won’t slide on steel studs. It is impact rated for drops up to 1 meter.
The kit Includes: Green Cross Line, 4-Points Laser, responsive laser alignment target, M12 RedLithium CP 3.0 battery, battery charger, and carrying case.
The newest Rehau surface line, RAUVISIO ingrain wood fiber laminate, combines natural wood fibers with synchronized etching for a luxurious veneer aesthetic.
New to the North American market, wood fiber laminate is cellulose fibers derived from wood pulp bonded using vegetable-based adhesives, resulting in a high-performing, sustainable surface. With high-definition printing and precision duo-gloss embossing, its immersive patterns deliver an atmosphere of eco-conscience luxury to designed spaces.
It comes in three color groups—the bold Timeless, sunny Horizon, and impactful Atmosphere collections, including 15 colors of PSA laminate and edgeband as well as double-sided boards, finished panels and modern cabinet doors. The wood-fiber paper is crafted in Italy, laid-up stateside on a particleboard core using PUR glue and seamlessly finished with LaserEdge for a monolithic effect.
The fourth generation of Metal Devil circular saw blades from The M. K. Morse Co. delivers unrivaled blade life and surface finish for steel, stainless steel, and aluminum/non-ferrous applications.
With multiple blade sizes, the line can partner with any tool, from hand-fed to chop saws, to make faster, cooler, cleaner cuts with a smooth, burr-free finish that needs virtually no rework.
Premium materials improve blade durability and maximize life. A thin kerf blade creates less heat for a faster cut and less battery drain when using cordless tools. Optimized tooth geometry reduces vibration for improved surface finish, less rework and enhances blade versatility.
The steel cutting blades last 220% longer in steel plate than the previous generation of Metal Devil blades. The aluminum/non-ferrous blades last 153% longer than the top competitor in 80/20, and 48% longer in aluminum plate. The stainless blades last 328% longer than the top competitor on stainless steel tube.
Rhythm, Island Stone’s new collection of dimensional stone tiles, incorporates modern manufacturing techniques with precision machinery to offer a new take on the popular wedge design relief.
Rhythm’s prominent design attribute lies in the smooth transition between the highest point, or apex, and lowest point of each slender tile strip. The elimination of rugged, angular joints at the apex creates a soothing overall appearance, while highlighting the natural appearance of stone.
It comes in a honed finish and a choice of four colors: Crystal White, Sandstone Grey, Sandstone Mint, and Sutra Black. The 3-1/8”x15-3/8” tiles are suitable for indoor and outdoor spaces.
SawStop’s new 10” Compact Table Saw is a robust benchtop saw built for the rigors of the jobsite, while offering premium precision and safety.
Featuring contact detection technology, the saw detects when skin comes in contact with the blade and stops and drops the blade in less than five milliseconds. Injuries are dramatically minimized, and the saw reset is quick and easy.
Other features include 10” blade for maximum cut capacity, easy-to-adjust rack & pinion fence with a built-in high and low face to support all kinds of cuts, Quick-Tilt bevel for easy blade angle adjustments, and Micro Adjust to quickly dial in a precise cutting angle.
RIDGID’s new 18V Speaker with Bluetooth Technology works with all RIDGID 18-volt batteries, tools and chargers, offering total connectivity.
The premium 2-7/8” speaker and passive radiators deliver clear highs and a deep bass for six times clearer audio than the previous model. The speaker maximizes versatility by featuring a 2-amp USB charging port, handle and integrated nail hook for mounting capability.
It can be easily paired with any Bluetooth-capable device up to 200 ft. away. When paired with a 2.0Ah lithium-Ion battery, the speaker can run for up to 25 hours, lasting all day on the jobsite.
Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced the Quik Drive Cordless PROCCS+ Multi-Purpose Combo System, a lightweight, cordless version of its popular Quik Drive auto-feed screw driving system for collated fasteners.
Designed to improve speed, reliability and user comfort for a wide variety of subflooring, underlayment and decking applications, the cordless Quik Drive features quick-loading collated screw strips, precise countersink adjustment, and a patented auto-advance mechanism.
Combining new advancements in battery technology with low-torque fastener designs, the tool drives about 1,200 2” screws on a single battery charge. Combo kits include both PRO300SG2 and PRO200SG2 Quik Drive attachments, combining with a 2,000-rpm, 20V brushless DeWalt cordless DCF624 driver motor and G3 lightweight extension. They also include two 5.0-amp hour lithium-ion batteries, a battery charger, screw quiver, and protective soft case.
DaVinci Roofscapes has introduced a new single-width composite slate roofing tile. Province Slate, a 12”-wide tile with a fixed 8” exposure evokes a historical nature with authentic natural slate appeal.
FastenMaster has introduced TrussBRACE, a faster and safer alternative to temporary wood-based supports used to install roof trusses.
The innovative steel roof truss support provides both lateral and diagonal restraint in one brace, allowing framers to set, space and brace roof trusses in one easy step.
The device increases jobsite safety since it is easily installed from the bottom chord. Productivity is enhanced and waste is minimized by eliminating temporary top chord bracing that must be removed prior to sheathing the roof.