Awards, events and other good news

Liberty Building Systems moves office headquarters

Bartlett-based Liberty Building Systems, Inc., is moving its corporate and engineering offices to a new BlueScope Steel-owned office location.  Liberty moves on July 18 to 3200 Players Club Circle near TPC Southwind in Memphis.

“The new location will maximize our resources, reduce operating costs and ultimately enhance the quality and service we can offer to our customers,” said general manager Matt Threadgill.   

Liberty Building Systems, Inc.,, is a national company that engineers and manufactures a broad line of metal buildings for agricultural, commercial, industrial and self-storage applications. Liberty provides metal buildings nationwide utilizing multiple distribution channels. The company employs approximately 130 personnel and operates as a business unit within BlueScope North America, a subsidiary of BlueScope Steel.

Peachtree offers energy-saving glazing system

Peachtree Doors & Windows introduced an exclusive glazing system, Zo-e-shield that saves homeowners on energy costs while protecting the environment.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, on average each home in the United States consumes about 11,000 KwH of electricity a year and contributes to the depletion of the ozone layer and supply of non-renewable fossil fuels. The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels for a single home puts as much carbon dioxide into the air as two automobiles.

“Many homeowners are misled to believe that the cost of environmentally friendly building products outweighs the overall gain,” said Jeff Kibler, Peachtree brand manager. “The truth is, technologically advanced materials significantly reduce the burden on the environment and save on monthly bills. You really cannot ask for a better solution in home building.”

According to a report by the U.S. Green Building Council, a minimal increase in upfront costs of 0-2 percent to support green building design will result in life-cycle savings of 20 percent of total construction costs—more than 10 times the initial investment.

Energy efficient glazing systems like Zo-e-shield serve to reduce the amount of fossil fuels used to heat and cool a home, therefore lessening the home’s detrimental effect to the environment, Kibler said.

Berger’s newest catalog showcases product lines

Berger Building Products, Inc. has introduced its 2008 catalog of new products, technical information and roof drainage products. Included in the 130-year-old company’s newest catalog are seamless gutter systems in 21 colors, trimboards, T-rail kits, Royal Apex items including hangers, gutter guards, flashing, coil, roof edging and trim, NoLeaf bracket and end caps, gutter coil estimator and other items.

Bonsal American receives True Value Award

Bonsal American was recognized as the True Value Supplier of the Year in the Lumber and Building Materials category, thanks to its cement mix and masonry product line, Sakrete. The award was its second in three years at the True Value Award ceremony held in May.

Bonsal American was honored because of its continued partnership with True Value, its strong customer service, its ability to keep high demand items in stock, and a more than 10 percent growth in sales.

True Value is a $2 billion company with a family of more than 6,200 stores in 54 countries, 12 regional distribution centers and 3,000 associates.

Ireland’s Combilift marks 10th anniversary with new product

Combilift, a manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts, is celebrating 10 years of innovation with events at its headquarters in Monaghan, Ireland, on Sept. 9. The company will launch a new Combilift model.

Located in Monaghan, Ireland, the company was formed by engineers Martin McVicar and Robert Moffett. Combilift has grown to be the global leader in the long-load handling market. Combilift products can be found in over 50 markets worldwide and has over 10,000 units in operation.

Huber Engineered Woods earns top safety awards

The Huber Engineered Woods LLC (HEW) plant in Broken Bow, Okla., was recognized for its commitment to safety and excellence by receiving two top awards from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the state of Oklahoma.

HEW-Broken Bow was selected to receive the following awards for its health and safety efforts: the OSHA VPP STAR Award and the Oklahoma Department of Labor 2008 Award of Excellence. The awards are among the highest honors a plant can receive for safety.

OSHA also recognized the plant’s safety program as a Best Practice for Employee Involvement in a safety program and will be highlighted in OSHA’s “2009 VPPPA Best Practices Directory.”

Said Brian Carlson, president of HEW, “It is important that all industries strive for safety in the workplace, and we will continue to work to provide safe conditions in all of our facilities.”

Recently, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Lloyd Fields presented the Oklahoma Department of Labor 2008 Award of Excellence to plant officials at the Oklahoma Safety Council’s 2008 Safety and Health Conference in Tulsa. The award is given to Oklahoma companies in the public and private sectors who have outstanding safety and health programs and who have significantly reduced their workers’ compensation costs.

Bobcat lists ‘How Bobcat Unleashed Me’ winners

Bobcat Company officials have selected a grand prize winner, five second-place winners and 10 third-place winners in the “How Bobcat Unleashed Me” Contest.

The contest asked compact equipment users to share how Bobcat equipment helped them in performing work better, smarter and faster. Equipment users across the continental United States and Canada submitted brief essays and photographs about their experiences with Bobcat equipment.

The grand prize winner, Gregory Stone of Excavation Details, Rock Stream, N.Y.,  received a $75,000 Bobcat gift certificate.

Second-place winners, each receiving $1,000 gift certificates for Bobcat products or attachments, are:
Michael Lowes,  Lowes’ Landscaping,  Cuba, Mo.; Eric Austin, Austin’s Landscape Construction Inc., Yorba Linda, Calif.;  Terry Reed, Four Seasons Construction, Whitehall, Mont.; Bob Pedatella, Kodiak Landscape Design, Haskell, N.J.; and Ray Benoit Jr., Eagle 88 Enterprises, Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Ten third-place winners received Bobcat jackets.

Kullman joins U.S. Green Building Council

Kullman, a builder of permanent steel and concrete multi-story buildings, has joined the U.S. Green Building Council, further formalizing its commitment to sustainable building practices.
Offsite construction is a sustainable way to build, Kullman says, because it causes minimal disruption to the project site’s environment, reduces traffic to the site and eliminates waste, contributing to cleaner air, water and soil.
“Offsite construction and the green movement are natural partners,” says Avi Telyas, CEO of Kullman. “Together they offer an efficient path to LEED certification without compromising design.”

 The Lebanon, N.J.-based company is one of a handful of offsite construction firms in New Jersey to join the USGBC.

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