Supplier News (June ’08)

The American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) recently listed the Postsaver   USA   barrier protective system in its Book of Standards. This listing recognizes that Postsaver USA  boots can provide a positive means of protecting wood used in ground contact. It also recognizes Postsaver’s contribution by allowing reduced preservative retentions such as those normally used in above ground uses to be used in ground contact uses.
“This listing shows that Postsaver USA booted posts and SmartPost, the specific Postsaver USA product for structural applications, benefit from the protection we provide” said John Makuvek, the company’s general manager.
The listing means that the AWPA has recognized that Postsaver USA products are an effective and proven solution to wood post decay, and are building code compliant for those uses such as ground contact applications where decay and termite resistant wood are required, Makuvek said.

Central States Manufacturing adds detailing department
Central States has announced the addition of a detailing department.  Located in Lowell, Ark., this department offers support services to sales forces at all four Central States locations. Central States customers gain a variety of services, including mini storage quotes, roof take-offs and wall take-offs with a short turnaround time.
“We recognize that expanding our services is the best way to help our customers grow. Our estimating department allows us to perform a time-consuming task for our customers, freeing them to grow their business,” says Shane Johnson, detailing manager for Central States Manufacturing.
Central States Manufacturing, Inc. is an employee-owned company that manufactures and distributes exposed fastener, concealed fastener and standing seam panels, trims, gutters, secondary structural steel products, and mini-storage systems.  The company has four locations is Lowell, Ark., Michigan City, Ind., Cedar Hill, Texas and Jasper, Alabama.

Sunbelt Forest Products offered at 84 Lumber
84 Lumber Co., a leading privately held building materials and services supplier to professional contractors, is now supplying Viance’s Ecolife Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood at its Florida stores. Sunbelt Forest Products Corporation, the first manufacturer of Ecolife pressure-treated lumber in the United States, is the Ecolife supplier for all of the 84 Lumber Co. Florida locations.   
“We are excited that 84 Lumber Co. is making the transition to a metal-free preservative treated wood for above-ground use,” saya Don Hayes, general sales manager of Sunbelt Forest Products Corporation, based in Bartow, Fla.
Ecolife Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood is treated with a nonmetallic preservative and wood stabilizing polymer system introduced by Viance last year.    Ecolife Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood is now listed in the GreenSpec Directory of the “best of the best” environmentally preferable building products. Ecolife is also backed by a lifetime limited warranty.

New recognition for Fypon’s PVC column wraps
Introduced to the marketplace in 2006, Fypon’s PVC Column Wraps have just received a “2007 Building Products Top 100 Product Award” for being one of the top 100 lead-generating products in 2007.
The latest honor follows previous awards received for the product including: 2007 “Best New Product Award” from Woman’s Day Home Remodeling and Makeovers magazine, 2007 “MVP Award Winner” from Building Products magazine and 2007 American Building Products Award” from Home magazine.
The wraps are designed as a free-floating decorative wrap to be positioned around existing wood or steel structural porch posts. The patent-pending design uses external installation cleats, allowing for flexible wrap positioning and fast installation by building industry professionals and homeowners.
In other news, for the second year in a row, Fypon synthetic millwork received the No. One ranking in Quality and Brands Used Most in the 2008 Brand Use Study conducted by Builder magazine and Readex Research. Results came from a survey of more than 10,000 Builder magazine recipients polled on a wide variety of product preferences, usage and familiarity in 82 product category  es. Fypon walked away with five important first-place rankings as three other high rankings in additional categories.

New flooring brochure offered by Tarkett
Nafco by Tarkett’s all-color luxury vinyl tile and plank brochure, “Collection 2008 Inspiration,” is a gleaming tribute to the brand’s flooring products for residential, commercial and light commercial applications. Bigger than last year’s by 22 percent and printed on a heavier, glossy stock, the catalog/product reference guide includes18 pages of photos, information as well as samples of the entire collection: 37 plank, 125 tile and seven brick patterns.

Kerfkore introduces new Flexboard literature
Kerfkore Company, a manufacturer of patented bendable substrates and panel products, released new literature on its Flexboard, a bendable substrate with a hardboard face that can be formed first and laminated last.
Flexboard is a low-cost alternative to bending plywood for radius fabrication that provides 10-inch radius fabrication quickly and easily with no sanding, patching, multiple layers, special installation, or odor.  Flexboard, which reduces cost, scrap, and weight, can be bent and attached to a ribbed frame easily with staples and nails.
Flexboard’s new literature contains detailed product specifications, which include Flexboard descriptions, characteristics, core options, bending capabilities, product classifications and dimensions, as well as recommendations regarding adhesives, temperature conditioning, laminating pressure, handling and storage.
 
DuPont launches storm protection test site
DuPont opened its first storm shelter testing center at its Chestnut Run site in Wilmington, Del. The multi-million dollar facility will allow the company to test different materials for its DuPont StormRoom with Kevlar.
DuPont also will use the site to develop new technologies to further help protect people and property during dangerous storms.
DuPont estimates that 90 percent of its patent-pending storm shelters are now in use in rural and suburban communities, with 10 percent installed in cities.

Steelbulding.com launches newly-designed site
Steelbuilding.com, an online supplier of custom-designed steel buildings, recently launch its redesigned web site. This user-friendly site allows customers to generate building quotes and easily design custom steel buildings from 900 to 15,000 square feet.
Steelbuilding.com manufactures its components in a network of more than 40 facilities in North America, which allows for timely delivery to the customer.
Steelbuilding.com is part of the NCI Group family of companies. NCI manufactures and marketes metal coil coating, metal building components and custom-designed metal buildings. For information, visit www.steelbuilding.com.

And briefly….
Viance LLC received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for EcoVance Preservative, a high performance, non-metallic preservative for wood protection. EcoVance Preservative is being introduced in Ecolife Stabilized Weather Resistant Wood.

Three Reward Wall Systems projects earned national recognition at World of Concrete. Receiving ICF Builder Awards as the best multi-family projects of 2007 are E2 City Homes, a Minneapolis four-plex and Surrey Grand Crowne Resort Condominiums in Branson, Mo.

Kullman, a worldwide provider of permanent steel and concrete modular multi-story buildings, as well as modular bathrooms, is building the Cellophane House for the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) exhibition “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling.”  Made of recyclable materials and equipped with photovoltaic panels for electricity and polypropylene panels for thermal insulation, Cellophane House will be exhibited in the outdoor space to the west of MoMA’s building in Manhattan. Cellophane House will be constructed utilizing mostly translucent materials. The exhibit opens on July 20.

ProBuild Holdings, the nation’s largest supplier of building materials to professional contractors, has purchased the assets of Columbus, Ohio-based Khempco Building Supply.  Known for expertise in distribution, manufacturing and installed sales, Khempco is comprised of a lumberyard and truss facility located in Delaware, Ohio, a truss plant located in Dry Ridge, Kentucky and a commercial door facility located in Columbus, Ohio. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

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