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Wheeling seeks input from distributor advisory council
Wheeling Corrugating, supplier of metal roofing and siding, recently held its first Distributor Advisory Council for top building material distributors.  A link between Wheeling and builders, distributors are in a position to provide a frontline viewpoint of the market and to guide the company’s product and service profile to better serve the end-user.
Attendees discussed building trends and product innovations with the goal of producing ideas for short- and long-term strategic planning tied to marketing, production, logistics and customer service.  The daylong agenda included breakout sessions and a workshop review.

Attending were Martin DeGore,  Babcock Lumber; John Hall, Hawkeye Building Distributors; Gary Heideman,  American Wholesale Corp.; Brad Johnson, BlueLinx Corporation; Jim Walz, Building Products Inc.

Wheeling attendees were: Joel Mazur, president; Brad Johnson, vice president of commercial sales; Terry French, former vice president, Wheeling Corrugating; Todd Williams, general manager, building products; Brian Robb, national sales manager, building products, and Stacy Hawkins, inside sales manager.

Engineered wood product RedBuilt notes 50 years
RedBuilt, former commercial division of Trus Joist Corp., is celebrating its golden anniversary. The commercial division of Trus Joist is credited with inventing engineered wood products.

RedBuilt offers engineered-wood products and structural building systems for commercial, industrial and multi-family applications as well as components, product engineering and on-site technical support.

RedBuilt glulam systems are custom designed and built to meet the specific requirements of individual projects.
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Reports: Basement walls lock in energy savings
Superior Walls president Jim Costello points to two recent studies that reinforce data on potential heat-loss reduction through basement walls.

According to “Native Power – A Handbook on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Native American Communities,” an uninsulated basement can account for one-third of total heat loss in a building. The study was funded in part by the Office of Energy Research, U.S. Department of Energy and the Office of Utility Technologies.

A separate “Residential Foundation Insulation” report in 2000 by Kansas State University with support of the U.S. Department of Energy, says “heat loss from an uninsulated, conditioned basement may represent up to 50 percent of a home’s total heat loss in a tightly sealed, well-insulated home.”

Superior Walls insulated precast concrete wall systems have earned the Green Approved Product designation by the NAHB Research Center. Using Superior Walls and R-5 foundations can earn up to 10 points on a project toward a National Green Building Certification. Visit

Metal Sales opens 20th site; serves south central states
Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation, a leader in metal roof and wall panel technology, in April celebrated the grand opening of its Fort Smith, Ark., manufacturing facility.

The new, 34,000-square-foot manufacturing facility serves the needs of customers throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma and Northern Louisiana, by offering a full line of Metal Sales’ commercial, agricultural and residential products with highly-efficient Energy Star-listed colors. The branch also features a delivery fleet with Moffett off-loading capabilities.

Metal Sales is headquartered in Louisville, Ky., and operates 20 branches nationwide.

Simpson Strong-Tie expands its selection of fasteners
Simpson Strong-Tie is strengthening  its fastener product offering with a new line of premium stainless-steel fasteners. Designed for outdoor applications, the new stainless-steel fastener line includes nails and screws for decking, siding, roofing, framing and finish work.

Simpson Strong-Tie acquired Swan Secure Fasteners in 2007. The stainless steel fastener line is now fully integrated under the Simpson Strong-Tie brand and offers newly packaged stainless steel hand-drive nails and screws, stainless steel staples, brads and collated nails, and other corrosion-resistant fasteners.

Simpson Strong-Tie is known for innovations in structural fasteners, including recent additions, the Strong-Drive SD structural-connector screw, SDW screw for multi-ply trusses and SDS screw in stainless steel. For information, visit

Collins Pine FreeForm is moisture resistant
Collins Companies of Portland, Ore., announces an innovation in its particleboard product line. FreeForm meets the moisture resistant specifications for ANSI MR-10 per the ASTM D 1037-06a for 24 hour water absorption.

Collins particleboard, made in the U.S., is certified under California Air Resources Board CARB Phase 2, the most stringent formaldehyde regulation in the world. In addition, Collins Pine FreeForm contains 100 percent recycled post-industrial fibers, is FSC-certified, and LEED compliant.

Moisture Resistant Particleboard  (MR) has a water-resistant resin to ensure moisture and mildew resistance. The company recommends the product for areas prone to wetness such as kitchen and bath applications and parts of the country subject to high humidity or consistent moisture. For information, visit

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