Planning to celebrate 160 years in business during 2008 is the nail company that has put Peru, Illinois, on the map. W.H. Maze Company was founded in 1848 by Samuel Nesbitt Maze, originally a masonry contractor.
Poor quality of nails available in the late 1800 caused staining, streaking and rusted very quickly, so the Maze lumberyard bought a cut nail machine and began to make pure zinc nails to sell with their quality cedar shingles.
Word quickly spread and soon other lumber dealers asked if they could purchase some of those rust-proof nails. Maze Lumber suddenly found itself in the nail business. The nail operation outgrew its small shed and the Maze brothers broke ground for a new nail factory in 1922.
The mill evolved from making solid zinc nails to developing steel nails with a corrosion-resistant zinc coating. The galvanized coating was applied by their unique, carefully-engineered automatic double dipping line. Maze engineers also developed new ideas such as spiral shank and ring shank nails for increased holding power.
Six generations and 160 years later, W.H. Maze Company, along with its Massachusetts division, Independent Nail, offers a wide variety of American-made specialty nails, including collated nails for use in pneumatic nailers.
Palram, Trex team up to make,
sell trim products
Palram Americas, manufacturer of corrugated polycarbonate products, is supplying cellular PVC Trimboard to the Trex Company. Trex will market and sell the product under its Trex Trim brand of low maintenance, wood replacement products for window/door surrounds, deck trim, soffitt, fascia and other trim applications.
Palram developed its cellular PVC technology as an alternative to traditional wood applications. Trex Company manufactures composite decking, railing and fencing
PPG industries adds line
of roll-applied coatings
PPG Industries’ coil and extrusion coatings business introduced Durastar and Truform HP coatings, a line of roll-applied coil coatings, as a lower-cost alternative to its high-end Duranar and Coraflon coatings.
Durastar coatings feature an enhanced super polyester formulation with better flexibility, stain resistance, dirt pick up and recoatability than competing silicone-polyester products. Silicone-based polyester coatings are rarely used beyond U.S. borders based on the superior nature of this technology. The increased flexibility of Durastar coatings is a significant advantage in the installation of building materials.
Scott Moffatt, director of marketing for PPG coil and extrusion coatings, said the introduction of Durastar coatings in the United States is a demonstration of PPG’s aggressive commitment to service and innovation in the building coatings industry.
For less demanding applications such as pole barns, garage doors, entry doors and truck trailers, PPG makes Truform HP coatings, an economical super polyester coating.
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Doosan acquires Bobcat, forms
3-way alliance in late 2007
Doosan Infracore in late November completed the acquisition of the Bobcat, Utility Equipment and Attachments businesses from Ingersoll Rand Company, Ltd. Doosan said that the three entities will operate as individual businesses of Doosan Infracore International, a US-based subsidiary of Doosan Infracore, and will be known as Bobcat, Doosan Infracore Portable Power (formerly Ingersoll Rand Utility Equipment), and DII Attachments (formerly Ingersoll Rand Attachments).
Doosan Infracore paid $4.9 billion for Bobcat, Utility Equipment and Attachments businesses in the largest overseas acquisition in Korea’s history.
The transaction puts Doosan Infracore among the top 10 global manufacturers of construction and utility equipment and related attachments in terms of pro forma sales, which will be approximately $7.5 billion. The company has a combined woldwide network of over 3,500 dealers and 20 manufacturing plants in the U.S., Europe and China.
CertainTeed wins Insulate Supplier of the Year award
CertainTeed Corporation has won Insulate America’s Supplier of the Year Award, in recognition of CertainTeed’s outstanding support.
Criteria used to determine the winner included the vendor’s support for the Insulate America organization, educational opportunities provided to members, lead referrals and accessibility to all levels of the corporation.
Insulate America is a cooperative group of locally-owned, independent insulation contractors who provide and install quality insulation and other building products for residential and commercial construction. They are the largest independent insulation contracting organization in the United States.