Hammonton, N.J.-based building materials supplier Universal Supply added to its cadre of New Jersey design centers with the acquisition and remodel of the American Classic Cabinet Company in Haddonfield. The new kitchen showroom will offer products by Rutt, Signature, and Wellborn along with solid-surface granite and quartz countertops.
The showroom joins Universal Supply design centers in Trenton, Hammonton, and Egg Harbor Townships. The company has cabinetry selection kiosks at its Manahawkin and Cape May Court House locations and plans to add them to its Gloucester facility.
Meanwhile, Epicor Software announced plans to acquire Solarsoft Business Systems three months after Solarsoft bought LBM software firm Progressive Solutions. The agreement is expected to push Epicor’s reach upwards of 22,000 customers and its annual revenues to $1 billion. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of this month.
Currently, the privately held Solarsoft has approximately 400 employees and annual revenues are nearing $90 million, with 2,000 manufacturer, wholesaler, and distributor customers in North America, Europe, and Asia.
There also were these openings, closures and acquisitions that came to light in September:
• Tart Lumber, Sterling, Va., opened a new showroom that includes a millwork design center.
• Specialty dealer Arrowhead Building Supply has moved from Strafford, Mo., to a new five-acre site in Springfield, Mo., that includes a warehouse, showroom and 1,700-square-foot Arrowhead University classroom.
• Rolling Prairie, Ind.-based Wheatbrook Home Center planned to close due to increased local competition. Calls to the store yielded no answer.
• Garris Evans Lumber opened a new branch in Supply, N.C., filling a gap in the market that was opened up by J.M. Parker & Sons’ decision earlier this summer to close its lumberyard in Supply. Garris Evans hired several J.M. Parker employees for its new facility, located in a warehouse in the Brunswick County community that it leased.
• Eldredge Lumber & Hardware, York, Maine, bought an 8,733-square-foot facility for $1.34 million and plans to turn it into a distribution center.
• Stone’s Building Center, Wausau, Wis., planned to close as of Sept. 1.
• Baillie Lumber, Hamburg, N.Y., acquired Wagner Lumber, Owego, N.Y.
• Guadalupe Lumber opened a new location in San Antonio in August 2011 on the site of a former Goodwill store.