This week's industry briefs:

  • Dealer-owned co-op Handy Hardware told members last week that private equity firm Littlejohn & Co., Greenwich, Conn., plans to purchase the company.
  • Freddie McWhorter, Clay Building Supply, London, Ky., will serve as president of the Kentucky Building Materials Association. Calhoun Salyer, Van Hoose Lumber, Prestonsburg, Ky., was named a dealer director for 2013, and John Congleton, Congleton Lumber, Lexington, Ky., joined the board as secretary for 2013.
  • David Lester was named general manager of ProBuild’s location in Fergus Falls, Minn.
  • Snavely Forest Products added the following positions to its Dallas location: Lena Rink, Typar specialist; David Cunningham, operations manager; and John Owens, inside sales representative.
  • Boral is partnering with Amerhart to expand distribution of its TruExterior Trim in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa.
  • Perennial Wood is expanding its presence in the Northeast with four new dealer partnerships: Humphrey Building Supply, Tiverton, R.I.; Timberline Enterprises, Gloucester, Mass.; Shrewsbury Lumber, Worcester, Mass.; Marine Home Center, Nantucket, Mass.
  • Green Diamond Resource Company achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for its forest management standards while The California Redwood Company completed its chain of custody certification under FSC standards.

This week's openings, closures, and acquisitions news. Plus, new products.