PrimeSource Building Products today named George Judd, the former president and CEO of BlueLinx, to take on the same executive roles at the Dallas-based distributor starting Oct. 5.
Judd's selection comes four months after the investment firm Platinum Equity acquired PrimeSource from ITOCHU Corp. Judd succeeds Bryan Kellin, a Platinum Equity partner who had been serving as interim president and chief executive officer.
"George is a growth-oriented CEO and building products industry veteran who is passionate about leading people and serving customers," Kelln said in a PrimeSource press release. "He knows the industry inside out and has a great deal of experience driving profitable growth initiatives. He is the right fit for PrimeSource and with him at the helm, the outlook for the business is brighter than ever."
Judd spent 13 years with BlueLinx, a period in which the building products distributor moved from being a subsidiary of Georgia-Pacific to becoming a standalone public company.
"PrimeSource has all the tools it needs to be successful," Judd said, "a strong distribution network, dedicated employees and the financial and operational resources Platinum Equity brings to the table."
PrimeSource distributes fasteners, blades, accessories, adhesives, rebar, caulks and other non-lumber products via 35 distribution centers across the country. It has 1,100 employees. The company has shrunk this year; the March 27 announcement regarding PrimeSource's sale reported then that the company had 42 distribution centers and employed 1,200 people.