• Stimson Lumber, Portland, Ore., donated $80,000 to the Conservative Oregon Transformation Project PAC, The Oregonian reports; the forest product and natural resource company has given $550,000 to political causes since November.

  • Weyerhaeuser launched its Parallam+ Deck Beam Sizer app to help dealers determine with correct size required for Trus Joist Parallan Plus PSL beams for residential decks.

  • Firestone Building Products will double the size of its Shoals, Ala., TPO plant. Construction on the 150,000 square foot addition will begin in early September.

  • The David Allen Company's newly formed DAC SUPERCAP announced that it is a regional applicator of Laticrete's self-leveling Supercap System.

  • Mary's River Lumber Company, a producer of Western Red Cedar in Montesano, Wash., saw its Montesano saw mill destroyed Sunday by a fire.

  • Marvin's new, free iPad app lets users view 3D versions of windows and doors, see videos and pictures of completed projects, and access the certified dealers and installers.

  • Parent co. West Fraser Timber gave Fishersville, Va.-based Blue Ridge Lumber Mill a $38 million upgrade, which included a high-speed sorter and trimmer and new canters to boost production capacity.

  • ITW sold a majority stake in its surfaces division to a New York private equity firm that plans to set up the division as a separate company under ITW's Wilsonart brand. Story

  • Mitek Industries' USP Structural Connectors unit released version 1.1 of its USP Specifier software and announced that its complete catalog of hangers, anchors, and connectors is now available in the form of an iPad application.

  • Outwater, which has locations in Arizona and New Jersey, announced it will distribute Canadian Vanguard Plastics closet products in the U.S. 


  • Atlas EPS, a division of Atlas Roofing Corp., acquired TSF Holdings, owner of Tri-State Foam Products in Martinsville, Va.

  • Remodeling magazine senior editor Lauren Hunter visited Moen's Cleveland headquarters for an insider's look at how concepts like universal design, energy efficiency, and ease of use (what the company dubs "Thoughtful Design") come to life—40 sketches and a few vision boards later. Story

  • Deceuninck North America, a manufacturer of window, door, and outdoor living systems, announced a partnership with FastenMaster, a maker of screws and fasteners, to provide a hidden fastener system for Deceuninck's Clubhouse PVC decking line.

  • Simpson Strong-Tie launched a structural engineering blog that provides information and resources for structural engineers. Paul McEntee, Simpson Strong-Tie's engineering research and development manager, is leading the conversation and creating the posts.

  • Versatex Trimboard developed a new mobile website and application for its Contractor Handbook, which includes installation videos. The website is downloadable via any smartphone or online.

  • Laticrete, a producer of installation and finishing systems, announced the addition of Betsi Baker to its ADPsales team as a distributor sales rep in South Carolina and eastern Georgia.

  • USG announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement for the sales of its wholly-owned European business operations to affiliates of Gebr. Knauf Verwaltungsgesellschaft KG for approximately $80 million.

  • Leviton acquired Home Automation, Inc., a maker of home automation control for residential and light commercial applications.

  • Alside, a maker of residential vinyl windows and siding products, is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year.

  • Trex recently launched a deck color visualizer application exclusively for the iPad. The app is available for download in the Apple iTunes app store.

  • Metal-Era, a producer of commercial roof edge and roof ventilation solutions, announces the release of their newly revamped website at www.metalera.com