84 Lumber Marks First Profit of '08

84 Lumber announced July 9 that it posted a profit for May, the dealer's first for the year. While the Eight Four, Pa.-based company did not reveal how large of a profit it turned, it arrives on the heels of several turbulent months that saw 84 Lumber close or consolidate 52 locations.

Nine New Members Join SBMA Board

The Southern Building Material Association added nine new people to its board of directors in July, including Patricia Jones as third vice chair. That position eventually will lead to her becoming chairman of the Charlotte, N.C.-based trade association. Jones is co-owner of Jones Lumber Co. in Henderson, Tenn.

ProBuild Buys Big Buck Building Centers

ProBuild Holdings announced July 1 the purchase of Racine, Wis.-based Big Buck Building Centers Inc. The buy brings ProBuild a combined lumberyard, truss plant, and millwork facility that can serve residential and commercial contractors in Chicago and Milwaukee. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Study Examines Green Building Ratings

The American Institute of Architects in May released a study that assesses the effectiveness of three green building rating systems: Green Globes, SBTool 07, and LEED NC [for new commercial construction] 2.2. The report said Green Globes needs more stringent, specific requirements in energy reduction and operational performance. The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED NC 2.2 system works well and gives a good measure of environmental achievement, according to the report. And the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment's SBTool 07 would be stronger if it had more required items instead of those users are just encouraged to include. The study and more info are atwww.aia.org/release_050808_greenrating.

In Brief

ProBuild Holdings appointed Bill Myrick as chief operating officer, where he will oversee field operations, supply chain, manufacturing, market development, and gypsum. ...The Parr Co. of Hillsboro, Ore., parent ofParr Lumber, named Steve Johnson its new chief financial officer. ...Kuiken Brothers Co. is acquiringLumber 1, a lumberyard and hardware supplier in Roseland, N.J. ...CertainTeed Corp. opened its new fiber-cement siding manufacturing facility in Terre Haute, Ind., June 4.

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