Promotions at Wolohan Lumber Saginaw, Mich.–based Wolohan Lumber promoted three members of its team to new leadership positions. District managers Peter Hartmann and Scott Schafer were elected as vice presidents by Wolohan's board of directors; Hartmann's responsibilities will include the company's retail operations while Schafer will manage product purchasing and distribution. Jill Fanning, previously credit manager, advanced to director of administrative services; Fanning's responsibilities will include credit, accounts payable, and other administrative duties.

Wolohan Lumber ( operates 23 lumberyards and subsidiary companies Home Builders Warehouse, Weber Lumber, and CML.

New South Opens Eighth Location West Columbia, S.C.–based commercial and industrial construction products distributor New South Supply has opened its eighth branch, located in Hardeeville, S.C., extending its services to markets including Hilton Head Island in South Carolina and Savannah, Ga. Steve Melton, previously operations manager at the company's Myrtle Beach, S.C., location, will serve as sales manager, and Dave Davis will serve as the operations manager.

The move is part of the company's growth plans to expand into new areas. Hilton Head “is a booming market and [has been] underserved by commercial construction suppliers,” said CEO Jim Sobeck in a company release. New South plans to expand throughout the Carolinas to develop presence in other under-serviced markets.

New South Supply ( was founded in 1981 and supplies contractors in the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia.

Columbia Forest Products to Become Formaldehyde Free Hardwood plywood and veneer manufacturer Columbia Forest Products began an expected yearlong conversion of its veneer-core hardwood plywood plants to formaldehyde-free manufacturing processes. The company will incorporate a patented, soy-based adhesive developed collectively by Columbia, the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, and Hercules, that will eliminate the use of formaldehyde from Columbia's veneer-core and Woodstalk agrifiber-core panel products.

Based in Portland, Ore., employee-owned Columbia Forest Products ( was founded in 1957 and operates facilities in the United States and Canada.

Huttig Building Products Continues Expansion Plans St. Louis–based distributor Huttig Building Products announced plans to expand into Long Island, N.Y., with the company's 46th branch. The area, according to a recent statement from Michael Lupo, president and CEO, has “approximately 27,000 housing starts per year” and has a “strong market for repair and remodeling.” The branch, which will service Nassau and Suffolk counties and extend the company's presence in the New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey tri-state area, is part of Huttig's growth initiatives to expand product offerings and geographical presence.

Huttig Building Products ( has been in business for 120 years, serves 47 states, and had 2004 sales of $938.4 million.

EBMDA Names New Directors Harrisburg, Pa.–based Eastern Building Material Dealers Association (EBMDA) recently appointed two new directors. Wendy A. Loranzo was named executive director and will be responsible for recruiting new members, development of educational programs, and researching new opportunities for the organization and its current members. MaryEllen Palmer, new managing director, will be responsible for the daily operations of EBMDA.