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Lyman Lumber Files For Ch. 11; Sells Off Midwest Operations

Lyman Lumber Co. announced it has begun Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and that it agreed to sell its Midwest operations to Steel Partners, a New York-based strategic advisory and management company. More

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Hylbert, Other Ex-ProBuild Officers Acquire Steel Fabricator-Dealer

An investment group led by former ProBuild president Paul Hylbert and Boreas Advisors LLC--a firm whose four top officers all worked at Probuild--announced it had acquired and injected new capital into Barton Supply, a fabricator and distributor of structural and reinforcing steel products serving Colorado's Front Range. More

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Window and Door Demand Forecast To Rise 6.6% Annually Through 2014

Demand nationwide for windows and doors will rise 6.6% per year from 2009 through 2014 to reach $31.2 billion in sales, with demand for plastic products growing faster than the overall average and demand for metal goods trailing the field, the Freedonia Group forecast. More

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The Gift

I believe it will be changes in the needs of dealers' customers--both the builders they sell to as well as the consumers who ultimately pay for the pros' work--that will be the primary drivers this decade in the evolution of the American home. More

Lenox Gold with T2 Technology Recip Saw Blades
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Lenox Gold with T2 Technology Recip Saw Blades

Editors at Tools of the Trade were impressed with the performance of LENOX Gold... More

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Chinese Drywall Caused Homes' Woes, CPSC Finds

A "strong association" exists between homes where Chinese drywall was installed and where occupants reported smells and corroded metals, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported. The finding clears the way for a federal task force to figure out how many houses have this problem and what to do about it. More

Jeld-Wen Custom Wood Doors
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Jeld-Wen Custom Wood Doors

The Custom Wood interior and exterior door collection now includes contemporary... More

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Forecast: N. American Window, Door Demand To Rise 3.3% Thru 2013

Demand across North America for windows and doors will climb by 3.3% per year from 2008 to become a $41.3 billion market by 2013, the Freedonia Group forecast. The residential market, which accounts for seven-tenths of total demand, is expected to gain 4.2% per year during that period. More

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Silver Bullets

New England is beautiful regardless of the time of year. I was there earlier this year, working with a dealer bringing its installed operation more into line with what the company wanted it to be. The company had been offering installed sales for several years, but the program had never risen to its potential. More

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Bradco Acquires Schenectady Firm

Bradco Supply Corp. of Avenel, N.J., has acquired Quality Roofing Supplies, Inc., of Schenectady, N.Y. Founded in 1974, Quality supplies commercial and residential roofing, siding and windows in New York State's Albany region. It also runs a metal fabricating operation and a door and window facility. More

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