Building supply distribution giant Norandex has launched a restructuring plan that involves the closing of 36 branches–a quarter of its facilities–nationwide. That plan includes a move into larger facilities in two markets as well as remodeled showrooms and a boost in staff sizes in certain markets.

Company spokesman Mike Horgan said the restructuring marks another step in Norandex becoming a part of Saint-Gobain, the French construction giant whose North American holdings include CertainTeed. He said the company is transforming itself from a vertically integrated vinyl siding supplier to a full-line distributor of leading exterior products and brands.

Some of the 36 branches being closed are being consolidated into nearby operations, while with others Norandex is leaving a market, Horgan told ProSales. Norandex didn't reveal the markets it was abandoning, but a recent company news release said it will be operating in 32 states, while a news release early in 2010 said Norandex serves 39 states.