Volume 14, Issue 2 - March 2013

M&M News and Products

Roland Boulanger Acquires Produits Forestiers J.V. Inc.

Roland Boulanger & Co. Ltd., based in Warwick, Quebec, has acquired the assets of Produits Forestiers J.V. Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of wood mouldings and components. The company has 75 employees working in two plants and annual revenues of $14 million distributed between Quebec and Ontario.

“This transaction will allow Boulanger to maximize its sawing and drying operations while remaining competitive in international sourcing,” says Alexis Boulanger, president and CEO of the Boulanger Group. Roland Boulanger & Co. manufactures wood mouldings and components and also distributes several product lines, and has 450 employees working in seven locations.

Produits Forestiers J.V. will operate independently and continue to serve its existing customer base. Vincent Veilleux will remain in his current position of general manager and will join the Boulanger Group’s management team.

Look at Them Grilles

Ohio-based Creative Millwork provides up to 10 standard grill colors – and an unlimited number of custom colors – on a variety of substrates, including pine, extruded cellular PVC, extruded aluminum and CNC-profiled aluminum. It now offers them with a solar reflective coating variation by Sherwin-Williams – Polane SR. According to company information, Creative Millwork tested Polane SR and found it to work extremely well on PVC, significantly reducing any design concerns of solar heat gain and any corresponding thermal expansion.

While it says darker colors are usually special order items, the company settled on Polane SR as its standard finish and says doing so reduced inventory costs on the finishing materials it must carry for more than 400 colors.

Creative Millwork president Mark Estock estimates that color matching for new products can be accomplished in three to four days, and, in an emergency, within a day. The company estimates that its current color palate includes more than 400 colors.

Partnering for Quality
Lamboo Inc. of Springfield, Ill., and Attica Millwork Inc. of Attica, N.Y., recently announced their partnership, through which Lamboo is supplying Attica with its Lamboo Design series. According to the release, through this partnership with Attica, Lamboo seeks to combine high-performance bamboo products with the most advanced engineered system in the market today.

CertainTeed Publishes Life Cycle Assessment

CertainTeed Corp. has made an independent life cycle assessment (LCA) for its Restoration Millwork® exterior product line available. Published through the Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) program, the LCA is the first and only cellular polyvinyl chloride (PVC) exterior trim manufacturer to do so, according to the company.

Administered by Sustainable Solutions Corp. of Royersford, Pa., the LCA included a cradle-to-grave review of raw material acquisition, manufacturing, transportation and distribution, installation, use, maintenance and end-of-life recycling and final disposal. To provide full transparency and availability, the LCA was submitted to the BEES database for independent review and publication.

Alexandria Moulding Dives into Social Media
Alexandria Moulding has launched a social media program to provide information and education for both customers and consumers.

“A growing majority of our clients and consumers are using these platforms and we want to be in that space with them,” says Marianne Thompson, vice president of sales and marketing. “It’s becoming an important way to communicate with our customers and consumers.”

According to the announcement, one of the major draws to social media for home improvement industry suppliers is the speed with which information and content can be transmitted and shared with customers and consumers. For example, the company is now distributing content to those who sign up to follow them via Facebook or other social media platforms.

Perennial Wood Wins a 2012 Good Design Award

Perennial Wood won a 2012 Good Design Award in the building products/materials category from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architect, Art, Design and Urban Studies. The Good Design program for design excellence was launched in 1950 and covers new consumer products designed and manufactured in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America.

Made by Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tenn., Perennial Wood is real wood modified through TruLast Technology to resist changes from moisture and remain dimensionally stable. According to the company it is three times more stable than unmodified wood, which the company says makes it suitable for nearly any exterior construction application.

The product is available to manufacturers for use in their products such as doors and windows.

Perennial Wood is made from U.S. Southern pine and is processed and finished in the U.S. According to an Eastman Chemical press release, TruLast Technology leaves no toxic substances within the wood, delivering peace of mind to homeowners. The company says TruLast Technology permanently modifies the wood, providing a physical barrier throughout to protect against rot, decay and movement.


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