Qualified Remodeler Magazine

AUG 2015

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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better than they were in 2013. For example, job growth was 200,000 in 2013 whereas today it is 240,000 and unemployment was 7 percent in 2013 in contrast to 5.3 percent today. The Morgan Stanley/HomeSphere survey in July showed new home sales improve from June levels but prospec- tive trafc continues to moderate. The sales outlook continues to be moderate, as does the pricing outlook. Gilbert said that some of the moderation is expected because of entering a seasonally slower period. In addition, the home building labor shortage takes the top spot on list of builders' greatest concerns. OSHA Offers Free Safety and Health Advice for Small, Medium Businesses The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ofers free and confdential occupational safety and health advice to small and medium-sized business- es across the country, with priority to high-hazard work sites, through its On- site Consultation Program. The services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies or uni- versities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs. Consultants visited about 27,000 work sites with more than 1.25 million workers in 2014 in response to requests from employers seeking to reduce safety and health hazards. For more information, visit osha.gov/dcsp/ smallbusiness/consult.html. ON THE MOVE Moen Names Senior Director of Brand Communication Alan Gravely is the new senior director of brand communications for Moen. With more than 25 years of global marketing experience, Gravely will be responsible for planning, executing and measuring the overarching communication strategy for the Moen brand across paid, earned and owned vehicles throughout the consumer journey. He also will support marketing eforts in Canada, China and Mexico as needed. HomeSphere Expands Senior Leadership Team HomeSphere has added Chris Toth to the new position of vice president of business development to its senior leadership team. Toth served as the company's vice president of sales for seven years. With more than 24 years of experience and extensive knowledge of the residential construction industry, Kimberley Roos will replace Toth as vice president of sales. DISTRIBUTOR NEWS Feeney Expands Distribution Center Cable-railing manufacturer Feeney Inc. has announced its expansion into a 120,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in Milpitas, Calif., to serve its Western U.S. customers. The center will process items from the company's architectural prod- ucts line, such as CableRail assemblies and accessories, intermediate pickets and Quick-Conect fttings and cables. It also will allow for same-day shipping, dealer on-site pickup and integrated inventory management. CertainTeed to Acquire Structus Saint-Gobain, through its subsidiary, CertainTeed Gypsum, has announced an agreement to purchase Structus Building Technologies Inc. of Bend, Ore., a manufacturer of drywall corner solutions. Founded in 1996, Structus is a private-label supplier of AquaBead, Optimus and EasyFlex to CertainTeed Gypsum in North America and in Europe to CertainTeed's parent company, Saint- Gobain. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. This acquisition opens additional opportunities for Structus products to be sold through CertainTeed Gypsum's sister businesses globally. QualifiedRemodeler.com QR August 2015 11 IN BRIEF FROM c O ncRete RePAIR tO One-OF- A-KI n D MASOnRY WORK, tHeRe'S A SAKR ete ® SOLUtIOn FOR ALL YOUR cOncRete PROJectS. Faster than ordinary concrete, SAKRete ® Fast-Setting concrete Mix lets you set posts and poles in 30 minutes without mixing or bracing – simply pour it in the hole and add water. the originator of pre-mixed bagged concrete and the frst company to provide concrete specifed for strength, not proportion, SAKRETE ® has offered innovative solutions longer than any other brand. Let us help you fnd the right product for your project. Visit us at sakrete.com or call 866-725-7383. SAKRETE ® is a registered trademark of Oldcastle Company. YOU'VE GOT A PROJECT. For more info circle 54

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