News From Shed Building Suppliers

by Karen Knapstein

Access Garage Doors Expands

Access Garage Doors has announced its expansion in the Midwest and Southeast with two new franchises. The company, which has more than 15 years of experience in residential and commercial garage door repair and installation, has grown its presence in Ohio with the addition of the franchise Access Garage Doors Cleveland West, in Ohio.

Franchise owner Rick Boettcher is excited to work with a brand that’s an essential business, especially during the pandemic. “Anyone who starts a business in 2020 knows it’s a gamble,” said Boettcher. “But that goes with being an entrepreneur. As an essential business, I know that our services will always be required and never be outsourced to another country.”

The company has also announced Marty Dillard as its newest franchise owner of Access Garage Doors of South Nashville, Tennessee.

Dillard left a career in electronics and robotics research and development to pursue his entrepreneurial aspirations. “I chose Access Garage Doors because it’s a young and affordable franchise with a lot of growth potential,” said Dillard.

Access Garage Doors offers homeowners services on garage door opener systems and garage doors, as well as a wide selection of high-quality new garage doors and openers. Access Garage Doors is a Master Authorized Clopay dealer and an Authorized Service Provider for LiftMaster, Home Depot, Genie, and Clopay.

Nova USA Wood Products’ Marks 15th Anniversary

Nova USA Wood Products recently completed its 15th anniversary reporting a 100 percent increase in year-to-year sales revenues for its proprietary wood stain and fastening products. Launched in 2005 as a manufacturer and distributor of premium tropical hardwoods, the company has continually expanded its presence nationwide through the ongoing introduction of products like its proprietary line of ExoShield Wood Stains, ExoClad Rainscreen QuickClips and ExoDek QuickClip Hidden Deck Fasteners.

“Over the past 15 years, we’ve dedicated ourselves to the deep understanding of the exotic wood needs of our customers and high-end markets they serve,” says Steve Getsiv, president and CEO of Nova Products Inc.

Universal Supply LBM Announces Additions

Distributor of specialty building materials US LBM (www.uslbm.com) has announced expansions in Southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and the New York metro area. One of the largest building products distributors in the United States, US LBM offers a comprehensive portfolio of specialty products, including windows, doors, millwork, wallboard, roofing, siding, engineered components and cabinetry.

US LBM has opened a new roofing and siding location in Yeadon, Pennsylvania. The location is US LBM’s tenth new roofing and siding focused greenfield to open since 2018. US LBM opened a similar roofing and siding focused location in nearby Kimberton, Pennsylvania, in 2019.

“Roofing and siding continues to be a strong specialty category for US LBM, and this new location further expands our reach and product offering in Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley,” said US LBM Chief Development Officer and Universal Supply President Jeff Umosella. The new location will operate as part of US LBM’s Universal Supply division.

US LBM expanded its presence in New Jersey with its acquisition of Tri-County Building Supplies. Founded in 1964, Tri-County Building Supplies operates multiple locations in southern New Jersey, including a 14-acre flagship location in Pleasantville that includes a showroom and 60,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space. Tri-County is a leading provider of lumber and specialty building materials, including roofing, siding, wallboard, insulation, millwork, hardware, cabinetry, interior and exterior doors, windows and stair rail installation, to professional customers and homeowners in southern New Jersey.

Tri-County Building Supplies will operate as part of US LBM’s Universal Supply Company, which has more than 20 locations across the Mid-Atlantic, including New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware.

“Universal Supply Company and Tri-County Building Supplies have complementary operating models and share the same principles of providing superior customer service and a wide catalog of products to building professionals,” said Umosella.

US LBM reported it strengthened its presence in the New York metropolitan tristate area with the acquisition of Ridgefield Supply Company in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Founded in 1883, Ridgefield Supply operates an 89,000-sq. ft. facility in Ridgefield, which is comprised of a lumberyard, warehouses, a hardware and paint store, window and millwork showrooms and an employee training center. Serving customers in Fairfield County in Connecticut and Westchester County in New York, Ridgefield Supply’s product mix includes lumber, paint, windows, doors, millwork, decking and interior and exterior trim. Glen Albee will continue to lead Ridgefield Supply’s day-to-day operations as president.

MFM Building Products To Celebrate 60th Anniversary

MFM Building Products (www.mfmbp.com), a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, will be celebrating the company’s 60th Anniversary in 2021.

MFM Building Products was founded in 1961. Initially, the company manufactured products used for wrapping underground pipe to protect from water penetration and pipe contents becoming contaminated. Over the years, MFM expanded this technology to develop sealing and waterproofing products for use within the building envelope. In July 2017, MFM became an ESOP company and still holds true to its original core values.

Today, MFM manufactures a wide array of weather barrier products that include low-slope roofing membranes, roofing underlayments, window and door flashing tapes, multi-purpose waterproofing membranes, specialized waterproofing tapes, and HVAC duct and pipe wrap.

MFM Building Products headquarters is located in Coshocton, Ohio.
Photo courtesy of MFM.

The company’s exterior, waterproofing membranes are self-adhering and self-sealing for ease of installation and complete waterproofing protection.

MFM products are manufactured in the United States and sold through an extensive distributor network around the globe.

S-5! Receives 2020 Industry Advocate Award

S-5!, a leading authority on metal roof attachment solutions, has been awarded the 2020 Gold Level Industry Advocate Award for outstanding service, participation and support of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA).

Accepting on behalf of the S-5! team was CEO and Founder Rob Haddock at the virtual MBMA annual meeting and awards presentation on Dec. 8.

Haddock, a well-known metal roof consultant, technical author, speaker and inventor of the non-invasive clamps for fastening accessories to standing seam metal roofs, was awarded for his time, expertise and advocacy of MBMA and the entire metal building industry.

Among the 10 companies who were presented with gold, silver and bronze level awards, S-5! earned top-notch gold recognition and was recognized for its exceptional commitment to promoting and enhancing MBMA initiatives, including participation in MBMA committees, advocacy efforts to enhance the metal building systems industry, attendance at MBMA educational and promotional events and safety program participation.

CD Smith Building New CornBoard Facility

Construction management firm C.D. Smith Construction, Inc. (C.D. Smith) is building a carbon negative manufacturing facility for Corn Board Manufacturing, Inc. The facility, which will be located in Sac County, Iowa, will convert corn stover biomass — leaves, stalks and husks — into an environmentally-friendly engineered pressed board called CornBoard™.

Corn fields show great potential as a renewable forest. Corn stover is plentiful and available after every harvest each year. If 20% of the available corn stover in Iowa was pressed into 4’x8’-half inch thick panels, it would cover 251,212 football fields or 332,182 acres.

The new facility will be located in Sac County, Iowa. CornBoard is an alternative to pressed wood construction materials. Photo courtesy of CD Smith Construction/McMahon Associates, Inc.

CornBoard™ is a pressed wood alternative produced by taking overabundant and underutilized bio-mass material from corn stover and turning it into a building material that is an economical and environmentally responsible alternative to pressed wood products, such as pallets, furniture, plywood alternatives, skis, snowboards and building materials. CornBoard™ was developed, refined and patented by researchers at the University of Illinois.

“The leading-edge nature of this project appeals to us,” C.D. Smith’s President and CEO, Justin Smith says. “Our involvement speaks to our desire to be on the forefront of innovation and an industry leader in environmentally sustainable construction. We’re excited to be part of this transformational effort.”

“We’re looking at the big picture,” shares Corn Board Manufacturing, Inc.’s CEO, Lane Segerstrom. “The time has come for business to adapt and deliver life’s essentials in a nature-positive way. This project is a collaborative effort between like-minded organizations who are striving to do the right thing for our environment and our communities. Bringing quality jobs and economic development to Rural America through this carbon negative plant is extremely exciting.” GSCB

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