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.
MOULDING AND MILLWORK PRODUCTS
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
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.
“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.
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.