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July 18, 2014

Michael H. McGarry, currently executive VP of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based PPG Industries, has been appointed to the post of chief operating officer.

McGarry will have executive oversight responsibility for all of PPG’s strategic business units and operating regions and for the information technology (IT), environment, health and safety (EH&S), and purchasing functions. He will remain based at PPG’s global headquarters in Pittsburgh and will continue to report to Chairman and CEO Charles E. Bunch.

July 2, 2014

Continuing its trajectory of recent expansion, PPG Industries announced that its North American architectural coatings business has acquired Pittsburgh-based Masterwork Paint Company.

Masterwork is an independent architectural paint distributor with 13 stores throughout Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.

June 30, 2014

PPG Industries has picked up where Sherwin-Williams left off.

The Pittsburgh-based paint and coatings giant PPG agreed to acquire Consorcio Comex, an architectural and industrial coatings company with headquarters in Mexico City, Mexico.

The transaction is valued at $2.3 billion.

May 4, 2014

Columbus, Georgia-based Char-Broil, a division of the W.C. Bradley Co., named Christine M. Robins as president and CEO, effective June 2.

Robins served for the past five years as president and CEO of Pittsburgh-based BodyMedia, a venture-backed pioneering company in wearable health sensors and software that help consumers and professionals better manage health and wellness. Robins totally transformed BodyMedia via a new business strategy and the diversification of products and customers leading to the successful sale of the company to Jawbone.

April 25, 2014

A three-pronged approach to reaching the pro, including an expanded pro program at Home Depot, is the new brand strategy from Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries' branding makeover.

The company describes the new brand strategy as a way to better serve the professional customer. 

The three elements of the plan are:

April 22, 2014

Bill Adams, founder and chairman of Adams Manufacturing, has been honored with the 2014 Inventor of the Year Award from the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA).

Adams took home the top honor this year due to his innovations in the design of suction cups, outdoor resin furniture, holiday accessories and other consumer products. It's also a nod to the significant economic impact he has made on the western Pennsylvania region and American manufacturing as a whole.

April 14, 2014

Pittsburgh-based Koppers Inc. agreed to acquire the Wood Preservation and Railroad Services business of Osmose Holdings for $460 million.

Revenues for the acquired businesses in 2013 were about $390 million. 

March 6, 2014

Versatex Trimboard hired Chad Domrase to join the regional market development team for Michigan and Chicago.

Domrase will report to regional sales manager Chris Hedlund. Active in the building products industry since 2006, Domrase acquired specialized experience with both 84 Lumber and Wimsatt Building Materials in Lansing, Mich.

Versatex Trimboard products are manufactured by Wolfpac Technologies of Pittsburgh. 

 

March 4, 2014

As it seeks to develop a line of high-performance acetylated wood for decking and other uses, Pittsburgh-based Snavely Forest Products agreed to purchase all remaining acetylated wood left over from Eastman's discontinued Perennial Wood line. 

The purchase will serve as "transitional stock" for Snavely, as it moves to secure a new manufacturer of the product. 

February 21, 2014

BlueLinx Corp. has announced its plans to join the Fiberon channel network in 2014, distributing its PVC decking and railing products throughout the Buffalo and Pittsburgh regions.

“Quite frankly, we were looking for a high-end railing product to complement our existing composite deck offerings, and ended up taking on the complete Fiberon decking and railing line,” said Gerald Schomer, business manager for the BlueLinx distribution centers in Buffalo and Pittsburgh.

February 5, 2014

Pittsburgh-based Snavely Forest Products said it’s not going to let the “modified” lumber movement lose its momentum.

In response to Eastman Chemical’s recent announcement that it would cease the manufacturing of Perennial Wood products -- the trade name for acetylated wood -- Snavely Forest Products announced today that it will continue to market the high-performance decking product.  

January 16, 2014

PPG Industries, the Pittsburgh-based coatings company, has promoted Kevin McDonald to the role of VP fiber glass.

Beginning March 1, McDonald will transition from his current role as PPG general manager, reinforcements and leader for fiber glass in the Americas and EMEA. He will succeed Thomas Kerr, who is retiring effective the same day.

December 5, 2013

Pittsburgh-based Versatex Trimboard hired Dan Smith as a market development specialist for western New York and southeast Canada.

Smith is based in Canandaigua, N.Y. Until recently, he was a sales representative for Lakeside Quality Building Products in Ontario, N.Y.

"Dan brings an outstanding combination of practical knowledge and customer-focused attitude to his new position," said Versatex VP of sales Rick Kapres. "He understands business and he knows his way around a job site, so he appreciates the challenges that a contractor faces in the field."

October 9, 2013

Mattress and bedding products manufacturer American Textile Company has appointed two new executives to its board of directors.

John Burke, CEO of Armada Chain Solutions, and Charles Bitzer, COO of Abarta, Inc., were chosen for their expertise and ties to the company's Pittsburgh area headquarters.

October 4, 2013

Lumber Liquidators has helped create more than 50 "home-away-from-homes" for families, through its support for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

Lumber Liquidators' latest support of RMHC included donating more than $8,000 in bamboo flooring to the Ronald McDonald House of Pittsburgh.

October 4, 2013

Winchester, Va.-based Trex Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, is expanding its presence in the Mid-Atlantic region with the addition of Pittsburgh-based Babcock Lumber Company to its distribution network.

Babcock will supply dealers across western and central Pennsylvania, western New York and West Virginia with Trex products.

“Babcock is well-known and respected throughout the industry for its commitment to its customers,” said Ronald W. Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex. 

September 26, 2013

Roofing Supply Group has announced plans to open two new locations in Canton, Ohio and White Oak, Pa., marking the 18th and 19th branches to operate in the Rocky Mountain/Midwest region.

The branches will further RSG's overall expansion strategy and will operate under Jeff Willis, regional senior VP and Pat Jennings, Midwest District manager.

August 12, 2013

Blume's Solid Surface Products, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer of solid surface, quartz and granite countertops, celebrated its 25th anniversary recently.

The company took root in 1972 when Gus Blume and his wife, Dorothy, launched a laminate countertop fabrication shop called Topcraft.

They sold the business in 1988 and replaced it with the modern-day Blume's, which expanded to include stone operations in 2004 and is now a wholesale company selling to kitchen dealers, contractors, millwork houses and builders.

July 11, 2013

There's a fresh face at Snavely Forest Products' Marketing Operations department in Pittsburgh. The company has recently hired Drew Garrison to spearhead a number of print and online marketing initiatives.

A graduate of Purdue University, Garrison has previously served the steel and advertising industries with his marketing strategy, copywriting and marketing collateral design skills. His position at Snavely will mark his entry into the specialty building products industry.

May 15, 2013

Pittsburgh-based Versatex Trimboard has announced the availability of a 1½-in.-thick, single-extruded, cellular PVC sheet with the launch of Versatex Max.

The product is available in nominal 48-in. widths and four standard lengths; 8 ft., 12 ft., 16 ft. and 18ft. Versatex Max sheets are promoted as offerig the same tight cell structure, density, core consistency and +/- 1/32-in. thickness tolerance found in all other Versatex products, the company said. 

March 20, 2013

Half of new employees surveyed reported they are experiencing buyer’s remorse after accepting a recent job offer, according to global research findings about hiring trends published by Pittsburgh-based management consulting firm Development Dimensions International (DDI).

March 12, 2013

Pittsburgh-based Snavely Forest Products named Brett Kerr as the company’s newest mass merchant representative.

March 6, 2013

Describing its new hires as “seasoned professionals,” Pittsburgh-based Versatex Trimboard bolstered its field sales lineup.

December 17, 2012

Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries reached a deal to acquire the North American architectural business of AkzoNobel, N.V., for $1.05 billion.

The acquisition includes the addition of about 600 AkzoNobel-owned paint stores, creating a combined network of about 1,000 company-owned stores serving the North American market.

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