The Grabber SuperDrive Mach1 from Grabber Construction Products is the first collated system explicitly designed to meet the demands of onsite and offsite light-gauge steel frame construction, offering unparalleled speed, precision and efficiency.
The new collated system easily attaches to a Mikita or DeWalt impact driver, versus a screw gun. Features include a no-slip tip, reversible feed track (for right- or left-handed workers), SureLock fine depth adjustment, quick removal strap, as well as a compact and durable design that includes pass-through spaces for the impact driver’s LED lights. The new tool is compatible with Grabber’s SuperDrive 7/16″ to 7/8″ collated screws.
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Outdoor Living Supply, a distribution platform for outdoor living products with a focus on hardscapes, has acquired C&R Stone World Inc., Stoneworld Utah L.L.C. and Cedar Stone Supply, Inc. (collectively, Stoneworld), full-service distributors of natural stone, masonry, hardscape and landscape supplies. This acquisition expands OLS’ footprint in the Mountain states, adding five strategic locations in Utah and Idaho.
Headquartered in Mapleton, UT., Stoneworld was founded by Rhett Robison in 2003. In subsequent years, Robison, together with Kolby Sawyer, Cody Petersen and Beau Brady, leveraged their strong customer base and generated regional growth via the addition of new locations in Utah and Idaho. Over its 20-year history, Stoneworld has grown into a leading independent distributor thanks to its quality products, operational expertise and focus on providing the highest level of customer service. Going forward, the existing management team will continue with the business, ensuring continuity and consistency for employees, customers and supplier partners.
“We are delighted to welcome the Stoneworld team to the OLS family of companies,” said Brian Price, CEO of OLS. “Rhett, Kolby, Cody and Beau have built an exceptional team and reputation in this dynamic market, that includes Salt Lake City. There are many obvious product synergies and opportunities for our platform to accelerate growth, and we are excited by the potential of what we can accomplish together.”
“We decided to partner with OLS based on their unique business model and reputation for taking care of their people. I am very proud of the culture we have built and grateful to have found a partner in OLS who is committed to preserving our legacy and supporting our team as we embark on this next chapter of growth,” added Rhett Robison, owner of Stoneworld. “We look forward to the extensive opportunities OLS will provide our employees and customers, alike.”
Trex Company, Inc. announced that Dennis Schemm has resigned as senior VP and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to accept a position in a southern region state closer to family.
“We appreciate the contributions that Dennis has made during his tenure with us. Dennis has been a valuable member of our executive leadership team, and we wish him the best with his future endeavors,” said Bryan Fairbanks, president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Mr. Schemm will continue to serve as CFO until June 9, at which time the CFO responsibilities at Trex will be assumed on an interim basis by Bryan Fairbanks. Fairbanks served as CFO from August 2015 until being named CEO and a member of the Board in April 2020.
The company has begun the search to identify the next CFO.
The BuildClub, referred to as the “Amazon for building materials,” offers same-day, on-site delivery of building materials—from decking and railing to lumber, electrical and plumbing.
The resource saves contractors the cost of having their own people find the right items at competitive prices, while arranging delivery to the job sites seven days a week. Approximately 260,000 products are available for same-day delivery.
Leveraging AI and Machine Learning technology, the BuildClub is currently operating in California, Arizona, and Nevada, and slated to expand into 15 additional cities by the end of 2023.
Oldcastle APG, parent company of MoistureShield, Barrette Outdoor Living, and Belgard, is slated to open a new outdoor living products manufacturing facility in Rehoboth, Ma., that will primarily produce concrete pavers and retaining walls.
The additional manufacturing space will enable the company to provide greater service to the New England market.
The grand opening ceremony is scheduled for May 25 and will feature plant tours for the local community, its customers and partners.
Empower Brands, parent of Archadeck Outdoor Living, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, and Superior Fence & Rail, has launched a new podcast, “The Franchise Blueprint.”
Hosted by industry experts R. Scott Sutton, Empower Brands chief development officer, and Erin Zide, development director for Empower’s Archadeck Outdoor Living Brand, the new podcast will offer insights and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and franchisees. With a growing collection of compelling episodes, “The Franchise Blueprint” is set to become a resource for those interested in the world of small business ownership.
The podcast will host a lineup of special guests: renowned industry experts, successful franchise owners and influential thought leaders who will join Sutton and Zide to share their stories, strategies and insider tips. Their valuable contributions will offer a comprehensive understanding of the franchising landscape, helping listeners make informed decisions and take their business ventures to new heights.
“Through ‘The Franchise Blueprint,’ we’re aiming to empower individuals with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed in the world of franchising,” said Sutton. “Whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned franchisee, this podcast is your ultimate guide to achieving your goals and realizing your dreams.”
In its premiere episode, ‘The Franchise Blueprint’ welcomes Jamie Colyer, a draftsman with Empower Brands’ Archadeck Outdoor Living. Colyer joined the team in 2021 to support franchisees with design to help their sales and business processes. In the episode, Colyer shares how he supports franchisees and how he came up with the podcast name.
“We’re delighted to launch ‘The Franchise Blueprint’ as a way to share our expertise and help others succeed in the franchising world,” said Erin Zide, co-host of the podcast. “Franchising offers a unique path to business ownership, and our goal is to provide valuable insights, practical advice, and inspiration to our listeners. We want to equip them with the knowledge they need to thrive in their franchise journey.”
Listeners can find “The Franchise Blueprint” on major podcast platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and more.
To learn more about franchising with Empower Brands, visit empowerfranchising.com.