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SIERRA PACIFIC INDUSTRIES
ANNOUNCES INTENT TO
ACQUIRE HURDWINDOWS
AND DOORS
ANDERSON, Calif.—
Sierra Pacific
Industries (SPI) announced it has en-
tered into an agreement to purchase
Hurd and Superseal Windows and
Doors from Longroad Asset Manage-
ment, LLC.
With the acquisition of these
leading national brands, this pur-
chase will add manufacturing capac-
ity, a skilled work force, additional
product lines, and immediate expo-
sure to central and eastern U.S. and
international markets for the window
division of Sierra Pacific Industries.
“The long-term stability of Sierra
Pacific Industries, its extensive forest
holdings, combined with the synergy
of complementary product lines and
strategic positioning of manufactur-
ing facilities, will allow us to leverage
the strengths of each company,” said
Sierra Pacific president George Em-
merson. “The addition of the skilled
Hurd workforce combined with our
lumber and millwork manufacturing
capabilities will provide a strong
base for our anticipated growth.”
“Sierra Pacific is a family-owned
business whose core beliefs perfectly
complement our own,” said Hurd
president Dominic Truniger. “By
joining together these two well-re-
spected window brands, we are cre-
ating the most vertically-integrated
wood window company in the indus-
try today, and one that is financially
solid with outstanding long-term
potential.”
Sierra Pacific plans to make
additional capital investments in
Hurd, whose assets were acquired
by Longroad in 2008, while provid-
ing even greater customer service
through its dealer network.
AWC EXHIBITS TALLWOOD BUILDINGS ON CAPITOL HILL
WASHINGTON—
The American Wood Council (AWC) showcased a 42-story-tall
wood building model on July 17 at the International Conservation Caucus Founda-
tion’s Forest Products Industry Expo on Capitol Hill.
Held in the Cannon House Office Building Caucus Room, the event featured
interactive displays from multiple exhibitors that took participants through the
complete forest products life cycle, from trees to end-use products.
“Innovation in wood products and updated building codes have significantly
increased the opportunities for tall wood construction. Engineered wood products
are made from renewable resources so abundantly found in the United States and
offer a carbon-sequestering alternative in construction,” said AWC president and
CEO Robert Glowinski. “Engineering analysis has shown that use of some innova-
tive wood products provides advantages over traditional products for tall build-
ings, with the added benefit of quicker construction and resulting cost savings, all
with a greatly reduced carbon footprint.”
AWC president and CEO Robert Glowinski with the 42-story mass-timber-framed building model at
the International Conservation Caucus Foundation’s Forest Products Industry Expo on Capitol Hill.
The 42-story-tall prototypical mass-timber-framed building model was con-
structed by architecture and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP
to feature their Timber Tower Research Project. The project focused on establish-
ing the structural viability of a tall wooden building, resulting in an efficient struc-
ture that could compete with reinforced concrete and steel, while reducing the
carbon footprint by 60%–75%.
The flexibility of wood makes it an ideal building material for earthquake
safety or high wind requirements. The heavier timber expected to be used in tall
wood buildings also resists fire through charring of the outer layer, insulating the
unburned wood at the core.
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“Hurd’s customers, dealers, and
employees can be assured that SPI
will work with the Hurd brand to
maintain its reputation for a high
level of product quality and indus-
try-leading innovation, as we expand
opportunities for growth moving for-
ward,” said Emmerson.
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