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Day: July 26, 2007

Valley National Gases Acquires Mitchell Industrial

Valley National Gases Inc., Washington, PA, has acquired Mitchell Industrial Supply Inc, an industrial gases and welding supply distributor in Elkhart, IN. Mitchell serves customers throughout Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan.
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Valley National Gases is a packager and distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, welding equipment and supplies, propane and fire protection equipment. Valley National Gases operates 75 locations in 14 states, with eight production and distribution centers in the eastern ...

RBC Bearings Acquires Coastal Bearing Services

RBC Bearings Inc., Oxford, CT, an international manufacturer of precision plain, roller and ball bearings, has acquired CBS/Coastal Bearing Services, Houston, TX, for $3.7 million in cash.
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CBS manufactures, inspects and refurbishes large bearings for the oil and mining industries, as well as other general industrial applications with sizes ranging up to 124 inches in diameter. CBS has sales of $3.1 million for the year ended Dec. 31, 2006.

RBC said that CBS represents another step in our strategy to expand our presence in the large bearing segment."

RBC operates 17 manufacturing facilities in four ...

Wolseley Appoints VP of Acquisitions for NA

UK-based Wolseley plc has appointed Dan Parr to vice president of Acquisitions and Business Integration for Wolseley's North American Division, comprised of Ferguson, Stock Building Supply and Wolseley Canada.
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He will oversee acquisitions, and coordinate business integration and installation into Wolseley's systems and processes.

Parr began his career with Ferguson in 1988 as an Internal Auditor. He was promoted two years later to internal audit manager and transferred to Atlanta, Ga., in 1993 to become the integration manager for our Hub, Inc. acquisition. Parr returned to headquarters in 1995 as manager of Acquisitions and Installations, and was promoted to director in 2003 and to vice president in ...

Europe Offsets Fall in Saint-Gobain U.S. Sales

Saint-Gobain overall sales were up 6% in the first half of 2007 to US$29.8 billion (21.7 billion euros).
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All the group's sectors saw a rise in sales, with organic growth overall at 6.9%.
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Construction markets in Europe, bolstered by the impact of regulations promoting energy efficiency, offset the downturn in the U.S. housing market. Sales were strong in Asia and emerging countries (organic growth of 19%).
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Construction Products posted a 4.1% organic growth rate. About three-fourths of sales in this sector come from Europe and emerging countries. Only a quarter is in the U.S.
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The Building Distribution sector posted a 13.3% rise in sales, buoyed by acquisitions, and organic growth of 8.7%. Strong sales were seen in France, ...

Huttig Building Products Sales Down 20% YTD

Huttig Building Products, Inc., distributor of millwork, building materials and wood products, reported sales in the second quarter were $239.6 million, down 19% from the prior-year period.
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Sales to national accounts, or 35% of sales in the second quarter, declined by only 17%.
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Jon P. Vrabely, president and CEO, said: This quarter represents the first profitable quarter for Huttig since a year ago, just before the significant downturn in the housing market."

Sales for the first six months of 2007 were $461.9 million, a 20% decrease over the prior-year period. This decrease is primarily attributable to the 27% drop in housing ...