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download press release »04/09/2013

CertainTeed and B&L Wholesale Supply Partner to Provide a Vibrant, Resilient Exterior for Pioneering New York Pediatric Medical Respite Program

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Corporation recently teamed up with B&L Wholesale Supply, Inc., to provide a vibrant, resilient exterior for a pioneering, new pediatric medical day respite center in Rochester, N.Y., through a donation of CertainTeed® WeatherBoards™ fiber cement siding products.  A Rochester-based building products distributor, B&L Wholesale Supply learned early on that Daystar for Medically Fragile Children, Inc., was seeking donations toward the construction of its new facility and enlisted CertainTeed’s help.

 “I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to involve some of the building product manufacturers we do business with,” says Don Tomeny, president of B&L Wholesale Supply. “We contacted CertainTeed, and they were more than willing to help out. It’s nice when we can raise money for local charities, but it’s even better when we’re able to get our manufacturer partners involved.”

The center was custom-built last year by Rochester general contractor Di Marco Contractors. The siding installation was subcontracted to Sattora Siding, also of Rochester. Working with a crew of six, Sattora Siding installed 60 squares of WeatherBoards smooth lap siding, soffit and trimboards on the daycare center to create a colorful yellow and white custom-painted exterior with enough resilience to withstand upstate New York winters. The contractor was pleased with his first experience installing WeatherBoards.

“We found that it lays flatter than other fiber cement products we’ve installed in the past,” says David Sattora, owner of Sattora Siding. “It’s a nice product, and my crew loved working with it.”

And, many others have been impressed with the WeatherBoards siding as well. Since Daystar opened earlier this year, it has received glowing reviews for its colorful exterior.

“Our new facility is exceptional – and we have received so many comments already about our gorgeous exterior,” says Kim Condon, executive director of Daystar. “The generosity of B&L Wholesale Supply along with support from CertainTeed played an integral role in making our new site a true showpiece.”

B& L Wholesale Supply is an avid supporter of charitable causes in the communities it calls home. The distributor holds annual golf tournament fundraisers at each of its branch locations, with 100 percent of all money raised going directly to a local charity dedicated to helping children, such as children’s hospitals and the Special Olympics. Over the past 15 years, these tournaments have raised more than $2 million in support of children throughout Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania.

“B&L Wholesale Supply is a longtime customer of ours, and we commend them for all that they’ve done over the years to give back to their communities by lending a hand to very worthy causes,” says Mark Rayfield, president of CertainTeed Siding Products Group. “We are thrilled we were able to join with them and help Daystar in its mission to provide state-of-the-art care to children in need.”

WeatherBoards fiber cement siding offers realistic grains and textures, providing the look and feel of wood, as well as profiles to match virtually any design style. Unlike wood, WeatherBoards siding is non-combustible, impact-resistant, impervious to wood boring insects, resistant to UV rays and will not rot. Backed by a 50-year limited transferable warranty, WeatherBoards contributes to LEED® certification and NAHB Green Building Standards for recycled content and regional availability.

CertainTeed offers unsurpassed Freedom of Choice™ through its industry-leading portfolio of long-lasting vinyl, polymer, fiber cement, and insulated siding as well as fence, railing, decking and exterior trim. Featuring authentic textures, versatile styles and rich color combinations, CertainTeed offers the advantage of using exterior products from a single source that are designed to mix-and-match with each other for a beautifully coordinated look. As the result of a strong commitment to environmental responsibility, CertainTeed is the first manufacturer to issue and publish third-party validated life cycle assessments (LCA) for its vinyl, fiber cement siding and trim product lines. For more information, visit www.certainteed.com/freedomofchoice.

About B&L Wholesale Supply
B&L Wholesale Supply is a wholesale distributor of residential roofing, siding, windows, doors and commercial roofing with branches in Rochester, Buffalo and Jamestown, N.Y., and Erie, Pa. Established in 1950, B&L was purchased in 1982 by its present shareholders Donald Tomeny president; Robert Latour, vice president; and Arthur Finocchario, vice president of commercial sales. B&L operates with a focus on providing excellent customer service in every facet of the business—every day and from every employee. With this focus driving it, the company has repeatedly achieved the No. 1 sales position in each market in which it operates.

About CertainTeed
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CertainTeed earned the 2011 and 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2012. www.certainteed.com

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