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Rugby Opens New Oregon Metro Center

Rugby Architectural Building Products announces the completion of its Northwest US consolidation plan with the opening of its new Portland Metro Center, located on Interstate 5 in Wilsonville, OR.

“Success in the era of modern distribution management requires strong execution in productivity, logistics, and inventory availability to achieve class-leading customer order fill rates,” commented David Hughes, Rugby President and CEO, “Rugby assumed short term leases in Eugene and Tualatin, Oregon, and Kent, Washington when we acquired the operations of the former Lumber Products businesses in mid-2012 in order to facilitate a smooth transition to Rugby ownership. Those facilities were unnecessarily close in proximity and have been consolidated into our new state-of-the-art Metro Center in Wilsonville, OR.”

Rugby’s Portland Metro Center is conveniently located at 29899 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Ste 300, Wilsonville, OR, 97070. For more information please contact metro center manager, Randy McComas, 503-692-3322 or rmccomas@rugbyabp.com.

Rugby announces the acquisition of F.W. Honerkamp Co., Inc

Rugby Architectural Building Products, along with its financial sponsor Leading Ridge Capital Partners, announce the acquisition of F. W. Honerkamp Co. Inc., a New York City-based distributor of architectural building products founded in 1871.

F.W. Honerkamp Co. distributes a full line of architectural wood products, decorative surfacing and cabinet hardware. “The Honerkamp family has stood for quality and service for over 140 years, anchored by our strong relationships with our customer and vendor partners. The combination with Rugby positions us ideally for growth into the future,” commented Phil Honerkamp, Honerkamp CEO.

With the addition of Honerkamp’s Bronx, NY distribution center, Rugby will service the greater New York City metropolitan region from three locations situated in Northern New Jersey, Long Island and New York City. “New York City is the largest metropolitan area in the United States with a population base of 20 million,” says Drew Dickinson, Rugby COO. Dickinson continued, “Metro New York has a particularly high density of companies in the woodworking industry, and having such strong distribution in this market will allow us to provide the highest levels of service to our customers.”

This expansion marks Rugby’s tenth acquisition since 2010, through which the company has doubled its revenue and customer base and grown to 21 distribution centers across the country. “F. W. Honerkamp is an iconic franchise in one of the largest US markets for our products,” commented David Hughes, Rugby President and CEO. Hughes concluded, “We are extremely excited to have the outstanding Honerkamp team become part of the Rugby organization”.

About F. W. Honerkamp

In May 1854, Friedrich W. Honerkamp immigrated to America, with his wife, Mary from Melle, Germany to make a new life. They settled in the New York City area and, in 1856, gave birth to Frank W. Honerkamp, the second of four children. Frank W. Honerkamp grew to work with his father in the family business. The company exported cattle to South America and imported lumber and veneer to the United States. With the rapid growth of furniture and woodworking trades in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, the company shifted its full attention to lumber and veneer.

F.W. Honerkamp Co. Inc. was officially incorporated in New York City in 1871. In the late 1930’s, the third generation joined the company with the increased demand for new plywood panel products and the rapid development of lower Manhattan, F.W. Honerkamp Co. moved to the Bronx and participated in the commercial construction boom of the 1960’s and 1970’s. It was at this time the fourth generation began with the company. Honerkamp moved to the present location in the Bronx in 1981, and remains there to the present day. In the new millennium, the fifth generation has joined the team. In 2001, F. W. Honerkamp Co. made a significant addition when it acquired Central Islip, Long Island laminate distributor, Edgar Sabbeth Plywood – a high pressure laminate distributor with over 31 years experience. In 2011, given the industry downturn, the decision was made to consolidate all operations into the Bronx, but now with the combination with Rugby, operations will resume on the Island in Deer Park, NY.

About Leading Ridge Capital Partners

Leading Ridge Capital Partners, LLC (www.leadingridge.com) is a private equity firm, with offices in Maryland and New York, specializing in acquisitions, recapitalizations, and investments in value-added distribution, logistics, and light manufacturing companies in the lower-middle market. Leading Ridge is comprised of a successful team of operators with a broad array of business experience within the distribution and manufacturing sectors. The team possesses significant operational resources and the leadership experience needed to support rapid yet controlled growth of its portfolio companies.

Rugby opens new metro center in Dallas, Texas

Rugby Architectural Building Products, headquartered in Concord, NH, announces the opening of its newest Metro Center in Dallas, Texas. Today, Rugby commences operations at the new distribution center, which is located at 9203 Chancellor Row, Dallas, TX 75247, 1.3 miles from Rugby’s former Leston Street location.

“The new facility, totaling 95,000 square feet, is more than double the size of our former location and includes larger and more efficient loading and unloading areas to better serve customers as well as provide more space to showcase our products”, commented Tommy Heard, General Manager, Rugby Dallas.

Rugby named authorized dealer of Knape and Vogt hardware in Atlanta

Rugby Architectural Building Products, headquartered in Concord, NH, announces the continued expansion of its functional hardware line in Atlanta, GA. Rugby’s Atlanta Distribution Center has been named an authorized distributor for Knape and Vogt (KV) Hardware for the greater Atlanta metro market as well as covering the entire state of Georgia.

This product line expansion marks a continuation of Rugby’s strategy to diversify the products offered in Atlanta and will be available to customers as of today, Monday October 8, 2012.

“We are very excited about the addition of KV Hardware to our overall product offerings here at Rugby Atlanta”, commented Bill Egan, Atlanta General Manager. Egan adds, “ KV’s quality products and die-hard customer appeal helps round out our extensive and growing product offering we provide to our customers on a daily basis.”

Rugby announces the addition of Nevamar decorative laminate in Boise

Rugby Architectural Building Products, headquartered in Concord, NH, announces the expansion of its product line into decorative surfacing products in Boise, Idaho. Rugby’s Boise Distribution Center has been named an authorized distributor for Panolam Industries’ Nevamar ® brand family of high pressure laminate and related specialty decorative surfacing products. 

This product line expansion marks a continuation of Rugby’s strategy to add decorative surfacing product lines to all of the former Lumber Products distribution operations that were acquired by Rugby in June. 

“Our team is very excited about the addition of Nevamar to our offering, and the opportunity to bring to our market product lines that Rugby has been successful with”, commented Cal Emerson, Boise General Manager. Bruce Backus, Industrial Products Manager, continued, “Nevamar laminate orders can be placed today at Rugby Boise and shipments will begin next week.”

Rugby announces the addition of Pionite decorative laminate in Indianapolis

Rugby Architectural Building Products, headquartered in Concord, NH, announces the expansion of its product line in Indianapolis with the addition of Panolam Industries’, Pionite brand high pressure laminate and related products produced in the USA. The Pionite family of decorative surfaces includes 14 different products lines with 240 colors and 14 unique finishes. Additionally, Rugby will offer Panolam’s popular FRL Fiber Reinforced Laminate line in this Midwest market.

Under the new leadership of Tom Pantzer, General Manager, this product line expansion completes Rugby’s decorative surfaces strategy in the Indianapolis market and complements our architectural products line up including fancy graded hardwood plywood, melamine panels, stainless steel sinks and faucets, and solid surfacing. Pantzer says, “We are excited to have the opportunity to introduce Pionite HPL to our sales mix and particularly excited to be aligned with a top brand like Pionite.”

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