Architectural building materials distributor Rugby Architectural Building Products adds AkzoNobel brand Chemcraft to product offering after identifying industrial wood coatings as key growth category

HIGH POINT, North Carolina , February 27, 2012 (press release) – Chemcraft®, a brand of AkzoNobel, announces the addition of Rugby Architectural Building Products to its network of distinguished North American distributors. Chemcraft develops and manufactures innovative wood coatings with a focus on sustainability, and backs them with superior customer support and service.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Rugby Architectural Building Products to our distributor team, and are looking forward to expanding and growing both of our businesses.” says Ray Birdsall, Chemcraft brand Business Manager. “We see Rugby as a great fit with our current network of knowledgeable and service oriented distributors.”

Rugby Architectural Building Products is based in Concord, New Hampshire and has 13 distribution centers nationally with 150 employees. Within their 30 year history, they’ve grown to serve over 10,000 customers with a footprint that covers 25 states. They currently distribute a full line of interior architectural building materials that are warehoused in over 600,000 square feet of space, marketed by a sales force of 75 sales professionals and a logistics fleet of 50 trucks. In February 2011, they opened a state-of-the-art Boston Metro Center strategically located to service Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine. Their recent acquisition of the Las Vegas division of National Wood Products, made them the leading architectural building products distributor in Nevada.

Rugby Architectural Building Products continues to demonstrate their commitment to their employees and customers by expanding where strategy, opportunity and viable supply chain partnerships exist. “Over a year ago we identified Industrial Wood Coatings as a key product category for growth. It was essential to partner with one of the top brands. Our customers have come to expect top-notch service, and quality products.” says Drew Dickinson, Rugby Chief Operating Officer. “AkzoNobel’s, Chemcraft brand delivers exactly that with products, technology and support that is second to none in the industry. A perfect fit for us in the Atlanta market.”

Dickinson added, “We are expecting Chemcraft to help complete the already broad product offering that is available from our Atlanta Distribution Center. With the addition of Chemcraft, we can truly supply the cabinet manufactures with all of their needs from start to finish. We are very pleased to be part of the Chemcraft Distribution Team.”

Starting February 20, 2012, Rugby will begin to distribute the AkzoNobel Chemcraft brand line of products from their Atlanta distribution center. Call your local Rugby representative for more information on their new line of Chemcraft products and find out why with Chemcraft, A great finish is only the beginning.

AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are a Global Fortune 500 company and are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow’s Answers Today™.

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