Sources: Oldcastle Architectural, Atlanta; CP staff
Unit masonry top gun Oldcastle Architectural has significantly expanded its range of Belgard Hardscapes products and services to contractors throughout Florida with the acquisition of Hanson Hardscapes, a division of Hanson Building Products North America. The nine-plant transaction spans operations in Haines City, Lehigh Acres and Pompano Beach—strategically extending Belgard’s geographic footprint and capacity to the Sunshine State’s southeast and southwest coastal communities—plus strong positions in Ontario and Michigan.
“The integration of Hanson Hardscapes into our business is a win-win for Belgard Hardscapes and the Florida contractor community,” says Matt Lynch, president of Coastal, an Oldcastle Company. “We will expand our geographic coverage in the state, offering a stronger mix of innovative products and resources to help our contractor clients grow.”
The acquisition brings Coastal Hanson’s facemix process, while affording former Hanson contractors the opportunity to become Belgard Authorized Contractors and take advantage of a range of business-building resources: Belgard Preferred Payment Program with same-as-cash financing options for homeowners; online design resources for homeowners and professionals; Belgard University continuing education courses; Belgard’s Lifetime warranty; and, comprehensive national and local consumer marketing initiatives.
“Belgard has elevated the hardscapes business to a very professional level in Florida, both in how they do business and how they help you do business,” says Belgard Authorized Contractor Paul Engel of Gulfstream Hardscape, Vero Beach. “I first became a Belgard Authorized Contractor because of their reputation, product assortment and sales support, and now they are an integral part of my business success. They helped me design a great website, and now I’m using tools like the Preferred Payment Plan and online visualizer—it all makes it really easy to work with homeowners and show them the potential for their projects.”