As the US home construction and remodeling market heats up, roofing distributors -- companies that buy roofing in bulk and re-sell it in more manageable quantities to contractors and other customers -- are poised to capitalize. Several major distributors are working to consolidate the industry and expand their respective footprints.
The manufactured housing industry makes up about one-tenth of new single-family housing in the US. In recent years, a competitive environment for new units has destabilized many small manufacturers. Consequently, the industry has become increasingly concentrated as small producers close or are acquired by larger manufacturers. A Freedonia analyst weighs in on recent industry restructuring.
Expansion has always been key to the global floor covering industry. Most flooring products are fairly heavy and expensive to ship, and prompt delivery to project sites is extremely important. As a result, more companies have been expanding in developing areas in recent years, where production costs are typically lower and the less mature markets have greater growth potential.