Building materials Distributor BMC SELECT Earns Prestigious Partners of Choice Award for Third Consecutive Year from Building Giant David Weekley Homes

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BMC SELECT(tm), a leading building materials distributor, received its third consecutive Partners of Choice Award today from David Weekley Homes. One of the leading homebuilders in the U.S., David Weekley Homes gives out fewer than 20 of these awards annually, with most going to industry giants like Masco, Dow Chemical, DuPont, and Lennox. BMC SELECT is the only building materials distributor to ever win a coveted Partners of Choice Award 3 years in a row, and this marks the fourth time the company has earned the distinction in the last 5 years.

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"I cannot think of a stronger validation of world-class excellence. BMC SELECT can put its products and services up against anybody anytime anywhere and succeed." -- Bill Justus, vice president of supply chain services for David Weekley Homes

BMC SELECT(tm), one of the nation's leading providers of building materials and construction services to professional homebuilders and contractors, was awarded the 2010 "Partners of Choice Award" today from David Weekley Homes, the second-largest privately held for-profit homebuilder in the United States. This is the third consecutive year BMC SELECT has earned the prestigious accolade and the fourth time in the last 5 years.

The award is based on Weekley's National Trading Partner Survey, a monthly evaluation where more than 600 associates throughout the company and the country rate 150 suppliers on both quality and service performance. Each supplier's numeric scores are averaged, and then an alpha rating ranging from "A" to "F" in 20-percent increments is assigned relative to its ranking with all of Weekley's other national trading partners. Only suppliers maintaining an "A, A" rating for both quality and service or an "A" rating in either quality or service are eligible for a coveted Partners of Choice Award.

According to Stan Wilson, BMC SELECT's president and chief operating officer, the award is a major accomplishment for the company. "David Weekley Homes gives out less than 20 of these awards every year, and most of them go to industry giants like Masco, Dow Chemical, DuPont, and Lennox, so we're being benchmarked against national brands that are much larger than ours," he said. "Despite the challenges of today's economy and the particular struggles faced by our industry, we've maintained the focus required to earn this award. That's a tribute to both the talent and dedication of our employees."

"Receiving a Partners of Choice Award is the highest compliment we can pay our providers," said Bill Justus, vice president of supply chain services for David Weekley Homes and the brains behind the unique supplier-rating system. "To earn this award means 600 people from every level of our company believe BMC SELECT is best in class in delivering its products to us in a timely, efficient, cost-effective manner. I cannot think of a stronger validation of world-class excellence. BMC SELECT can put its products and services up against anybody anytime anywhere and succeed."

Justus said the primary purpose of Weekley's National Trading Partner Survey is a process called "channel alignment," where all the parties in the supply chain work closely to improve communication, address issues, and to provide goods and services to the builder in a timely, efficient manner. By providing feedback from its builders, design consultants, warranty service and administrative personnel, and executive team members, Weekley's trading partners learn exactly how they are performing in each market and at every level inside their client's organization.

BMC SELECT earned an "A" award for service, scoring 9.43 on a scale of 1-10. Wilson said this means nearly 95 percent of survey respondents gave BMC SELECT an unaided "A" rating. "The service component is extremely critical," he said. "That's what separates good suppliers from great suppliers -- overcoming the day-to-day challenges to supply product on time and on spec to the builder -- and that's why this year's award is especially meaningful to us. It's definitely a high-five moment for our company."

Justus said BMC SELECT's longevity is impressive. "A supplier has to be the best of the best to earn single-A or double-A ratings from us for 12 consecutive months, and BMC SELECT has accomplished that for the last 36 months," he said. "In fact, they're they only building materials distributor that has ever won a Partners of Choice Award 3 years in a row. This is no small accomplishment, especially when you consider how different the market is now and the dramatic changes that have taken place in the last 2 years."

Now in its seventh year, the Partners of Choice Award becomes increasingly challenging to attain as time goes by. "The bar rises every year because all of Weekley's trading partners get better," Wilson said. "With the intensity of competition among industry suppliers, we recognize that we must constantly improve our performance to earn this mark of distinction from David Weekley Homes."

Justus concurred: "David Weekley Homes sources products from the top competitors in each industry. While there may be slight differences between their products, generally all are acceptable. Where our trading partners can really distinguish themselves is in the level of customer service they provide, and BMC SELECT's is second to none. For 36 consecutive months BMC has proven they are world-class in providing service to our team members."

BMC SELECT is one of the nation's leading providers of lumber and building materials, trusses and components, doors and millwork, and targeted construction and installation services for professional homebuilders and contractors. A privately held company based in Boise, Idaho, BMC SELECT employs more than 3,700 people and operates in 11 states and 16 markets throughout the West. Visit http://www.bmcselect.com for more information.

David Weekley Homes, founded in 1976, is headquartered in Houston and operates in 14 cities across the United States. David Weekley Homes was the first builder in the United States to be awarded the Triple Crown of American Home Building, an honor which includes "America's Best Builder," "Builder of the Year," and the "National Housing Quality Award." Weekley has also appeared seven times on FORTUNE(r) magazine's coveted "100 Best Companies to Work For" list. Since inception, David Weekley Homes has closed more than 60,000 homes. For more information about David Weekley Homes, visit the company's web site at http://www.davidweekleyhomes.com.

BMC SELECT is a trademark of Building Materials Holding Corp.

Contact:
Danny McQuary, BMC SELECT, 208.331.4300
Ken Stoltz, SMG Inc., 208.388.0766

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