Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2002

Hall named vice president of NAHB

Kenai Peninsula Builders Association member Jess Hall has been elected National Vice President for the 205,000-member National Association of Home Builders. Hall was installed in February at the International Builders Show in Atlanta. In his position, he serves on NAHB's executive committee as a representative of Area 15, which is made up of members from Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Hall is the first vice president to serve from Alaska.

Hall is the president of Hall Quality Homes in Palmer and has been in the building industry for more than 27 years. He specializes in single family homes as well as subdivision development.


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New professional engineer

The Kenai Peninsula has another licensed mechanical engineer. Barrie Lowe recently completed Arctic Engineering course work and other State of Alaska requirements ans was registered effetive May 21. He joins a very small number of licensed mechanical engineers in the area and will practice as a consultant out of his home office south of Soldotna. He remains licensed in Washington and Hawaii where he continues to engage in relevant engineering project work requiring senior level engineering expertise.

First National Bank earns top ratings

Two of America's most respected bank ratings firms recently awarded First National Bank their highest respective ratings for financial strength and security.

For the 16th consecutive quarter, Weiss Ratings Inc. gave First National an "A+" rating, the highest possible grade in the firm's ratings system.

In a separate but parallel development, well-known bank ratings firm Bauer Financial Inc. awarded First National Bank its "5-star" rating for superior strength, safety and performance. It represents the 53rd

consecutive time First National has earned this distinction, the longest such streak of any Alaska bank.

Bauer president Karen L. Dorway said the "5-star" rating is currently carried by only 18 percent of the nation's banks.

Best Transit Mix gets flooring license

Hacker Industries Inc. announced Best Transit Mix as a newly Licensed Applicator of Hacker Floor

Underlayments. By joining Hacker Industries' national network of trained, Licensed Applicators, Alaska-based Best Transit Mix will be servicing south central Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula, installingFIRM-FILL Gypsum Concretes and GYP-SPAN Radiant floor underlayments.

In business since 1983, Best Transit Mix incorporated in 1986 and is a member of the Alaska General Contractors Association and the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association.

Hacker Floor Underlayments are non-structural gypsum concretes designed for use in new construction, renovation, radiant heating and repair projects to

create a level, firm floor ready for the installation of finished floor goods.

Hacker Industries maintains the quality of the their floor underlayments by allowing only trained, Licensed Applicators like Best Transit Mix to apply their products. For more information about Hacker Floor Underlayments or to contact your local Licensed Applicator, please contact Hacker Industries Inc. at (800) 642-3455.

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