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Expanded Financing Program Gives CertainTeed-Credentialed Contractors Competitive Edge
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (October 10, 2006) -- CertainTeed Corporation is pleased to announce it has expanded its arrangement with GB Home Equity – Home Improvement Lending (GBHIL) to give professional CertainTeed-credentialed contractors an easier way of offering financing to potential homeowner customers.
Under this arrangement, CertainTeed-credentialed contractors can obtain three-, six- and 12-month unsecured loans or lines of credit that they in turn can offer their homeowner customers as an alternative option for financing home improvement projects.
The financing program is designed to help contractors streamline and enhance the sales process with homeowners who are in need of financing for small home improvement projects. Contractors with at least one CertainTeed professional installation or product knowledge credential can apply directly through GBHIL to participate in the program. Upon approval from GBHIL, these professionals can offer prospective customers an attractive method of financing their projects.
“Helping our customers improve their businesses is always top priority. The financing programs we make available through GBHIL give CertainTeed-credentialed contractors a competitive edge in their local markets and helps improve their sales process,” says Peter Dachowski, President and CEO, CertainTeed Corporation.
Based on a homeowner’s credit, an unsecured loan is a quick transaction that can be approved in under an hour. According to Dan Kindl, Market Manager for GHBIL, the process is simple. The homeowner and building professional together complete a brief application and then fax it to GBHIL. Once the job is complete and closing documents are signed and delivered, GBHIL pays the contractor directly and the homeowner begins scheduled payments. A variety of options are available including no interest-no payment, no interest-minimum payment and straight-term interest and payment.
“We have forged an excellent relationship with CertainTeed and its credentialed contractors. Our alliance will benefit building professionals for years to come,” says Kindl.
For more information, or to apply for the financing program, CertainTeed-credentialed contractors can call 888-240-8446 and ask for Richard Shapiro. For more information on CertainTeed’s professional product knowledge and installation credentials, contractors can call 800-233-8990.
About CertainTeed Corporation
Through innovation and creative product design, CertainTeed Corporation has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Company, the firm made its slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," which quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing; vinyl and fiber cement siding; vinyl and composite fence, railing and decking; vinyl windows; residential, commercial and mechanical insulation; PVC pipe; foundations; and access covers.
Headquartered in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, CertainTeed is a Saint-Gobain company with approximately 7,000 employees and 40 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States. In 2005 CertainTeed had sales of $2.8 billion. www.certainteed.com
For more information contact:
Michael B. Loughery, CertainTeed
Michael B. Loughery