March 2023 Newsletter

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Valued Customer and Friends of New South,


Happy April! Spring is in the air and we are excited that construction season is in full swing, especially after dealing with significantly more weather issues across the country this year compared to last. 


I’m excited to write and author the first newsletter since Colony and New South Construction Supply came together! Our intent is to continue to provide the best possible customer service that you’ve been accustomed to, and cement our position as the preferred distributor, and employer, in the eastern US.  As you know, your same trusted New South Construction Supply sales and operations teams will continue to serve you to the high standards you expect,  and our mission is to improve the product selection and service to which you’ve grown accustomed.


A little bit about Colony Hardware ( – we stock over 30,000 items, providing supplies and materials to contractors working on almost all phases of construction projects.  The excitement is building as we begin to stock items in New South branches, the first of which were MAX USA Rebar Tying Tools (pictured). More high demand products & categories such as power tools, ladders, gang boxes & safety will move in during April for availability in May. We expect to have our full portfolio of products readily available over the next few months.


From a market perspective, we continue to see strong demand across the footprint, with commercial construction projects accelerating despite today’s tight labor market.  Our goal is to save you money by keeping your labor force productive and by introducing them to new, cutting-edge, labor saving products.


Lastly, thanks for your trust and support throughout this integration process. If there is anything I can do for you, or should you simply wish to get in touch, please contact me via or at 865.275.6535.  I look forward to building deep relationships with each of you in the coming months.


Tim Rash


Pricing Update from Peter Bemisdefer, New South’s Director of Purchasing:


As the warmer spring weather approaches, the construction industry is yet again gearing up for another busy season. The recent uptick in pricing on some industry standard commodity goods has the attention of many manufactures, buyers, and end users. Overall demand remains the biggest question, but order frequency and volume are beginning to pick up.


Rebar saw its first increase in months with all three major mills in the Southeast announcing a $50.00 ($2.50/CWT) per ton increase on March 3rd. This jump was higher than expected from most, but with high demand for domestic scrap and low available inventories an increase of some form was a surprise. This rebar increase was solidified with scrap posting up another $65 per ton on March 10th. With a new floor established and the potential for yet another scrap increase, the market may see another increase on rebar towards the end of March or beginning of April.


Wire mesh also saw its first increase in some time. With mesh so tightly tied to the scrap metal market, it was only a matter of time before the mills could no longer absorb the rising scrap prices. Some mills in the Southeast released an immediate price increase notice of $100 per ton increase, while a couple other mills pushed their increase off until April 1st. This increase finally ended the dramatic fall in wire pricing seen over the past 6 months.


Following last month’s trend, polyethylene sheeting continues to have increased demand. The code changes specifically in South Carolina are having a major impact on order volume and quantity of inbound purchase orders. Distributors are rushing to flip their historically heavy inventory of 6mil over to the newly required 10mil. Mill capacity relative to the inbound orders has stretched lead times out. This is all relative based on a specific mill’s production capacity, but the current lead times from mill to mill are distinctly different. Lead times have been reported anywhere from 1 or two weeks all the way out to eight-week lead times depending on what mill is asked.


The SYP and SPF lumber market appears to be seeing some improvement. Over the past few weeks both SYP and SPF have seen prices increase slightly. While demand is not outpacing the market’s overall availability, it is maintaining a pace in which inventory is unable to pile up at the mills. Lead times are holding steady at one to two weeks depending on species and dimension needed. Expectations are for the lumber market to remain stable over the next few weeks.



This month, we are catching up with the team over at George A. Reid Inc, based out of Clinton, South Carolina. They work mostly in the manufacturing plants and do light commercial work. To learn more about them, read here.



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Hohmann & Barnard

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Chandler McDonald, Outside Sales, Hardeeville, SC

Chandler McDonald born and raised in Greenville SC. Graduated from Greenville High School and went on to play golf in college at USC Beaufort. He moved back home in 2017 and linked up with Jim shortly after. He started at New South in 2018 as an MIT and fabricated rebar for 7 to 8 months. About a month after his days in the fab shop were over, he moved into outside sales in the Greenville market. Chandler recently moved to the Hardeeville market in February of 2022 and did over $1 million in GP in his first year in a new market. He enjoys spending time with his daughter who recently turned 6. If he is not spending time with Emmie and he is not working, he enjoys getting out on the water, hanging out with friends or playing golf.


This month’s leadership article is from Harvard Business Review

Don’t Learn the Wrong Lessons from Failure

by Emre Soyer and Robin M. Hogarth

Whether you’re running a small startup or a Fortune 500 corporation, the ability and willingness to learn from failure is paramount for future success. And yet, focusing too much on understanding past failures can unexpectedly reinforce mistakes, creating the illusion of learning rather than enabling real improvement. So what does it take to glean accurate, actionable insight from a post-mortem?


Building on our prior work exploring the hurdles associated with learning from experience, we identified three common traps that leaders fall into when analyzing failures. Below, we explore these challenges, and offer strategies to help decision-makers steer clear of these pitfalls and move forward with confidence.


Read the full article here:






Corporate Contact Information

9 N. Kings Rd

Greenville, SC 29605 

Accounting Phone: 864.263.4376
Accounting Fax: 866.212.0640

Executive VP/COO – Abhi Singh 202.604.3270
Director of Purchasing – Peter Bemisderfer 864.650.5116
VP-CFO – Barrett Cooke 864.558.5385

Greenville Sales Office Contact Information

9 North Kings Rd
Greenville, SC 29605 

Phone: 864.269.7007
Fax: 864.269.6004
Operations Manager – Dylan Logan

Sales Managers – Dexter Goodwin, Cory Nicks, Tyler Panagakos

Other Locations:

West Columbia, SC
951 Harbor Drive
West Columbia, SC 29169 Phone: 803.791.8700
Fax: 803.791.8191
Operations Manager – Jack Parker
Sales Manager – Jon Black

Raleigh, NC
1427 Mechanical Blvd
Garner, NC (Raleigh) 27529 
Phone: 919.662.9012
Fax: 919.662.9412
Operations Manager – AJ Mozingo
Sales Managers – Corey Moser, Jim Morton

Lithonia, GA
5220 Minola Dr.
Lithonia, GA 30038
Phone: 404.844.2555
Operations Manager – Brian Krogg
Sales Managers – Kami Rogers, Phil Jones

Jacksonville, FL
9315 Old Kings Rd S
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Phone: 904.730.3008
Operations Manager – Buddy Jones
Sales Managers – Grant Denny, Jimmy Rhoads, Louis Denny

Charleston, SC
4987 Banco Road
N. Charleston, SC 29418 Phone: 843.760.0780
Fax: 843.760.6127
Operations Manager – Joe Fulmer
Sales Managers – Joanie Allen, Lauren Gunter, Doug Pearl

Greensboro, NC
7207 Cessna Drive
Greensboro, NC 27409 
Phone: 336.992.0237
Fax: 336.992.0839
Operations Manager – AJ Mozingo
Sales Manager – Angie Puckett, Corey Moser, Brian Brady

Myrtle Beach, SC
180 Rodeo Drive
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579 
Phone: 843.236.6447
Fax: 843.236.6521
Operations Manager – Frank Crouse
Sales Manager – Clint Paul

Charlotte, NC
140 Dorton St
Charlotte, NC 28213 
Phone: 704.358.9797
Fax: 704.358.9646
Operations Manager – Colby Ruel
Sales Managers – Chris Daleus, Jason Kenney

Hilton Head, SC
358 Industrial Park Rd
Hardeeville (Hilton Head), SC 29927
Phone: 843.784.1580
Fax: 843.784.1581
Operations Manager – Sheldon Barnes
Sales Manager – Steve Melton, Chandler McDonald

Ponte Vedra, FL
10760 US-1
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081
Phone: 904.808.4757
Operations Manager – Jeff Malone

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