September 16, 2014

The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association continues to offer guidance to pro dealer members in the wake of a$1.6 million Lowe’s settlement regarding alleged violations of dimensional lumber descriptions.

In a letter to members from WCLBMA executive director Ken Dunham offered advice on how to avoid run-ins with the state agencies when it comes to labeling and advertising products.

June 27, 2013

New Ways Pro Dealers Can Use Trade Credit to Grow (Part 1 of a Digital Series) 

September 17, 2014

Global sanitation expert Jim McHale of American Standard Brands will speak at the 2014 Consumer Goods Emerging Markets Forum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sept. 18, 2014.

McHale will discuss the initial results of the Company’s Flush for Good campaign, which to date has focused on improving access to safe sanitation in Bangladesh and Sub-Saharan Africa.

September 17, 2014

Marvin's Integrity window brand is adding to its product offerings with new insert windows featuring the casement and awning design Integrity is famous for.

The new Wood-Ultrex Insert Casement and Awning windows are a combination of durable fiberglass exterior and warm wood interior, using Ultrex, Integrity's patented pultruded fiberglass.

September 17, 2014

Friday marks the fourth annual National Tradesmen Day, the brainchild of IRWIN Tools to celebrate the contributions of trade professionals and encourage young men and women to take up skilled trade jobs.

In addition to honoring skilled workers, National Tradesmen Day raises awareness of the national shortage of tradesmen, according to Irwin.

September 16, 2014

Sears Holdings (SHLD) dropped 9.40% on Tuesday after filing for a $400 million loan from CEO Edward Lampert's hedge fund.

September 16, 2014

The latest version of the Liquid Nails Heavy Duty construction adhesive formula is built to withstand extreme temperatures, serving contractors who work in especially hot or cold conditions, the company announced.

Specifically, the new Liquid Nails Extreme Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive can bond in temperatures ranging from 22 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

September 16, 2014

Mid-State Lumber Corp. has brought on Zach Fornuto as its new territory manager for Southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware.

“I am excited to be a part of an excellent team at Mid -State Lumber," said Fornuto. "I look forward to partnering with our customer base to offer a very impressive lineup of products and industry leading service.”

September 16, 2014

Joy Seitz, CEO of Scottsdale-based American Solar & Roofing, is joining the ranks of Seattle-based minimum wage advocates by making bold moves with the company's family-leave policy.

The residential roofing and solar services company is now extending one month of paid family leave to its employees, placing it among the 17% of U.S. employers that offer any level of paid family leave.

September 16, 2014

The embattled Sears Holdings is taking all the help it can get, even if that means reaching into the pockets of its CEO, Edward Lampert.

According to an SEC filing submitted on Monday, the retailer is securing a $400 million loan from ESL Investments, Lampert's hedge fund, which will be used for as-of-yet unspecified purposes.

Lampert -- and by extension, ESL Investments -- currently stands as Sears Holdings' biggest shareholder. However, ESL lowered its stake in Sears less than a year ago due to pressure from wary investors.

September 16, 2014

Trex is lending a hand to Global Training Ministries' warrior transition home in Indianapolis, which will receive a donation of its high-performance decking products as part of its ongoing renovation.

The facility is currently being updated and expanded to accommodate more residents and more amenities, such as an outdoor deck where soldiers can enjoy "sky time" and hold meetings and socialize.

September 15, 2014

Four new units expanded the ABC Supply building products footprint around the country, including the company’s first location in Vermont. 

Beloit, Wisconsin-based ABC Supply opened branches in Omaha, Nebraska; Nampa, Idaho; North Clarendon, Vermont; and Charleston, West Virginia. 

September 15, 2014

Tony and Joni Applegate and their store -- Applegate’s PRO Hardware of Georgetown, Ohio -- were honored as a Paul L. Cosgrave Memorial Award Finalist.

The Applegates opened their about five years ago, filling a need in their community for a hardware store and fulfilling Tony’s lifelong dream of owning a store. And, when the building next door became available, they expanded their store in 2013.

September 15, 2014

Caledonia, Wisconsin-based CalStar Products is making its sustainable brick line even more versatile with the addition of six new brick sizes.

The brick offerings are available as follows: Ambassador brick in a 2 1/4" by 15 5/8" size; Roman brick in 3 5/8" by 1 5/8" by 11 5/8"; Norman brick in 3 5/8" by 2 1/4" by 11 5/8"; King brick in 2 3/4" by 2 5/8" by 9 5/8"; and 8x16 and 4x16 facing units.

Both the Ambassador bricks and the facing units are available smooth or as a split-face unit.

September 15, 2014

On an otherwise sluggish day for HCN stocks, Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) gained 5.19% in share value.

September 15, 2014

Monthly sales showed year-over-year progress, though July was slightly weaker than June. Gas prices leveled off on a monthly and yearly basis.

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September 15, 2014

Toano, Virginia-based Lumber Liquidators has rolled out its latest product catalog for the fall, which includes 60 new flooring choices and insights into new flooring trends.

"We continually stay on top of design trends from around the world and then work directly with major mills to ensure the lowest prices possible on the highest quality flooring," said president and CEO Robert Lynch.

So what's on tap for fall? Grayscale is one trend the industry may be seeing more of, with various shades of gray flooring cropping up in contemporary design schemes.

September 15, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Sept. 12, 2014

September 15, 2014

Port Washington, New York-based PACOA just got back from its Annual Fall Dealer Market in Queens, and according to the distributor, it was one for the books.

This year's event boasted "record-breaking" attendance and sales, driven largely by the attendance of some big names in paint, hardware and lumber, according to PACOA.

Several new vendors were also on-hand, including GACO, Dickies, Chapin, Frog Tape, ZEP and more.

More than 200 manufacturers participated in the Fall Dealer Market, offering competitive promotions and new product glimpses.

September 15, 2014

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, a Fremont, California-based roofing and solar company, has promoted Erin Clark to president of its consumer solar power business.

“Erin Clark has displayed the kind of high-performance leadership qualities that PetersenDean prides itself in and his expertise and experience in roofing and solar are important to this position," said PetersenDean founder Jim Petersen. "We are confident that these skills will help lead us down the right road in the future as we grow and evolve."

September 15, 2014

The latest Sears Hometown outpost -- the 11th this year -- landed in Sidney, Montana last Friday, Sept. 12.

"The addition of the new Sears Hometown Store inside our existing business will provide great value to the community," said Becky Benson, co-owner of the new Sears Hometown Store in Sidney. "Working with builders and homeowners, we recognized the need for a broader product and service assortment to assist customers with their projects. Now, they'll have access to the nation's top appliance brands at the lowest possible price."

September 12, 2014

The latest data for the month of August shows broad-based improvement for retail sales, with particularly strong performance among building supply dealers. 

The U.S. Census Bureau announced Friday morning that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for August were up 0.6% from July and up 5.0% from August 2013. 

The total number came in at $444.4 billion.

September 12, 2014

Indianapolis-based hhgregg Inc. has brought on Robert Riesbeck as CFO, effective Sept. 15.

September 12, 2014

Delta Faucet Company is lending a hand to students of the plumbing, heating and cooling trade via six $2,500 scholarships.

"We know that contractors are looking everywhere for skilled workers to hire," said Sam Straub, VP trade sales for Delta Faucet Company. "Through these scholarships, Delta Faucet is helping to connect those contractors with the employees they need to get their work done."

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