October 21, 2014

St. Louis-based Huttig Building Products hired Bob Kern Sr. as the new territory manager to cover southern New Jersey from the Huttig Wilkes-Barre branch in Pennsylvania. 

Kern has more than 20 years of experience in the building materials industry. He started his career with Peter Lumber Company in Pleasantville, New Jersey, where he was the operations manager for many years. Most recently, Kern was territory manager with Milliken Millwork.

October 21, 2014

Klein Tools has introduced a new line of Combination-Tip Drivers for use in electrical applications.

The drivers are designed to fit the combination head screws typically found on electrical devices and fittings, and they're heat-treated to withstand the torque required to fasten them.

October 20, 2014

Briggs & Stratton has introduced the Symphony II power management system to its residential standby generator repertoire, providing an affordable and customizable option for backup power needs.

"The Symphony II power management system is smart power technology," said Greg Inwood, general manager, Briggs & Stratton Standby Power division. "It is the lowest-cost solution for families seeking the comfort and peace of mind that backup power delivers."

October 20, 2014

Georgia-Pacific is investing $37 million in its Gurdon, Arkansas, lumber operations, which will see a lumber mill expansion of about 60%.

"As the housing market continues a slow, but steady improvement, our plans to invest at Gurdon ensure our ability to meet the growing needs of our customers and become their lumber supplier of choice," said Fritz Mason, VP and general manager for Georgia-Pacific's lumber business. "This is an opportunity to broaden our product offerings, enhance quality and improve our cost competitiveness."

October 20, 2014

It takes a little more to be an "All Star" hardware store performer.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores for outstanding service, as well as growth, innovation and the values of the hardware industry.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

October 20, 2014

Stock value increases were plentiful at Friday's close, with several of HCN's Top 30 gaining 3% or more.

October 20, 2014

Sears Holdings (SHLD) jumped a whopping 23.06% Monday after the company announced two additional measures to gin up liquidity.

October 20, 2014

The Home Depot promoted Marc Powers to the role of EVP U.S. Stores, effective Nov. 1, 2014.

"Marc brings a deep understanding of our operations, culture and customers, making him an ideal fit to oversee our U.S. stores," said Frank Blake, chairman and CEO. "We're truly fortunate to have such a deep bench with leaders like Marc."

October 20, 2014

Housing starts were back on an upward trajectory in September; retail sales made year-over-year progress. Meanwhile, gas prices scraped new recent lows.

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October 20, 2014

Indianapolis -- Do it Best Corp. distributed more than a $100 million in member rebates during the co-op's annual shareholders meeting Sunday night. 

It was the 11th consecutive year of $100 million-plus rebates, and another chance for CEO Bob Taylor to present his state-of-the company report -- emphasis on members growing their business and overcoming challenges.

October 20, 2014

EG Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company doing business as Scotts LawnService, has agreed to acquire Midwestern company Action Pest Control, Inc.

The deal marks Scotts' first acquisition of a home pest control business, though not its first foray into the market. Scotts LawnService has been operating a pest business in Florida under the Ortho brand for over a year now.

The strategy involves positioning Scotts LawnService, which the company says is currently No. 2 in lawn service, as a one-stop shop for lawn and pest control needs.

October 20, 2014

Illinois-based The Vendor Center will be attending the 2015 Executive Planning Conference hosted by Distribution America. 

The new business-to-business secure website will be presented to Distribution America member distributors and vendors.

“We are thrilled and look forward to demonstrating what a powerful tool The Vendor Center can be for Distribution America Member Distributors and Vendors,” said Darrell Wabschall, president of The Vendor Center.

October 19, 2014


Chicago— Sure, millennials aren’t buying as many houses as the youngsters of previous decades. But there are plenty of other trends in home improvement that bode well for forward-thinking companies.

October 18, 2014

Indianapolis -- Farm and ranch and home automation were included in a list of highlights and opportunities for retailers attending the Do it Best Fall Market, which includes 61 new vendors this year.

Back by popular demand on the show floor is a 5,000 sq.-ft. Farm & Ranch exhibit, said Steve Markley, VP of Merchandising for the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based co-op.

“Farm and ranch is a fast growing segment for us,” Markley said during the co-op’s Merchandising Market Preview. “There are all kinds of opportunities in that area.”

October 17, 2014

Mooresville, North Carolina-based Amerock Hardware, a manufacturer of cabinet hardware, has a new president and CEO in Michael Marchi.

“I’m excited for this new position," said Marchi. "Amerock has a great brand, with a proud legacy. That’s one of the reasons I came here. The attraction for me was Amerock’s history and its even brighter future. The strength of brand, market position and product portfolio all backed by a solid reputation; that makes for tremendous opportunity.”

October 17, 2014

Indianapolis -- The Do it Best Fall Market is under way in Indianapolis, where dealers and vendors will be conducting business through Monday afternoon. 

Friday’s events included a day of education, as well as a Power Preview in Victory Field. Here at the home of the Indianapolis Indians, dealers get a taste of the latest in outdoor power equipment, plus a tasty samples from the grill exhibits.

October 17, 2014

Eagle Materials has agreed to acquire CRS Proppants LLC and its subsidiaries, including Great Northern Sand LLC, a supplier of northern-white frac-sand to the energy industry.

The acquisition, which comes at a cash purchase price of approximately $225 million, will add to Eagle's existing stake in the frac-sand market and double its frac-sand production capacity.

October 17, 2014

Stocks had a rough week, but things were looking pretty bullish by Thursday's close -- most notably for Eagle Materials (EXP).

October 17, 2014

The Hyde Group has promoted Robert Scoble to a new key role as president of Hyde Group. 

Scoble will be responsible for all the Hyde Group companies, which are Hyde Tools and Industrial Blade Solutions, of Southbridge, Massachusetts, and A. Richard Tools of Canada.

October 17, 2014

Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries’ third-quarter sales and earnings growth were aided by new technologies and North American economic expansion, said CEO Charles Bunch. 

The company reported third-quarter net sales from continuing operations of $3.94 billion, up 4%. Net income was $377 million, up from $226 million in the year-ago period. 

October 17, 2014

Irvine, California-based Smarthome has added the Wink hub, a platform that makes it possible to control a variety of devices from the same integrated control center, to its suite of connected home products.

“Here at Smarthome, our goal has always been to offer the largest inventory of connected home devices to our loyal customers,” said Scott Holder, VP marketing, Smarthome. “Adding the Wink hub to our extensive line demonstrates our continuing commitment to offering the widest variety and highest quality home automation products.”

October 17, 2014

Starts rebounded in September, jumping 6.3% above August's upwardly revised rate to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,017,000.

Meanwhile, single-family housing starts came in at a rate of 646,000, or 1.1% above August's revised figure of 639,000.

October 17, 2014

Pro-sales lumber and building materials dealer TW Perry has opened the doors to its newly expanded Springfield store and office space, which now boasts a new showroom.

The Springfield location is now more than double the size of the original, with the office space moved up to a new second floor, complete with a conference room for meetings.

The 3,800-sq-.ft showroom features a range of windows, doors, moulding profiles, decking and architectural millwork on display from the TW Perry custom millshop.

October 17, 2014

According to WD-40 Company president and CEO Garry Ridge, the fourth quarter of 2014 had its ups and downs. However, it marked the best quarter in history for the company in terms of revenue.

"We had a good quarter and a good year and are pleased we have been able to maintain sustainable growth across our core business globally," said Ridge. "While we saw both positive and negative impacts from changes in foreign currency exchange rates, we had local currency growth across key markets and the fourth quarter was our highest revenue quarter in history."

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