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March 27, 2014

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corporation, the industry’s largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative, recognized Les Orchekowsky of Sierra Vista, Ariz., with Ace’s first-ever Ray A. Griffith Retail Leadership Award.

Named after Ace’s former CEO Ray A. Griffith who retired in March 2013, the award will be given annually to the Ace retailer that most personifies Griffith’s outstanding leadership traits and exemplifies Ace’s core values.

March 7, 2014

Taylor Morrison Home Corporation, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based home builder, has elected Anne Mariucci to its board of directors as an independent member and a member of the Audit Committee.

“We’re so very delighted and privileged to add Anne to our board of directors,” said president and CEO Sheryl Palmer. “Her extensive community development, home-building and financial experience will prove to be invaluable to the board as we continue to capitalize on market opportunities and grow our operations.”

December 23, 2013

Intech Equipment & Supply, a Phoenix-based roofing and insulation equipment provider, has hired Dennis Alter as southeast technical service manager.

Alter will be based in the company's Madison, Ga. location and will support its five full service branches in California, Texas, Arizona, Missouri and Arkansas, as well as coverage for some other southeastern states.

October 9, 2013

Foreclosure completions were up slightly in August at 48,000, though the numbers still represented a 26% decline, year-over-year, Market Realist reports. However, foreclosure starts dropped to 55,775, a 44% decline since last year and their lowest since Dec. 2005, according to RealtyTrac's U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

September 24, 2013

C-A-L Ranch Stores opened its doors in Casa Grande, Ariz., according to TriValleyCentral.com, an Arizona news site. 

The new store, which joins other Arizona C-A-L Ranch locations in Show Low, Prescott and Flagstaff, will operate out of a from Albertsons grocery store building.

Privately held C-A-L Ranch Stores operates 22 stores in Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Arizona.

September 16, 2013

HCN congratulates the 50 hardware store, home center and farm & ranch retailers who made the annual HCN Hardware Store All-Star list.

Now in its third year, HCN's annual list of high performers recognizes hardware stores -- one from each state -- that are outstanding in their field. The complete list and analysis can be found in the September issue of HCN. Meanwhile, HCN Daily will work its way across the country with mini profiles, continuing this week with Nevada, Utah and Arizona.

September 10, 2013

Bart and Diana Tyler, proprieters of Kelloggs & Lawrence in Katonah, N.Y., and DeWayne Tripp, owner of Hinton (Okla.) Hardware joined an elite crowd in 2013: HCN Hardware Store All-Stars. Their stores made the list, along with 48 other worthy retailers, one from each state.

September 4, 2013

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Meritage Homes is entering the Nashville market via its acquisition of Phillips Builders in Tennessee.

The acquisition includes roughly 500 lots, with 150-200 homes expected to close in 2014. Phillips will retain its brand name and management structure, with Jason and Charlie Phillips remaining at the helm of the company.

August 7, 2013

Phoenix-based fastener distributor Southwest Fastener named Vanessa McMurry-Cox as marketing director.

The Northern Arizona University graduate had previous experience with AOR Direct, Forever 21 and Chapter Two Communications.

Southwest Fasteners serves the construction industry, as well as solar and waterworks. 

May 28, 2013

Phoenix-area home repair companies Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning Repairmen and The Sunny Plumber have reached out to local military organizations that are focused on finding employment opportunities for servicemen and women. The companies encourage similar organizations in Arizona to contact them to see what job placement opportunities can be secured.

May 15, 2013

Phoenix-based Alliance Lumber of Arizona completed the acquisition of Central Arizona Truss (CAT). CAT, also based in Phoenix, designs and manufactures trusses for custom homes, remodels and additions in the Arizona and Southern California areas.

February 21, 2013

The nation's single-family housing market is springing back to life, and the luxury market is budding right along with it.

Luxury homes have received a healthy boost from historically low mortgage rates, increased buyer confidence and burgeoning interest from foreign investors looking to capitalize on favorable exchange rates.

One bellwether of the recovery: Toll Brothers, the largest luxury home builder in the United States, reported that fourth-quarter revenues (ended Oct. 31, 2012) were up 48%, and new orders were the highest level seen since 2006.

January 31, 2013

A blend of education, entertainment and relaxation highlighted the recently completed Do it Best Corp. Winter Conference held in Phoenix.

January 22, 2013

A new hardware store is under construction in Chandler, Texas, the result of two years of land use preparations, according to an article in TylerPaper.com.

December 20, 2012

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Clear Demand announced that The Home Depot has licensed its latest pricing solution. 

According to the technology vendor, Clear Demand was selected for its ability to manage prices via sophisticated rules while providing Home Depot with an agile delivery model.

December 13, 2012

A Phoenix businessman who sold two stores six years ago has opened Carl’s Ace Hardware Store, according to the Peoria (Ariz.) Times. 

The businessman, Steve Herrgesell, sold Ace Hardware Stores in Tempe and south Phoenix about six years ago. He also co-founded Peter Piper Pizza. He opened the new store, at 75th Ave. and Cactus Road with his son Carl and daughter in law, Faith.

December 3, 2012

Crown Ace Hardware is playing Santa at two of its locations with mailboxes that accept letters addressed to the North Pole. According to an article in the Havasu News, the two stores in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., have been collecting letters written to Santa Claus in special mailboxes outside the stores.

November 19, 2012

EnduraMax,a high-performance wall system by Oldcastle Architectural, is a sponsor of the Green Schoolhouse Series project, an effort to construct green schoolhouses across the country.

The first Green Schoolhouse Series project is a 6,000-square-foot school in Phoenix, Ariz. It serves as the launching pad for state-of-the-art green schoolhouses across the country on Title 1, low-income, public school campuses. 

November 16, 2012

Distribution America and PRO Group, Inc. presented the following awards during the Executive Planning Conference, held Nov. 12-14 in Tucson, Ariz. 

Best New Product awards went to:

Electrical: Designer’s Edge – Rechargeable Work Light w/ 24 Hi-Intensity LEDs

Hand tools: Goldblatt Tools – Ram Rod Impact Tool w/ 1” Chisel Bit

Housewares/seasonal: Newell Rubbermaid – 32 Gallon Brute Trash Can w/ Lid

November 14, 2012

Distribution America and the PRO Group met for their Executive Planning Conference Nov. 12 to 14 in Tucson, Ariz., to discuss new product lines, program launches and business opportunities. More than 400 distributors and manufacturers were in attendance, and almost 2,800 scheduled meetings were held between buyers and sellers.

November 5, 2012

Voters in 38 states will consider 174 statewide ballot measures on Nov. 6, 2012, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). These proposals are wide-ranging, with a number of them having potential workplace implications.

Questions appear on the ballots in more than one state concerning:

• Medical marijuana use; • Legalization of marijuana; and • Same-sex marriage.

November 2, 2012

E-Verify has found a champion in presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who would make the federal electronic employee verification system mandatory nationwide so that U.S. employment would become less of a magnet for illegal immigration.

But while E-Verify has become less error-ridden and more popular among employers than it used to be, it remains easy to fool, costly and widely ignored in states where it is required, according to a Sept. 25, 2012, report.

Hodgepodge of state laws

August 2, 2012

Ultratouch Denim Insulation, a product made from blue jeans and other recycled material, will now be available in 165 Lowe’s stores in the western U.S., according to its manufacturer. The rollout begins Aug. 6.

August 1, 2012

Housing economists, reading the tea leaves of recent building permits and home sales, are not yet ready to say, “It’s over.” But certain states are definitely showing a pick-up in business at both the builder and LBM supplier level. They say one of these states, surprisingly, is Florida.

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