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October 10, 2013

The National Retail Federation (NRF) sent a letter to congressional leaders Oct. 9 urging the government to end its ongoing shutdown with a continuing resolution.

“We strongly support passage of both a continuing resolution to provide for funding of the federal government into the next fiscal year and a measure to raise the nation’s debt ceiling,” NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said in the letter.

July 17, 2013

Bulk alloy developer Liquidmetal Technologies has signed a Manufacturers' Represenation Agreement with Technical Marketing and Sales, a sales and marketing firm that specifically deals in specialty metals.

TM&S specializes in Powder Metal and MIM (Metal Injection Molding) parts. Bruce Bromage, Liquidmetal's EVP of business development and operations, said in a statement that TM&S customers often note the cost and performance advantages of using Liquidmetal products.

April 1, 2013

Springfield, Mass.-based Rocky's will accept the Retailer of the Year Award at the 2013 Golden Hammer ceremony in Las Vegas May 8.

August 10, 2012

Home Channel News selected 50 hardware stores -- one from each state -- for inclusion in the second annual Hardware Store All-Star list. The stores distinguish themselves with strong customer service, innovative approaches to retail, and a connection to community and customers.

The alphabetical listing of All-Star stores, one from each of the 50 U.S. states, continues here with Virginia and Washington:

May 4, 2012

Last year, the original 50 Home Channel News Hardware Store All-Star honorees established a high bar and a hard act to follow. But the 2012 crop rises to the challenge. This year’s Hardware Store All-Stars, one from each of the 50 U.S. states, have at least one thing in common: Ask them what makes them special and you can bet they’ll include “excellent customer service” in the answer. From there, every path to stardom is unique.

April 9, 2012

ECi Software Solutions announced that ECi RockSolid POS has entered into a new three-year agreement with Chicago-based True Value Company. 

The software solutions provider said that the deal will allow more True Value retailers to benefit from RockSolid POS.

“We are very excited about this new partnership with True Value,” says Scott Stanford, President of the ECi LBMH division. “This is a great opportunity to reach out to more True Value retailers with a software solution that is affordable and a team to support their needs.”

October 11, 2011

ProBuild Holdings has confirmed that it is leaving the Chicago market, where it waged a battle with labor union members a year ago. A spokeswoman for the Denver-based pro dealer, the largest in the industry, told Home Channel News that the company would close its Yorkville, Ill., and Westmont, Ill., facilities by Dec. 16.

October 10, 2011

The NPD signed a point-of-sale cooperation agreement with Sam’s Club, the Wal-Mart Stores division, to receive and analyze sales information from Sam’s Club U.S. clubs and

August 2, 2011

As Handy Hardware celebrates its 50th anniversary, one of its Texas hardware and lumberyard dealers is preparing for its 100th.

Seven-location Woodson Lumber, based in Brenham, Texas, operates in the small towns in the economically diverse Dallas, Houston, San Antonio Triangle. The chain was founded by HP Woodson in 1913, and today is run by his granddaughter Ann Chapman. 

January 10, 2011

The prolonged housing downturn has pushed the building materials industry into uncharted waters where everyone is trying to hold their place in a shifting topography of competitors, suppliers and customers. Big or small, LBM operators are learning that the rules of engagement have changed. Here today, gone tomorrow, back next week in a reconfigured shape.

What a perfect time to try something new. 

September 1, 2010

The ongoing strike against ProBuild by Teamsters Local 673 moved west this week when the...

September 18, 2008

Ace CEO Ray Griffith painted a picture of a co-op focused on overcoming the economy...

February 10, 2008

Ace Hardware announced last month that an investigation by outside agencies has determined the company’s...

November 18, 2007

If it were a television program, the Canadian economy would be called “That 70s Show.”...

October 31, 2007

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said the home builders were illegally using...

October 18, 2007

New products and networking served as the one-two punch at the National Hardware Show Canada....

October 17, 2007

Simpson Strong-Tie announced an end to the Stockton, Calif., plant work stoppage....

September 23, 2007

Andy Carlson spent 10 years in manufacturing and another 10 in marketing for a software...

July 23, 2007

Several unresolved issues between the forest products union and bargaining group stem from low timber...

July 22, 2007

The union and employers reach a stalemate over issues relating to a struggling lumber market....

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