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September 22, 2014

Canton, North Carolina-based BarkClad, maker of bark siding, announced a deal with Moss Creek, a custom designer of rustic American-style homes, to be the “strategic provider of bark building materials.” 

BarkClad will offer its signature Natural Poplar Bark and new SmartBark engineered bark siding for use in MossCreek home design projects. The companies had partnered in the past on projects, and the new deal cements the relationship, the companies said. 

September 22, 2014

Frattallone's Ace Hardware of Minnesota was recognized by Ace Hardware Corp. as the co-op's All-Star Retailer of the Year for its contributions to the Children's Miracle Network.

Mike Frattallone accepted the award during a presentation at the Ace Hardware General Session in Orlando, Florida. The ceremony included an appearance on stage alongside Aiden Morales, the 10-year-old ambassador of Ace's fundraising programs across the country. 

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 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

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 12, 2014

El Segundo, California-based Henry Company acquired West Development Group, based in LaGrange, Ohio, which specializes in silicone and spray polyurethane foam roofing technologies for commercial and residential applications. 

The strategic acquisition of WDG reinforces Henry’s core business of Building Envelope Systems and enhances its ability to deliver custom solutions for the benefit of the owner, occupant and environment, the company said.

September 12, 2014

Mebane, N.C.-based Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. is recalling its Kidde-branded smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms, citing a tendency for the alarms to malfunction in the wake of a power outage.

Affected units include Kidde residential smoke alarm model i12010S (manufactured between Dec. 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014); combination smoke/CO alarm il2010SCO (manufactured between Dec. 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014); and combination smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA (manufactured between Oct. 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014).

September 11, 2014

Oakland, California-based Feeney, Inc., a manufacturer of cable railing assemblies, aluminum railings, and architectural solutions for residential and commercial buildings expanded its presence in the Eastern United States.

The company opened an 87,000 square foot East Coast Distribution Center in Cranbury, New Jersey.

September 11, 2014

Brentwood, Tennessee-based Tractor Supply Co. opened its 1,346th store -- the latest in Sealy, Texas.

The new Sealy store measures 15,000 sq. ft. and occupies a site formerly occupied by a grocery store.

September 10, 2014

Denver-based PRO Group recognized Cherokee PRO Home Center in Cherokee, North Carolina, as the 2014 Paul L. Cosgrave Memorial Award Winner.

Candler Cooper, a local businessman, and Danny Wingate of Haywood PRO Builders Supply teamed up about three years ago to fill a need in the local community by founding Cherokee PRO Home Center, according to PRO Group. 

The store serves the Cherokee community, including the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.

September 9, 2014

Aurora, Colorado-based Bona US opened a Bona Regional Training Center in Dallas.

One of multiple regional training centers launched by Bona over the past few years, the center is located north of the Dallas metro area in Addison. 

September 9, 2014

Companies that participated in the HCN Distributor Scoreboard Survey showed overwhelming sales improvement in 2013.  

One reason: Rising housing starts lift all boats in this industry. Annual housing starts of 923,400 for the year reflected a gain of 18.3%. 

Among the biggest gainers below were Sherwood Lumber, up 35%; Forest City Trading Group, up 29%; and Amerhart, up 23%.

September 9, 2014

North Wilkesboro, North Carolina-based Window World, which operates a network of 200-plus franchised window replacement outlets, has sold its 10 millionth window.

Dana Deem, president of Window World said of the achievement, "Hitting the 10 million window mark is an incredible accomplishment. We're proud of the products, value and quality that Window World provides, and we are beyond excited about reaching this landmark because it indicates our customers agree."

September 8, 2014

Electrolux agreed to acquire the appliances business of General Electric for a cash consideration of $3.3 billion.

The announcement was made early Monday morning. 

According to Electrolux, the deal enhances Electrolux’s position as a global player in home appliances, offering an opportunity to invest in innovation and growth, and is a particularly attractive strategic fit in North America.

September 8, 2014

Versatex is under new ownership but the same management.

Highlander Partners, a middle-market private investment firm based in Dallas, acquired Versatex Building Products. Founded in 2003, Versatex is a Pittsburgh-based provider of cellular PVC building products serving both the new construction and renovation-and-remodel markets.

September 8, 2014

Elkhart, Indiana based Patrick Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of component products and a distributor of building products, has inked a deal with PolyDyn3, LLC.

PolyDyn3, which is also based in Elkhart, is a custom fabricator of simulated wood and stone products for recreational vehicles. It expects annual revenues of approximately $2.5 million.

September 5, 2014

Home Depot says it continues to study its Internet security amid signs of a data breach.

During a presentation at a Goldman Sachs retailing conference this week, Home Depot CEO Frank Blake hit the topic head on.

September 5, 2014

Tifton, Georgia-based Short & Paulk Supply Co. recently promoted Mitzi Phillips, a longtime employee, to its assistant manager position of the Tifton store location. 

September 4, 2014

Though LDR Industries, a Chicago-based plumbing products company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday, its owners expressed optimism over its prospects for a sale.

"LDR is a strong viable business," said Bill Underwood, president and CEO. "It is currently involved in a dispute with U.S. Customs, and this is the best way to resolve that dispute."

September 3, 2014

Phoenix, Arizona-based Western Window Systems has been included in Inc. Magazine’s 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. The designer and manufacturer of door and window systems made the list with three-year sales growth of 236%. 

September 2, 2014

Herndon, Virginia-based Beacon Roofing Supply has acquired All Weather Products Ltd., a Vancouver-based distributor of roofing systems and accessories primarily for residential applications.

"We are very pleased to be joining Beacon not only because of its size and reputation in the industry but because Beacon shares AWP‘s belief that success comes from hard work and a commitment to your employees and customers," said AWP president and founder Ken Lillejord. "This is a very exciting time for us."

September 2, 2014

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania-based CertainTeed Corporation is sharpening its skills via the launch of its new Academy of Continuing Education.

The Academy, which was developed in conjunction with McGraw Hill Construction, will provide high-level training in building science expertise, taught by subject matter experts and via live events.

September 2, 2014

Houston-based hardware distributor Handy Hardware named Brian Sarno as VP sales.

Sarno’s past experience includes positions at Interline Brands and W.W. Granger. According to the company, Sarno has deep experience in the wholesale and distribution industries. 

The company made the announcement at its recent Fall Market in San Antonio. 

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