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April 23, 2014

Garden Grove, Calif.-based Earth Friendly Products, the manufacturer of ECOS laundry detergent and other all-natural cleaning products, is increasing its minimum wage to $17 per hour in honor of Earth Day this year.

Additionally, the company will continue providing a bonus worth one week's pay for both Earth Day and Labor Day to all employees.

The move backs the company's ideal of a sustainable, fair and responsible work environment, first established by founder Van Vlahakis in 1967.

April 23, 2014

Installed Building Products, Inc., a Columbus, Ohio-based residential installer of insulation products, has named Robert Schottenstein to its board of directors.

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Robert to our Board,” stated Jeff Edwards, chairman and CEO of IBP. "As chairman and chief executive officer of a leading publicly traded homebuilder, Robert brings a wealth of experience to IBP, particularly related to residential construction markets and corporate management, and complements the significant expertise and depth of our current board members.”

April 22, 2014

Tempe, Ariz.-based MTD Southwest Inc. is recalling several thousand Remington and Troy-Bilt electric leaf blowers, citing a laceration hazard applicable to both brands.

The blower's impeller has a reported tendency to break and strike the operator during use. MTD received 17 incident reports related to the Troy-Bilt model, which included 12 injuries that resulted in cuts, bruises and lacerations requiring stitches. One incident involving the Remington model was reported, which resulted in cuts and bruises.

April 22, 2014

Roofing consultants group RCI named Sidney I. Hankins, as president of its board of directors.

Hankins, of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Roof Design and Consulting Services, was named president at the Annual Meeting of Members during the 29th International Convention and Trade Show in Anaheim, Calif.

First VP is Jean-Guy Levaque of Halsall Associates, Burlington, Ontario. Second VP is Robert Hinojosa of RJH and Associates of Miramar Beach, Fla.

 

April 21, 2014

Brooke Grothe of Irwin Industrial Tool Group received a Presidential Award at the Reliable Distributors Management and Marketing Conference, held recently.

The award is presented to members and vendors for their outstanding commitment and leadership provided to the group.

Also during the conference, which carried the them “Living in America,” Reliable Distributors introduced new marketing programs, including a Made in USA-focused effort. 

April 18, 2014

Integrity Composites, the manufacturer of DuraLife Decking and Railing, signed a distribution agreement with Rochelle, Ill.-based Cedar Siding Inc. to distribute their products in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. 

April 18, 2014

 

In Canon City, Colo., Fontana True Value is carrying a new stamp of approval: “True Value Best Hardware Store in Town.”

Jim Fontana and Susan Palladino accepted the designation during a True Value Co. ceremony in Atlanta, during which 13 stores were honored.

In Canon City, Fontana True Value is known for empowering employees to make decisions, including returns and price matching. 

“Every day I get customer feedback about how friendly and helpful the employees are,” said Fontana. 

April 18, 2014

Paul McNally of Apex Tool Group received a Presidential Award at the Reliable Distributors Management and Marketing Conference.

The award is presented to members and vendors for their outstanding commitment and leadership provided to the group.

Also during the conference, Reliable Distributors introduced new marketing programs, including a Made in USA-focused effort. 

The conference theme, in fact, was "Living in America."

Reliable is based in Libertyville, Ill. 

April 17, 2014

Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts Miracle-Gro Company named Randy Coleman as executive VP and CFO.

Coleman replaces Larry Hilsheimer, who has left the company after slighlty more than a year in his role.

Chairman and CEO Jim Hagedorn described Coleman as a better fit for the position.

April 16, 2014

Buffalo Grove, Ill.-based Hines Supply, which announced two expansions in the last week, has announced another.

Mike’s Deck Centers in Montgomery and St. Charles, Ill will join Hines, a division of U.S. LBM.

April 15, 2014

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. hired Eric Knox as regional sales and business development manager, covering a large swath of the United States.

April 14, 2014

Even though they're separate entities, both Sears Holdings (SHLD) and Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores (SHOS) fell more than 5 percentage points on Friday.

April 14, 2014

Pittsburgh-based Koppers Inc. agreed to acquire the Wood Preservation and Railroad Services business of Osmose Holdings for $460 million.

Revenues for the acquired businesses in 2013 were about $390 million. 

April 11, 2014

Winona, Minn.-based Fastenal Co. reported net sales of $876.5 million in the first quarter ended March 31, an increase of 8.7% over the same period last year. 

Net earnings increased 2.6% to $111.9 million. 

April 9, 2014

Hines Supply, a subsidiary of US LBM, has opened a full-service building supply center and design showroom in Grayslake, Ill., north of Chicago.

The location, at 939 South Route 83 in Grayslake, is celebrating its grand opening today. It will be managed by 30-year industry veteran Ed Graafsma.

April 9, 2014

San Diego-based WD-40 Company reported second-quarter net sales of $94.2 million, up 9% from the same quarter last year.

Net income, however, slipped 1% to $10.3 million. 

April 9, 2014

Denver-based Kodiak Building Partners has agreed to purchase the assets of Factory Builder Stores, a large independent specialty distributor of appliances and cabinets based in Houston.

April 4, 2014

Albertson, N.Y.-based Marlin Lumber Sales Corp., which offers mill direct sourcing for hardwood flooring, welcomed industry veterans Kevin Kelly and Dave Nickodemus to the Marlin sales team.

"Both Kevin and Dave are key additions to the Marlin sales team," said Jan Schottenfeld, Marlin Lumber president. "We view these appointments as a sign of our commitment to continued leadership in the industry. I'm confident that Kevin and Dave will play key roles in provideing high quality solutions for our customers." 

April 4, 2014

New Ulm, Minn.-based Shelter Products launched a Therma-Tru door line called Elegant Entrys. Shelter Products will be carrying the complete line of entry and patio doors manufactured by Therma-Tru in their Indiana facility.  

Shelter Products says it believes its relationship with the Therma-Tru Door company is unique, and that they will become the premier distributor of this product.  

April 3, 2014

Just days after buying an interest in a Texas sawmill operator, Universal Forest Products has made another acquisition, this one in North Carolina.

UFPI announced that one of its subsidiaries has purchased assets of High Level Components, a building component manufacturer based in Locust, N.C. The deal closed March 31.

April 3, 2014

Hipp Modern Builders Supply of Mountain View, Ark., a fourth-generation family business in the Ozark foothills, has been named the 2014 Tools of the Trade Award winner by HCN. 

The award will be presented during the Golden Hammer Awards ceremony during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 6.

April 2, 2014

Gig Harbor, Wash.-based Screw Products has added a new fastener to its extensive product line: white head, trim head screws, an exterior/interior multi-purpose screw appropriate for a wide range of projects. 

These fasteners may be used with ACQ and CCA pressure-treated lumber thanks to a proprietary coating designed to protect against corrosion, and that has withstood 1,200 hours of salt spray testing, the company said. 

April 1, 2014

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corporation is hoping to gain a sales and marketing boost from its 90th anniversary.

To commemorate the occasion, Ace is hosting a nationwide promotion April 2-7, during which time customers can get 20% off gallons of Clark+Kensington paint+primer in one, as well as special offers on a variety of lawn, garden and outdoor living items. Some home maintenance products will also be priced at 90 cents in honor of the milestone.

April 1, 2014

The latest addition to the US LBM Holdings family is Jones Lumber Company of Boca Raton, Fla.

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