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October 23, 2014

Fresh with acquisitions in Orlando, Houston, Dallas and Austin, and motivated by a positive long-term housing industry outlook, Dallas-based Builders FirstSource reported strong sales gains in its third fiscal quarter.

 And even without counting acquisitions, sales showed a healthy gains.

October 22, 2014

Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. promoted 20 branch managers from around the country to managing partner. 

This move gives these managers a more prominent leadership role within the company. 

“These 20 managers have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and a strong commitment to their teams, customers and communities. We are delighted to recognize them,” said Keith Rozolis, ABC Supply’s president and CEO. 

October 22, 2014

Strong organic growth was the story emanating from New Britain, Connecticut-based Stanley Black & Decker, which posted third-quarter sales and earnings growth Wednesday morning. 

The company reported net sales of $2.90 billion in the third quarter, up from $2.76 billion in the same quarter last year. Net income for the company of multiple brands and wide-ranging markets amounted to $236.7 million, compared with $166.0 million last year. 

October 22, 2014

Lisle, Illinois-based The Vendor Center announced an alliance with Val-Test Group.

Under the partnership, Val-Test Vendors will be able to use the secure business-to-business website to allow qualified independent retailers to access a wide range of vendor information, including pricing, catalogs, educational and demonstrational videos, and even order products online with all billing processing via their Val-Test distributors.

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 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 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

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 15, 2014

Walnut Creek, California-based Central Garden & Pet said it rebuffed acquisition offers from an investment group.

The marketer and producer of products for the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets, said that, after an extensive review, its board of directors unanimously concluded that it will not pursue two proposals received from Harbinger Group Inc. in June to acquire all of Central’s common stock at $10 per share in cash or, alternatively, to acquire the company's pet segment for $750 million in cash.

October 15, 2014

Schaumburg, Illinois-based GRK Fasteners rolled out a new Trex Select approved product, the Kameleon Composite Deck Screw.

Kameleon screws blend with Trex Select composite deck boards and have treated lumber code-approved GRK Climatek coating for superior corrosion resistance. They have been approved by TREX Company, Inc., for use in their most popular colors of Trex Select decking, including Woodland Brown, Saddle, Pebble Grey and Madeira.

Kameleon Screws feature fiber-trapping rings that keep material from splintering and eliminates any mushrooming effect.

October 13, 2014

Washington, D.C.-based Logan Hardware, a member of the nine-store Ace Chain "A Few Cool Hardware Stores," has officially reopened the doors at its new location after months of construction.

Effective Oct. 9, the store was open to customers, though the store is still in the process of completing certain renovations.

October 13, 2014

Plano, Texas-based Rent-A-Center Inc. appointed Anurag Gupta to VP, enterprise project management office (EPMO).

Reporting to Doug Guziec, senior VP and chief strategy officer, Gupta is charged with broad oversight of Rent-A-Center’s portfolio of business initiatives. His responsibilities include the establishment of processes and controls designed to manage all phases of these initiatives. He's also tasked with the strategic evaluation of prospective business initiatives with an eye for determining which are green-lighted and when they are to be initiated.

October 13, 2014

Home Depot’s Marvin Ellison will leave the world’s largest home improvement retailer to take the top spot at Plano, Texas-based J.C. Penney. 

Ellison is currently executive VP stores at The Home Depot. 

October 13, 2014

Montgomery, New York-based Russin Lumber has brought industry veterans Mike Haas and Scott Passino on to its outside sales team.

October 12, 2014

Denver -- During the True Value General Session here, with the co-op presenting details of its much-anticipated strategic plan, president and CEO John Hartmann painted a picture of the company building on the principles of “engagement,” “growth” and “efficiency.”

October 9, 2014

The annonced merger of ENAP and Progressive Affiliated Lumbermen has plenty of support from each group’s lumberyard leadership. What the merger lacks currently is a name.

LBM buying cooperatives PAL and ENAP signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to merge. The companies enjoy strong dealer support in the Midwest and East markets, respectively.

October 9, 2014

True Value has hired Jean Niemi, a former Home Depot communications executive, as the Chicago-based co-op’s new senior director, corporate communications. 

A veteran communications executive with more than 15 years of experience at Fortune 500 corporations and leading public relations agencies, Niemi will lead and oversee all media relations, executive engagements, employee and retailer communications, and manage the corporate communications team.

October 8, 2014

In a new marketing effort, Benton Harbor, Michigan-based Whirlpool is celebrating the joy of chores with the launch of its “Every day, care” campaign.

The new campaign, according to Whirlpool, departs from the ‘feature wars’ and ‘one-upmanship’ common in the industry. 

October 6, 2014

Grand Forks, North Dakota-based Acme Tools flexed its digital muscles with the opening of a new distribution center for its online business.

Acme Tools, described as a leading authorized online retailer of tools and equipment, announced the start of business operations at its new distribution center in Grand Forks, in support of its growing Internet sales division.

October 6, 2014

Knoxville, Tennessee-based House-Hasson Hardware is rolling out “Dollar House,” a merchandise and sales program to enable dealers to compete with Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree stores, the company said.

“Dollar House” will be introduced to House-Hasson dealers at the company’s upcoming Oct. 9-11 dealer market in Sevierville, Tennessee, at the Sevierville Events Center. 

October 6, 2014

St. Louis, Missouri-based Huttig Building Products named Ken Schmitt as regional VP of the Northeast. 

In his new role, Schmitt will be responsible for Huttig locations in Augusta and Saco, Maine; Newington, Connecticut; Taunton, Massachusetts;  Hooksett, New hampshire and Selkirk, N.Y. 

October 6, 2014

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has acquired Fafard and Brothers via its indirect subsidiary, Scotts Canada.

Quebec-based Fafard is a producer of peat moss and high-performance growing media products, such as peat-based and bark-based mixes, composts and premium soils. It also distributes various fertilizers, mulch and grass seed products.

October 2, 2014

Builders FirstSource, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Trim Tech of Austin, Inc., effective Oct. 1, 2014.

Hutto, Texas-based Trim Tech is a turn-key supplier of custom cabinets, interior and exterior doors, stair parts, and custom millwork and molding. It netted approximately $14 million in revenues in 2013.

October 2, 2014

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores -- one from each state -- that stand out for service, service and more service.

They also show 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 Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

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