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March 20, 2012

Dick Jackson, president and CEO of Pacific Wood Preserving Companies, died after a long battle with cancer, according to the Lumber Association of California and Nevada (LACN) newsletter.

January 3, 2012

A group of Home Depot customers in Beaverton, Ore., helped authorities solve a dozen shoplifting cases involving close to $500,000 in stolen merchandise from a variety of businesses, according to an article in the Portland Tribune.

December 22, 2011

The Valspar Corp. has announced the opening of a new research and development center in Shunde, China. The Valspar Applied Science and Technology Center will employ more than 200 scientists to support the continued growth of Valspar in Asia Pacific and Valspar’s research and development on a global basis.

December 2, 2011

China as a retail frontier (The following is a response to an article about Kingfisher’s efforts in China.)

“It took far too long for Kingfisher and HD to recognize that [China] is different and requires core rethinking. While the goal of improving living conditions is similar to western economies, the fact is that China jumped over many of the steps that led to big-box DIY in the West.

November 22, 2011

Log and lumber exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska in the first three quarters of 2011 already surpass the total exports of 2010 according to the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station.

November 11, 2011

Building permits in Canada decreased 4.9% in September 2011 compared with August, marking the third consecutive monthly decline, according to Statistics Canada, the government’s national database. Permit activity fell in six provinces, led by British Columbia and Alberta.

The decline nationally was mainly attributable to both the residential and non-residential sectors in British Columbia and the non-residential sector in Alberta. Building permits increased in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.

October 10, 2011

Linton Tibbetts, a Florida lumberman who founded Cox Lumber, passed away on Oct. 6, according to his obituary. He was 88 years old.

Tibbetts, who split his time between St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Cayman Islands, opened LBM outlets in both locations. His U.S. operation, founded in 1949,  grew to 30 locations, making it one of the largest regional chains in the United States. In 2006, when Tibbetts sold Cox Lumber to Home Depot, the company’s annual revenues were $396 million.

September 22, 2011

Atlanta-based Home Depot opened its first store on the Caribbean island of St. Croix.

With a population of more than 50,000, St. Croix is one of the islands of the U.S. Virgin Islands, where a Home Depot has been open for several years on the island of St. Thomas. The company operates six stores on nearby Puerto Rico. 

The store has been described as the only new Home Depot store to open anywhere in the United States or its territories during the past 12 months.

Home Depot operates a total of 2,246 stores. 

 

August 31, 2011

On the eve of the company’s second-quarter earnings announcement, Lowe’s closed seven underperforming stores. 


Shuttered are locations in Meriden, Conn.; Riverdale, Ga.; Elgin and Schaumburg, Ill.; Kenai, Alaska.; Cambridge, Minn.; and Ticonderoga N.Y.


Obviously, the move upset the affected communities. For instance, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski complained of the lack of notice. But CEO Robert Niblock is paid to make tough decisions, which is how he described the seven closings.


August 22, 2011

Do it Best Corp. announced the soft opening of the first four Pongs Do it Best Home Centers in Jakarta, Indonesia, earlier this month.

With the openings in Indonesia, the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op expanded its customer base to 50 countries.

August 19, 2011

Lowe’s announcement on Aug. 15 that it was closing seven stores around the country has brought some swift reactions from politicians, community leaders and local media outlets.

August 9, 2011

Anderson, S.C.-based Delta Power Equipment Corp. named four regional sales managers: Joe Brakhage, Northeast, Rick Carr, Midwest; Dennis Mickelson, Western; and Curt Thomas, Southeastern.

Carr started with Rockwell International’s power tool division in 1977 as a district sales manager and worked his way up through the Pentair Tool Group to become hardware channel national accounts manager from 1999 to 2003 with responsibilities for a number of their brands, including Delta. Most recently, he was hardware channel national accounts manager with Senco Brands. 

August 8, 2011

Eco Building Products has announced its first successful shipment of 22 containers of “Red Shield” treated lumber, which has arrived at its Port au Prince distribution facility. The entire lumber package previously sold to local Haitian building supply companies will be distributed this coming week. 

August 4, 2011

Building material co-op Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation (LMC) has announced the addition of Hillsboro, Ore.-based Parr Lumber to its group of independent lumberyards. Parr Lumber has 30 locations in the Northwest and ranked 13th on the Home Channel News Top 200 Pro Dealer Scoreboard.

July 6, 2011

Fulton Homes, one of Arizona’s largest privately-owned home builders, has announced the confirmation of its reorganization plan in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

June 14, 2011

Beijing New Building Material (Group) Co. (BNBM), China's largest new home and building materials manufacturer, is planning to open 10 new production facilities overseas by the year 2015, according to an article in China Daily. 

June 8, 2011

Continuing the alphabetical, coast-to-coast rundown of high-performing American hardware stores, here are three distinguished dealers from Nebraska, Nevada and New Hampshire:

• Nebraska

 Q.P. Ace Hardware With deep roots in the Lincoln community, Q.P. Ace Hardware has four locations. You can get a free bag of popcorn at any one of them. Founded in 1966, the business was handed down to Doug and Lisa Long in 1999, son-in-law and daughter of the founders. 

June 7, 2011

Lumberyard executives from California and Nevada will learn about global demand for wood supply and its impact on markets in the United States during the Second Growth Summer Conference July 21 to 22 hosted by the Lumber Association of California & Nevada (LACN).

The Second Growth series is designed for lumber executives aged 40 and under -- although the 40-and-over crowd is also welcome at the events.

June 7, 2011

Back in 2006, Zeeland Lumber in Zeeland, Mich., was named Home Channel News Independent ProDealer of the Year. The building industry has changed dramatically since then, and Zeeland has changed with the times. 


The company unveiled its new branding last month, including a new logo and a simple, two-word tagline: “Build. Trust.” 


“It’s such a fitting tagline,” said Mark VandenBosch, VP sales and marketing. “Each word can stand alone, and together they represent everything we do.”


May 24, 2011

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. signed a deal that will bring the Do it Best brand to Indonesia for the first time. The deal also landed Do it Best a partnership with Paulus Ong, who helped grow Ace Indonesia from three stores in 1999 to 45 stores in 2011.

Grand openings are planned for Aug. 3 for the first four Pongs Do it Best Hardware stores in Jakarta.

May 1, 2011

From New York's Island to the Redwood Forests, the great American hardware store maintains a revered place in commercial history of these United States. 

The May issue of Home Channel News compiled the first-ever Hardware Store All Star list. Here are three of the 50: standout stores from Alabama, Alaska and Arizona. 

• Alabama

April 30, 2011

 

Nearly two months since the tragic Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the issue of power-tool supply-chain was raised during a Stanley Black & Decker conference call.

Stanley President and CEO John Lundgren said to the extent that there may be difficulties getting product from Japan, they would appear in the second quarter. 

April 21, 2011

Parr Lumber, the Pacific Northwest-based pro dealer, has promoted Nate Rasmussen to the position of eastern Washington regional sales manager. Rasmussen will develop sales strategies to increase services to key accounts in Spokane, Yakima and the Tri-Cities.  Previously Rasmussen managed contractor sales for Parr in the Portland metro area.

March 29, 2011

Contractors, developers, engineers and other construction business executives are calling on state and federal lawmakers to support continued investment in Everglades restoration projects as part of an effort to create jobs in an industry that has been hit hard during Florida's prolonged economic recession.

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