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December 5, 2014

Hardware industry vendors descended on Fort Wayne, Indiana, Dec. 2 as Do it Best Corp.’s Open Buying Day kicked off at its headquarters.

The event enabled Do it Best merchandise managers to meet one-on-one with prospective vendors interested in doing business with Do it Best Corp. and its member-owners. The products presented as part of this year’s Open Buying Day covered all product categories, from tools to housewares.  

Prospective domestic and international vendors participated.

December 5, 2014

Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Do it Best Corp. has high praise for its vendors of the year. Here’s what the company says about its 22 Vendor of the Year honorees:

“They provide the best product offerings and pricing to keep our member-owners competitive, and they offer exceptional service so that members can meet their customers’ expectations.”

November 19, 2014

The propensity for novelty is a unifying trait among retailers of all stripes, but of particular interest to us here is the many ways in which hardware stores continue to surprise us.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes these stores for their quirks and commitment to thinking outside the box, as well as other more traditional traits like service, inventory and community service.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

October 30, 2014

After a long career in the home improvement industry as a manufacturers rep, Frank (Bud) S. Howard III died last week.

Bud ran the Indianapolis-based Frank S. Howard Company after his dad Frank retired in 1968 until he retired in 1992. Bud called on accounts in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, and Southern Ohio for 35 plus years. 

October 18, 2014

Indianapolis -- Farm and ranch and home automation were included in a list of highlights and opportunities for retailers attending the Do it Best Fall Market, which includes 61 new vendors this year.

Back by popular demand on the show floor is a 5,000 sq.-ft. Farm & Ranch exhibit, said Steve Markley, VP of Merchandising for the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based co-op.

“Farm and ranch is a fast growing segment for us,” Markley said during the co-op’s Merchandising Market Preview. “There are all kinds of opportunities in that area.”

October 12, 2014

 

Do it Best Corp. says it is bringing more resources to its INCOM Distributor Supply division. 

The Fort Wayne, Indiana-based co-op is expanding the team and dedicating additional resources to support INCOM Distributor Supply. The move reflects the business’ sustained growth and strategic importance, according to the co-op.

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.

August 13, 2014

Calling it a landmark occasion, Shelbyville, Indiana-based Knauf Insulation completed its acquisition of Guardian Insulation. 

The transaction includes Guardian Fiberglass, a leading supplier of insulation products for the construction market, and Guardian Laminated Building Products. Guardian Fiberglass will be integrated into Knauf Insulation and Guardian Laminated Building Products has become Silvercote, LLC.

The deal puts more than double the production capacity of glass mineral wool at Knauf’s disposal.

Terms of the deal were not released.

August 11, 2014

Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Do it Best Corp. added Nick Talarico as a divisional manager, effective Aug. 1.

In his new role, Talarico will oversee the hand tools, plumbing, cleaning, housewares and InCom departments within merchandising. He had previously served as the co-op’s manager of internal audit since May 2011.

August 11, 2014

Syracuse, Indiana-based Poly-Wood, Inc. named Megan Pierson as the new director of sales and marketing for the designer and manufacturer of high-performance, eco-friendly casual outdoor furniture. 

August 4, 2014

Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Do it Best Corp. announced the retirement of one of its senior leaders while also transitioning another proven executive into a new position.   

Effective Oct. 24, Do it Best VP of Lumber and Building Materials Quent Ondricek will retire his position, while Gary Nackers, currently director of program development for LBM, will move into that role, effective Sept. 15. 

August 4, 2014

Pennsylvania and Indiana Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Companies have launched a new website: plmilm.com.

The new site includes navigation and information improvements, and also reflects the affiliation of PLM and ILM, which occurred in the fall of 2013.

July 22, 2014

Lowe's revealed its plans Tuesday to build a new Customer Support Center in Indianapolis, which is expected to reach completion by 2016.

The announcment was made with Lowe's officials in the company of Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. 

July 18, 2014

The Indiana Lumber & Builder’s Supply Association will host the 20th Sycamore Scramble Aug. 7 at Oak Tree Golf Course in Plainfield, Indiana.

This event benefits the Blair F. Collings Scholarship Program, which is one of the largest single scholarship granting programs in the LBM industry. 

The scholarship program is named to honor the memory of Blair Collings, the son of Ferguson Lumber owner Joe Collings, a past chairman of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association.

June 26, 2014

With a name like Franklin Electric, you'd be surprised to learn that "Pool Supplies" is the category in which the company's offshoot, Little Giant Outdoor Living, earned a 2014 Golden Hammer Award.

June 10, 2014

Boiler maker Weil-McLain of Michigan City, Indiana, announced a recall of its Ultra models 80, 105, 155 and 230 MBH Ultra Series Boilers.

According to a release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a cap on the boiler’s manifold can crack and release gas into the home, posing a risk of fire and explosion.

No injuries have been reported, but the firm has received 11 reports of manifold caps cracking.

June 2, 2014

Shelbyville, Indiana-based Knauf Insulation signed a deal to acquire Guardian Insulation.

The transaction includes Guardian Fiberglass, a leading supplier of insulation products for the construction market, and Guardian Laminated Building Products.

May 19, 2014

Carmel, Ind.-based Sclage hosted a virtual Great Brass Debate in an effort to shed light on the question: “Is it in or out?”

The virtual debate was hosted on Google Hangout. 

May 18, 2014

Indianapolis -- Rich Lynch, who was named VP of marketing for Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. back in March, said he learned some valuable lessons about retail from his teenage years as a hardware store employee -- and also from his years as a marketing executive for Jim Beam.

Lynch met with the media here during the co-op's May Market. And with the words "helping members grow" stitched into his shirt sleeve, he talked about the importance of staying ahead of society's online movement and balancing all the "ingredients" of a successful hardware store.

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 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 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 2, 2014

Each year, HCN raises its flag full-staff in honor of the homegrown manufacturing efforts taking place on our soil. Particularly in the building materials and home improvement industry, many enterprising suppliers go the Made-in-USA way because, as they put it, it’s the obvious choice.

March 27, 2014

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. promoted Rich Lynch to the position of VP marketing.

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