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February 28, 2014

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corp. recognized seven vendors for their superior commitment and service to the hardware cooperative, its retailers and customers at the 2014 Spring Convention and Exhibits held February 24-26 in Houston.

This year’s collection of Ace Vendor of the Year award winners are:

• Allway Tools, a premier manufacturer of paint sundries and specialized tools, based in the Bronx, N.Y. 

February 5, 2014

Pittsburgh-based Snavely Forest Products said it’s not going to let the “modified” lumber movement lose its momentum.

In response to Eastman Chemical’s recent announcement that it would cease the manufacturing of Perennial Wood products -- the trade name for acetylated wood -- Snavely Forest Products announced today that it will continue to market the high-performance decking product.  

January 29, 2014

You meet some interesting people in the home improvement industry. Here’s another one: Jared Littmann, the 41-year-old youth sports coach; lawyer; Annapolis, Md., assemblyman; owner of K&B True Value in Annapolis; and — most recently — True Value board member.

Littmann spoke to HCN just before the K&B True Value Hardware Art Show (see it at homechannelnews.com) opened its doors.

January 3, 2014

After serving on the board of directors for several years, Paula Calimafde has been named the new executive director of the Small Business Legislative Council.

Calimafde is a principal with Bethesda, Md., law firm Paley Rothman. She replaces John Satagaj, who retired. 

The SBLC is a non-profit group representing the interests of small privately owned businesses in several areas, including taxation and health care.

December 16, 2013

Jared S. Littmann, a co-owner of K&B True Value in Annapolis, Md., was recently appointed to the board of directors for True Value Co. 

Formerly an associate county attorney, Littmann brings a wealth of experience to the board of directors, including his service on the Annapolis City Council as an alderman, chair of the Environmental Matters Committee, and member of the Housing and Human Welfare Committee.

December 13, 2013

Towson, Md.-based Black & Decker introduced four new cordless power tools and a variety of new combination kit solutions.

The products are described by he company as “powerful and durable home-improvement solutions at a value for cost-conscious homeowners.”

These cordless tools are powered by the Black & Decker extended runtime 20V MAX* Lithium Ion Battery, and include a 1/2 Inch Drill/Driver, Impact Driver, Reciprocating Saw, and Circular Saw.

December 10, 2013

You can’t stop the weather, but you can sell a barrier.

The debate over the necessity of weather barriers is over — they’re necessary. But the question remains: Which barrier is best suited for any given project?

November 12, 2013

HCN congratulates the 50 hardware store, home center and farm and ranch retailers who made the annual HCN Hardware Store All-Star list.

Now in its third year, HCN's annual list of high performers recognizes hardware stores -- one from each state -- that are outstanding in their field. The complete list and analysis can be found in the September issue of HCN. Meanwhile, HCN Daily will work its way across the country with mini profiles, continuing this week with Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.

September 10, 2013

Bart and Diana Tyler, proprieters of Kelloggs & Lawrence in Katonah, N.Y., and DeWayne Tripp, owner of Hinton (Okla.) Hardware joined an elite crowd in 2013: HCN Hardware Store All-Stars. Their stores made the list, along with 48 other worthy retailers, one from each state.

August 26, 2013

Want to convince managers to report harassment complaints swiftly?

Show them a video illustrating—in painful detail—what it’s like to sit through a deposition for a harassment lawsuit.

That’s among the training suggestions made by employment law experts now that the U.S. Supreme Court has weighed in on the circumstances under which an employee is a “supervisor” for purposes of vicarious employer liability under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

July 19, 2013

A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that could fundamentally alter the size and scope of collective bargaining units was a hot topic of debate during a June 26, 2013, hearing of the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions.

July 10, 2013

Budget Blinds, an in-home window covering consultancy and installation service, will be bringing its wares to the Silver Spring, Maryland and metro D.C. area. The company is expanding its services in partnership with A Few Cool Hardware Stores, a group of Ace dealers in Washington D.C.

July 8, 2013

BlueTarp Financial announced it has entered into a new partnership with a pair of long-serving lumber companies on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

July 1, 2013

Beloit, Wis.-based building products distributor ABC Supply Co., Inc. acquired the distribution assets of Sellmore Industries, a distributor of steep-slope roofing, siding and windows with locations in Baltimore; Philadelphia; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Hagerstown, Md.

“These four new locations will expand and strengthen ABC Supply’s existing presence in these markets,” said ABC CEO David Luck.

June 26, 2013

On the heels of its successful first season, A Few Cool Hardware Stores will be launching the second installment of its Made in D.C. program, which is expanding to the co-op's four Maryland locations as a separate program called Made in Maryland.

The Ace Hardware dealer initially developed the program in response to demand for locally sourced products. In partnership with Think Local First D.C., owners Marc Friedman and Gina Schaefer beta launched the program in April 2013 to help support the local economy and encourage creative entrepreneurship in the D.C. area.

June 24, 2013

Technology’s impact on the recruiting process is having both positive and negative effects on employers of all sizes. Bob Corlett, president of Olney, Md.-based recruiting firm Staffing Advisors, says subtle changes in job-seeker behavior have left many small businesses in the dust when it comes to catching the eye of top talent.

At the same time, employers large and small are missing out on connecting with qualified candidates by not embracing mobile applications, which are increasingly being used by those on the hunt for new gigs.

April 16, 2013

IKEA has plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its distribution center in Perryville, Md.

March 7, 2013

Towson, Md.-based Black & Decker introduced four new models of germ-killing steam cleaning units.

February 21, 2013

The nation's single-family housing market is springing back to life, and the luxury market is budding right along with it.

Luxury homes have received a healthy boost from historically low mortgage rates, increased buyer confidence and burgeoning interest from foreign investors looking to capitalize on favorable exchange rates.

One bellwether of the recovery: Toll Brothers, the largest luxury home builder in the United States, reported that fourth-quarter revenues (ended Oct. 31, 2012) were up 48%, and new orders were the highest level seen since 2006.

January 30, 2013

Towson, Md.-based DeWalt has expanded its 12-Volt MAX Lithium Ion system with the introduction of a Hand-Held Radar Scanner.

January 24, 2013

The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional buildings certified under LEED. About 2.2 billion sq. ft. of space has been certified worldwide through 2012.

January 21, 2013

Support for the troops runs high in the lumber and building material industry. That’s because there’s a relatively high percentage of builders and lumberyard workers with military backgrounds -- at least from an anecdotal standpoint. 

Another reason is people like Ed Quinn Jr. 

December 20, 2012

Two New York men have been arrested and accused of stealing $257,000 from Home Depot stores in an elaborate shoplifting scheme involving two shopping carts containing identical items.

December 4, 2012

Stevensville, Md.-based home builder NEXUS EnergyHomes teamed with the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) to provide new home buyers a measurement of long-term energy performance of each new home the company builds.

The intent of the agreement is to raise consumers’ knowledge of new home energy performance by using RESNET’s HERS Index. 

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