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March 5, 2014

Southbridge, Mass.-based Hyde Tools introduced a product designed to reduce the painter's time on preparation and painting. 

The Hyde Painter's Assistant is a multi-use painter's tool that acts sort of like an extra pair of hands. Thecarrying handle for one and two quarter containers includes a magnetic bursh holder. 

Also built in are a paint can opener, brush and roller cleaner, belt hook, putty knife/scraper and a garage tool hanger.

February 25, 2014

Menck USA has appointed its senior executive and production team. This group of five officers will operate the company’s new expansion in Chicopee, Mass. The new Menck USA management team plans aggressive future growth for the company.

February 14, 2014

Bedford, Mass.-based Schawbel Corporation announced Steve Hill, former president of Black Flag Brands, will serve as president of its ThermaCell Repellents subsidiary, which markets an area mosquito repellent system in the United States and 27 countries around the world.

January 28, 2014

Springfield, Mass.-based Rocky’s Ace Hardware collected more than 4 tons of pet food, along with beds, leashes, treats, toys and cleaning supplies and delivered them to local animal shelters. The final weight of pet food amassed totaled an amazing 8,776 pounds.

January 16, 2014

A subsidiary of Universal Forest Products Inc. has agreed to purchase the assets of National Fiber, a Massachusetts-based producer of cellulose insulation.

With a strong presence in the Northeastern U.S., National Fiber distributes its Cel-Pak and Nu-Wool insulation, as well as installation machines, to professional cellulose installers in the region.

January 14, 2014

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December 26, 2013

South Deerfield, Mass.-based Yankee Candle is recalling a Candle Ring – Pine Berry product. The candle rings' synthetic foliage and berries are flammable, posing a fire hazard, according to an announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The product was manufactured in China. No injuries or incidents were reported.

December 19, 2013

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has deemed A. Duie Pyle Warehouse & Distribution its 2013 Service Provider of the Year.

“A. Duie Pyle has been supporting Scotts in the Northeast with superior warehousing and transportation services out of the Westfield, Mass. facility since 2001, and during that time has proved to be an important element of our supply chain success," said Jim Iovino, VP global logistics at Scotts Miracle-Gro.

December 10, 2013

When Mansfield, Mass.-based Boston Cedar announced the kickoff for its new lineup of decking, railing and trim products, the moves were described collectively as a “Game Changer.”

The building products distributor brought in hockey legend Bobby Orr to help spread the word about its new suppliers: RDI, KOMA Building Products and Trex Co.

December 1, 2013

Mansfield, Mass.-based distributor Boston Cedar brought in some star power to help relaunch its decking, railing and trim product lineup.

Hockey legend Bobby Orr was on hand at the event in Providence, R.I., as was Providence College basketball coach Ed Cooley.  The celebration was designed to launch the compan's new decking, railing and trim product line up, and it attracted many of the leading northeast lumber and building materials dealers, according to the company. 

November 27, 2013

Peabody, Mass.-based Beacon Roofing Supply CEO Paul Isabella added color to his company’s record sales performance for the quarter and the full year.

For the quarter, residential sales were up 4.8%, commercial sales were up 8.3%, and complementary sales were up 3.4%. “This marks two consecutive quarters where all three product lines have seen positive organic growth, 1.2% last quarter and 6% this quarter.”

November 26, 2013

Peabody, Mass.-based Beacon Roofing Supply reported fourth-quarter sales of $683.5 million, up 14.3% compared with the same quarter last year. 

In existing markets, residential roofing product sales increased 6.5%, non-residential roofing product sales increased 10.1%, and complementary product sales increased 5.0%.

November 22, 2013

Launching its third annual Holiday Pet Food Drive, Springfield, Mass.-based Rocky’s Ace Hardware teamed with Nutro Pet Foods to help homeless and abandoned pets. The drive runs now through Dec. 23. 

Each of the 32 Rocky’s Ace Hardware stores have partnered with an area Humane Society or Shelter to collect food this Holiday Season for the much forgotten and unfortunate animals in our own community.

November 7, 2013

Granite Gold’s nationwide distribution expanded with the addition of Shaw’s Supermarkets in the Northeast and Stater Bros. Markets in Southern California.

Shaw’s Supermarkets, which has more than 120 stores throughout Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, now carries Granite Gold Daily Cleaner and Granite Gold Polish. 

October 28, 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 Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

October 10, 2013

Jason Mora recently joined Versatex as a market development specialist. 

Based in Manchester, N.H., he spent the past three years building his skill set as a client service analyst with Mercer Investments of Norwood, Mass., and as a senior sales representative at Flagship Merchant Services, the transaction processing organization headquartered in Charlestown, Mass. 

October 1, 2013

Beacon Roofing Supply is moving its corporate headquarters from Peabody, Mass., to its Herndon, Va., corporate offices at 505 Huntmar Park Dr.

Beacon president and CEO Paul Isabella cited the start of the 2014 fiscal year, as well as the recent appointment of CFO Joe Nowicki, as fortuitous circumstances for relocation.

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.

June 19, 2013

Las Vegas — Ray Griffith kicked off the Golden Hammer retail awards presentation with a joke: "Does everyone have an hour? I have a long speech." He got an even bigger laugh when he called out a moderator for his use of the word "entertainment" to describe the panel discussion.

But the concepts that Griffith and the other retail honorees shared during the 29th Golden Hammer Awards ceremony held here during the National Hardware Show contained a serious tone as hardware stores appear to be poised to pounce on a swelling industry recovery.

June 10, 2013

Danvers, Mass.-based Osram Sylvania signed a deal with Comcast to offer energy-efficient light bulbs that can be controlled remotely from anywhere through the Xfinity Home platform. 

May 13, 2013

Peabody, Mass.-based Beacon Roofing Supply posted a second-quarter net loss of $0.2 million, compared with net income of $3.1 million in the same quarter last year.

Sales increased 5.3% to $416.3 million in the quarter.

CEO Paul Isabella described the second quarter as "challenging."

He added: "We experienced harsh weather conditions in many of our markets, and we were up against a very strong second quarter last year when our existing market sales were up 28%." 

May 6, 2013

Kingsport, Tenn.-based Perennial Wood, maker of a modified and real wood product, expands in the Northeast.

April 26, 2013

In an interview on CBS 3 in Massachusetts, Rocco Falcone credited employers for the retailers Retailer of the Year award.

April 1, 2013

Springfield, Mass.-based Rocky's will accept the Retailer of the Year Award at the 2013 Golden Hammer ceremony in Las Vegas May 8.

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