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August 29, 2012

Paint may be a very emotional decision for consumers, but in the retail world, it’s a simple business plan: If you want to sell a lot of paint, dedicate enough space to it, assign a full-time, well-trained sales associate to the paint desk, and carry more than two lines of paint. One of those brands should cater to the pros. Find a way to keep the contractors separated from the homeowners, which is not all that difficult; professional painters don’t like to sit on sofas surrounded by tasseled pillows.

August 29, 2012

The makers of a leading exterior moss, mold, mildew and algae stain remover are rolling out a low-maintenance shower cleaner called Wet and Forget Shower.

The product slogan is: “Spray weekly. Scrub never.” And it expands the company's easy-to-use brand messaging. 

March 22, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed that companies be required to report to EPA all new uses, including in domestic or imported products, of five groups of potentially harmful chemicals. Over the years, these chemicals have been used in a range of consumer products and industrial applications, including paints, printing inks, pigments and dyes in textiles, and flame retardants in flexible foams, plasticizers and some building materials. 

November 15, 2011

The demand for paint and coatings in the United States is expected to rise 7.8% annually through 2015, according to a study by The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based market research firm. The market is expected to expand strongly in both volume and value terms, rebounding from the declines of the recession-impacted 2005 to 2010 period.

November 10, 2011

Bradford, Pa.-based W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. launched its Tec X collection, described as a brand extension with an emphasis on modern design.

The 28 individual models in the collection include features such as one-handed opening and closing, pocket clips, anodized aluminum handles, AUS8 blades and titanium coatings.

October 3, 2011

Griffin, Ga.-based Osmose announced a new online American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Program course titled, Micronized Technology for Pressure Treated Wood. 

The course for design professionals familiarizes them with wood as a sustainable building material, the pressure treating process, environmental certifications and other benefits of micronized copper pressure treated wood products, according to Osmose. 

September 22, 2011

The Lowe's brand Kobalt announced the addition of 18-volt and corded power tools to its line. 

The new line of cordless tools also ensure that power will never be a problem for users, as all Kobalt 18V tools are compatible with both Kobalt lithium-ion, as well as nickel cadmium (NiCd) batteries.

September 8, 2011

A Fremont, Calif.-based solar energy solutions provider that was once hailed as an example of the new green economy has closed and filed for bankruptcy protection, according to an article in the Silicon Valley Mercury News.

September 7, 2011

The "Consumer watch" section of the Dashboard shows gas prices rose a nickel last week, the unemployment rate was unchanged, and consumer confidence is plummeting.

August 23, 2011

A man was arrested in Newark, Del., after police say he unsuccessfully tried to steal tools and copper wire from a display at a Home Depot store.

August 10, 2011

Dunn-Edwards has introduced two new lines of acrylic paints for both interior and exterior use. Spartawall interior and Spartashield exterior acrylic paints are both available in a full range of gloss levels and colors. They can be used on commercial and residential projects, such as schools, hotels, hospitals, and single family or multi-tenant housing.  Both are formulated to provide for a more durable, better hiding, and longer lasting paint, the company said. 

August 5, 2011

Copper shoplifting is on the rise at home improvement stores across the country, but in the Fort Meyers, Fla., area, thieves may have come up with a novel way to steal the valuable metal. According to a story in the Fort Myers News Press, two men have been arrested for repeatedly shoplifting items from a Lowe’s store in Cape Coral, Fla., returning the items for store credit and then purchasing copper tubing, which they would sell to a recycling yard.

July 12, 2011

A man in Linden, N.J. was arrested July 9 for allegedly stealing copper pipes from a Home Depot sore by stuffing them in PVC piping, according to an article in the Verona-Cedar Grove Times.

June 8, 2011

Dunn-Edwards, the Los Angeles-based paint and sundries line, has introduced a premium interior enamel product line that has the performance and appearance of traditional oil-based paint but cleans up with soap and water. 

Called Aristowall, the gloss and semi-gloss paint is a water-oil hybrid product designed for interior walls, trim, molding, cabinets, doors, kitchens, baths and high-traffic areas. It uses waterborne alkyd technology, according to Terry Chi, product manager. “The end result is a surface that looks like glass,” she said. 

March 25, 2011

Griffin, Ga.-based Osmose, a global supplier of wood preservative products, acquired the production assets of Peninsula Copper Industries, Inc. (PCI), a producer of copper-based chemicals. 

PCI, headquartered in Hubbell, Michigan, is a leading manufacturer and exporter of copper carbonate and cupric oxide chemicals. PCI has been a copper compound supplier to Osmose for over 25 years. 

March 22, 2011

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. said it will phase out phosphorus from lawn fertilizers, including the market-leading Scotts Turf Builder brand, by the end of 2012.

Additionally, the Marysville, Ohio-based company said it will sharpen its focus on more efficient and optimized ways to use nitrogen in its lawn fertilizer products. 

February 8, 2011

A woman was arrested in Fort Myers, Fla., for allegedly stealing four coils of copper wire from a Home Depot store, according to a report on WVZN-TV.

Amber Jones, 26, was confronted outside the store by an employee who said he saw her tuck the wire under a baby blanket next to a child, who was in a car seat.

The four rolls of copper wire were worth a combined $318.46.

December 5, 2010

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October 31, 2010

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November 2, 2008

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August 10, 2008

As the price of copper has risen dramatically, so has crime associated with the increasingly...

June 30, 2008

A landmark lead paint verdict, which held several prominent paint companies liable for lead paint...

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