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July 30, 2014

Muskegon, Michigan-based energy-efficient lighting company EarthTronics has named Tripp Smith to the post of VP sales. Smith brings over 30 years of lighting experience to bear on his new role, in which he will be charged with increasing sales opportunities and profit, as well as expanding market share in North America.

Over 22 years of his career were spent at GE Lighting, where he performed in various sales and leadership capacities in the company's retail and commercial lighting businesses.

July 29, 2014

Taylor, Michigan-based Masco announced that adjusted operating profit grew by 21% in its second quarter.

Net sales from continuing operations rose 5% to $2.3 billion, up from $2.1 billion for the second quarter of 2013.  North American sales increased 4%, and international sales increased 9% in U.S. dollars.

June 13, 2014

Joseph Harper, Sr. has retired from the board of directors at Sterling Construction Company, effective June 11.

Harper has been involved with Sterling since the days of its predecessor, joining the company in 1972, six years before its from from Sterling Heights, Michigan to Houston.

His roles at the company have ran the gamut from project management to executive roles such as CFO, treasurer, and most recently, president and COO.

May 19, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid opened a 40,000-sq.-ft. Design Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a move it says will boost its numerous brands.

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. 

March 18, 2014

A subsidiary of Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Universal Forest Products acquired Container Systems, a manufacturer of crates and containers for industrial applications and the moving-and-storage industry, located in Franklinton, N.C. 

CSI produces a full line of moving and storage crates, specialized crates for niche markets and integrated packaging solutions, and is a wholesale cut-to-size panel and lumber supplier to the area’s industrial customers. Sales in 2013 were about $3 million. 

March 6, 2014

Versatex Trimboard hired Chad Domrase to join the regional market development team for Michigan and Chicago.

Domrase will report to regional sales manager Chris Hedlund. Active in the building products industry since 2006, Domrase acquired specialized experience with both 84 Lumber and Wimsatt Building Materials in Lansing, Mich.

Versatex Trimboard products are manufactured by Wolfpac Technologies of Pittsburgh. 

 

March 4, 2014

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Universal Forest Products signed a distribution deal for the CAMO Hidden Deck Fastening System from National Nail Corp.

The product is now available through select UFPI affiliates and will be co-marketed with the National Nail's ProWood brand of pressure-treated decking.

CAMO is a hidden fastening system that easily and affordably attaches treated lumber, hardwood, cedar, composite or PVC deckboards directly to the substructure creating a fastener-free deck surface, according to the company.

February 24, 2014

Novi, Mich.-based BrassCraft Manufacturing is launching a new look for its retail line of water and gas plumbing products as it brings all of the line under the BrassCraft label.

Over two years of focused research and customer feedback has been considered in the design of the new packaging which consolidates the company’s line of plumbing supplies under the BrassCraft brand. The new packaging began hitting store shelves in mid-January, with a complete rollout expected by April 2014.

February 14, 2014

Building products distributor Lumbermen's of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Lensing Building Specialties of Evansville, Ind., were among a group of distributors recognized for multiple decades of membership with the North American Building Material Distribution Association. 

February 11, 2014

Taylor, Mich.-based Masco Corp.'s fourth-quarter net sales from continuing operations increased 9% to $2.0 billion, the company reported late Monday.

For the full year, net sales increased 9% to $8.2 billion.

Net income for the fourth quarter was $45 million, compared with a loss of $87 million in the same quarter last year. For the full year, net income swung to a profit of $272 million, compared with a loss of $114 million in 2012.

February 5, 2014

Masco Corp. and its Foundation have partnered to award more than $1 million in support of its veteran initiative, "America's Heroes: A Million Thanks."

Among the 50 veteran-focused organizations receiving awards, 11 are based in Michigan, home of the company's headquarters. The organizations will receive funding to support active military personnel and reservists, post-9/11 veterans, as well as their families.

January 29, 2014

Muskegon, Mich.-based EarthTronics is promoting its Globe, Candle and general purpose A-type EarthBulb LEDs as an energy-efficient solution to replacing incandescent bulbs for hospitality, restaurant, long-term care and retail locations. 

January 8, 2014

ACO Hardware, a 52-store chain described as Michigan’s largest independent home and hardware retailer, will join the Ace Hardware brand. 

Based in Farmington Hills, Mich., ACO will operate the new Ace Hardware stores under the name Great Lakes Ace, a nod to the retailer’s Michigan roots. ACO was originally founded in 1946 as Traskos Brothers Hardware Depot in Dearborn, Mich. All of the company’s stores are in Michigan. 

January 2, 2014

Novi, Mich.-based BrassCraft Manufacturing, a Masco Company involved in the manufacture of plumbing products, has hired Roger Hernandez as territory sales manager for Ohio and Kentucky.

"We're delighted to have Roger on our team," said Ken Kemmerling, sales manager, Central Region. "We're confident that his depth of sales experience will greatly contribute to enhancing customer service and to growing our business in this territory."

December 16, 2013

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

November 8, 2013

Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool Corp. signed a supplier agreement with David Weekley Homes.

October 25, 2013

Ben’s Supercenter, located in Brown City and Marlette, Mich., has announced that its stores will affiliate with Ace Hardware and expand to a third location in Marlette.

October 18, 2013

ELKIN, N.C. — The Weyerhaeuser mill in Elkin, N.C., is a classic Made-in-the-USA manufacturing story.

Raw material in the form of “stumpage” — the mill executive’s term for “logs”— lines up at one end of the 186 million-sq.-ft. facility. Rolling out at the other end are neatly stacked and wrapped pallets of Weyerhaeuser Edge OSB, as well as Weyerhaeuser Edge Gold (photo 1).

October 15, 2013

True Value Co. announced the addition of its newest affiliate member, Family Farm & Home.

Headquartered in Muskegon, Mich., with a warehouse in Grand Rapids, Mich., the chain will bring its wholesale buying for 27 existing stores in Michigan and Indiana to the co-op, effective Nov. 1.

September 25, 2013

Zeeland Lumber and Supply has announced plans for a full-service yard and manufacturing facility in Elkhart, Ind.

Zeeland, Mich.-based Zeeland Lumber Holdings, the parent company of Zeeland Lumber and Supply, is expanding into Northern Indiana with a distribution center, lumberyard and manufacturing facility.

September 20, 2013

Fiberon has announced its partnership with Monsma Marketing Corp., a Michigan-based building materials distributor serving the Midwest.

Fiberon's PVC and composite decking, railing and fencing products will be distributed to lumberyards and home improvement centers in Michigan and Indiana, backed up by Monsma's 15 years of experience with distributing composite decking products.

September 18, 2013

Lansing, Mich.-based Integrated Stealth Technology (IST) announced a business alliance with Edmond Lim, to ensure continuity of attention to Canadian component manufacturers as the housing market continues to recover, the company said.

IST installs new and refurbished table systems in Canada and the United States, including auto puck jigging system installations.

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.