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December 1, 2014

Every community is a living organism -- and existing as an integral part of its body, there's almost always a hardware store of All-Star caliber.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores that are a reflection and outgrowth of their surroundings -- so much so that they often anticipate the needs of customers before being asked.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

November 25, 2014

A subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc. has acquired an 80% interest in certain assets of Packnet, Ltd., an industrial packaging and services supplier headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota.

The deal includes the option to purchase the remaining 20% of interest in three years. Packnet owner and CEO Mike Nyberg will remain in place at the head of the operation.

November 13, 2014

The Valspar Foundation is donating $40,000 to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation in support of the state's sixth annual "Give to the Max Day" this Nov. 13.

The donation is a matching gift for the Zoo's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, which include educational resources, classes, tours and special event days.

November 12, 2014

Installed Building Products, a major insulation installer based in Columbus, Ohio, is expanding its Midwestern presence through the acquisition of Installed Building Solutions, LLC ("IBS").

Farmington, Minnesota-based IBS is an installer of fiberglass insulation, spray foam insulation and waterproofing products that serves burgeoning markets throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.

October 29, 2014

Stewart Mills, the vice president of Brainerd, Minnesota-based Mills Fleet Farm, rolled out a new campaign commercial.

The commercial is described as “working class,” and includes shots inside and outside a Mills Fleet Farm store.

[Watch the video here.]

October 24, 2014

Stewart Mills is fed up with Washington.

Mills, the 42-year-old vice president of Mills Fleet Farm, a 34-store farm and ranch chain based in Brainerd, Minnesota, is looking to bring the common sense nurtured in a career in retail to the halls of Washington.

His big complaints concerning the current state of national politics: “the bickering, the debt, and Obamacare.”

September 21, 2014

Frattallone's Ace Hardware of Minnesota was recognized by Ace Hardware Corp. as the co-op's All-Star Retailer of the Year for its contributions to the Children's Miracle Network.

Mike Frattallone accepted the award during a presentation at the Ace Hardware General Session in Orlando, Florida. The ceremony included an appearance on stage alongside Aiden Morales, the 10-year-old ambassador of Ace's fundraising programs across the country. 

August 15, 2014

Chicago -- Ideas for loyalty in a competitive climate came fast and furious during an educational session here at the Orgill Fall Market.

The session, called "How to effectively use a customer loyalty program," was led by Theresa Neal, head of new business development for Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based Pro/Phase Marketing. The company's RepeatRewards program has a business relationship with Orgill, providing a menu of real-time loyalty services.

August 14, 2014

Manufacturer of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry Norcraft Companies reported sales and earnings gains for its second quarter.

The Eagan, Minnesota-based company posted net sales of $97.6 million, up 8.1% from the previous quarter. It also saw net income increase from $9.1 million to $11.2 million.

July 23, 2014

St. Paul, Minnesota-based EcoWater Systems, a Marmon Water/Berkshire Hathaway company, is transforming how consumers interact with their water treatment systems with the introduction of HydroLink Plus Wi-Fi web-based technology. HydroLink Plus makes it possible to monitor and manage EcoWater water treatment systems and water usage via a smartphone, tablet or computer from virtually anywhere inside or outside the home.

July 11, 2014

Winona, Minnesota-based Fastenal Company reported steady progress for the second quarter of 2014, with sales and earnings both positive.

Net sales for the three-month period ended June 30, 2014 were $949.9 million, up 12.1% from the same period in 2013.

Net earnings came in at $130.5 million, an increase of 7.9% from last year's $121.0 million in earnings.

The company largely attributed the boost to higher unit sales and its recent investment in leadership and training, as well as in distribution and internal manufacturing capabilities.

July 11, 2014

On Thursday, July 10, The Toro Company looked back on a century's worth of farm and ranch innovations during its 100th anniversary celebration.

More than 2,000 employees, retirees, partners and guests came to the company headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota, including Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead.

May 16, 2014

Warroad, Minnesota-based Marvin Windows and Doors launched six new offerings to its contemporary line, including a 90-degree corner window. 

May 12, 2014

A 42-year veteran of Annandale, Minnesota-based Malco Products, Don Schmidt announced his retirement from the company, effective June 26.

Schmidt has held positions as national sales manager, director of sales and promotion, VP sales and marketing and, for the past 18-years, executive VP. 

May 6, 2014

Andersen Corporation is anticipating an $18 million expansion of its manufacturing facility in Bayport, Minnesota, a move that's expected to add 100 full-time jobs to the local economy.

The project will involve improvements on an existing building at its complex and the purchase of new machinery.

Andersen will also get some help from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), which will award the company $625,000 from the Minnesota Job Creation Fund provided it meets its performance goals.

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 11, 2014

Winona, Minn.-based Fastenal Co. reported net sales of $876.5 million in the first quarter ended March 31, an increase of 8.7% over the same period last year. 

Net earnings increased 2.6% to $111.9 million. 

April 11, 2014

Weyerhaeuser Distribution is buffing up its James Hardie fiber cement siding offerings at its St. Paul, Minn. location. 

The distribution center will now carry the full line of SKUs, which includes the addition of ColorPlus technology, a factory-applied finish that lasts up to two times longer and has 30% better fade resistance.

The full line includes HardiePlank siding, HardiePanel siding, HardieShingle siding, HardieSoffit panels, HardieTrim boards and HardieBacker cement board.

April 10, 2014

Orlando, Fla. -- Here at the 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) Spring Conference, Sarah Catlett, VP of The Futures Company, took a high-level, continental look at consumer marketing.

Catlett kicked off the HIRI conference with a quick look at Target's disappointing venture into Canada. The Minnesota-based retailer's efforts to change the way Canadians shop has fallen short, she said, partly because the company missed consumer and cultural cues. 

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.  

March 26, 2014

Improved demand for cabinetry propelled Eagan, Minn.-based Norcraft Companies to a fourth-quarter sales increase of 13%.

The maker of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry in the United States and Canada completed its initial public offering in the fourth quarter, in which sales reached $80.5 million.

March 4, 2014

It’s not just Tractor Supply that’s riding a wave of growth in the sector for hobby farmers and backyard ranchers.

This is not an article about Tractor Supply.

But let’s face it. You can’t write about the farm-and-ranch retail sector without referring to the Brentwood, Tenn.-based giant either as a competitor or as a role model.

January 31, 2014

Valspar Corp. has pledged $1 million to the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering over the next five years, provided through the Valspar Foundation.

January 23, 2014

RPM International's Rust-Oleum Group has acquired Citadel Restoration and Repair, a St. Paul, Minn.-based floor coatings business.

"Citadel has an outstanding technology platform that we believe can be rapidly expanded in the marketplace by utilizing Rust-Oleum's marketing and distribution expertise," stated Frank C. Sullivan, RPM chairman and CEO. "Patrick Ilfrey, majority owner of Citadel, will continue to lead the Citadel business as part of the Rust-Oleum Group."

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