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July 2, 2014

Universal Forest Products promoted two company veterans to new leadership roles in its eastern division: Patrick Benton and Jonathan West have been promoted to the new roles of executive VP of the North and South, respectively. The appointments are effective immediately.

The move is intended to bolster leadership and foster continued growth and success of UFP Eastern Division, a busy and growing territory that includes operations primarily east of the Mississippi River, the company said.

June 10, 2014

Roxul, a manufacturer of stone wool insulation products, officially began production in Marshall County, Mississippi, at its first manufacturing facility located in the United States.

The $160 million plant encompasses 600,000 square feet and is located on a 100 acre site in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park, approximately 30 miles south of Memphis.  This location will help Roxul maintain its growth in key insulation markets such as residential, commercial building, flat roof, and industrial applications, in the mid and southern USA and Mexico.  

May 20, 2014

Oklahoma City-based Cedar Creek entered into a lease agreement to open a new location in Long Beach, Mississippi, by Dec. 1.

According to Cedar Creek CEO Bill Adams, “This is a great strategic fit as it positions us to provide optimal service to customers along the Gulf Coast from the Florida panhandle across the southern tier of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.“

March 25, 2014

There is strength in unity. That’s one reason pro dealers in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi will soon see a merger of two regional lumber associations.

The boards of the Construction Suppliers Association and the Mid South Building Material Dealers Association voted to merge the organizations into one group. The merged group will be called the Construction Suppliers Association and will be headquartered in Tyrone, Ga.

March 18, 2014

MoistureShield, the Springdale, Ark.-based composite decking manufacturer, has expanded its presence in the Sunbelt and West Coast regions by adding 12 new distribution locations to its network.

Among the new distributors are Huttig Building Products in Phoenix, Nashville, and Jackson, Miss.; BlueLinx in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville, Fla.; Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas; Universal Forest Products in Thornton and Riverside, Calif.; and Intermountain Supply in Spokane, Wash.

November 25, 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 Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

October 18, 2013

Before: If David and John Huntington, owners of Huntington Lumber & Supply Co., had known that their much-needed expansion would eventually bring them daily personal thanks from their customers, they might have gotten around to it much sooner. Despite the fact that the third-generation lumberyard in Hazlehurst, Miss., was overflowing past its 2,000-sq.-ft.

September 11, 2013

Georgia-Pacific and U.S. Lumber have announced they are entering a distribution agreement for engineered wood products (EWP).     The agreement, effective Nov. 1, 2013, provides for U.S. Lumber to distribute Georgia-Pacific engineered lumber in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, the panhandle of Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. Both companies are based in Atlanta.

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 7, 2013

Fishcat Farm, a catfish production raceway based in Arkansas, has developed a new organic fertilizer product called Fishnure, which is made from solid fish manure captured from the raceways. 

The manure, which is based off a high-protein diet and is decomposed with oat straw to create a putty-like substance, is also combined with a carbon source, Mississippi Delta clay and inoculants to attain a proper carbon to nitrogen ratio.

July 29, 2013

Cerritos, Calif.-based Palfinger Liftgates has hired Ricky Richardson as field service technician, effective July 15, 2013.

His territory includes New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina.

July 16, 2013

Natchez, Miss.-based Central Network Retail Group acquired Moore’s Hardware in Dahlonega, Ga.

The 11,500-sq.-ft. store at 550 Grove Street N in Dahlonega also has a warehouse and lumberyard. Moore’s features a broad assortment of lumber, building materials, millwork, hardware, paint, electrical, and plumbing products. Lamar Ricketts, Moore’s former owner and manager, has agreed to stay and consult with CNRG.

June 7, 2013

Natchez, Miss.-based Central Network Retail Group, LLC (CNRG) opened a new Town & Country Hardware store in Benson, N.C., just south of Raleigh.

The company now operates nine stores in the Raleigh/Chapel Hill area.

The new store has a 6,200-sq.-ft. sales floor and a 3,200-sq.-ft. garden center. The store features a broad assortment of hardware, lawn and garden, outdoor living, paint, electrical, plumbing and home organization products.

April 18, 2013

With a new format, the Natchez, Miss.-based Central Network Retail Group opened a Town & Country Farm & Hardware store.

March 26, 2013

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed legislation Wednesday specifying that rating systems used in green building projects funded by the state government "shall not exclude certificate credits for forest products certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council or the American Tree Farm System."

February 19, 2013

Natchez, Miss.-based Central Network Retail Group (CNRG) has acquired W.T. Harvey Lumber of Columbus, Ga.

January 12, 2013

Shortly after closing its new distribution center in Meridian, Miss., Handy Hardware Wholesale filed for Chapter 11 in hopes of reorganizing and re-emerging by early summer 2013. 

Wells Fargo Credit is providing $30 million in Debtor-in-Possession financing for the co-op. 

January 8, 2013

The Middleby Corp. has purchased Viking Range Corp. for $380 million in cash. Headquartered in Greenwood, Miss., Viking is a leading manufacturer of high-end residential cooking ranges, ovens and kitchen appliances. Annual revenues are approximately $200 million

December 19, 2012

Natchez, Miss.-based Central Network Retail Group (CNRG) added to its growing list of acquisitions with Habersham Hardware and Home Center in Cornelia and Clarkesville, Ga. 

CNRG operates 39 home center and hardware stores in seven Southern states. At Habersham, Brentt Cody, the grandson of the retailer’s founder Paul Reeves, will serve as district manager for CNRG’s newly formed Georgia District. Both Habersham stores sell hardware, plumbing, appliances, tools, paint, lumberand building supplies. 

November 16, 2012

Natchez, Miss.-based Central Network Retail Group, or CNRG, said it acquired Ace Hardware in Wake Forest, N.C., and will rebrand the store as Town & Country Hardware.

The 12,500-sq.-ft. store located at 910 Gateway Commons Circle in Wake Forest will be the eighth store under CNRG’s Town & Country Hardware brand in North Carolina.

Phillip Helms, the stores’ owner, will join CNRG as district manager for the Town & Country stores.

November 9, 2012

Houston-based distributor Handy Hardware will close its Meridian, Miss., distribution center, according to an Associated Press report. 

The Associated Press reported that Handy Hardware plans to close its Meridian, Miss., distribution center Dec. 31, and the state of Mississippi wants to recover $3.6 million in incentives for the project.

November 2, 2012

E-Verify has found a champion in presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who would make the federal electronic employee verification system mandatory nationwide so that U.S. employment would become less of a magnet for illegal immigration.

But while E-Verify has become less error-ridden and more popular among employers than it used to be, it remains easy to fool, costly and widely ignored in states where it is required, according to a Sept. 25, 2012, report.

Hodgepodge of state laws

August 23, 2012

Temperatures in September 2012 will continue to trend above normal across much of the nation. However, year-over-year warmer trends will be reserved to the Midwest states and the Mississippi and Tennessee River Valleys. Cooler weather will encompass the Northeast and much of the West, which will elicit demand for more of a seasonal-type product mix than last year.

August 21, 2012

Fort Worth, Texas-based home builder D.R. Horton has acquired the homebuilding operations of Breland Homes, which operates in Huntsville, Mobile and Baldwin County in Alabama and along the gulf coast of Mississippi. The home-building operating assets included about 320 homes in inventory and 1,020 finished lots. D.R. Horton will also control an additional 3,700 lots through option contracts. 

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