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December 4, 2014

In its 100th anniversary year, a year of abundant snowfall and a key acquisition, Bloomington, Minnesota-based The Toro Company saw net sales increase 6.4% to $2.173 billion.

Net earnings for the fiscal year ended Oct. 31 were $173.9 million, up from $154.8 million in fiscal 2013.

October 7, 2014

Six-time NASCAR Spring Cup champion Jimmie Johnson put his considerable resources to work in the relief effort following the 2013 tornado in Oklahoma.

Together with Lowe's, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation helped fund the reconstruction of three school gyms at Highland East, Plaza Towers Elementary and Briarwood Elementary in Moore, all of which are now ready for the 2014-2015 school year.

October 2, 2014

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores -- one from each state -- that stand out for service, service and more service.

They also show growth, innovation and the values of the hardware industry.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

September 23, 2014

PrimeSource Building Products, Inc. and Rebuilding Together announced that they had repaired the home of an Oklahoma City resident who had been forced to relocate after his home was severely damaged by the tornado that devastated parts of Moore, Oklahoma in May 2013. 

August 27, 2014

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rolled through the Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties of California Aug. 24, but the Boral ProStone/Cultured Stone by Boral facilities in Napa are reporting "no harm done."

The plant survived the earthquake with no structural damage or interruptions, nor were there any injuries to employees or their family members, though the region as a whole suffered extensive damage.

July 10, 2014

Ace Hardware affiliate Klinker's Lumber & Building Supply of Waverly City, Ohio, was recognized by the state's House of Representatives for opening a new paint studio in May.

The store's paint studio — essentially a remodeled and rethought version of its paint section — now sells Valspar paints, including their Aspire and Professional line of paints, in addition to the Ace line of paint. The paint studio will also allow employees to mix custom paint colors to match customers' color palettes.

July 8, 2014

A June weather report from Planalytics pointed to a number of ways in which last month's weather events boosted store sales across the country.

For example, both Father's Day and Independence Day were at their coolest in years; with the exception of heavy rainfall and the presence of Hurricane Arthur in the Northeast, cool and dry conditions created favorable conditions for outdoor activities.

Although temperatures in the U.S. and Canada tended to be on the warmer side, the U.S. was still cooler than it was last June, though Canada had its warmest June since 2006.

June 4, 2014

Eco Building Products, Inc. has secured up to $3.4 million in financing to help it meet existing levels of demand and expand for future growth, a development the company attributes to a mysterious "Major Big Box Customer" (read: Home Depot).

The funds will go toward filling a backlog of pending purchase orders and to increase its production capacity at its manufacturing facilities.

May 29, 2014

Assuming that 2013 was a relatively mild year for severe weather, should business owners start shuttering their doors ahead of the 2014 hurricane season?

This, among other questions, were chief concerns during the Planalytics 2014 Hurricane Outlook Webcast on Thursday.

"If there's one thing you should take away, it's that a below-normal season doesn't mean quiet," said Jeff Doran, manager of client services. "It only takes one," he said, referencing historic storms like Hurricane Andrew.

May 15, 2014

The Home Depot is helping the nation prepare for the warmer months with a series of hurricane workshops being held across the nation on Saturday, May 31, the first day of hurricane season.

May 6, 2014

Las Vegas -- Weathering the storm of the digital revolution has been a major focal point here at the National Hardware Show thus far, where opting out is hardly on the table. Especially driving this point home were FunMobility's Pat Murphy; Linda Roark of Pete's Ace Hardware in Castro, California; and Jodie Larson of Brentwood Ace Hardware.

In a seminar titled "Using Mobile to Drive Real Business Results," the three discussed their own successes with FunMobility's mobile marketing campaign and the importance of the smartphone in today's retail landscape.

April 30, 2014

Eco Building Products is continuing its crusade against the damage left in Hurricane Sandy's path -- this time with the introduction of two new Eco Home models demonstrating the codified change needed in the era of defensive building practices.

March 27, 2014

Ty Pennington is gearing up to launch a new online video series on NextGenHomeTV called "'First to the Future' Home." The weekly program will be dedicated to smart products and home design for next-generation homes.

Backing his effort will be Fiberon, who has signed on as a gold-level sponsor of the show. As part of the partnership, Fiberon's new ProTect Advantage line of wood-alternative decking and Fiberail composite railing will be featured on an episode this spring.

March 3, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Feb. 28, 2014

*Western - regional species perimeter foundation; Southern - regional species slab construction.

February 27, 2014

KB Home unveiled its first ZeroHouse 2.0 in Los Angeles Wednesday, part of a new, larger series of homes designed to achieve net-zero energy status and zero freshwater irrigation use (by a family of four or more).

January 6, 2014

Marley Building Supply in Brooklyn, N.Y., erupted into flames over the weekend, and local news accounts described plumes of smoke that reached hundreds of feet into the cold night sky. 

December 26, 2013

Bona US donated more than $100,000 in 2013 to a number of charitable organizations, including Colorado flood relief efforts, NBA Cares, CASA (as part of the company's Mission Fund), Colorado Gives Day and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). 

December 18, 2013

Pearl River, N.Y.-based Hunter Douglas, manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions, announced that it has donated a total of $200,000 to the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian organization, to help all those in need following Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the central Philippines last month.

December 15, 2013

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Dec. 13, 2013

*Western - regional species perimeter foundation; Southern - regional species slab construction.

December 10, 2013

Weather typically becomes a greater consideration around this time of the year in wood products markets. From snowfall in the Northeast and Midwest to rains in the Southeast, their impact on both production and demand can be significant. The following is what some weather forecasters are expecting this winter.

December 6, 2013

Like most buildings and structures in the Philippines city of Tacloban, the mall housing Handyman’s -- a Do it Best Corp. member -- suffered significant damage from Typhoon Haiyan in November.

The mall’s roof was partially ripped away and its windows completely destroyed, allowing mud and rain to pour into the shopping center. To make matters worse, the city of Tacloban is still without power, making any efforts to clean up and re-open very difficult. Officials there expect it to take up to six months for the store to re-open in full.

December 2, 2013

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Nov. 27, 2013

November 15, 2013

Custom window coverings manufacturer Hunter Douglas has donated $350,000 to two nonprofits working to help those affected by the recent flooding in Colorado: Foothills Flood Relief Fund, a nonprofit run by Foothills United Way, and veteran service organization Team Rubicon.

President and CEO Mary Hopkins presented the donations to United Way president and CEO Mimi Vilord and Team Rubicon co-founder William McNulty at Hunter Douglas' Pearl River headquarters.

November 14, 2013

Eco Red Shield protected lumber has been selected as the lumber of choice in the construction of new modular homes for New Jersey's Hurricane Sandy rebuild.

According to parent company Eco Building Products, a total of 75 modular homes by Statewide Custom Modular Homes are under contract to be constructed using Eco Red Shield; seven of which have aleady been ordered by Statewide president Bruce Goodstein.

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