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August 28, 2014

Ace Hardware Corporation has employed the wares of Digital Lumens in upgrading the lighting of its 1-million-sq.-ft. Retail Support Center in Rocklin, California.

The facility has been outfitted in Digital Lumens Intelligent LED Lighting since October 2013, saving Ace an average of 81% on lighting-related energy use, the company said.

August 28, 2014

The American Wood Council CEO Robert Glowinski said the AWC is hopeful about a plan to harmonize green building standards.

In a statement issued Thursday, Glowinski said:

“The American Wood Council is hopeful about the recently announced strategy to harmonize ASHRAE 189.1, IgCC and LEED into a standardized tool. While the streamlining strategy presented is encouraging, its success will depend on whether the leadership of the organizations provides the direction necessary to carry-out the coordination as envisioned. 

August 28, 2014

Metropolitan Hardwood Floors leased a 16,063-sq.-ft. distribution facility in the Minneapolis suburb of Eagan. 

Metropolitan Hardwood Floors is the exclusive distributor of Kentwood and Evoke flooring lines and also handles many other manufacturers.

It was the 15th deal that Bruininks has done with Metropolitan Hardwood Floors, totaling approximately 340,000 sq. ft.

August 28, 2014

Stocks were lagging behind at Thursday's close; Boise Cascade, Lumber Liquidators, LP, and both Sears stocks all fell by more than 1%.

August 28, 2014

KB Home has announced its plans to expand further into the Denver market with the opening of its latest community, Pinery West.

“Each KB home at Pinery West can be personalized to reflect individual homebuyer preferences with our unique KB homebuying process that gives our buyers many ways to tailor their home to fit their lifestyle and budget,” said Matt Mandino, president of KB Home's Colorado division. “Also, the yards at Pinery West are designed to be low maintenance, allowing our homeowners to spend more time pursuing an active lifestyle.”

August 28, 2014

Bowerston, Ohio-based L.J. Smith acquired Georgia based Universal Stair Parts, a company specializing in custom manufacturing and distribution of stair parts. 

August 28, 2014

Lowe's took a deeper look at the motivations and desires that shape America's attitude toward smart home technology, many of which suggest that simplicity - and not so much the fancy bells and whistles -- will save the day.

The Lowe's 2014 Smart Home Survey questioned more than 2,000 U.S. adults, conducted online in July by Harris Poll.

August 28, 2014

Canton, Ohio-based Schumacher Homes has opened a new Model Home and Design Studio in Shreverport, Louisiana, which will showcase a variety of options for homeowners in the planning stages of their new homes.

August 28, 2014

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores is touching down in Marlton, New Jersey, with the opening of a new Sears Home Appliance Showroom.

Local customers will be able to avail themselves of a complete collection of brand-name appliances at the lowest prices, guaranteed by the SHOS price-match policy.

August 28, 2014

Laura Alber, president and CEO of home furnishings retailer Williams Sonoma described her company's second quarter performance as "solid."

The company reported second-quarter net revenues of $1.039 billion, up 5.8%.

“We are pleased to have delivered another quarter of solid performance, once again demonstrating the competitive advantages resulting from our multi-brand, multi-channel business model.”

Net income grew 5.0% to $50.7 million.

August 27, 2014

Armstrong World Industries has reshuffled its management structure, appointing Donald Maier to the post of EVP and CEO, Armstrong Flooring Products, in order to fill the vacancy left by Thomas Mangas.

Previously, Maier was serving as SVP global operations excellence. He has been with the company since 2010, during which time he played a pivotal role in the company's Lean transformation and established a new project management process and safety program.

He has also worked for TPG Capital Advisors and as VP and general manager of Hill-Rom's North American business.

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.

August 27, 2014

Austin, Texas-based GelPro is rolling out the red carpet beneath the feet of home chefs -- or at least a mat that's comfortable to stand on.

August 27, 2014

Houston, Texas-based Goodman Company is recalling about 233,500 units of its Amana, Century, Comfort-Aire, Goodman and York International Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner/Heat Pump (“PTAC”) units.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the power cords on the units have displayed a tendency to overheat, creating burn and fire hazards.

So far, there have been five reports of the power cords smoking or catching fire, though no injuries have been reported as of yet.

August 27, 2014

Eagle Materials (EXP) pushed into triple-figure territory Wednesday, rising 1.52% to a share price of $100.97.

August 27, 2014

The ever-volatile Sears Holdings stock (SHLD) was ahead of the game on Tuesday, rising 3.71% to a share price of $34.67.

August 27, 2014

Among the cadre of keynote speakers presenting at this year's Pro Dealer Industry Summit is Ken Wilbanks, a business consultant to the lumber, building materials and home center industry.

Wilbanks cut his teeth working for Home Depot, Lowe's, Ernst Home and Nursery, EBS Building Supply and other industry organizations, ranging from entry-level to executive roles. 

As a consultant, Wilbanks provides educational programs, financial and business process analysis, leadership development and executive coaching.

August 27, 2014

Weyerhaeuser Company has announced its plans to move its headquarters from its current Federal Way, Washington location to Seattle.

August 26, 2014

Buoyed by an improving economy, kitchen-cabinet manufacturer American Woodmark has announced its plans to expand its South Branch manufacturing facility in Moorefield, West Virginia.

"Our decision to expand our capacity is a statement of optimism and confidence in the market, our people and the value proposition of our brands," said president and COO Cary Dunston, who was just recently promoted to the title.

August 26, 2014

TOTO, the $5.1 billion plumbing manufacturer, announced today that the company is increasing its market reach in the Northeast region of the United States by entering into a distribution agreement with Blackman Plumbing Supply.

The new deal, effective immediately, brings TOTO's full line of residential and commercial fttings and fixtures to all of Blackman's 19 branch locations throughout Long Island, New York and New Jersey, and will be on display in all Blackman showrooms. 

August 26, 2014

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had increased in July, improved further in August, according to data released Tuesday morning. 

The Index now stands at 92.4 (1985=100), up from 90.3 in July. The Present Situation Index increased to 94.6 from 87.9, while the Expectations Index edged down to 90.9 from 91.9 in July.

August 26, 2014

Mineola, New York-based MAX USA, manufacturer of pneumatic nailing tools, named Jerry Gibson as the company’s new Northwest regional sales executive. 

Gibson’s career includes 30 years of experience selling building products through wholesale distribution. He has 17 years of experience of product management for Spenard Builders Supply and 13 years travelling Alaska for Huttig Building Products as a territory manager.

August 26, 2014

The Merit Distribution Group will acquire Dynamic Paint Products, a 40-year-old family-owned distributor and manufacturer of paint-related products based out of Toronto, Canada.

The companies announced the deal early Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Originally named Mumby and Associates, Dynamic mainly served the Toronto area, but over the years has seen exponential growth throughout Canada. Dynamic’s brand of paint-related products are currently sold throughout the world. 

August 26, 2014

Parr Lumber named Jon Friesen as the new manager of the company’s Tacoma, Washington, location.

Friesen most recently served as the manager of Parr’s Portland location on MLK Blvd. and prior to that as the assistant manager at Parr’s West Linn facility.

The appointment is effective Sept. 2. 

Before joining the Parr team, Friesen worked for BMC for 15 years and served as the lumber division manager of BMC’s Tacoma location and the Vancouver general manager.

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