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October 2, 2014

Rent-A-Center appointed Jana Kelly to the post of VP inventory management. Reporting to John Butler, senior VP supply chain, Kelly is charged with leading the forecasting, inventory planning, allocation and replenishment of all domestic store products.

October 2, 2014

A Delray Beach, Florida company that makes an electrical outlet adapter says its product – the Safer Socket -- fits perfectly into the national home safety discussion.

The company, Twin-Star International, described electrical house fires as serious and expensive threats.

Electrical house fires in the United States caused more than 400 deaths, 1,500 injuries and $1.4 billion in direct property damage, according to a report from the National Fire Protection Association.

October 2, 2014

The International Casual Furnishings Association recognized Baldwin Park, California-based Treasure Garden as the 2014 Manufacturer Leadership Award in the shade category.

October 1, 2014

Natchez, Mississippi-based Central Network Retail Group expanded further into the Southeast, brining  Hiawassee Hardware of Hiawassee, Georgia to its portfolio of stores.

The new addition to CNRG marks the network's fifth store in Georgia, and its 47th in the United States. 

October 1, 2014

Natchez, Mississippi-based Central Network Retail Group expanded further into the Southeast, brining  Hiawassee Hardware of Hiawassee, Georgia to its portfolio of stores.

The new addition to CNRG marks the network's fifth store in Georgia, and its 47th in the United States. 

October 1, 2014

Frank Roach, CEO of plumbing supply distributor Ferguson, credited the people behind the plumbing for a “wonderful” 2014.

The company, a division of U.K.-based Wolseley, increased its revenue more than 10% in fiscal 2014, ending the year with sales of $11.6 billion, up from $10.6 billion last year.

October 1, 2014

Stocks slugged along on Wednesday, with a few notable decreases that exceeded two percentage points.

October 1, 2014

Husqvarna has a complete new line of snow throwers to offer the North American market this winter, consisting of nine models in the 100, 200 and 300 series that will replace all previous models.

October 1, 2014

Jeld-Wen and America Building Products (ABP) have linked up to form a new strategic partnership, effective Oct. 1.

Window and door dealers in the Central U.S. will now be able to purchase the entire Jeld-Wen product line from ABP, including vinyl windows, wood windows made with AuraLast, IWP custom Wood and Aurora Custom Fiberglass doors, Architectural and Pro Series Fiberglass doors, Steel doors, raw flush and molded Interior doors.

October 1, 2014

Extreme Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive from Liquid Nails has opened up new lines of distribution to participating True Value and Ace Hardware stores. 

The product has already been available at Lowe’s and Home Depot. 

October 1, 2014

Monroe, North Carolina-based Monroe Hardware’s Fall Dealer Market showed strong sales and attendance gains, according to event organizers.

Held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Sept. 20-21, the event spotlight fell on exhibit areas ranging from Made in the USA products to impulse-counter displays. 

Both customer attendance and sales were up over 40%, according to event organizers. Vendor and booth counts were up more than 15%

October 1, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries has promoted Rick Audsley to the post of senior director of engineering, Window Division.

“Rick is uniquely qualified to direct the engineering departments in our California and Wisconsin operations," said Sierra Pacific Window Division president Kendall Pierson. "We are counting on him to play a significant role in integrating the product lines of our plants and help streamline production processes to improve efficiencies."

October 1, 2014

A study from the Freedonia Group suggests U.S. demand for decking is on the rise to the tune of 2.4% per year through 2018 to 3.5 billion lineal feet, valued at $6.5 billion. 

October 1, 2014

By Gary Pittsford

September 30, 2014

Consumer confidence fell from its recent high of 93.4 in August to 86.0 in September, breaking a string of four consecutive monthly gains.

September 30, 2014

After announcing its decision in March to move its Manhattan headquarters to Wayne, New Jersey, Haier America has officially opened the doors at its new 56,000-sq.-ft. facility.

"Haier America is committed to become a brand-name presence in the U.S. and as we realize new growth and our repositioning in this market, the new headquarters will allow us to accommodate that expansion," said president and CEO Adrian Micu.

September 30, 2014

Stock Building Supply (STCK) felt the pang of Tuesday's bear market the most, dropping 4.21% to a share price of $15.71.

September 30, 2014

The Home Improvement Research Institute’s 2014 Fall Conference will include a presentation from RBC Capital markets managing director Joshua Rosenbaum.

The event will take place Oct. 16 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.

Rosenbaum, a frequent and popular presenter at HIRI conferences, will address: “The Economy, Wall Street and Deal-Making: Implications for Home Improvement.” 

September 30, 2014

The International Housewares Association, the Rosemont, Illinois-based trade group for the housewares industry, announced that Dave Elliott, general manager, KitchenAid Global Small Appliances has been elected IHA chairman of the board.

Elliott joined Whirlpool Corp. in February 2009. Whirlpool is the parent company of KitchenAid and the largest manufacturer of major and small appliances in the world. Before joining Whirlpool, he worked for Jarden Corp. from 1997 to 2009, where he was VP of global marketing with responsibility for personal comfort and wellness products. 

September 30, 2014

Masco Corporation announced some cost-cutting measures on Tuesday, not the least of which included the spinoff of its installation unit.

September 30, 2014

President Obama announced his intent to appoint advisors, including Retail Industry Leaders Association President Sandra Kennedy, to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Kennedy was first appointed to the ACTPN in 2010.

September 30, 2014

An early cool season may well lay the groundwork for increased sales of pest control products.

A recent survey from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) found nearly half of all infestations happen in the fall and winter months. In the Northeast, 35% of survey respondents reported a rodent infestation last year, the highest percentage in any geographic area.

September 30, 2014

Italian appliance brand SMEG is rolling out its line of retro Victoria ranges and ventilation hoods in the United States.

The 36" freestanding models come in three colors, include molded chrome shelves and boast a variety of professional chef-inspired cooking features.

The Victoria is equipped with an ultra-rapid 18,000 BTU brass burner for maximum heat distribution, as well as eight pro-cooking functions that include a double European/true convection setting and an advanced rotisserie feature.

September 30, 2014

US LBM Holdings has expanded its growing network of pro dealers with the addition of Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Standard Companies, Inc.

"Standard is a great addition to the US LBM team, expanding our presence and capabilities in the Western Michigan market," said US LBM president and CEO L.T. Gibson. "Standard's dedicated and knowledgeable team of associates have succeeded by providing a local feel and focus to their customer needs, which aligns perfectly with the goals of US LBM. We look forward to continuing and expanding upon their success."

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