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November 26, 2014

LMC’s Forest Products & Building Materials EXPO brought dealers from around the country to Philadelphia, Nov. 11-12.

Highlights of the event included National Association of Home Builders president Jerry Howard’s breakfast speech and the Forest Products Supplier Forum.

Key topics of discussion and debate throughout the event included trends impacting housing, forecasts, consumer confidence and pinch points in the supply chain.

November 26, 2014

Lowe's has bestowed Valspar with an Innovative Partner of the Year Award, owing to the introduction of its Valspar Reserve paint product.

The award, which typically goes to a number of Lowe's vendor partners who have made significant strides in product development, recognized Valspar Reserve's HydroChroma coloring system.

November 26, 2014

Maria Stapperfenne, a 23-year industry veteran, will become president of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, effective Jan. 1. 

Stapperfenne, of Tewksbury Kitchens & Baths in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, started her career in kitchens and baths in 1992, becoming a Certified Kitchen Designer in 2005 and a Certified Bath Designer in 2006.

November 26, 2014

Isaac Preston, president and CEO of Continental Building Products, has passed away at the age of 54.

According to the Herndon, Virginia-based supplier of gypsum wallboard, joint compound and complementary finishing products, Mr. Preston died in his sleep on Nov. 25. 

November 26, 2014

All 14 regions of the Lowe’s empire achieved positive comp-store sales in the third quarter as the company remains “cautiously optimistic about the home improvement landscape.” 

Top sellers at Lowe’s in the period that saw 5.1% comp-store sales: outdoor power equipment, with double-digit comps, said Michael Jones, chief customer officer for the Mooresville, North Carolina-based retail giant.

November 25, 2014

Home Channel News has gathered the following noteworthy online articles from the wide world of hardware and building materials:

November 25, 2014

GE has appointed four new executives, three of which are brand new to the company. The move expands GE's total number of officers to 196 globally.

Harel Kodesh is now VP, CTO GE Software. He is joining the company from Nurego, where he served as CEO and founder. He has also held exeuctive roles with EMC Corp.’s Cloud business; Mozy, an EMC subsidiary; and Amdocs.

November 25, 2014

Lowe's has expanded its Iris smart-home offerings with the addition of the Smart Valve by Waxman, an automatic water shut-off valve that protects homes from flooding.

Here's how it works: the Smart Valve connects to water leak detectors and temperature sensors, automatically shutting off the water supply in the case of a leak or temperatures low enough to cause pipes to freeze.

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 25, 2014

Just a week after announcing the acquisition of K-I Lumber & Building Materials in the Ohio River Valley, US LBM is at it again.

Wallboard Supply Company of Londonderry, New Hampshire is the newest member of the acquisition-oriented collection of LBM companies, now in 18 states with more than 90 locations.

November 24, 2014

Beazer Homes is planning on donating a room's worth of toys to Toys for Tots this season, but not before adding a gamification aspect to its initiative.

The homebuilder is launching a "Guess to Give" social media campaign, giving participants the chance to win a $250 Target gift card for correctly guessing how many toys there are in a kid's bedroom inside one of its model homes. In addition, each social media interaction will lead to more toys donated by Beazer Homes -- up to $2,500 in toy and cash donations.

November 24, 2014

In a move described as a “preparation for strategic growth,” Portland, Maine-based Emery-Waterhouse announced the promotion of Megan Freise to Senior Brand Manager.  

In this new role, Freise will lead the development and execution of Emery’s brand messaging, emphasizing the renewed focus on retailer strategy and success.  

November 24, 2014

Reno, Nevada-based EP Minerals has introduced a new premium soil amendment to the market designed for golf courses, landscaping, sports turfs and rooftop gardens.

The AXIS-brand soil amendment is made from either 100% natural diatomaceous earth or calcined clay products that reduce water usage and soil compaction and improve moisure retention and drainage. 

November 24, 2014

True Value CEO John Hartmann had a lot of respectable and dignified things to say about his upcoming role on the CBS series "Undercover Boss." But, if the show's established formula is any indication, things are bound to get emotional for the co-op and its leader. If he's like most CEOs who go undercover, we'll probably see him get a little misty-eyed.

Worse things have happened on the show.

November 24, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid has named Joseph Arcuri president, Home Solutions and Jeff Hohler president of the Tools segment.

Arcuri is joining the company from Procter & Gamble's North American Beauty business, where he most recently served as VP and general manager. His 25-year career at P&G has included spades of global product development, marketing and general management experience, with work on brands like Vicks, Olay, Gillette, Old Spice, Secret and Ivory.

November 24, 2014

Springfield, Massachusetts-based Rocky's Ace Hardware is getting ready for its fourth annual holiday pet food drive.

All 32 Rocky's Ace Hardware stores have partnered with their local Humane Society or Shelter to collect food for homeless and abandoned pets in their communities. The collection areas will be marked with signs and baskets.

November 21, 2014

3M has made some adjustments to its leadership team in the form of a new SVP supply chain.

Effecitve immediately, previous managing director 3M United Kingdom-Ireland Region Paul Keel will fill the role in lieu of Christopher Holmes, who is retiring.

“Paul is an accomplished leader whose strategic thinking skills, international experience and demonstrated record of success make him uniquely qualified for this role,” said Inge Thulin, 3M chairman, president and CEO.

November 21, 2014

The National Retail Federation is calling for comprehensive immigration reform more comprehensive than that being offered by President Obama.

November 21, 2014

In observance of the product's one-year anniversary this October, Kwikset has updated its Kevo suite of products with a new Android Beta platform and updated user experience.

Additionally, the company is launching international purchase availability, expanding its reach beyond the U.S. an

November 21, 2014

Miracle-Gro is teaming up with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses to lend a helping hand at nearby urban farm Muir Ranch this Thanksgiving season.

This Nov. 24, the two organizations will be working to expand a natural pollinator garden at Muir Ranch, as well as distribute fresh produce and Thanksgiving-themed food boxes to needy local families.

Besides Miracle-Gro reps, present on the scene will be local dinitaries, Tournament of Roses president Richard Chinen, Mayor Bill Bogaard and local school district board member Tyron Hampton.

November 21, 2014

Event organizers selected a new backdrop for the 11th consecutive Distribution America/PRO Group 2015 Executive Planning Conference -- the towering Santa Rosa Mountains of California. But the focus was the same: business, buying and networking for the two-step distribution channel.

And during the Nov. 18-20 event held in Palm Desert, nine items earned the title "Best New Product Award" winner, ranging from a digital shower head to bacon jerky to a battery-powered reciprocating saw.

November 20, 2014

Tampa, Florida-based Anvil Paint & Coatings promoted Glenn R. Roth to the position of CEO. 

Roth has worked to develop the Anvil brand for 16 years, and in that time has been present for Anvil’s most recent expansions as the company now occupies more than 55,000 square feet on five acres to produce for national paint sundries and market channels. 

November 20, 2014

Existing-home sales were up again in October, marking the first time in a year that the metric rose above year-over-year levels, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Total existing-home sales were up 1.5% for the month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.26 million, compared to an upwardly revised 5.18 million in September. This also marks a 2.5% gain over last October's sales.

For single-family homes, sales increased 1.3% to a rate of 4.63 million -- 2.9% above year-ago levels.

November 20, 2014

 

The Apex Hose Division of Teknor Apex Co. rolled out a new website that lets visitors select from a wide range of water hose products for consumer and commercial uses.  

The site demonstrates the company’s dedication to providing end-users with innovative and meaningful products, according to the company.

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