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April 18, 2014

The latest Living Spaces home furnishings store in Phoenix features a collaboration between the California-based retailer and home improvement TV star Jeff Lewis.

As Living Spaces’ Creative Director, Lewis’ designs and curated rooms can be viewed in the store’s “Styled by Jeff Lewis” gallery. Lewis hosts Bravo’s Flipping Out and Interior Therapy. 

Located off the 10 freeway at the 67th Ave. exit in Phoenix, the Living Spaces Phoenix showroom is the company’s second location in Arizona. 

April 18, 2014

Paul McNally of Apex Tool Group received a Presidential Award at the Reliable Distributors Management and Marketing Conference.

The award is presented to members and vendors for their outstanding commitment and leadership provided to the group.

Also during the conference, Reliable Distributors introduced new marketing programs, including a Made in USA-focused effort. 

The conference theme, in fact, was "Living in America."

Reliable is based in Libertyville, Ill. 

April 17, 2014

Sears Holdings (SHLD) soared 14.08% on Thursday after board member Thomas Tisch disclosed that he purchased 475,000 shares of stock in the past two days.

April 17, 2014

According to a new Wall Street Journal report, Home Depot is focusing its efforts these days on the expansion of its e-commerce business, which means no new store openings for the time being.

April 17, 2014

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice, Lowe's has agreed to settle its lead paint case for $500,000 and to implement a new compliance program at all 1,700+ locations nationwide.

The settlement is a response to an EPA investigation that found that Lowe's lacked the documentation to prove it had abided by the agency's regulations when hiring contractors in nine states or using EPA-approved lead paint testing kits. The EPA was originally tipped off by comments and complaints from the public.

April 17, 2014

Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts Miracle-Gro Company named Randy Coleman as executive VP and CFO.

Coleman replaces Larry Hilsheimer, who has left the company after slighlty more than a year in his role.

Chairman and CEO Jim Hagedorn described Coleman as a better fit for the position.

April 17, 2014

The Sherwin-Williams Company announced mixed results Thursday for the first quarter of 2014, which saw greater top-line revenue for the company that wasn't matched by its net income performance.

Net sales for the three months ended March 31 were $2.37 billion, up 9.2% from $2.17 billion the year before. Sherwin-Williams attributed the increase primarily to higher paint sales volume in the Paint Stores Group and acquisitions, which accounted for 4.5% of the increase alone. Net sales in the Paint Stores Group increased 16.4% to $1.36 billion.

April 17, 2014

Universal Forest Products, Inc. announced its first-quarter 2014 results Wednesday, which showed marked improvement in bottom-line earnings but relatively stagnant revenues.

Net sales for the quarter came in at $554.0 million, barely changed since last year's $554.5 million. Net earnings for the peiod came in at $7.2 million, which is up 38% year-over-year.

April 16, 2014

Buffalo Grove, Ill.-based Hines Supply, which announced two expansions in the last week, has announced another.

Mike’s Deck Centers in Montgomery and St. Charles, Ill will join Hines, a division of U.S. LBM.

April 16, 2014

The new year can present an uncomfortable task for HR managers, who may find themselves having to say the following to underperforming employees: “Happy holidays; you’re doing a terrible job.”

No credible HR manager would be so blunt with a worker, but near the end of the year, when many companies typically do performance reviews, managers must know how to present good and bad news. Experts offer the following advice:

April 16, 2014

Forest products giant Weyerhaeuser says it will reorder its leadership team this summer.

Current SVP, general counsel Sandy McDade is retiring in July. Succeeding her will be Devin Stockfish, who will also maintain his current role as corporate secretary. Stockfish has been serving as corporate secretary and assistant general counsel since last June. Before joining the company, he was VP & associate general counsel at Univar Inc.

Also retiring is Sara Kendall, VP corporate affairs and sustainability, on May 2.

April 15, 2014

Sears Holdings has tapped Arun Arora as SVP and president, Home Services, in which role he will take charge of the business unit's In-Home Repair Services, Service Contracts, Carry-In Repair, Sears Home Improvement Services, Parts Direct, Commercial Sales and Sears Franchise Businesses.

April 15, 2014

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. hired Eric Knox as regional sales and business development manager, covering a large swath of the United States.

April 15, 2014

The home improvement marketing industry may think it knows contractors. And opinions differ on the best ways to study their purchasing habits. 

But one thing is clear according to a presentation here at the Home Improvement Research Institute Spring Conference: contractors are a difficult group to research.

Mark Delaney, VP of Client Service for Media, Pa.-based SSRS, listed the challenges faced by researchers reaching out to contractors, who account for about 30% of sales at big box retailers.

April 15, 2014

Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed are moving to a new headquarters in Pennsylvania.

Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, signed a lease for 320,000 sq. ft. of space at 20 Moores Road in Malvern, Pa.

April 15, 2014

David R. Lumley, president and CEO of Spectrum Brands Holdings, has been elected to a one-year term on the nine-member board of directors of Husqvarna, the outdoor power products supplier.

April 15, 2014

Acquisition-oriented US LBM is at it again, this time with an expansion in Wisconsin.

Following on the heels of two new Hines openings in Northern Illinois, US LBM’s Wisconsin Building Supply subsidiary announced the opening of two new locations in the Fond du Lac area.

April 14, 2014

Armstrong World Industries is kicking off construction at its Lancaster, Pa. facility, where it's spending $41 million to expand its manufacturing capacity to include luxury vinyl tile (LVT) for commercial and residential applications.

April 14, 2014

The launch of a bilingual pro-contractor magazine has Home Depot’s VP pro business seeing opportunity to reach more customers.

The magazine -- Pro Construction Guide/Constru-Guia al dia -- is described as the first fully bilingual pro-targeted magazine in the U.S. It will be available for free in about 2,000 Home Depot stores.

April 14, 2014

Pittsburgh-based Koppers Inc. agreed to acquire the Wood Preservation and Railroad Services business of Osmose Holdings for $460 million.

Revenues for the acquired businesses in 2013 were about $390 million. 

April 14, 2014

Owens Corning CEO Mike Thaman says the company is honored to receive a Green Cross.

The National Safety Council has awarded Owens Corning with the 2014 Green Cross for Safety Medal, the top honor given annually to an organization with an outstanding safety record and a proven commitment to its community.

April 11, 2014

From small business movement Independent We Stand, a new app helps consumers easily locate locally owned businesses across the country in lieu of their big-box competitors.

"This is a tool for travelers and locals alike, giving people the opportunity to find the locals' favorites or discovering a business they didn't know existed," said Bill Brunelle, executive director of Independent We Stand. "Using the app is as simple as writing 'pizza' or 'paints' and having all of those types of independent businesses in your location come up."

April 11, 2014

Wagner rolled out the Wagner SprayTech FLEXiO 890, an indoor/outdoor paint sprayer that takes some of the time and fatigue out of painting jobs.

The sprayer contains an X-Boost turbine in the base, which stays on the floor for a lighter, more portable user experience. It also provides tripe the power of traditional units, according to the company. This helps atomize paint for a smooth and even finish, regardless of the type of paint.

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