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August 14, 2014

Universal Forest Products has a winner in its 2014 ProWood Desperate Deck Contest, a giveaway that promised a new custom-built deck to the person with the best "desperate deck" story.

Amy Spoonhower of Gordonsville, Virginia made the most compelling case. Together with her fiance, Spoonhower bought a moldy, leaky foreclosed house and worked on the fixer-upper for four years to restore it. However, the couple ran out of energy and money before they had a chance to touch up the decks, which were in a dismal state of disrepair.

August 8, 2014

Citing beneficial conversations and a free exchange of ideas and best practices, BrassCraft Manufacturing deemed its annual Plumbers' Forum a success.

The Plumbers' Forum invites plumbing pros around the country to come together and exchange ideas, insider knowledge and feedback. Only those who consistently excel in their business are invited, and participants get to speak with members of the BrassCraft team.

August 7, 2014

Lumber and building material industry veteran Michel E. Dowling, 68, of Marana, Arizona, died unexpectedly at his home. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. 

Born in Rhode Island, Dowling entered the WT Grant’s organization’s management training program after college. He served as a hard goods buyer, remaining in that position until the Grant store's demise in 1976.   

August 6, 2014

Trex CEO and president Ronald Kaplan gave a few words on the company's recent entry into a new development project in Dubai -- what will eventually be the Emirate's longest boardwalk.

"We are honored to have been chosen to be part of such a significant and beneficial endeavor," said Kaplan. "This project marks a major milestone for Trex as the Corniche represents one of the largest uses of Trex decking in a single public installation. Selection of our Transcend product is a testament to the proven quality and durability of Trex offerings.

July 25, 2014

Todd Dickson has been named CEO at Cincinnati-based home improvement company Champion Home Exteriors, which spans more than 70 locations nationwide.

Dickson will be replacing James Mishler, who has been leading the company as CEO since 2012.

July 22, 2014

When a local television station in Chicago broke a story earlier this month about workers picketing over a company’s bathroom policy, John Fitzgerald, VP marketing at Chicago Faucets found the story interesting.

“The company was the WaterSaver Faucet Co.,” Fitzgerald said. “We compete with them in a niche area of faucets, and I’m always interested in what my competitors are doing. I had no idea that a few days later, our own company would mistakenly become the subject of that story.”

July 22, 2014

Lowe's revealed its plans Tuesday to build a new Customer Support Center in Indianapolis, which is expected to reach completion by 2016.

The announcment was made with Lowe's officials in the company of Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. 

July 7, 2014

Paul Johnson, president of Interiors One Inc., Carpet One in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been elected chairman of the board of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA). He fills the role vacated by Janice Clifton of Abbey Carpets in Napa, California.

July 3, 2014

In February, a company called SawStop filed an antitrust lawsuit against four major toolmakers, claiming they had conspired against SawStop founder Stephen Gass in blocking the standardization of his injury-prevention technology.

June 24, 2014

Ted offers fewer constructive contributions in meetings. Mary has become less interested in advancing at her company. Paul has started doing only the minimum amount of work necessary.

By themselves, these behavioral changes are not significant, but employees who exhibit a number of these subtle, but consistent, cues probably are planning to leave their job within a month or two, according to a Utah State University (USU) study.

June 16, 2014

Craig Marsh, president of Salt Lake City-based Advanced Window Products, had some words to say about the company's recent entry into The Earthwise Group, a national network of locally owned, independent windows and doors manufacturers.

"The business philosophy and practices of the Earthwise Group are perfectly aligned with our own," he said. "The Earthwise Group has a focus on sustainability and continuous improvement, and their products have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal. These were important factors for us."

June 11, 2014

Twenty-seven percent of American workers reported they currently were being bullied or had experienced bullying at some point in their careers, according to a recent survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI). This is a little progress from four years earlier, in which 35% of American workers reported they were being bullied or had been bullied.

May 28, 2014

East Cleveland, Ohio-based GE Lighting says it has introduced its most incandescent-like consumer LED portfolio yet, including more than 40 new LED products and fixtures.

The company also says it is helping the homeowner fill every socket in the house with the appropriate, low-energy bulb.

May 28, 2014

Bart and Diana Tyler, proprieters of Kelloggs & Lawrence in Katonah, N.Y., and DeWayne Tripp, owner of Hinton (Okla.) Hardware joined an elite crowd in 2013: HCN Hardware Store All-Stars. Their stores made the list, along with 48 other worthy retailers, one from each state.

May 23, 2014

A neighborhood fixture is shutting its doors in Cleveland, but not before donating its entire inventory to the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.

Rudy Rosales, the 74-year-old owner of Rudy's Hardware in Cleveland's Slavic Village, is making sure his retirement isn't wasted on the community at large.

May 21, 2014

Dennis May, president and CEO of Indianapolis-based appliance and home products retailer hhgregg, said he remains excited about the current fiscal year, despite the company’s $7.2 million net loss for the three months ended March 21.

May 16, 2014

Cemex has announced two successors to the late Lorenzo Zambrano's title as chairman and CEO of the company.

The board has unanimously appointed director Rogelio Zambrano as chairman and former EVP finance and administration Fernando Gonzalez as CEO, effective immediately.

The move came swiftly after the passing of longtime chairman and CEO Lorenzo Zambrano, who died unexpectedly on Monday during a business trip in Madrid.

May 14, 2014

The Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) announced Ben Battaglia, VP sales for Robert Bosh Tool Corp of Mount Prospect, Illinois, will deliver the STAFDA Associate State-of-the-Industry address during the group’s Nov. 9-11 convention.

Battaglia leads a sales team for brands, including Bosch, Skil, Dremel, RotoZip and CST Berger. He joined Bosch in 1995 and has held a number of positions of responsibility. 

April 28, 2014

During its 2014 spring business meeting, the National Association of the Remodeling industry elected a slate of officers, including Judy Mozen as president-elect.

Mozen, president of Handcrafted Homes of Roswell, Ga., is an award-winning designer, builder and remodeler.

The elections took place at the New Orleans Marriott, in New Orleans, on March 29, 2014.

April 22, 2014

Roofing consultants group RCI named Sidney I. Hankins, as president of its board of directors.

Hankins, of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Roof Design and Consulting Services, was named president at the Annual Meeting of Members during the 29th International Convention and Trade Show in Anaheim, Calif.

First VP is Jean-Guy Levaque of Halsall Associates, Burlington, Ontario. Second VP is Robert Hinojosa of RJH and Associates of Miramar Beach, Fla.

 

April 21, 2014

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association convention was held in Washington DC on March 31 thru April 2. I was in attendance with my fun and beautiful wife Melinda Ganahl. After I took the role of the WCLBMA President in late 2013, [WCLBMA Executive Director] Ken Dunham and I discussed the various duties I needed to perform. On that list was attending the National Legislative Conference in DC. The purpose of my being there was to represent our West Coast interests. 

April 10, 2014

During the 2014 Spring Business Meeting, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry named immediate past president Art Donnelly of Legacy Builders & Remodelers Corp. in Mount Sinai, N.Y., as its chairman of the board.

According to the group, Donnelly will continue to focus on helping NARI provide positive experiences for its members and their customers through professional and educational opportunities.

April 3, 2014

Hipp Modern Builders Supply of Mountain View, Ark., a fourth-generation family business in the Ozark foothills, has been named the 2014 Tools of the Trade Award winner by HCN. 

The award will be presented during the Golden Hammer Awards ceremony during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 6.

April 1, 2014

Arlington, Va. -- In a hotel conference room here filled with pro dealers about to make their lobbying rounds on Capitol Hill, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association's Jonathan Paine and Ben Gann rallied the troops.

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