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October 10, 2014

Stanley Black & Decker is donating more than $120,000 worth of tools and equipment to four new ToolBanks this month, organizations that provide tools to nonprofits and volunteers and help them cut costs.

The donation will go toward building up an initial inventory of tools to be put to use in various community improvement projects in the four new locations: Houston, Portland, Oregon; Phoenix; and Richmond, Virginia.

October 2, 2014

Beacon Roofing Supply has acquired Portland, Maine-based Applicators Sales & Service, a distributor of residential roofing, siding and windows.

“Applicators has an over 50-year history of superior customer service in Maine and New Hampshire and will further strengthen Beacon’s presence in northern New England," said Beacon president and CEO Paul Isabella. "The Koocher and Robinov families have built a great team and I am thrilled to welcome Applicators to Beacon.”

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.

July 18, 2014

Portland, Maine-based Emery-Waterhouse, the hardlines distributor acquired by Ace Hardware Corp. in February, announced the new hire of Charles Chibante as VP of Sales.

Chibante comes to Emery-Waterhouse bringing over 20 years of experience in retail, operations, marketing and leadership, including 13 years with Wal-Mart in various leadership positions, as well as eight years as a partner in a family owned and operated construction company.  

June 2, 2014

The Central Network Retail Group, or CNRG, has acquired Parkrose Hardware. In doing so, the collection of hardware store and lumberyard retail brands expands West for the first time, with locations in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington.

CRNG's footprint expands to 45 locations, including the Parkrose acquisition.

"Parkrose is our first step out West and will serve as a foundation for our growth in the Pacific Northwest," said Jimmy R. Smith, chairman of CNRG.

May 30, 2014

San Jose, California-based Orchard Supply Hardware president Richard Maltsbarger said the future looks bright for the West Coast chain, especially after a $20 million investment in Northern California stores.

The investment includes a complete rebuild of the Orchard Supply Hardware San Jose – Midtown, which will serve as the flagship of the 73-store chain that stretches from Portland, Oregon, to Southern California.

March 4, 2014

Emery-Waterhouse CEO Steve Frawley anticipates changes now that Ace Hardware has acquired the 170-year-old regional wholesale distributor. Some will be subtle, some substantial, and some as yet unknown. 

The deal, terms of which were not revealed, also marks the beginning of a separation between Portland, Maine-based Emery and Distribution America, the co-operative of nine regional distributors that pool together as a buying group. 

February 20, 2014

Ace Hardware Corp. announced today that it has acquired Emery-Waterhouse, the Portland, Maine-based distributor of hardlines products for independent lumber, paint, industrial and hardware outlets. 

“The acquisition of Emery-Waterhouse serves as a tremendous catalyst to leverage wholesale purchasing power,” said John Venhuizen, president and CEO, Ace Hardware. “We are confident that both Ace retailers and Emery-Waterhouse customers will benefit from the additional scale and expanded assortments.”

February 17, 2014

Portland, Ore.-based Patrick Lumber's board of directors elected Dave Halsey to succeed Jim Rodway as president.

The specialty lumber remanufacturer, distributor and exporter Patrick Lumber, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in January, announced the change Friday.

January 20, 2014

The shoemaker of the FBI announced an expanded line of job-ready boots.

Portland, Ore.-based Magnum’s new “Work” collection consists of 6- and 8-in. lace-up boots, rugged pull-ons and mid and low hiker styles. 

The collection consists of steel and composite safety toe styles, Goodyear welt, direct attach or cement construction options, which are all backed by the Magnum 60-day comfort guarantee. 

September 10, 2013

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.

April 29, 2013

As it opens new stores, the San Jose, Calif.-based retailer expects first-quarter comp-store sales gains of about 10%.

March 4, 2013

Portland, Ore.-based Western Hardwood Association will host the International Hardwood Convention & Exposition April 30 to May 2 at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center in Portland.

January 22, 2013

Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH), a chain of California home improvement stores, is holding a hiring event to staff its new stores in Tigard and Portland, Ore., according to an article in The Oregonian.

January 9, 2013

Portland, Maine-based BlueTarp Financial named Will Porter as its new chief financial officer.

Porter brings more than 18 years of experience working with both public and private companies. Most recently, he served as the CFO at Signiant, a global software provider focusing on the transferring of digital files. Previously, Porter was the VP finance at Phase Forward, a data management solutions provider. 

December 17, 2012

Portland, Ore.-based Neil Kelly Co., a design-build remodeling firm that has remodeled more than 30,000 homes, announced its Top 10 interior design trends for 2013.

Twenty of the firms design professionals who shared their knowledge based on working with material suppliers and vendors came up with the following list: 

November 26, 2012

Orchard Supply Hardware Stores will open its first two Oregon stores in Portland and Tigard. Construction will begin this month, and the build-out is expected to be completed during the first half of 2013.

October 4, 2012

Parr Lumber will open its latest window and door showroom on Oct. 8 in Portland, Ore. Called Aloha Window and Door, the 2,900-sq.-ft. design center will feature each of the three top window types, vinyl, fiberglass and wood. The vinyl windows feature Jeld-Wen, Milgard, Cascade and Ply-Gem. Fiberglass windows include Marvin Integrity and Milgard and the wood windows include Jeld-Wen, Marvin and Andersen.

August 23, 2012

Portland, Ore.-based Associated Building Material Distributors (ABM) named Garry Tabor as executive VP.

As leader of the ABM, Tabor said he and his team will seek out ways to improve the two-step distribution model. 

August 2, 2012

A new forecast from the Portland Cement Association (PCA) nearly doubles the expected increase in cement consumption for the year, attributing the boost to both changes in construction activity and the projected amount of cement used in future projects.

April 13, 2012

A group of preschoolers stung by wasps have transformed their experience into a giant map of Portland, thanks in part to a donation by Parr Lumber. The Maple classroom at Growing Seeds, a children’s learning center in North Portland, was given two large sheets of plywood by the Northwestern pro dealer to transform into a mural of their favorite places in Portland. 

April 10, 2012

Portland, Maine-based Hunter Panels announced its new "Hunter Xci" product line for use in exterior commercial wall applications. The launch of the Xci product line boosts Hunter's offerings of insulation products for the commercial building envelope.

"With recent upgrades to the I-Codes calling for continuous insulation, Hunter Polyiso is a perfect fit for commercial wall assemblies," said Alma Garnett, VP of Hunter Panels. 

March 19, 2012

Emery-Waterhouse, the Portland, Maine-based distributor of hardlines and building materials, held its Marketplace 2012 at the Rhode Island Convention Center March 16 to 17, with the usual face-to-face meetings between customers, manufacturers, and Emery-Waterhouse representatives. But the Portland, Maine-based wholesaler also used its spring market to unveil the company’s new rebranding initiative.

December 15, 2011

CalPortland Company (CPC), a major producer of Portland cement and building materials in the United States, has agreed to pay a $1.425 million penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its cement plant in Mojave, Calif.

As announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), CPC will spend an additional $1.3 million on pollution controls that will reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2), pollutants that can lead to childhood asthma and smog.

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