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December 8, 2014

The “Lumberyard of the Future” panel discussion during the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit in San Diego, California brought together three lumberyard executives to look ahead to the year 2025. 

Participants were: 

• Randy Aardema, US LBM, Executive VP supply chain • Sam Collins, S.W. Collins Company, President; and • Joel Russell, Millard Lumber, VP and COO

 [On the physical makeup of the Lumberyard of the Year 2025.]

November 3, 2014

San Diego -- Here at the Dixieline Lumber facility near the old sports arena, senior VP Joe Lawrence recently told a group of industry visitors that the 101-year-old California dealer has found success amid heavy competition by making the customer -- and the contractor -- feel comfortable. 

October 31, 2014

San Diego -- Scheduling business consultant Ken Wilbanks for the early morning slot was a strategic move at the 2014 Pro Dealer Industry Summit. His presentation served to rouse and inspire a room full of lumbermen -- or "woodpeckers," as he referred to them -- with notions of a tightly run ship.

October 31, 2014

San Diego -- The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association's board of directors appointed Jonathan Paine as the new president and CEO of the organization at its annual meeting on Oct. 28 at the ProDealer Industry Summit here.

Paine has been serving as the association's executive VP since 2012 and replaces outgoing president Michael O'Brien, who is assuming other responsibilities with NLBMDA's management firm, SmithBucklin.

October 31, 2014

San Diego -- "To get man on the moon, they were carrying less computing power than you have in your pocket right now." 

This was more or less the message imparted by Verizon Wireless vertical innovations architect Erik Varney during his presentation at the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit, titled "Using Mobile Technology to Advance Your Business."

October 29, 2014

San Diego -- Three out of three pro dealers agree: Suppliers should do what they say they're going to do.

That's one of the takeaways from a panel discussion here at a meeting of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association's Manufacturers and Services Council. The session, held here along with the ProDealer Industry Summit, examined the supplier-lumberyard relationship. 

October 29, 2014

San Diego -- Among the many granular insights delivered by Thomson Research Group CEO Kathryn Thompson at the ProDealer Industry Summit podium, this much was key: Pricing will continue to play a pivotal role in the construction sector recovery. 

"The momentum is improving somewhat, but pricing is still paramount," she explained. 

October 29, 2014

San Diego -- The 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit, hosted jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and Home Channel News, kicked off last night with the recognition of some influential and dedicated lumberyard executives.

J.D. Saunders of Campbell, California-based Economy Lumber was officially installed as the incoming chairman of the NLBMDA.  

October 28, 2014

San Diego -- Roger Dankel, president of Simpson Strong-Tie, was recognized for his service to the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, here during the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit.

Dankel served as the chair of the association's Manufactures and Services Council from 2012-2014.

September 10, 2014

Organizers of the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit are preparing for a three-day event to advance the cause of the LBM dealer, both individually and collectively.

The ProDealer Industry Summit will take place Oct. 28-30 at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.

July 31, 2014

HCN and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association are beginning to warm up for the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit, taking place Oct. 28-30 in San Diego, California.

Among the four keynote speakers locked down for the event is Michelle Desiderio, VP innovation services for Home Innovation Research Labs, a market research, consulting, product testing and accredited third-party certification agency that serves the home-building space.

July 8, 2014

Kathryn I. Thompson, CEO and director of research at the Thompson Research Group, brings over 15 years of experience to analyzing, modeling and advising investors on the construction material industry. 

Thompson will share her thoughts on the industry with the ProDealer Industry Summit, Oct. 28-30 at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.  

July 2, 2014

San Diego-based Eldorado Stone, maker of architectural stone veneer, has launched an experiential outdoor showroom, located at its Southern California headquarters.

The goal of the new showroom is to allow customers to experience first-hand how the company’s products transform spaces.

June 25, 2014

KB Home is launching a pilot program for a set of new energy storage solutions, developed in collaboration with SunPower Corp., in its Irvine, El Dorado Hills and San Diego markets.

The new high-efficiency solar power systems store solar energy by day and offer an alternative energy source for use during power outages or other situations.

June 17, 2014

EasyTurf joined NFL hero LaDainian Tomlinson at the 2nd Annual LaDainlian Tomlinson 5K 1-mile Kids Fun Run June 14 at San Diego’s Liberty Station.

“It’s great to work with LT and his organization again,” said David Hartman. “His Touching Lives Foundation is a charitable organization we love to support.”

April 9, 2014

San Diego-based WD-40 Company reported second-quarter net sales of $94.2 million, up 9% from the same quarter last year.

Net income, however, slipped 1% to $10.3 million. 

February 12, 2014

The Home Depot Foundation has awarded a $7,000 grant to San Diego's Veterans Community Services (VCS) for a community renovation project at their main office.

Veterans, Team Depot and VCS volunteers will paint walls, replace doors and build shelving units on February 27, preparing the space to host meetings and supportive services programs, as well as serve as a donation center.

VCS provides various services to low-income veterans, including rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention, counseling, financial planning, employment search and referrals, and other aid.

January 9, 2014

San Diego-based WD-40 Company reported gains in sales and net income in the first quarter and also the largest sales quarter in the company's history.

WD-40 sales for the quarter ended Nov. 30 were $95.5 million, up slightly from $95.3 million in the same quarter last year. Net income of $11.5 million was up 5% from $10.9 million.

"We are pleased that we were able to improve our gross margin in the quarter, which was in part due to our supply chain improvement initiatives," said CEO Garry Ridge.

November 27, 2013

At Zappos.com, the online shoe business, the person answering calls is not the “receptionist”; he’s the “director of first impressions.”

At Texas-based BerylHealth, where health care workers advise clients by telephone, the company pairs employees with executives in a spoof of “Dancing with the Stars.”

And at San Diego-based Red Door Interactive, a business consultancy, one of the core values is this: “We are 100 percent jerk-free.”

August 21, 2013

According to the First Republic Prestige Home Index issued by First Republic Bank, luxury home values in certain niche California markets experienced strong growth in the second quarter.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, values were up 10.9% year-over-year, as well as 5.0% since the first quarter. Los Angeles homes rose 6.1% since 2012's second quarter, as well as 3.3% since last quarter. In the San Diego region, values were up 8.0% on a year-ago basis and 4.9% since last quarter.

August 7, 2013

San Diego-based WD-40 Company is adding three new products to its WD-40 Specialist line -- a Dirt & Dust Resistant Dry Lube, Machine & Engine Degreaser and Electrical Contact Cleaner Spray.

Developed at the WD-40 Company Research and Development Center, all of the new WD-40 Specialist products are 50-state VOC compliant, the company said. 

August 6, 2013

California-based builder C.W. Driver is expanding its San Diego presence through the acquisition of Good & Roberts (G&R), a local construction company that will operate as a subsidiary of C.W.

G&R will largely retain its daily operations and approach, though the company expects a gradual shift in management structure. 

July 9, 2013

San Diego-based WD-40 Co. saw net sales increase 7% in the third quarter, as the company's multi-purpose maintenance products showed double-digit growth.

WD-40 sales were $93.1 million in the quarter ended May 31, compared to sales of $87.0 million in the year-ago period. Net income for the third quarter was $10.3 million, up 12%.

April 5, 2013

San Diego-based WD-40 Co. reported net income of $10.5 million in the second quarter, down 1% compared with the previous year.

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