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March 18, 2014

MoistureShield, the Springdale, Ark.-based composite decking manufacturer, has expanded its presence in the Sunbelt and West Coast regions by adding 12 new distribution locations to its network.

Among the new distributors are Huttig Building Products in Phoenix, Nashville, and Jackson, Miss.; BlueLinx in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville, Fla.; Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas; Universal Forest Products in Thornton and Riverside, Calif.; and Intermountain Supply in Spokane, Wash.

March 13, 2014

The Valspar Corporation is kicking off the inaugural Valspar Championship -- taking place March 13 to 16 -- with a Habitat for Humanity community build in the Tampa area.

Valspar, together with Habitat, PGA TOUR Wives Association, PGA TOUR players and Habitat families will participate in the build, which will take place in a Pinellas County community made exclusively of Habitat for Humanity homes.

February 11, 2014

Sears Home Services is rolling out an initiative this year, called Building Community Together, that aims to restore homes and buildings in the communities where its employees live and work. 

To make this possible, Sears is teaming up with nonprofit Rebuilding Together to identify homes and provide repairs, create greater accessibility and make energy-efficient upgrades.

January 23, 2014

Nationwide Industries of Tampa, Fla., announced a product recall of a the Trident Pool Gate Latch. 

The company, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, said a potentially loose magnet could prevent the latch from securing a gate.

The recalled magnetic gate latches measure 10 ins. or 20 ins. and come in black or white. 

June 14, 2013

The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) will begin receiving regular reports from market research company Ipsos. 

The “DuraTrend” reports will focus on 12 major home improvement categories. Included will be data on product mix with the category, retailer share, overall average selling price by product and product mix by retailer. 

October 8, 2012

Knotts Hardware, a Tampa, Fla., area hardware store, shut down for good on Oct. 12, according to an article in The Tampa Tribune. Johnny Knotts, whose grandfather Ben founded the store in the 1950s, blamed a poor economy, competition from home improvement chain stores and declining commercial accounts.

August 29, 2012

Since the beginning of the economic downturn, forecasts on housing starts, real estate sales and remodeling have gathered like a convention of fortune tellers. But only one crystal ball is focused solely on the home improvement industry and how consumers are spending — or not spending — money on their homes.

July 30, 2012

Tampa, Fla.-based entrepreneur John Wink, of Novel Ideas, has announced the national launch of EcoBorder, an environmentally friendly landscape product.

Manufactured in the United States and molded from recycled tire rubber, this landscape edging was invented in 15-year landscape Wink’s garage, after his position with Merrill Lynch ended about the time of the 2008 stock market crash. With 15 years of experience in landscaping, he invented EcoBorder out of his garage in 2009.

June 12, 2012

According to an article in the Tampa Bay Times, Lowe’s will not build a planned store in Tarpon Springs, Fla.

The Mooresville, N.C.-based retailer reportedly invested some $3 million in the project, which was four years in the making, but decided the project wasn’t in the company’s best interest. 

November 14, 2011

According to an article in the Tampa Tribune, Harvey's Hardware celebrated its 50th anniversary over the weekend by playing to its strengths -- a niche market in knives.

The store in Land O' Lakes, Fla., held its annual Case & Sons Cutlery knife event, which also featured appearances from local veterans and a presentation from a Case historian.

The retailer describes itself as a classic hometown hardware store, according to the article.

July 17, 2011

An article in the Tampa Tribune reported that a Tampa builder who agreed to move families out of homes built with toxic Chinese drywall and make the necessary repairs has now rescinded the offer.  

July 5, 2011

Tampa, Fla.-based roofing products manufacturer Gardner-Gibson acquired GH International, of Mississauga, Ontario, opening the way for Gardner-Gibson's expansion into the Canadian market. 

"This combination will enhance the products and services available, and also add additional resources through a team of devoted and skilled professionals," read a statement released by Gardner-Gibson.

June 28, 2011

The S&P/Case-Shiller Index, a closely watched indicator for the new housing market, has reported a monthly increase in prices for its 10- and 20-city composites for the first time in eight months. The composites were up 0.8% and 0.7%, respectively, in April versus March.

However, both indices are lower than a year ago, with the 10-city composite down 3.1% and the 20-city composite off 4.0% from its April 2010 levels.

June 7, 2011

Not to pick on Fortune Magazine — after all, I want to be a billionaire someday, too — but who couldn’t come up with a list of 500 publicly traded companies? Not to disparage our competitor’s fine work, but their Fortune 500 issue almost writes itself. All they really need is Google and a spreadsheet.


February 18, 2011

Home improvement giant Lowe's is showing a sensitive side through a merchandising effort spotted in a Tampa, Fla., store. The store is promoting flowers -- "a gift as special as she is," according to the display's signage -- next to grills and fasteners. 

A conspicuous pink and red island display near the front of the store has racks of bromeliads, anthuriums and orchids. A bilingual sign reads: "Surprise her with the gift of plants."

 

 

January 17, 2011

Orlando, Fla. -- The 2011 NextGen "Flex-Home" is focused on four home-building buzzwords: green, efficient, safe and digital.

Another term could be "patriotic."

The modular home currently residing in the IBS Show Village in the parking lot outside the Orange County Convention Center here in Orlando will soon be shipped away to a veteran in need through the Rebuilding Together charity and Sears' Heroes at Home.

December 21, 2010

The Time Person of the Year is Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. But who is the Tile Person of the Year?

The answer is John Canto of Canto Tile & Stone in Tampa, Fla. The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) presented him with the Tile Person of the Year award at the industry’s Total Solutions Plus Conference.

Canto served four years as the association’s regional director in the late 90s. He served as NTCA president from 2006 to 2008 and chairman of the board from 2008 to 2010.

September 10, 2008

Overall, customer satisfaction averaged 779 on a 1,000-point scale in 2008, up 38 points from...

April 13, 2008

The industry’s third largest pro dealer closed nine stores and a truss plant on March...

March 24, 2008

The industry’s third largest pro dealer has closed nine stores and a truss plant in...

December 16, 2007

Several companies have taken a strong look at their bottom lines for 2008, with layoffs...

December 4, 2007

The move affects 950 employees in Tampa, Chicago and Dallas. The retailer is attempting to...

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