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August 25, 2014

In advance of new federal efficiency standards for dryers set to take effect in 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has handed the 2014 Energy Star Emerging Technology Award over to LG Electronics for its new EcoHybrid Heat Pump Dryer.

The EcoHybrid is described as the first dryer with heat pump technology to hit the market in the U.S., meaning it captures and recycles energy that's generated during the drying cycle. This translates to up to 50% more energy savings, according to third-party testing.

August 14, 2014

The Edwards (ESL) and Interlogix brands are recalling 33 models of their 400 and 500 series smoke alarms, citing a tendency to malfunction.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the alarms have been found to fail to alert consumers of a fire due to radio frequency interference.

There have yet to be any incidents or injuries reported, however.

August 13, 2014

After several months of increases, U.S. retail sales fell flat in July as motor vehicles and parts sales fell 0.2%.

The Commerce Department reported advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales of $439.8 billion, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences. This compares to a preliminary estimate of $439.9 billion last month, though July's figure is up 3.7% year-over-year.

Additionally, total sales for the May through July 2014 period were up 4.2% over last year.

August 4, 2014

Ralph Bruno has been named president of Novik Sales Corp., the division of Novik Inc. responsible for marketing Novik products throughout the United States.

Bruno brings more than 25 years of success in the building products industry to his new position. Of note are the years he spent with Trex and as president of AZEK Building Products. Bruno will be responsible for designing and implementing the U.S. going-to-market strategy for Novik and will lead the U.S. sales team. 

August 1, 2014

Weyerhaeuser Co. reported strong figures for the second quarter of 2014, with positive results the company attributed to the recent divestment of its home-building business and doubled-down focus on its wood products.

July 30, 2014

The latest World Drywall & Building Plaster study from The Freedonia Group puts global drywall demand at 10.4 billion square meters by 2018, indicating an annual growth rate of 5.8%. This stands in stark contrast to demand during the 2008-2013 period.

Freedonia analyst Allison Blackburn noted that the growth will largely ride on the back of the Chinese and U.S. market, where nearly three-quarters of new demand will be generated.

July 17, 2014

Housing starts dropped for the second month in a row in June, this time even more sharply -- at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 893,000, starts were down 9.3% from May's downwardly revised rate of 985,000.

The decrease rode almost entirely on the back of the southern United States, which dropped 29.6% since May. Every other region of the country posted increases, led by a 28.1% gain in the Midwest.

July 16, 2014

Newport News, Virginia-based plumbing distributor Ferguson is building a new distribution center in Coxsackie, New York. The company has also leased property for a regional distribution hub in Secaucus, New Jersey.

The two facilities will house almost 1 million sq. ft. of warehouse space and will support Ferguson’s metro New York and Northeast branches, ensuring that customers receive product quickly.

Ferguson is the largest wholesale plumbing distributor in the United States.

July 15, 2014

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.-based CertainTeed Corporation has made a multi-year commitment to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans across the nation.

The homes are provided mortgage-free to the veterans they serve. The company is contributing roofing, insulation and gypsum wallboard for 40 homes across the United States.

July 14, 2014

Citing an increasing demand for low-gloss hardwood floors in the U.S., Bellawood is adding prefinished oil-look matte styles to its product line.

According to the company, low-gloss floors are good for concealing minor scratches, dirt and fur, which is helping fuel the demand in homes with kids and pets.

Bellawood's new line achieves these results without the need to add a high-maintenance oil finish. Instead, the company uses a proprietary topcoat with a UV-cured aluminum oxide finish.

July 8, 2014

A June weather report from Planalytics pointed to a number of ways in which last month's weather events boosted store sales across the country.

For example, both Father's Day and Independence Day were at their coolest in years; with the exception of heavy rainfall and the presence of Hurricane Arthur in the Northeast, cool and dry conditions created favorable conditions for outdoor activities.

Although temperatures in the U.S. and Canada tended to be on the warmer side, the U.S. was still cooler than it was last June, though Canada had its warmest June since 2006.

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.

July 1, 2014

A new report from Wood Resource Quarterly, a 52-page market report on the timber and forest industry, has found that New Zealand is responsible for over 20% of the world's softwood log trade.

By comparison, Russia and the U.S. rank second and third, respectively, as global log suppliers, contributing about 15% of the world's log trade each.

June 26, 2014

Kansas-based roofing company DaVinci Roofscapes is commemorating 15 years of manufacturing its polymer slate and shake roofing systems, with a new facility marking the company’s growth.

The company, which took root in 1999 in Kansas City, recently relocated to a larger facility in Lenexa.

June 24, 2014

GE is releasing more details regarding one of its newest and most exciting projects, part of a new partnership with MakerBot and TechShop that will serve as an incubator of sorts for innovations in the appliance space.

June 20, 2014

Federal Way, Wash.-based Weyerhaeuser was honored with a Jefferson Award for outstanding service.

Founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard, the Jefferson Awards are considered a "Nobel Prize" for public service in the United States.  The organization annually recognizes outstanding individual contributors to society. Each year, one corporation is also honored for outstanding service. 

June 10, 2014

Roxul, a manufacturer of stone wool insulation products, officially began production in Marshall County, Mississippi, at its first manufacturing facility located in the United States.

The $160 million plant encompasses 600,000 square feet and is located on a 100 acre site in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park, approximately 30 miles south of Memphis.  This location will help Roxul maintain its growth in key insulation markets such as residential, commercial building, flat roof, and industrial applications, in the mid and southern USA and Mexico.  

June 9, 2014

Houston-based Mattress Firm Holding Corp., retailer of mattresses and accessories in the United States, announced the completion of its acquisition of the mattress specialty retail assets and operations of Mattress Liquidators, Inc., which operates Mattress King retail stores in Colorado and BedMart retail stores in Arizona.

June 9, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for June 6, 2014

May 28, 2014

A new report (titled "Rethinking Made in America in the 21st Century") from the National Retail Federation suggests that imports may contain more U.S. components than the label reveals.

That includes all imported products sold in the U.S., and the components could include any number of parts or content that support American jobs.

May 20, 2014

A new class action suit against Ply Gem Holdings is charging the exterior building products manufacturer with misrepresenting its financial performance.

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP announced the suit on Monday, which is being filed on behalf of an institutional investor in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of purchasers of Ply Gem shares related to its May 22, 2013 IPO.

May 16, 2014

Feeling the effects of pent-up demand, the nation's housing starts broke the million mark for the first time in 2014.

According to data released this morning, U.S. housing starts came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,072,000, up 13.2% from March's revised estimate of 947,000 and 26.4% above April 2013's rate.

Total starts came in at the highest level since November 2013, and well above economists' prediction of about 980,000, according to multiple estimates.

May 16, 2014

Three little words can have huge emotional power. Case in point: “Made in America.”

When one objectively surveys the Made-in-USA landscape, one sees American manufacturers eager to promote their products as “Made in USA” for the clear emotional pull of those words. On the other end, one sees American consumers predisposed to support the idea of Made in America, because, after all, it’s their country.

May 15, 2014

The Home Depot is helping the nation prepare for the warmer months with a series of hurricane workshops being held across the nation on Saturday, May 31, the first day of hurricane season.

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