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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 27, 2014

Kelly Kolb, VP government affairs of the Arlington, Virginia-based Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), made a statement on behalf of the organization regarding union contract negotiations at West Coast ports.

With the deadline to resolve the negotiations drawing near, RILA said its priority was to avoid work stoppage and to keep supply chains functioning as usual.

June 9, 2014

James H. (Jim) Dudley, a veteran of 20 years in the treated lumber industry, has been named president of Fortress Wood Products, Inc., a division of The Lester Group based in Martinsville, Virginia.

Dudley joins Fortress from Culpeper Wood Preservers in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he was vice president.

Fortress is a wood treating company producing wood for residential and commercial use from three plants in North Carolina--High Point, Henderson and Elizabeth City.

May 21, 2014

The NRHA set its sights on Joe Taylor, president and CEO of Taylor's Do it Centers in Virginia, as one of three 2014 "Top Gun" honorees from around the industry.

Taylor was recognized for his role in continuing the robust legacy of the Taylor's tradition, which has given rise to 11 retail locations statewide and spans four generations. In acknowledgment of its history, robust numbers and adaptability, It's credited as one of the nation's most successful family-owned hardware operations.

May 9, 2014

Herndon, Virginia-based Beacon Roofing Supply joined the long list of LBM-related companies to report a negative impact from severe winter weather.

Sales decreased 7.5% to $384.9 million during the company’s second quarter ended March 31. 

On an overall consolidated basis, residential roofing product sales decreased 12.1%, non-residential roofing product sales decreased 2.3%, and complementary product sales decreased 4.1%.

May 6, 2014

Lumber Liquidators has donated more than $280,000 of flooring and tools in recent years to Habitat for Humanity affiliates.

May 5, 2014

The 2014 deck-building season got off to a late start, and Trex felt the impact in its first-quarter results.

The Winchester, Virginia-based company reported net sales of $100.6 million, down from $107.9 million in last year's first quarter. Net income for the wood-alternative decking giant was $12.3 million, down from $21.6 million in the same period last year. 

April 29, 2014

Ferguson, the largest wholesale plumbing distributor in the U.S., acquired Factory Direct Appliances.

Factory Direct Appliance is a seven-location appliance dealer with five showrooms in Kansas City, Mo., and two outlying locations in Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Neb. 

The deal marks the second big acquisition of the year for Ferguson, which acquired Karl’s Appliance in February. Karl’s operates six showrooms in northern New Jersey. 

April 22, 2014

Ace Hardware is celebrating the milestones it has reached within its supply chain in the aim of reducing its carbon footprint this Earth Day.

Specifically, two Ace Hardware Retail Support facilities are being recognized for their participation in zero landfill initiatives, which see to it that a product is reused instead of being sent to a landfill or incinerator. The Ace Hardware Import Redestribution Center in Suffolk, Va. has been enjoying zero landfill status for over a year, and the counterpart facility in Kent, Wash. is 95% of the way there.

April 8, 2014

Troy, Va.-based Red Rocker Candy is promoting its self-described "old-fashioned" style of candy for home improvement stores hoping to capture a niche in sweets. 

The company's Rocking Chair Mix, Cashew Toffee with White Chocolate, Solid Chocolate Dogwoods and Peppermint Bark are its big sellers, according to the supplier.

The company was founded on April 1, 2002. According to the company: "Red Rocker Candy products bring back the flavors and sentiment of times gone by."

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.

April 1, 2014

Marion, Va.-based Royal Building Products has added U.S. Lumber to its Southeast and Mid-Atlantic distribution network, the company announced Monday.

“With the rapid growth of new, low-maintenance product alternatives, we are constantly adding high-quality brands that deliver on that promise to our contractor-oriented, pro-yard customers," said Jeff McClendon, president of U.S. Lumber. "The Royal brand is a perfect addition to that list.”

March 31, 2014

Arlington, Va. -- Three operators of successful and growing lumberyards put their fingers on the pulse of the LBM industry and offered a prognosis for opportunities and challenges.

March 28, 2014

Smith-Midland Corporation, a Midland, Va.-based concrete products supplier, has recruited Mark Loscudo as its newest VP operations.

In his new role, Loscudo will play an important operative role in furthering the company's lean manufacturing initiatives.

March 20, 2014

Austin, Texas-based Artisan Group announced two new 2014 board members: 
Hunter Adams, owner of Trindco Inc. in Suffolk, Va.; and Scott Lardner, owner of Rocky Mountain Stone in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Artisan Group is a member organization of stone fabricators in North America that serves as a leader in the granite and surface fabrication industry.

March 20, 2014

Manassas, Va.-based sealants, foams and adhesives manufacturer Soudal USA is introducing the new Genius Gun, an expanding polyurethane foam product for filling gaps and insulation.

According to the company, the Genius Gun is a bit of a game-changer because its foam can be reused multiple times and eliminates the need for a separate applicator. A patented trigger mechanism provides precise dosage and easy, one-hand operation.

February 28, 2014

Two Sears Hometown Stores opened in Colorado, Florida and Virginia and will be celebrating grand opening ceremonies this weekend.

In Florida, the new store is located in Ocoee at 8849 W. Colonial Drive. The new Virginia store is located at 6623 Richmond Road in Williamsburg. Both locations will be offering 10% discounts through the weekend, plus special grand opening giveaways.

The new Sears Hometown Store in Colorado is located in Longmont, at 700 Ken Pratt Blvd.

February 26, 2014

Winchester, Va.-based Trex Company reported fourth-quarter sales of $63.8 million, an increase of 38% over the same quarter last year.

“We brought 2013 to a very strong finish,” said chairman, president and CEO Ronald W. Kaplan. “Expanded distribution and dealer demand across the country contributed significantly to sales and are helping us advance a key initiative -- increasing market share.”

February 26, 2014

Versatex Trimboard hired Tom Hartman as a regional market development specialist out of Williamsburg, Va.

Hartman has been in the millwork industry for almost a decade, including four years of interaction with commercial and residential contractors as an inside sales representative for Lansing Building Products of Newport News, Va. He will be attached to the Versatex eastern Virginia and Outer Banks region.

Versatex Trimboard products are manufactured by Wolfpac Technologies of Pittsburgh.

February 7, 2014

Herndon, Va.-based Beacon Roofing Supply celebrated solid top-line growth during a quarter that started fast and finished with some tough weather conditions.

The company posted first-quarter sales of $552.1 million, up 7.5% from $513.7 million in the same quarter last year. Net income slipped to $15.0 million, down from $18.2 million in the year-ago quarter.

February 5, 2014

Pittsburgh-based Snavely Forest Products said it’s not going to let the “modified” lumber movement lose its momentum.

In response to Eastman Chemical’s recent announcement that it would cease the manufacturing of Perennial Wood products -- the trade name for acetylated wood -- Snavely Forest Products announced today that it will continue to market the high-performance decking product.  

January 22, 2014

Klein Tools has named its 2013 Electrician of the Year: Billy Teaford, a Southeast region finalist from Fincastle, Va., was the winning ballot out of more than 140 entries.

Teaford will receive $5,000 in prizes -- half in Klein tools and half in cash -- as well as an ultimate Klein garage package that includes a 41-piece tool kit, mini-refrigerator, golf bag, bar stools, can insulators, beverage opener tools and peg board.

January 9, 2014

The 2014 Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference, hosted by the Window & Door Manufacturers Association and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, will in include a presentation by Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). 

The conference takes place March 31-April 2 at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington, Va. It will include education, networking and the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill and lobby lawmakers. 

December 30, 2013

On Dec. 5, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act by a largely bipartisan vote of 325 to 91. The legislation, which is sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlattee (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, exacts a substantial blow against patent trolls who, in recent years, have gone after the retail industry with outlandish patent infringement claims.

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