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December 2, 2013

HCN congratulates the 50 hardware store, home center and farm and ranch retailers who made the annual HCN Hardware Store All-Star list.

Now in its third year, HCN's annual list of high performers recognizes hardware stores -- one from each state -- that are outstanding in their field. The complete list and analysis can be found in the September issue of HCN. Meanwhile, HCN Daily will work its way across the country with mini profiles, continuing this week with Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

October 18, 2013

ELKIN, N.C. — The Weyerhaeuser mill in Elkin, N.C., is a classic Made-in-the-USA manufacturing story.

Raw material in the form of “stumpage” — the mill executive’s term for “logs”— lines up at one end of the 186 million-sq.-ft. facility. Rolling out at the other end are neatly stacked and wrapped pallets of Weyerhaeuser Edge OSB, as well as Weyerhaeuser Edge Gold (photo 1).

October 18, 2013

ELKIN, N.C. — The Weyerhaeuser mill in Elkin, N.C., is a classic Made-in-the-USA manufacturing story.

Raw material in the form of “stumpage” — the mill executive’s term for “logs”— lines up at one end of the 186 million-sq.-ft. facility. Rolling out at the other end are neatly stacked and wrapped pallets of Weyerhaeuser Edge OSB, as well as Weyerhaeuser Edge Gold (photo 1).

October 18, 2013

During the height of what some call the Great Recession, as the country was struggling to reverse the economic slide, Tom Hardman was looking for positive themes his hardware store could use to project an attitude that said: “We refuse to participate in the recession.”

“I wanted something to lift our employees’ and customers’ attitudes. One was to make them feel that individually they could make a difference,” said Hardman, co-owner of Hardman Supply Co., of Spencer, W. Va.

October 4, 2013

Winchester, Va.-based Trex Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, is expanding its presence in the Mid-Atlantic region with the addition of Pittsburgh-based Babcock Lumber Company to its distribution network.

Babcock will supply dealers across western and central Pennsylvania, western New York and West Virginia with Trex products.

“Babcock is well-known and respected throughout the industry for its commitment to its customers,” said Ronald W. Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex. 

October 4, 2013

Winchester, Va.-based Trex Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, is expanding its presence in the Mid-Atlantic region with the addition of Pittsburgh-based Babcock Lumber Company to its distribution network.

Babcock will supply dealers across western and central Pennsylvania, western New York and West Virginia with Trex products.

“Babcock is well-known and respected throughout the industry for its commitment to its customers,” said Ronald W. Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex. 

August 21, 2013

Employees of Columbus, Ohio-based Simonton Windows have joined together to raise $56,000 for two different charities benefiting cancer research.

As part of Pelotonia 2013 in Columbus, Ohio, Team Simonton raised almost $15,000 this month for cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. And, in May, associates at Simonton facilities in West Virginia raised $41,000 for the American Cancer Society during the 12th Annual "Relay for Life" Charity Auction. 

August 21, 2013

Employees of Columbus, Ohio-based Simonton Windows have joined together to raise $56,000 for two different charities benefiting cancer research.

As part of Pelotonia 2013 in Columbus, Ohio, Team Simonton raised almost $15,000 this month for cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. And, in May, associates at Simonton facilities in West Virginia raised $41,000 for the American Cancer Society during the 12th Annual "Relay for Life" Charity Auction. 

April 18, 2013

In West Virginia, a veteran-oriented charity mud run received a lumber donation from 84 Lumber.

April 18, 2013

In West Virginia, a veteran-oriented charity mud run received a lumber donation from 84 Lumber.

March 11, 2013

The Southern Upsher Business Association awarded “Business of the Year” honors to Davidson Lumber Co., of Kanawha Head, W. Va.

August 10, 2012

Home Channel News selected 50 hardware stores -- one from each state -- for inclusion in the second annual Hardware Store All-Star list. The stores distinguish themselves with strong customer service, innovative approaches to retail, and a connection to community and customers.

The alphabetical listing of All-Star stores, one from each of the 50 U.S. states, continues here with Virginia and Washington:

May 4, 2012

The syndicated home improvement talk radio show “The Money Pit” crossed the 300-affiliate mark. The show’s newest markets include El Paso Texas; Huntington W.Va.; Savannah, Ga.; and Reno, Nev.

The Money Pit, heard in many of the country's top markets including New York, Atlanta, Orlando and Providence, R.I., added more than 20 new stations in the first quarter of 2012, breaking past the 300 affiliate station threshold. 

March 28, 2012

According to an article in the Marietta Times, Evans Lumber Co. in South Charleston, W. Va., is closing at the end of the month after 82 years as a family-run business. 

The third-generation family business hit problems that grew from a poor economy, competition and changing customer habits.

March 13, 2012

ProBuild Holdings will hold a grand opening on March 14 for its newest location, a ground-up facility in Morgantown, W.Va. The 35,000-sq.-ft. lumberyard will offer lumber, building materials, windows, exterior doors, siding and trim, and a variety of hardware  items to builders, contractors and do-it-yourself enthusiasts.

March 12, 2012

Don Phillips has been named VP operations for regional hardware distributor House-Hasson Hardware. 

In his new role, Phillips supervises House-Hasson’s Knoxville, Tenn., and Prichard, W.Va., warehouses, which are staffed by 176 employees and have a combined 700,000 sq. ft. of product space.

October 6, 2011

CoreLogic, a provider of information, analytics and business services, has reported that home prices in the United States decreased 0.4% on a month-over-month basis, the first monthly decline in four months. According to CoreLogic, national home prices, including distressed sales, also declined on a year-over-year basis by 4.4% in August 2011 compared with August 2010. This follows a decline of 4.8% in July 2011 compared with July 2010.

July 7, 2011

The final four states on the alphabetical list showcase -- Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming -- showcase innovative, sophisticated and historic examples of hardware store all-stars. 

June 30, 2011

“The concept of consistent, incremental improvement applies to just about everything we do,” said Ron Beal, the CEO of Memphis, Tenn.-based distributor Orgill.


In that sentence, Beal captured the essence of the distributor’s spirit of improvement. There’s no single hero, no silver bullet and no rainmaker. Instead, Beal describes an environment of measuring, benchmarking and improving. And the results were impressive in 2010, a difficult year for home products. Orgill posted 2010 sales of $1.179 billion, up 9.3% over $1.079 billion in the prior year. 


June 20, 2011

According to an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the market dynamics of the Pittsburgh area are enticing ProBuild into western Pennsylvania. 

May 14, 2011

Knoxville, Tenn.-based regional hardware distributor House-Hasson Hardware completed its $2 million, 100,000-sq.-ft. expansion of the company’s Prichard, W.Va., warehouse.

“We’ve moved in, the racks are up, and the bins are being filled,” said Don Hasson, House-Hasson president. “Our West Virginia warehouse will have the same items as are available through our Knoxville warehouse. This means faster and more efficient shipping and delivery of all our products to our customers.”

May 13, 2011

Evans Lumber Co., an 81-year-old lumberyard in South Charleston, W.Va., is looking for a buyer, according to an article in the Charleston Daily Mail.

Owner Don Evans said he put the place on the market several weeks ago, citing competitive pressure and a loss of local businesses. He will operate the store for another six to nine months, he said, before closing it for good. 

May 13, 2011

Evans Lumber Co., an 81-year-old lumberyard in South Charleston, W.Va., is looking for a buyer, according to an article in the Charleston Daily Mail.

Owner Don Evans said he put the place on the market several weeks ago, citing competitive pressure and a loss of local businesses. He will operate the store for another six to nine months, he said, before closing it for good. 

March 30, 2011

Simonton Windows, the vinyl window and patio door manufacturer, has finalized plans to relocate the company’s corporate office to Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio. The transition -- from Parkersburg, W.Va. -- is set to be complete in June 2011. The company is part of the Home and Security business of Fortune Brands Inc. 

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