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March 27, 2014

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corporation, the industry’s largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative, recognized Les Orchekowsky of Sierra Vista, Ariz., with Ace’s first-ever Ray A. Griffith Retail Leadership Award.

Named after Ace’s former CEO Ray A. Griffith who retired in March 2013, the award will be given annually to the Ace retailer that most personifies Griffith’s outstanding leadership traits and exemplifies Ace’s core values.

March 21, 2014

New London, N.C.-based Fiberon, a manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing and fencing products, hired Dustin Ferriso as territory manager.

Ferriso will serve Fiberon’s distributor and dealer customers on the 118-mile-long territory of Long Island, N.Y., including the five boroughs of New York City. He will work out of an office based in Lindenhurst, N.Y.

March 7, 2014

Orlando, Fla. -- During its Spring Dealer Market hear, Orgill expanded its show floor to more than 750,000 sq. ft., including multiple model stores and a showcase area that introduced a new vivid Solutions paint area and a “Backyard Oasis” featuring outdoor living ideas.

Organizers said thousands of retailers from the United States, Canada and all over the world took part in the market, which drew to a close March 1.

February 27, 2014

Carter Lumber, the 144-unit pro dealer based in Kent, Ohio, is bringing the employees and operations of its Medina, Ohio, location into its Carter-Jones Lumber location in Akron,

The company says the Medina facility is closing and consolidating in Akron because it outgrew the confines of its 4-acre location. The Akron facility measures 17 acres, and it will be rebranded as Carter Lumber. 

February 27, 2014

House-Hasson Hardware reported sales increases at its winter dealer market, which the distributor takes to indicate that 2014 will be a lucrative year for hardware stores and lumberyards in general.

President Don Hasson noted that sales were up 14% -- across the board -- at the January dealer market in Nashville. He added that accelerating home sales are giving dealers added confidence.

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 14, 2014

Monroe, N.C.-based distributor Monroe Hardware reported record attendance at its spring dealer market.

Specific attendance numbers were not disclosed, but the company said its two annual shows attract a majority of the company’s 2,500 customers and its top 300 manufacturers.

February 7, 2014

Parker Do it Best Lumber, based in Beaumont, Texas, was chosen as a 2014 pro dealer Entrepreneur of the Year in the category of sales of over $50 million. 

Parker Lumber has been serving builders, remodelers and homeowners for more than 80 years in Texas and now southern California. Scott Parker runs the family-owned company that employs 350 people throughout 22 locations. 

Parker’s continued growth into new markets is cited as a key factor for its success. 

January 29, 2014

You meet some interesting people in the home improvement industry. Here’s another one: Jared Littmann, the 41-year-old youth sports coach; lawyer; Annapolis, Md., assemblyman; owner of K&B True Value in Annapolis; and — most recently — True Value board member.

Littmann spoke to HCN just before the K&B True Value Hardware Art Show (see it at homechannelnews.com) opened its doors.

January 28, 2014

Knoxville, Tenn.-based House-Hasson Hardware set a company record in 2013 for new and remodeled hardware store and lumberyard projects, the company announced.

House-Hasson’s 30 new-store and remodeling projects, called store sets, topped the previous high mark of 25 set in the previous year. 

January 28, 2014

Stickers in the windows of kitchen cabinet retailers will soon indicate a high level of environmental stewardship, if a new program from the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association catches on.

January 8, 2014

After a volatile 2013, Handy Hardware is entering the new year with new ownership, new structure and a new emphasis on customer profits.

The Houston-based hardware distributor launched an initiative called “Profit Plus, the New face of Handy,” which encompasses business improvements and dealer programs.

“The Handy team and I want to thank our customers who stood buy us in 2013, and want them to know Handy’s ability to service our dealers has never been stronger,” said Doug Miller, CEO.

January 2, 2014

As the New Windsor, N.Y.-based LBM co-op enters its 47th year, ENAP is promoting its streamlined mission statement. 

Here it is: "ENAP’s mission is to create a competitive advantage for our members by leveraging their collective power.” 

President and CEO Stephen J. Sallah exlained that the mission statement is crucial to existing dealers as well as continuing with expansion efforts. 

December 30, 2013

Major luxury appliance retailer Elite Appliance has been authorized as a Dallas GE appliance dealer. As such, it has added GE kitchen and laundry appliances to its product selection, now available both online and at its Dallas showroom.

Of GE's kitchen appliance suites, Elite will offer the Monogram Series, Cafe Series, Artistry Series and Profile Series.

December 10, 2013

It’s been a busy summer and fall for HCN: Its editorial staff was taken to many corners of the great United States in pursuit of emerging brands and game-changing products. We were happy to see many industry heavyweights at several of the big trade shows this year, as well as a few hidden gems in the home improvement aisle. From old favorites to promising newcomers, here are a few highlights from the reporter’s notebook.

December 6, 2013

Like most buildings and structures in the Philippines city of Tacloban, the mall housing Handyman’s -- a Do it Best Corp. member -- suffered significant damage from Typhoon Haiyan in November.

The mall’s roof was partially ripped away and its windows completely destroyed, allowing mud and rain to pour into the shopping center. To make matters worse, the city of Tacloban is still without power, making any efforts to clean up and re-open very difficult. Officials there expect it to take up to six months for the store to re-open in full.

November 20, 2013

Kent, Ohio-based Carter Lumber expanded south with the opening of its first store in Georgia. 

The 144-unit pro dealer acquired Athens Building Supply in Athens, Ga., which opened yesterday under the Carter Lumber banner.

November 20, 2013

The National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association (NLBMDA) will be hosting its first-ever Dealer Networking Breakfast & Housing Forecast at the 2014 International Builders Show, taking place Feb. 5 in Las Vegas.

Attendees will have an opportunity to network as well as get up to speed with the latest housing forecast, delivered by National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) chief economist David Crowe.

November 7, 2013

Tifton, Ga.-based pro dealer Short & Paulk Supply recently announced that Tifton branch manager Chuck Mailloux has been promoted to chief operations officer.

As COO, Mailloux's primary goal is to support company management in Albany, Dawson, Sylvester and Tifton. Mailloux will work alongside staff to identify best practices that can be implemented throughout company locations, including improving coordination of tasks and communication efforts.   

November 6, 2013

CEO L.T. Gibson accepts the award in Nashville, Tenn.

November 1, 2013

With a focus firmly set on long-term growth, Kent, Ohio-based Carter Lumber identified 26 mostly Midwestern locations for closing. 

October 31, 2013

NyloBoard's composite wood alternative was among the more perplexing products on display at the ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville.

The display sample, what appeared to be a wood slab growing out of a snarl of carpet fiber, demonstrated its patented production process.

October 30, 2013

Fresh after completing its initial public offering on Aug. 14, Raleigh, N.C.-based Stock Building Supply posted mixed results for the third quarter. The pro dealer reported a net loss of $5.5 million in the third quarter ended Sept. 30. However, sales were up 28.4% to $328.5 million, compared with $255.8 million in the same period last year.

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