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October 17, 2014

Pro-sales lumber and building materials dealer TW Perry has opened the doors to its newly expanded Springfield store and office space, which now boasts a new showroom.

The Springfield location is now more than double the size of the original, with the office space moved up to a new second floor, complete with a conference room for meetings.

The 3,800-sq-.ft showroom features a range of windows, doors, moulding profiles, decking and architectural millwork on display from the TW Perry custom millshop.

October 9, 2014

The annonced merger of ENAP and Progressive Affiliated Lumbermen has plenty of support from each group’s lumberyard leadership. What the merger lacks currently is a name.

LBM buying cooperatives PAL and ENAP signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to merge. The companies enjoy strong dealer support in the Midwest and East markets, respectively.

October 8, 2014

Lumber and building material buying cooperatives PAL and ENAP announced they have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to merge. The companies enjoy strong dealer support in the Midwest and East markets, respectively.

October 6, 2014

Knoxville, Tennessee-based House-Hasson Hardware is rolling out “Dollar House,” a merchandise and sales program to enable dealers to compete with Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree stores, the company said.

“Dollar House” will be introduced to House-Hasson dealers at the company’s upcoming Oct. 9-11 dealer market in Sevierville, Tennessee, at the Sevierville Events Center. 

October 1, 2014

Husqvarna has a complete new line of snow throwers to offer the North American market this winter, consisting of nine models in the 100, 200 and 300 series that will replace all previous models.

October 1, 2014

Monroe, North Carolina-based Monroe Hardware’s Fall Dealer Market showed strong sales and attendance gains, according to event organizers.

Held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Sept. 20-21, the event spotlight fell on exhibit areas ranging from Made in the USA products to impulse-counter displays. 

Both customer attendance and sales were up over 40%, according to event organizers. Vendor and booth counts were up more than 15%

September 24, 2014

S.W. Collins Co. has seen many transformations since its creation in 1844.  And the Aroostook County, Maine, pro dealer continues to adapt to current conditions.

With that corporate mindset, the four-unit lumberyard company has been named the HCN Independent Pro Dealer of the Year. 

S.W. Collins, “The Pioneer Lumberyard,” serves Maine through four locations in Presque Island, Houlton, Lincoln and its headquarters in Caribou.

September 16, 2014

The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association continues to offer guidance to pro dealer members in the wake of a$1.6 million Lowe’s settlement regarding alleged violations of dimensional lumber descriptions.

In a letter to members from WCLBMA executive director Ken Dunham offered advice on how to avoid run-ins with the state agencies when it comes to labeling and advertising products.

September 15, 2014

Port Washington, New York-based PACOA just got back from its Annual Fall Dealer Market in Queens, and according to the distributor, it was one for the books.

This year's event boasted "record-breaking" attendance and sales, driven largely by the attendance of some big names in paint, hardware and lumber, according to PACOA.

Several new vendors were also on-hand, including GACO, Dickies, Chapin, Frog Tape, ZEP and more.

More than 200 manufacturers participated in the Fall Dealer Market, offering competitive promotions and new product glimpses.

September 10, 2014

Organizers of the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit are preparing for a three-day event to advance the cause of the LBM dealer, both individually and collectively.

The ProDealer Industry Summit will take place Oct. 28-30 at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.

August 27, 2014

New York – HCN, the building products and home improvement retailing magazine of Lebhar-Friedman Inc., selected Meek’s Lumber as the 2014 Pro Dealer of the Year.

August 21, 2014

Aurora, Ill.-based LBM dealer Alexander Lumber Co. named Russell Kathrein as CEO and president.

Kathrein has 25 years of experience in the lumber and building material industry, including senior management positions at 84 Lumber, BMC West, and most recently, ProBuild.

Alexander Lumber operates 20 yards in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, along with two truss plants and a counter-top facility.

July 25, 2014

Builders FirstSource achieved its highest sales level since 2006 as it swung to a profit in the second quarter ended June 30.

The Dallas-based pro dealer reported sales of $426.5 million, up 7.1% from the same quarter last year. Net income was $10.6 million, compared to a net loss of $48 million in the first quarter last year.

July 14, 2014

Knoxville, Tenn.-based House-Hasson Hardware says its June 19-21 dealer broke all previous records for attendance, attracting some 2,300 to 2,400 people.

“We sold more of every product,” said Don Hasson, president. “People are feeling better about the economy, and when they feel better they buy more. That means dealers are buying products looking to the next six months rather than the next few weeks.”

July 2, 2014

Gaithersburg, Maryland-based pro dealer TW Perry ranked sixth in a recent Washington Post listing of top workplaces for mid-size companies. 

Following the unveiling of the list June 22, TW Perry president and CEO Michael Cassidy told employees that being a winning team helps morale.

June 16, 2014

Technology and its role at retail will fuel discussions at the upcoming House-Hasson Hardware June dealer market.

The market is set for June 19-21 at the Sevierville Events Center, Sevierville, Tennessee, just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

June 12, 2014

Lumbermens Merchandising Corp. announced a slate of upcoming events, including dealer exchanges, expos and golf outings.

The events include: 

May 28, 2014

La Mirada, Calif.-based Makita U.S.A. launched a new mobile app with a dashboard of options that includes a dealer locator, tool registration, an interactive sales tool for dealers, and more.

The app is the latest in Makita’s drive to provide more valuable and interactive content to both tool users and dealers.

May 28, 2014

Pro dealer Robert Bowden Inc. was named one of the Georgia Fast 40 by the Atlanta Chapter of The Association for Corporate Growth.

The award recognizes the Marietta, Georgia-based company as one of the 40 fastest-growing middle-market companies in the state.

May 1, 2014

At trade shows, at industry events or even over the phone, I like to promise retailers two things.

1) Our news products are guaranteed accurate or your money back; and

2) Someday I’m going to visit your store and buy something.

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 25, 2014

After the winter of 2014, executives have emphasized the impact of the weather in a high percentage of first-quarter reports. Dallas-based BuildersFirst Source is no exception. 

Despite the cold -- and the relatively flat construction activity -- sales increased 8.2% to $345.9 million for the pro dealer.

The company posted a net loss of $3.4 million, compared with a net loss of $11.8 million in the same quarter last year.

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 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.