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July 17, 2014

NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG) the parent company of Hyster Company and Yale Materials Handling Corporation added Mike McCormick as VP warehouse solutions and Bill Buckhout as director of leasing and remarketing. McCormick and Buckhout have more than 40 years of combined industry experience.

July 16, 2014

The board of directors at the Sherwin-Williams Company elected Matthew Thornton III as its newest member.

Effective July 16, Thornton will join the board as its tenth director, as well as a member of its audit committee.

July 14, 2014

Marion, Iowa-based Legacy Manufacturing appointed Marco Laubach as director of product development.

June 26, 2014

The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors announced the appointment of Kevin Gammonley as the organization's new executive director. He has been serving as the interim executive director since April and has a long-standing relationship with the NAFCD board of directors through NAFCD's management firm. 

June 24, 2014

Continuing this week's trend of optimism in market fundamentals, consumer confidence pushed to a new post-recession high of 85.2 in June, up from a downwardly revised figure of 82.2 in May.

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 13, 2014

Oak Brook, Illinois-based Ace Hardware Corporation made some updates to its corporate board of directors, not the least of which includes the planned appointment of Jim Ackroyd as chairman.

Ackroyd is the CEO of Vision Ace Hardware, an 11-store chain in southwest Florida. He was named vice chairman last year as part of a planned changeover within the chairman position. As a member of Ace's board since 2008, he was also re-elected to another three-year term as a member director.

June 4, 2014

While staff and service remains the most influential factor in satisfaction once customers are at a home improvement retail store, price is what drives customers to a retailer in the first place, underscoring the importance of competitive differentiation efforts via better price and value perception, according to the J.D. Power 2014 Home Improvement Retailer Satisfaction Study released today.

The survey results also showed Ace Hardware at the top of the 2014 Home Improvement Retailer Satisfaction Study, followed by Menards and Lowe’s.

June 3, 2014

Stanley is looking within for its newest marketing campaign, which takes a good hard look at the qualities that make Stanley -- well, Stanley.

Using the hashtag #Stanleyness, the company will be engaging its followers in helping to define the qualities of the Stanley loyalist: in the company's words, "timelessness, durability, confidence and humility, with a touch of badass ruggedness." 

May 27, 2014

Consumer confidence hedged up a bit to near-March highs in May after dropping in April. The Index now reads 83.0, up from a downwardly revised estimate of 81.7 in April.

May 16, 2014

Cemex has announced two successors to the late Lorenzo Zambrano's title as chairman and CEO of the company.

The board has unanimously appointed director Rogelio Zambrano as chairman and former EVP finance and administration Fernando Gonzalez as CEO, effective immediately.

The move came swiftly after the passing of longtime chairman and CEO Lorenzo Zambrano, who died unexpectedly on Monday during a business trip in Madrid.

May 13, 2014

David Nunes is leaving his post as president and CEO of Pope Resources in order to take the helm of Rayonier, Inc. when the company eventually splits later this year. For now, however, he's onboarding as Rayonier's COO.

Effective June 9, Nunes will assume his interim role, in which he will be tasked with helping to finalize the separation of the company.

May 2, 2014

Ian Rowsby, director of sales at Bird-B-Gone, has embarked on a 2,650-mile trek across the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

“Since I first read about the trail 10 years ago I’ve wanted to hike the PCT, and now seems like the perfect time,” Rowsby said.

April 29, 2014

The Consumer Confidence backed down slightly from its recent peak in March, now standing at 82.3, according to The Conference Board.

April 16, 2014

Forest products giant Weyerhaeuser says it will reorder its leadership team this summer.

Current SVP, general counsel Sandy McDade is retiring in July. Succeeding her will be Devin Stockfish, who will also maintain his current role as corporate secretary. Stockfish has been serving as corporate secretary and assistant general counsel since last June. Before joining the company, he was VP & associate general counsel at Univar Inc.

Also retiring is Sara Kendall, VP corporate affairs and sustainability, on May 2.

April 15, 2014

David R. Lumley, president and CEO of Spectrum Brands Holdings, has been elected to a one-year term on the nine-member board of directors of Husqvarna, the outdoor power products supplier.

April 2, 2014

The Home Depot is announcing the nomination of Wayne Hewett for election to its board of directors during its 2014 annual meeting of shareholders.

Bonnie Hill, the board's lead director, will not stand for re-election; the company's corporate governance guidelines require directors to retire upon reaching the age of 72 by the end of the calendar year preceding the annual meeting. Gregory Brenneman has been selected to succeed her as lead director.

April 2, 2014

Around the globe, sellers from country A who promote their products as “Made in country A” are quick to point out that country A products are known for their quality, even by buyers from country C.

Let’s call it “the universal theory of country-of-origin quality,” and it was on full display at the recent Internationale Eisenwarenmesse (International Hardware Fair) in Cologne, Germany.

March 25, 2014

Preliminary estimates of consumer confidence weighed in at 82.3 in March, beating June 2013's figure of 82.1 and reaching a high not seen since January 2008, according to The Conference Board.

Confidence had slipped in the fall and winter, with February's score coming in at an upwardly revised estimate of 78.3. All indications are that consumers are shaking off their winter doldrums and are looking ahead to a sunnier spring and summer season.

March 17, 2014

The Home Improvement Research Institute’s 2014 Spring Conference, slated for Orlando April 10, will include a full slate of research-oriented presentations. 

Among them will be a presentation from The Futures Company’s Sarah Catlett, VP and HIRI account director, and Christina Hioros, VP and associate head of Global Monitor. Their topic: Not just another United States: Distinguishing consumer attitudes in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

March 10, 2014

Cologne, Germany -- European economists have a new phrase to describe their expectations for future growth. Out of fashion is "cautiously optimistic." In fashion is "moderately positive, but wobbly."

March 10, 2014

Most U.S. workers say they are satisfied with their current health benefits and express little interest in changing the mix of benefits and wages their employer offers, according to a new survey by the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).

And even though enactment of the Affordable Care Act has raised questions about whether employers will continue to offer health coverage to their workers in the future, the importance of benefits -- especially health insurance -- when it comes to choosing a job remains high.

March 6, 2014

Therma-Tru Corp. has expanded its product line to include a new camber top glass shape, which provides a balance of privacy and light to the home.

February 28, 2014

Kobalt has launched a new line of cordless tools, marking its official entry into the outdoor power equipment category.

"Kobalt has a history of making tough, reliable tools and the brand's entry into outdoor power equipment is a natural extension that uses purposeful design to simplify outdoor projects," said Reggie Thomas, director of brand management for Kobalt. "These versatile, easy to use tools provide customers with durability and power to complete the job without the hassle of gas-powered tools."

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