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November 20, 2014

After seven years of rapid business growth, Georgia-based builder-turned-consultant Bobby Parks teamed up with Versatex Building Products to develop a course in marketing and lead generation for contractors and remodelers. 

Parks is founder of Peachtree Decks and Porches LLC, the category-leading construction firm based in Alpharetta, Ga.

November 11, 2014

 

Barclay Simpson, founder of Simpson Manufacturing and a leading figure in the world of structural connectors, died in his sleep Nov. 9. He was 93 years old. 

"He was beloved by his family, friends and colleagues," reads the announcement of his death from Pleasanton, California-based Simpson Manufacturing.

The company's web site explains that Simpson entered the structural component business in a most unusual way:

October 8, 2014

Dr. Shuji Nakamura, founder of LED technology company Soraa, has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for his blue light emitting diode invention.

Nakamura, together with professors Dr. Steven DenBaars and Dr. James Speck, joined forces in 2007 to figure out how to bring GaN LED technology to the market, riding on the assumption that GaN LEDs would produce more light and be more cost-effective in that they wouldn't rely on foreign substrates like sapphire or silicon carbide.

February 4, 2014

Jane Sunley’s new book, "It’s Never OK to Kiss the Interviewer," was prompted by an audience member’s naïve question.

While the book (LID Publishing, January 2014) is aimed at job applicants, it holds truths for employers, too: Figure out if the candidate’s values are in line with the company’s; make sure the applicant’s skills, attitude and work style are a good fit for the job; and find ways to make the new hire’s transition into the organization relatively seamless.

November 22, 2013

Grill Daddy has announced the launch of the King Tong, a set of tongs designed for indoor and outdoor use with built-in safety features.

September 23, 2013

Inventor, engineer and longtime General Tools & Instruments consultant Burt Weinstein lost his battle with cancer at the age of 87. 

Weinstein and his partner, Richard (Dick) Deaton, founded Simp'l Products in 1989 with the goal of inventing products that would streamline woodworking joinery for both professionals and novices at an affordable price. General Tools purchased the company in 2006 and hired Weinstein as a consultant.

July 3, 2013

Frank Denny, a home center retailing pioneer, died July 2.

Credited for creating a sort of industry standard for warehouse home centers, Denny was president of W.R. Grace and Co.'s home center division. When Kmart bought Home Centers of America in 1984, Denny was tapped to oversee its expansion under the brand name Builders Square.

A message from Denny's family said he died Monday morning, "after the usual tough fight he was known for throughout his career." He was 79. 

December 27, 2012

Richmond Electric Supply Company, Inc. has been sold to RESCO Acquisition, an investment group comprised of RESCO’s recently appointed CEO, Mike Bourn, and other private investors for an undisclosed sum.

Darryl Harman, who founded the company in 1983, was the seller. Matrix Capital Markets Group served as the financial adviser to RESCO Acquisitions.

November 19, 2012

Coswick Hardware introuduced an “eco-frienldy” flooring finish called Hardwax Oil. The product is made mostly from natural components, including organic wax of the Carnauba palm tree and oil of the Tung tree, the company says.

June 6, 2012

Edward Ryan, an early partner of 84 Lumber founder Joe Hardy, and the founder of Ryan Homes, died from a stroke on June 1. He was 88 years old.

March 30, 2012

Cologne, Germany — In the hallway connecting the multiple levels of show floors here at the sprawling Koelnmesse exhibition center, Manfred Maus, the famous pioneer of German home center retailing and founder of OBI, is pacing while talking on his cell phone. He later tells a reporter that home centers maybe should rethink their model.

March 6, 2012

Cologne, Germany -- Does home center retailing need a new business model? One DIY pioneer thinks so. 

Manfred Maus, who in 1970 founded OBI, which grew to become Germany’s largest DIY home center, spoke to Home Channel News at the 2012 Internationale Eisenwarenmesse – or International Hardware Fair – in Cologne, Germany. 

“My children and my grandchildren will buy completely differently than we buy,” he said. “I think the home center concept is old. We need a new business model.”

January 9, 2012

Emmett Francis McCoy, 88, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away Jan. 7. 

June 14, 2011

Its nickname is "the Walmart of weed."

Described as the nation's only hydroponics franchise that openly talks about medical marijuana, weGrow opened a 21,000-sq.-ft. store in Phoenix earlier this month. 

May 5, 2011

ErgoDig announced the introduction of a comprehensive collection of ergonomic, ash wood-handled lawn and garden tools. 

Each of the 40 garden tools in the line features a wooden handle with an angle at a degree consistent with the human arm, the company said. 

March 7, 2011

The founder of Pest Control Insulation Systems says the time is right for an insulation product that doubles as pest control.

February 22, 2011

Edison, N.J. -- American lawns don't need to be dandelion-free, says the founder of SafeLawns.org. It's much better for them to be healthy for children and other living things. 

That's one of the many green-minded messages Paul Tukey delivered to a small group during the New Jersey Flower & Garden Show here. Tukey is founder of the non-profit pro-environment organization SafeLawns.org

December 21, 2010

The Time Person of the Year is Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. But who is the Tile Person of the Year?

The answer is John Canto of Canto Tile & Stone in Tampa, Fla. The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) presented him with the Tile Person of the Year award at the industry’s Total Solutions Plus Conference.

Canto served four years as the association’s regional director in the late 90s. He served as NTCA president from 2006 to 2008 and chairman of the board from 2008 to 2010.

October 31, 2010

Take the L train to Morgan Street station in Brooklyn, walk down the hill a...

September 27, 2010

Several leading executives in the home channel made the Forbes 400 list for 2010, an...

September 6, 2010

The father-son struggle for control, laid out in a complaint filed on July 14 by...

February 21, 2008

Barry Segal, CEO of Bradco Supply, has officially announced his retirement from the company he...

February 10, 2008

Alvin M. Rickel, founder of Rickel Home Centers, died Jan. 15 at the age of 90....

January 21, 2008

Rickel served in the Army Air Corps. during World War II, where he got his...

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