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October 7, 2014

Feeney Inc. is partnering up with King Architectural Metals to distribute its CableRail and DesignRail products across the United States.

September 15, 2014

Caledonia, Wisconsin-based CalStar Products is making its sustainable brick line even more versatile with the addition of six new brick sizes.

The brick offerings are available as follows: Ambassador brick in a 2 1/4" by 15 5/8" size; Roman brick in 3 5/8" by 1 5/8" by 11 5/8"; Norman brick in 3 5/8" by 2 1/4" by 11 5/8"; King brick in 2 3/4" by 2 5/8" by 9 5/8"; and 8x16 and 4x16 facing units.

Both the Ambassador bricks and the facing units are available smooth or as a split-face unit.

June 9, 2014

Houston-based Mattress Firm Holding Corp., retailer of mattresses and accessories in the United States, announced the completion of its acquisition of the mattress specialty retail assets and operations of Mattress Liquidators, Inc., which operates Mattress King retail stores in Colorado and BedMart retail stores in Arizona.

April 16, 2014

Oakmont, Pa.-Chelsea Building Products hired Jason King as their business development manager for their Specialty Products division. As part of Chelsea’s sales department, King will focus on increasing sales through by focusing on specialty building product markets as well as other fabrication distribution markets.

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.

November 7, 2013

Lakewood, Colo.-based multichannel retailer Tool King made a successful transition for a brick-and-mortar retailer to online super store. Now it's exploring another frontier -- e-commerce service provider. 

“In crafting the technology we needed to expand our own company, we realized the infrastructure we created facilitates a powerful and unique online selling platform,” said Don Cohen, CEO of Tool King. 

November 1, 2013

Lakewood, Colo.-based multichannel retailer Tool King made a successful transition for brick-and-mortar retailer to online super store. Now it's exploring another frontier -- e-commerce service provider. 

October 11, 2013

Mahwah, N.J.-based Thermwell Products, makers of Frost King, has acquired PortaSeal of Morristown N.J., a manufacturer of weathersealing products, according to David Gerstein, president of Thermwell.

August 29, 2013

Mahwah, N.J.-based Frost King (Thermwell Products Co. Inc.) has acquired PortaSeal LLC of Morristown N.J. 

PortSeal makes weathersealing products, including Gara-Seal, a rigid vinyl strip with a flexible vinyl flange, which seals the top and sides of garage doors.

Both companies in the transaction are privately owned and operated: PortaSeal by Stanley Garbowy; and Thermwell by David and Mel Gerstein, twin sons of one of the two founding brothers.

April 8, 2013

The great H.L. Mencken wrote: "A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar."

Is he right? I don't know, but it seems as if Washington, D.C., is quite a mess these days, with a mounting deficit and acrimonious factions.

Still, one of the highlights on the HCN calendar is the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. This year's event, in addition to several rounds of strategizing and lobbying, featured presentations from not one, but two politicians.

February 12, 2013

Senator Angus King of Maine has been added to the NLBMDA's lineup for its Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference.

December 17, 2012

Portland, Ore.-based Neil Kelly Co., a design-build remodeling firm that has remodeled more than 30,000 homes, announced its Top 10 interior design trends for 2013.

Twenty of the firms design professionals who shared their knowledge based on working with material suppliers and vendors came up with the following list: 

May 22, 2012

West Chester, Pa.-based Air King added humidity-sensing exhaust fans to its line of ventilation fans. The products provide an automated Energy Star-qualified solution for residential ventilation.

Once installed, the exhaust fan turns on automatically when the humidity level in the room reaches the preset percentage, then will automatically shut off when the humidity level falls below the preset percentage.

January 25, 2012

In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, former Home Depot merchant Mark Baker -- now the CEO of the newly public Orchard Supply Hardware -- talks about his expansion plans for the California chain, last year’s net losses ($15 million to $17 million), his favorite mode of transportation (a Cessna Caravan) and his motorcycle (a Harley-Davidson Road King). 

December 15, 2011

West Chester, Pa.-based Air King added the do-it-yourself, snap-in BFQ80 exhaust fan to its line of ventilation fans. 

The BFQ80 is an 80 CFM, 2.0 sone exhaust fan offering an Energy Star-qualified solution for residential ventilation needs, the company said.

“What makes the BFQ Series unique is the simple, one-person installation system,” said Jeff Kenkelen, president, Air King. “Most ‘traditional’ fans utilize either a hanger bar or mounting tab system, while the BFQ is installed using a convenient mounting bracket.”

November 10, 2011

Home improvement retailer Lowe’s has agreed to settle a Justice Department claim that it terminated an employee without just cause after he returned from serving in the Iraq War. The consent decree, which still requires approval by a U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore., requires that Lowe’s pay the employee, Matthew King, $45,000 for back pay and liquidated damages.

Lowe’s did not respond to a request for comments.

September 29, 2011

Channel analysis Year-over-year sales of faucets declined 10.8% in the 12 months from September 2010 through August 2011, according to consumer research from the Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group. The group estimated total sales during that period in excess of $1.2 billion. Unit volume also declined year over year, but only 4.6% — indicating consumers are shopping for bargains, and finding them.

April 15, 2011

Air King, the West Chester, Pa.-based exhaust fan manufacturer, introduced a dual-speed exhaust fan designed for cost-effective, energy-efficient ventilation.

The Air King model AK100D dual-speed Quiet Series exhaust fan features a low profile grill design and a spring-loaded, back draft damper prevents drafts from entering back into the room through the ducting.

November 10, 2010

Port Washington, N.Y.-based researching firm The NPD Group reported that "pent-up demand" in the home...

August 10, 2008

Jorge Fernandez, electrical merchant for Home Depot, is like other home center merchants who see...

February 14, 2008

Marvin closed in 2007, and Thermwell purchased the company’s assets in January 2008, re-opened the...

July 15, 2007

More modern decorative plumbing fixtures appear to be making a comeback over staid and traditional...

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