Chicago -- Orgill's 2014 Fall Dealer Market kicked off Thursday morning here at McCormick Place with showcase categories, model stores and deep-discount "Door Busters."
The three-day event runs through Saturday.
On the show floor, four product areas are designated as showcase categories -- hand and power tools, winter and wild bird assortments, spring products and maintenance and repair.
Hardware Distribution Warehouses, Inc. CEO and President Kenneth R. Beauvais said HDW will be expanding its wholesale services into the Florida panhandle beginning Sept. 1.
“In addition to our recent expansion into Northwest Texas, we have made the decision to extend our service area into the Florida panhandle,” Beauvais said. “This expansion will result in additional opportunities for our employee owned company.”
The announcement was made at the company’s 2014 Fall Market, which ended Aug. 10 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
San Jose, California-based Realtor.com reports that 67% of visitors to the real estate web site plan home renovations within the next six months.
That finding is the result of the web site's Home Improvement Survey, in which more than 1,500 consumers participated from May 19 to May 29.
The survey results, released July 17, include the following.
Most popular reasons for planned home improvements:
Portland, Maine-based Emery-Waterhouse, the hardlines distributor acquired by Ace Hardware Corp. in February, announced the new hire of Charles Chibante as VP of Sales.
Chibante comes to Emery-Waterhouse bringing over 20 years of experience in retail, operations, marketing and leadership, including 13 years with Wal-Mart in various leadership positions, as well as eight years as a partner in a family owned and operated construction company.