Steph Koyfman

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  • Tue, 09/23/2014 - 16:02

    Much has been made over the rise of the female home improvement customer, which continues to be a central fixation of hardware store remodels and even a top entry in HCN’s own “trends to watch out for” at this year’s National Hardware Show.

    The name of the game is bigger, brighter aisles, easily navigable formats, appealing displays, home and garden sections – women are visual customers, the conventional wisdom seems to go, and when shopping is pleasurable, everyone wins (and buys more).

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  • Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:52

    A persisting issue on college campuses may not be the best news for incoming freshmen, but it does present a market opportunity for hardware stores in college towns.

    According to the National Pest Management Association, 47% of pest professionals treat college dorms for infestations.

    Bearing in mind a few tips from The Rentokil Companies, here are a few tips retailers can have handy for when distressed parents and students walk through their doors.

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  • Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:30

    As a long-time champion of the independent business cause, STIHL is a natural standout in the hardware retailing industry, home to more than 8,500 STIHL dealers.

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  • Wed, 08/06/2014 - 16:48

    In the realm of home safety, reputation counts a lot. And with a 2014 Golden Hammer Award under its belt, First Alert is handily making its case as a recognized innovator -- and even activist of sorts -- in its field.

    That's because in addition to developing next-generation smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, First Alert also provides outreach to various organizations across the U.S., helping raise awareness of safety pitfalls and prevention techniques.

    Additionally, it's the self-proclaimed pioneer in residential smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

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  • Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:13

    ShopVac wouldn't be a household name today if it weren't for its tendency to continually invest in its future -- a tradition it has carried out over its 40-year-plus history.

    "We continue to invest back into the company," explained SVP sales & marketing Larry Tempesco, reflecting on ShopVac's methods of maintaining its edge. "From manufacturing improvements to engineering updates and product improvements, all aimed at being the best in market."

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  • Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:51

    For a company whose fortunes are tied to up-and-down housing starts and remodel-and-repair activity, Boise Cascade has found a way to establish stability for itself in the marketplace.

    Its steadfastness is noticed within the industry, because the Boise, Idaho-based lumber supplier and building materials distributor garnered enough nominations to win the 2014 Golden Hammer Award in the Lumber & Plywood category.

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  • Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:21

    As HCN editors have explored more formally in a former print edition, home storage is hot and getting hotter: a category well worth paying attention to in home improvement retailing.

    Of note in this burgeoning market is ClosetMaid, winner of the 2014 Golden Hammer Award in Home Organization.

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  • Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:11

    Taking home the 2014 Golden Hammer Award for Electrical Supplies was Leviton, Melville, New York-based supplier of electrical wiring systems, network solutions and lighting products.

    What set this electrical company apart from the others was its ability to recognize needs as they arise in the marketplace and respond to them at a rapid and innovative clip.

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  • Wed, 07/09/2014 - 17:04

    Maumee, Ohio-based Therma-Tru Corp. primarily prides itself on being an industry game-changer. In 1982, the company introduced the market's first-ever fiberglass door, known in its official capacity as the Fiber-Classic.

    People were surprised that the doors, with their polished, wood-grained appearance, were made with the materials that they were, remarks Deke Welles on the company website (Deke is the son of founder David Welles and the former president of Therma-Tru).

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