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December 17, 2014

Construction aggregates supplier Vulcan Materials Company is losing one of its board members.

Birmingham, Alabama-based construction aggregates supplier Vulcan Materials Company is losing one of its board members.

H. Allen Franklin has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31, 2014, citing health concerns.

Franklin has been with the board since 2001 and is the former chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company. While serving on the Vulcan board, he was on the Executive, Audit, Compensation, and Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs committees.

December 8, 2014

Georgia-Pacific is investing approximately $6 million in its Thorsby, Alabama facility to boost production capacity for its laminated venner lumber (LVL) products.

December 2, 2014

Jackson, Mississippi-based The Molpus Woodlands Group, a timberland investment management organization, has purchased approximately 73,000 acres of timberland in Alabama for one of its clients.

The purchase, which was made in installments beginning last October, spans north, east and west of Birmingham.

“We are pleased to complete the closing process and we look forward to managing these properties as a long-term, timber investment for our clients,” said Ken Sewell, COO of Molpus Timberlands Management.

December 1, 2014

 

Federal Way, Washington-based Weyerhaeuser Distribution now offers Ply Gem Trim and Mouldings products through its Jacksonville, Florida, distribution center. 

November 13, 2014

Leeds, Alabama-based Marvin’s Building Materials and Home Centers is adding to its fleet of mid-sized home centers that serve the Southern home builder and the homeowner.

The store in Ozark, Alabama, is currently under construction and is expected to open in the spring of 2015. When completed, the Alabama chain will operate 28 stores. The store will feature a 30,000-sq.-ft. home center in addition to an attached lawn and garden center and drive-through lumberyard.

November 3, 2014

No store is an island, as they say. And many of this year's Hardware Store All-Stars earned their esteemed status with the support of their communities.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores for their ability to serve their respective markets -- not to mention outstanding service, growth and innovation.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

October 24, 2014

Tide Marine Supply Co. is the PRO Hardware Retailer of the Year among Long-Lewis Hardware customers. 

Manager Carl Crenshaw and his staff were selected for their ability to adapt to what their customer base is looking for.

“Tide Marine is one of those rare perfect retailers that isn’t afraid of change, has a willingness to try new things and is motivated to take some sensible chances and investigate opportunities,” said Michael Brady, general sales manager with Long-Lewis Hardware. 

September 3, 2014

Beginning in Alabama and sparkling up the alphabet all the way to Wyoming, the HCN Hardware Store All-Star class of 2014 — “50 stores in 50 states” — are laid out in our special report.

HCN’s All Stars are selected through a combination of factors, including strength and frequency of nominations, evidence of innovation and investment in the future, and conduct becoming of an All Star. In some cases, we know them when we see them.

August 6, 2014

Caledonia, Wisconsin-based CalStar Products has made its first expansion to a new manufacturing facility, located in Columbus, Mississippi.

The new 100,000-sq.-ft. facility expands CalStar's geographic footprint from its existing facility in Racine, Wisconsin, located in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park near the Alabama border. The location also provides proximity to areas where brick and masonry are in-demand for residential and commercial facades, as well as raw materials for lighter color options.

May 20, 2014

Oklahoma City-based Cedar Creek entered into a lease agreement to open a new location in Long Beach, Mississippi, by Dec. 1.

According to Cedar Creek CEO Bill Adams, “This is a great strategic fit as it positions us to provide optimal service to customers along the Gulf Coast from the Florida panhandle across the southern tier of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.“

May 12, 2014

D.R. Horton has announced its $210 million acquisition of the homebuilding operations of Crown Communities, a major builder based in Atlanta with a geographic footprint spanning Georgia, South Carolina and eastern Alabama.

March 25, 2014

There is strength in unity. That’s one reason pro dealers in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi will soon see a merger of two regional lumber associations.

The boards of the Construction Suppliers Association and the Mid South Building Material Dealers Association voted to merge the organizations into one group. The merged group will be called the Construction Suppliers Association and will be headquartered in Tyrone, Ga.

November 25, 2013

HCN congratulates the 50 hardware store, home center and farm and ranch retailers who made the annual HCN Hardware Store All-Star list.

Now in its third year, HCN's annual list of high performers recognizes hardware stores -- one from each state -- that are outstanding in their field. The complete list and analysis can be found in the September issue of HCN. Meanwhile, HCN Daily will work its way across the country with mini profiles, continuing this week with Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

September 11, 2013

Georgia-Pacific and U.S. Lumber have announced they are entering a distribution agreement for engineered wood products (EWP).  
 
The agreement, effective Nov. 1, 2013, provides for U.S. Lumber to distribute Georgia-Pacific engineered lumber in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, the panhandle of Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. Both companies are based in Atlanta.

September 10, 2013

Bart and Diana Tyler, proprieters of Kelloggs & Lawrence in Katonah, N.Y., and DeWayne Tripp, owner of Hinton (Okla.) Hardware joined an elite crowd in 2013: HCN Hardware Store All-Stars. Their stores made the list, along with 48 other worthy retailers, one from each state.

August 28, 2013

Stocks were up slightly at Wednesday’s close, with Weyerhaeuser receiving a 2.03% bump amid news of its Alabama mill restart.

 

August 23, 2013

Weyerhaeuser will begin plans to restart production on its Trus Joist TJI joists and Microllam LVL lines in Evergreen, Ala., effective immediately.

The company will be investing capital in the engineered lumber products facility after a four-year closure due to weak wood products demand in North America. The company plans to hire 100 new employees at the facility by the end of 2014. Robert Doll will be plant manager and will be on site effective Aug. 30. 

June 5, 2013

HD Supply Facilities Maintenance, a leading distributor of maintenance, repair and operations products, has announced the opening of its newest distribution center in Calera, Ala., approximately 30 miles south of Birmingham.

The new facility is the 43rd in the company’s operations network in North America, and the second new DC opening for HD Supply Facilities Maintenance in 2013. The company opened a 50,000-sq.-ft. facility in Secaucus, N.J., earlier this year. 

March 20, 2013

Leeds, Ala.-based Marvin's Building Materials and Home Centers announced plans to open its 28th store, and its second in Tennessee.

Leeds, Ala.-based Marvin's Building Materials and Home Centers announced plans to open its 28th store, and its second in Tennessee.

The 30,000 sq.-ft. store with an attached lawn and garden center and drive-through lumberyard is currently under construction in the Parkway Shoppes Plaza on Highway 431.

February 19, 2013

Natchez, Miss.-based Central Network Retail Group (CNRG) has acquired W.T. Harvey Lumber of Columbus, Ga.

Natchez, Miss.-based Central Network Retail Group (CNRG) has acquired W.T. Harvey Lumber of Columbus, Ga.

Harvey currently operates two stores -- one in Columbus and one in Phenix City, Ala.

The company was established in 1863 and is one of the oldest lumberyards in the country. W.T. Harvey will continue to be managed by the founder’s great-great grandson, Bailey Gross, who has been hired by CNRG.

January 15, 2013

In a letter to members, Handy Hardware Wholesale said it is not going out of business, but it asked members to show support for Handy during its reorganization and to be patient during the process.     

On Friday afternoon, Handy announced it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in hopes of reorganizing and re-emerging by early summer 2013.

December 12, 2012

York, Pa.-based WOLF expanded its service area to include parts of Alabama, Indiana and Texas, increasing the number of states WOLF serves to 21.

WOLF describes itself as the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the United States and a leading provider of composite and PVC decking, railing, trimboards and other building products. 

December 7, 2012

W.T. Harvey, once one of Ace Hardware’s largest LBM dealers, has filed Chapter 11, according to an article in the Columbus Ledger Enquirer. The Columbus, Ga.-based chain, which once operated seven locations in Georgia and Alabama, never recovered from the 2008 housing market collapse, according to president and CEO Bailey Gross.

November 2, 2012

E-Verify has found a champion in presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who would make the federal electronic employee verification system mandatory nationwide so that U.S. employment would become less of a magnet for illegal immigration.

But while E-Verify has become less error-ridden and more popular among employers than it used to be, it remains easy to fool, costly and widely ignored in states where it is required, according to a Sept. 25, 2012, report.

Hodgepodge of state laws

August 21, 2012

Fort Worth, Texas-based home builder D.R. Horton has acquired the homebuilding operations of Breland Homes, which operates in Huntsville, Mobile and Baldwin County in Alabama and along the gulf coast of Mississippi. The home-building operating assets included about 320 homes in inventory and 1,020 finished lots. D.R. Horton will also control an additional 3,700 lots through option contracts.