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October 29, 2014

San Diego -- The 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit, hosted jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and Home Channel News, kicked off last night with the recognition of some influential and dedicated lumberyard executives.

J.D. Saunders of Campbell, California-based Economy Lumber was officially installed as the incoming chairman of the NLMBDA.  

October 28, 2014

Lowe's Innovation Labs will introduce two autonomous retail service robots in an Orchard Supply Hardware store in midtown San Jose, California, during the upcoming holiday season to study how robotics technology can benefit customers and employees. Called OSHbot, the robots will assist customers to navigate stores by directing them to specific products and providing real-time information about product promotions and inventory.

October 17, 2014

Irvine, California-based Smarthome has added the Wink hub, a platform that makes it possible to control a variety of devices from the same integrated control center, to its suite of connected home products.

“Here at Smarthome, our goal has always been to offer the largest inventory of connected home devices to our loyal customers,” said Scott Holder, VP marketing, Smarthome. “Adding the Wink hub to our extensive line demonstrates our continuing commitment to offering the widest variety and highest quality home automation products.”

October 15, 2014

Walnut Creek, California-based Central Garden & Pet said it rebuffed acquisition offers from an investment group.

The marketer and producer of products for the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets, said that, after an extensive review, its board of directors unanimously concluded that it will not pursue two proposals received from Harbinger Group Inc. in June to acquire all of Central’s common stock at $10 per share in cash or, alternatively, to acquire the company's pet segment for $750 million in cash.

October 2, 2014

The International Casual Furnishings Association recognized Baldwin Park, California-based Treasure Garden as the 2014 Manufacturer Leadership Award in the shade category.

October 1, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries has promoted Rick Audsley to the post of senior director of engineering, Window Division.

“Rick is uniquely qualified to direct the engineering departments in our California and Wisconsin operations," said Sierra Pacific Window Division president Kendall Pierson. "We are counting on him to play a significant role in integrating the product lines of our plants and help streamline production processes to improve efficiencies."

September 30, 2014

Vista, California-based Eco Building Products says the company has expanded beyond the coating services business into selling finished goods. The company’s increasing level of inventory is being established to directly support special order business for The Home Depot retail locations active in the Northeast, and advanced framing lumber and panel products commonly used by Modular Home factories in and around the region, the company said.

September 15, 2014

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, a Fremont, California-based roofing and solar company, has promoted Erin Clark to president of its consumer solar power business.

“Erin Clark has displayed the kind of high-performance leadership qualities that PetersenDean prides itself in and his expertise and experience in roofing and solar are important to this position," said PetersenDean founder Jim Petersen. "We are confident that these skills will help lead us down the right road in the future as we grow and evolve."

September 12, 2014

El Segundo, California-based Henry Company acquired West Development Group, based in LaGrange, Ohio, which specializes in silicone and spray polyurethane foam roofing technologies for commercial and residential applications. 

The strategic acquisition of WDG reinforces Henry’s core business of Building Envelope Systems and enhances its ability to deliver custom solutions for the benefit of the owner, occupant and environment, the company said.

September 11, 2014

Oakland, California-based Feeney, Inc., a manufacturer of cable railing assemblies, aluminum railings, and architectural solutions for residential and commercial buildings expanded its presence in the Eastern United States.

The company opened an 87,000 square foot East Coast Distribution Center in Cranbury, New Jersey.

September 9, 2014

Atlas Copco Dynapac has appointed Jerry Hackett to the position of regional sales manager – south central U.S., effective immediately. 

He will report to Steve Cole, VP of the Road Construction Equipment Division for the Commerce City, Colorado-based company that specializes in sales, parts, service and rental of portable compressors, generators, tools, attachments and paving equipment used in the construction and demolition industries.

September 8, 2014

In the wake of the recent $1.6 million Lowe’s settlement over the description of dimensional lumber in California, a deputy district attorney involved in the case said that companies are within their rights to describe dimensional lumber in nominal terms, as opposed to actual terms.

September 5, 2014

Advertised as “1,090-inch-pounds of awesome,” La Mirada, California-based Makita released a new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion brushless half-inch hammer driver-drill, model XPH07M.

The new Hammer Driver-Drill offers a full 1,090 in.-lbs. of torque, the most in the category, the company says, and is powered by the new Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 4.0Ah battery for longer run time and the industry's fastest charge time. 

September 5, 2014

Nominal, actual or both? That’s one of the questions lingering after news of a $1.6 million settlement Lowe’s was ordered to swallow in California over the labeling of dimensional lumber. 

More specifically, is it good enough to call a 2x4 a “2x4,” or do you have to also call it a “1.5 x 3.5” in order to be truthful in advertising?

September 3, 2014

The way the lumber industry sees it, everyone knows a 2x4 is actually a bit smaller than two inches by four inches. But the way California sees it, failure to provide the actual accurate dimensions might cost you.

September 2, 2014

A Marin County California judge ordered Mooresville, North Carolina-based Lowe’s to pay a $1.6 million settlement over a lawsuit alleging the inaccurate description of structural dimensional building products.

One upshot of the settlement is the intention of Lowe’s to include the actual product dimensions of 2x4 lumber (1.5 inches by 3.5 inches) along with the description of the product as a “2x4.”

August 28, 2014

Ace Hardware Corporation has employed the wares of Digital Lumens in upgrading the lighting of its 1-million-sq.-ft. Retail Support Center in Rocklin, California.

The facility has been outfitted in Digital Lumens Intelligent LED Lighting since October 2013, saving Ace an average of 81% on lighting-related energy use, the company said.

August 27, 2014

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rolled through the Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties of California Aug. 24, but the Boral ProStone/Cultured Stone by Boral facilities in Napa are reporting "no harm done."

The plant survived the earthquake with no structural damage or interruptions, nor were there any injuries to employees or their family members, though the region as a whole suffered extensive damage.

August 27, 2014

New York – HCN, the building products and home improvement retailing magazine of Lebhar-Friedman Inc., selected Meek’s Lumber as the 2014 Pro Dealer of the Year.

August 26, 2014

Yardi, a real estate investment software company based in Santa Barbara, California, has linked up with The Home Depot to give its clients easier access to the retailer's products.

Yardi customers can now easily order Home Depot products in-store or online via the Yardi Procure to Pay online procurement and invoice processing system.

Using the system, property owners and managers can have their purchase orders and invoices automated online, allowing them to more intuitively manage their purchases and check for compliance.

August 22, 2014

SolarWorld, the Camarillo, California-based subsidiary of Germany-based SolarWorld AG, recalled certain solar systems with copper grounding lugs.

SolarWorld solar panels installed with bare-copper grounding lugs can corrode which could result in a faulty ground circuit, posing an electric shock, electrocution or fire hazard, according to the recall announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

The firm has received one report of corrosion related to the bare copper lugs. No injuries have been reported.

August 20, 2014

Sierra Pacific promoted Bob Taylor to VP of business development and customer service for its Window Division.

Taylor played a key role in the success of the SP Window and Door operations and was previously the Plant Manager at the SP Windows Plant in Red Bluff, California. 

August 19, 2014

Benjamin Moore & Co. is buffing up its West Coast presence with the opening of a new distribution center in Oakland, California.

The Oakland DC -- what is now known as the Goodman Logistics Center -- will support the full line of Benjamin Moore products and will eventually serve as the key distribution center for retailers and distributors in the Asia Pacific region.

Benjamin Moore also announced plans to expand its operations in the Southeast later this year, as well as in the Mid-Atlantic region by mid-2015.

August 19, 2014

Not long after its $2.8 billion merger with Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company (WRECO), TRI Pointe is making a significant expansion in the form of 649 lots throughout seven new communities in California, Nevada, Washington state and Virginia.

August 11, 2014

Anderson, California-based Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) hired Tom Takach as VP of operations for the windows division of Sierra Pacific Industries – a family owned and operated wood products business. 

In this new position, Takach will oversee manufacturing and operations for Sierra Pacific’s Red Bluff, California Windows Plant as well as the two newly acquired Hurd and Superseal Window and Door plants in Wisconsin.