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December 12, 2014

Here are three lessons learned from the West Coast storms this week: When it rains, it pours. Better safe than sorry. And retail is detail.

In the San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley, Eric Hassett of Hassett Ace Hardware came to grips with all three lessons during the state’s headline-grabbing deluge. There were reports of 12 inches falling overnight in some counties -- high winds, widespread power outages and fears of mudslides.

December 10, 2014

Stone & Pewter Accents, manufacturer of stone and pewter tile, has rebranded as Lunada Bay Tile.

December 8, 2014

La Mirada, California-based Makita has drywall and interior contractors in mind with the launch of the new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Drywall Screwdriver.

The new product (XSF03M) runs on a Makita 18V 4.0Ah battery for longer run time and the fastest charge time in the category, according to Makita.

December 8, 2014

The “Lumberyard of the Future” panel discussion during the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit in San Diego, California brought together three lumberyard executives to look ahead to the year 2025. 

Participants were: 

• Randy Aardema, US LBM, Executive VP supply chain
• Sam Collins, S.W. Collins Company, President; and
• Joel Russell, Millard Lumber, VP and COO

 [On the physical makeup of the Lumberyard of the Year 2025.]

December 4, 2014

American Solar Direct, a Los Angeles-based solar provider in California, is installing free solar energy systems in homes built by Homes for Our Troops in a new partnership with the organization.

December 3, 2014

Elm Grove, Wisconsin-based Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association elected Rod Gowett of Acme Construction Supply as president.

Gowett is Milpitas, California-based Acme’s VP of sales and marketing. He is also the founder of Bay Tool Supply, which he sold to Acme in the summer of 2014.

STAFDA announced its new slate of officers during its 38th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Charlotte, North Carolina last month.

December 2, 2014

El Segundo, California-based Henry Company, makers of building envelope systems, named former Armstrong chief Frank Ready as CEO.

Prior to joining Henry Company, Ready was Executive Vice President of Armstrong Worldwide and CEO of Armstrong Floor Products Worldwide. He was with Armstrong for 30 years and served successfully in a variety of senior leadership roles in the organization throughout his career. 

December 1, 2014

Baldwin Park, California-based Treasure Garden added four new independent sales representatives joining its sales team. Greg Kavoklis, Stacey Riley and Laurie Falconer have been named to represent the Treasure Garden product line in Southern California regions. Hired to represent both the Treasure Garden and Shademaker brands within the Pacific Northwest is Brian Browning.   

November 22, 2014

The family of John William Bacon announced his passing on Nov. 13 at the age of 84.

A native of San Mateo, California, Bacon was a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay area whose lumber-industry career began in the early 1950s at San Bruno Lumber Company. 

He later purchased South City Lumber & Supply, Economy Lumber Company of Oakland, and Piedmont Lumber. 

He died at his home in Atherton, California. He is survived by his wife, Lynn; seven children, 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

November 21, 2014

Event organizers selected a new backdrop for the 11th consecutive Distribution America/PRO Group 2015 Executive Planning Conference -- the towering Santa Rosa Mountains of California. But the focus was the same: business, buying and networking for the two-step distribution channel.

And during the Nov. 18-20 event held in Palm Desert, nine items earned the title "Best New Product Award" winner, ranging from a digital shower head to bacon jerky to a battery-powered reciprocating saw.

November 12, 2014

Irvine, California-based Insteon announced the industry’s first dual-on/off, dual-band outlet. Now consumers can separately and remotely control each of two sockets with a degree of reliability 100 times greater than competing protocols, the company claims. 

The new On/Off Outlet includes Separate controls for each socket, Dual band communications via the combination of RF and Powerline communications, and tamper-proof shutters to prevent shocks and burns.

November 11, 2014

 

Barclay Simpson, founder of Simpson Manufacturing and a leading figure in the world of structural connectors, died in his sleep Nov. 9. He was 93 years old. 

"He was beloved by his family, friends and colleagues," reads the announcement of his death from Pleasanton, California-based Simpson Manufacturing.

The company's web site explains that Simpson entered the structural component business in a most unusual way:

November 10, 2014

Sean Fogarty is stepping into the role of president of the West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association.

Fogarty is VP of Osborne Lumber in Newark, California, where he represents the third generation of the family business that opened in 1950. 

During the organization’s annul convention last week in Indian Wells, California, Fogarty encouraged the industry to stick together and stay involved.

November 3, 2014

San Diego -- Here at the Dixieline Lumber facility near the old sports arena, senior VP Joe Lawrence recently told a group of industry visitors that the 101-year-old California dealer has found success amid heavy competition by making the customer -- and the contractor -- feel comfortable. 

October 31, 2014

J.D. Saunders of Economy Lumber officially stepped into his new role as chair of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, accompanied by a strong supporting cast of pro dealers that forms the association’s volunteer leadership.

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 NLBMDA.  

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.

[Watch video here.]

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.