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April 18, 2014

The latest Living Spaces home furnishings store in Phoenix features a collaboration between the California-based retailer and home improvement TV star Jeff Lewis.

As Living Spaces’ Creative Director, Lewis’ designs and curated rooms can be viewed in the store’s “Styled by Jeff Lewis” gallery. Lewis hosts Bravo’s Flipping Out and Interior Therapy

Located off the 10 freeway at the 67th Ave. exit in Phoenix, the Living Spaces Phoenix showroom is the company’s second location in Arizona. 

April 16, 2014

In an interview with the Contra Costa Times, third-generation California retailer Bill Wygal shared some of the keys to the success of his family business. A major ingredient: Family values.

Bill’s Ace has stores in the California cities of Concord, Martinez and Pleasant Hill, and has been in continuous operation since 1948.

Secrets to success, according to the article, include hiring the right people and retaining them -- not easy in the retail business. It’s also critical to maintain a culture of strong customer service.

April 11, 2014

True Value Co. recognized Foster True Value Hardware as one of its 13 honorees for its “Best Hardware in Town” program.

The store operates in Mariposa, Calif., where it has a strong reputation as a community supporter with sponsorships and other philanthropic efforts.   

Troy Foster, Monica Evans and Melissa Swank accepted the award during a ceremony in Atlanta earlier this year. 

April 8, 2014

A quick fix can go a long way to solving a problem, particularly when that problem is a payroll error.

“Payroll errors unfortunately occur from time to time even at the best employers,” said Chuck McDonald, an attorney in the Greenville, S.C., office of Ogletree Deakins, in an interview with SHRM Online.

April 2, 2014

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) elected Steve Donner of Weiland Sliding Doors & Windows in Oceanside, Calif., as the association's 2014-2015 chair.

He replaces outgoing Chair Mike Salsieder, of Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork in Wausau, Wisc.

March 31, 2014

Pleasanton, Calif.-based Simpson Strong-Tie has made two executive appointments in the form of a new president and COO, effective July 1.

Roger Dankel will be the president, North America Sales, in which role he will be charged with the strategic leadership of the company's sales, customer support and distribution. He has been with the company since 1993 and has served as sales manager for the southeast branch since 1997.

March 18, 2014

MoistureShield, the Springdale, Ark.-based composite decking manufacturer, has expanded its presence in the Sunbelt and West Coast regions by adding 12 new distribution locations to its network.

Among the new distributors are Huttig Building Products in Phoenix, Nashville, and Jackson, Miss.; BlueLinx in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville, Fla.; Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas; Universal Forest Products in Thornton and Riverside, Calif.; and Intermountain Supply in Spokane, Wash.

March 5, 2014

The opening of Home Depot’s first direct fulfillment center marks a major step forward for the company’s omnichannel efforts.

February 3, 2014

Hiperwall CEO Jeff Greenberg has been appointed to the board of directors at Premier Mounts, a California-based manufacturer of wall-mounting solutions.

"We are extremely excited to bring such a savvy leader to our board," said Premier Mounts founder and CEO Len Dozier. "Jeff is an exceptional growth leader and has a proven track record of taking companies to the next level. His background as an entrepreneur, business owner and educator is a perfect fit for the direction in which Premier Mounts is headed."

January 20, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Jan. 17, 2014

January 14, 2014

The biggest name on the Web is carving out a small sliver of the home improvement space.

Mountain View, Calif.-based Google agreed to pay $3.2 billion in cash for Nest Labs, which makes high-end thermostats and smoke alarms.

Since its launch in 2011, the Nest Learning Thermostat has received strong reviews in various outlets, and so has the company’s new Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. The new alarm uses a recorded human voice to indicate low battery and other signals, as opposed to annoying beeps.

January 10, 2014

Fans of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film “The Birds” might envision a different ending if the citizens had been armed with the latest Bird-B-Gone product.

Plus, the Bird Jolt Flat Track is described as a safer alternative to bird control.

January 2, 2014

Camarillo, Calif.-based Platinum Tools is rolling out the new  Cyclops 2 Cable Jacket Stripper.

With an MSRP of $29.95, the Cyclops 2 is designed for data, voice, video, audio, security and other applications.

December 23, 2013

Intech Equipment & Supply, a Phoenix-based roofing and insulation equipment provider, has hired Dennis Alter as southeast technical service manager.

Alter will be based in the company's Madison, Ga. location and will support its five full service branches in California, Texas, Arizona, Missouri and Arkansas, as well as coverage for some other southeastern states.

December 23, 2013

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Western Insulation will begin operating as part of the Masco Contractor Services of California brand.

"We are excited to announce this change to our customers," said Thomas Morris, regional sales manager for Masco's Builder Services Group, Inc. "We feel it will help our ongoing efforts to maximize efficiency and promote the best use of our resources to support and serve our customers."

December 18, 2013

Winchester, Va.-based Trex Co. announced that on Dec. 16, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted final approval of a settlement that resolves a nationwide class action lawsuit alleging misrepresentations and defects in Trex’s first-generation composite products relating to mold growth and color issues.

The cost to Trex under the settlement is capped at $8.25 million, plus $1.475 million in attorneys’ fees. 

December 17, 2013

The paint industry has proved generally successful in court, dodging expensive lead-paint related rulings.

But not in California. Not Monday.

A judge in Santa Clara County Superior Court ruled that paint companies must pay $1.1 billion to 10 California cites and counties -- including Los Angeles County -- as part of a lead removal program. Millions of older homes will be involved in the treatment.

December 13, 2013

The Home Depot's focus is moving from building new brick-and-mortar stores and toward building its online business in fiscal 2014. The move, among other things, will mean same-day shipping for its customers.

December 12, 2013

Visalia, Calif.-based Shannon Ranch Elementary School has won the top prize of $7,000 in the Toro Company's 'Ready. Set. GROW!' grant program.

Nominations for the contest were submitted in September, after which a panel of judges selected four finalists, who were then asked to submit a video detailing their mission. Toro left it up to the public to vote for the winning finalist in November.

November 20, 2013

The American Rental Association (ARA) will recognize individuals for outstanding service to the association and the rental industry during the upcoming The Rental Show in Orlando, Fla. Among those to be honored is Alex Kouzmanoff, VP of Azteck Tents in Torrance, Calif.

November 20, 2013

Dublin, Calif.-based Epicor Software Corp announced that Williams Lumber and Home Centers and Burnco Landscape Centres have implemented Epicor Eagle Tablet POS. 

The system is designed to boost business efficiency and increase customer satisfaction, the company said. 

November 19, 2013

Paul W. Jones, executive chairman of A. O. Smith, has been named the National EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Distribution and Manufacturing Award winner.

The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award encourages entrepreneurial activity and recognizes leaders and visionaries who demonstrate innovation, financial success and personal commitment as they create and build world-class businesses.

November 14, 2013

Boise, Idaho-based BMC, the building materials and construction services provider and 2012 HCN Pro Dealer of the Year, completed the acquisition of Sacramento-based Western Building Specialties.

The move will expand BMC's millwork offerings in Northern California and strengthen the company's business in the Central Valley of California, a market described as a key U.S. market for homebuilders.

November 14, 2013

La Mirada, Calif.-based Makita offered a preview of new products in its production pipeline, including circular saws, brushless driver-drills and compact band saws.

The company's preview, announced today, includes:

•18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion (36V) 7-1/4" Circular Saw (XSH01Z tool only). With a 7-1/4" blade, the XSH01Z is designed for framers, roofers, remodelers, masons and more. (Coming winter 2014.)

November 14, 2013

For $1.6 billion, Toll Brothers has agreed to purchase Beverly-Hills-based Shapell Industries, a family-owned luxury home-building business founded by the late Auschwitz survivor Nathan Shapell.

The deal, which seeks to greatly expand (more than double) Toll Brothers' burgeoning California presence, includes Shapell's land portfolio of roughly 5,200 home sites in many lucrative coastal communities that are difficult to obtain.