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December 16, 2014

US LBM Holdings has acquired Lumber Specialties of Dyersville, Iowa, a company described as the largest independent manufacturer of structural building components in the Midwest. 

US LBM bought the company from majority shareholders Carl Schoenhard, Bob Lex and Terry Bahl. Dennis Westhoff will become president of Lumber Specialties, managing the business with Bob Lex, Terry Bahl and their existing team.

November 25, 2014

Just a week after announcing the acquisition of K-I Lumber & Building Materials in the Ohio River Valley, US LBM is at it again.

Wallboard Supply Company of Londonderry, New Hampshire is the newest member of the acquisition-oriented collection of LBM companies, now in 18 states with more than 90 locations.

October 1, 2014

Natchez, Mississippi-based Central Network Retail Group expanded further into the Southeast, bringing Hiawassee Hardware of Hiawassee, Georgia to its portfolio of stores.

The new addition to CNRG marks the network's fifth store in Georgia, and its 47th in the United States. 

August 14, 2014

Kodiak Building Partners has agreed to acquire Dallas-based Barnsco Inc., a fabricator and distributor of rebar and concrete accessories for commercial construction and road-building applications in North Central Texas and Southeastern Michigan.

July 29, 2014

Ace Hardware has struck a deal with RONA, a Canadian retailer and distributor of hardware, building materials and home renovation products, to forge a long-term agreement for master licensing of the Ace brand in Canada.

November 4, 2013

Tri Pointe Homes, Inc. is merging with Weyerhaeuser Co.'s homebuilding business in a deal worth $2.7 billion, pending approval from Tri Pointe shareholders.

Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Co. will become a Tri Pointe subsidiary, with 80.5% ownership of the combined company to be distributed to Weyerhaeuser's shareholders. Pre-transaction Tri Pointe shareholders will own the remaining 19.5%.

The transaction doesn't include all Weyerhaeuser Real Estate assets, however; those remaining will be kept by Weyerhaeuser.

October 10, 2013

The National Retail Federation (NRF) sent a letter to congressional leaders Oct. 9 urging the government to end its ongoing shutdown with a continuing resolution.

“We strongly support passage of both a continuing resolution to provide for funding of the federal government into the next fiscal year and a measure to raise the nation’s debt ceiling,” NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said in the letter.

July 17, 2013

Bulk alloy developer Liquidmetal Technologies has signed a Manufacturers' Represenation Agreement with Technical Marketing and Sales, a sales and marketing firm that specifically deals in specialty metals.

TM&S specializes in Powder Metal and MIM (Metal Injection Molding) parts. Bruce Bromage, Liquidmetal's EVP of business development and operations, said in a statement that TM&S customers often note the cost and performance advantages of using Liquidmetal products.

April 1, 2013

Springfield, Mass.-based Rocky's will accept the Retailer of the Year Award at the 2013 Golden Hammer ceremony in Las Vegas May 8.

Rocky's Ace Hardware, the Springfield, Mass.-based hardware store company with 33 stores in five states, will accept the Retailer of the Year Award during the 2013 Golden Hammer Awards breakfast ceremony in Las Vegas, May 8, during the National Hardware Show.

The award recognizes a home improvement retail company for its operational success, as well as its commitment to best practices and industry values of quality and service.

August 10, 2012

Home Channel News selected 50 hardware stores -- one from each state -- for inclusion in the second annual Hardware Store All-Star list. The stores distinguish themselves with strong customer service, innovative approaches to retail, and a connection to community and customers.

The alphabetical listing of All-Star stores, one from each of the 50 U.S. states, continues here with Virginia and Washington:

May 4, 2012

Last year, the original 50 Home Channel News Hardware Store All-Star honorees established a high bar and a hard act to follow. But the 2012 crop rises to the challenge. This year’s Hardware Store All-Stars, one from each of the 50 U.S. states, have at least one thing in common: Ask them what makes them special and you can bet they’ll include “excellent customer service” in the answer. From there, every path to stardom is unique.

April 9, 2012

ECi Software Solutions announced that ECi RockSolid POS has entered into a new three-year agreement with Chicago-based True Value Company. 

The software solutions provider said that the deal will allow more True Value retailers to benefit from RockSolid POS.

“We are very excited about this new partnership with True Value,” says Scott Stanford, President of the ECi LBMH division. “This is a great opportunity to reach out to more True Value retailers with a software solution that is affordable and a team to support their needs.”

October 11, 2011

ProBuild Holdings has confirmed that it is leaving the Chicago market, where it waged a battle with labor union members a year ago. A spokeswoman for the Denver-based pro dealer, the largest in the industry, told Home Channel News that the company would close its Yorkville, Ill., and Westmont, Ill., facilities by Dec. 16.

October 10, 2011

The NPD signed a point-of-sale cooperation agreement with Sam’s Club, the Wal-Mart Stores division, to receive and analyze sales information from Sam’s Club U.S. clubs and SamsClub.com.

August 2, 2011

As Handy Hardware celebrates its 50th anniversary, one of its Texas hardware and lumberyard dealers is preparing for its 100th.


Seven-location Woodson Lumber, based in Brenham, Texas, operates in the small towns in the economically diverse Dallas, Houston, San Antonio Triangle. The chain was founded by HP Woodson in 1913, and today is run by his granddaughter Ann Chapman. 


January 10, 2011

The prolonged housing downturn has pushed the building materials industry into uncharted waters where everyone is trying to hold their place in a shifting topography of competitors, suppliers and customers. Big or small, LBM operators are learning that the rules of engagement have changed. Here today, gone tomorrow, back next week in a reconfigured shape.


What a perfect time to try something new. 


September 1, 2010

The ongoing strike against ProBuild by Teamsters Local 673 moved west this week when the...

September 18, 2008

Ace CEO Ray Griffith painted a picture of a co-op focused on overcoming the economy...

February 10, 2008

Ace Hardware announced last month that an investigation by outside agencies has determined the company’s...

November 18, 2007

If it were a television program, the Canadian economy would be called “That 70s Show.”...

October 31, 2007

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said the home builders were illegally using...

October 18, 2007

New products and networking served as the one-two punch at the National Hardware Show Canada....

October 17, 2007

Simpson Strong-Tie announced an end to the Stockton, Calif., plant work stoppage....

September 23, 2007

Andy Carlson spent 10 years in manufacturing and another 10 in marketing for a software...

July 23, 2007

Several unresolved issues between the forest products union and bargaining group stem from low timber...