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August 26, 2014

Mineola, New York-based MAX USA, manufacturer of pneumatic nailing tools, named Jerry Gibson as the company’s new Northwest regional sales executive. 

Gibson’s career includes 30 years of experience selling building products through wholesale distribution. He has 17 years of experience of product management for Spenard Builders Supply and 13 years travelling Alaska for Huttig Building Products as a territory manager.

August 26, 2014

The Merit Distribution Group will acquire Dynamic Paint Products, a 40-year-old family-owned distributor and manufacturer of paint-related products based out of Toronto, Canada.

The companies announced the deal early Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Originally named Mumby and Associates, Dynamic mainly served the Toronto area, but over the years has seen exponential growth throughout Canada. Dynamic’s brand of paint-related products are currently sold throughout the world. 

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 25, 2014

Craig Cowart will succeed Doug Miller as president of Houston-based hardware distributor Handy Hardware, effective Oct. 1. 

Cowart will lead Handy as it distances itself from its tumultuous recent period and builds on its “ProfitPlus” value proposition, the company said.

August 25, 2014

PulteGroup, Inc. has acquired the real estate assets of Dublin, Ohio-based Dominion Homes, a homebuilder with a significant presence in the Ohio and Kentucky markets.

The deal involves an initial acquisition of about 6,500 lots, with 1,600 additional lots slated for purchase within the next 45 days upon completion of additional due diligence. These lots are spread throughout 27 open communities in Columbus, 11 in Louisville and three in Lexington. The specific financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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 21, 2014

Aurora, Ill.-based LBM dealer Alexander Lumber Co. named Russell Kathrein as CEO and president.

Kathrein has 25 years of experience in the lumber and building material industry, including senior management positions at 84 Lumber, BMC West, and most recently, ProBuild.

Alexander Lumber operates 20 yards in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, along with two truss plants and a counter-top facility.

August 20, 2014

Cary, North Carolina-based Ply Gem signed a deal with Fortune Brands Home & Security to acquire Simonton Windows.

The deal is valued at about 10 times Simonton’s earnings before interests, taxes, depreciation and amortization — about $130 million — and is expected to take close in October. Simonton’s annual revenues are more than $300 million.

Ply Gem will also acquire SimEx, a vinyl and PVC foam extrusion manufacturing plant in West Virginia, as part of the deal with Fortune Brands.

August 18, 2014

Nashville, Tenn.-based LP Building Products recently announced that prefinished LP SmartSide Lap Siding will now be stocked in the full standard 12-color palette by Cedar Siding, the first member of the LP Preferred Prefinisher Network to offer this service.

August 18, 2014

Chad Price has joined Fort Mill, South Carolina-based Frieling USA as VP sales and marketing, a new position created to accelerate the expansion of the company’s sales and support. 

August 18, 2014

Citing insider sources, Bloomberg reported Friday that Lowe's is working with Goldman Sachs in its search for acquisitions in Brazil, although the company is still reportedly weighing its options.

The move would help Lowe's establish a presence in a market without clear leaders -- one that's expanding as incomes (and the number of new homeowners) grows in Brazil. As it stands, there's little competition aside from corner hardware stores.

August 14, 2014

Wisconsin-based Briggs & Stratton Corporation will be acquiring light tower company Allmand Bros. within the month, the company announced Thursday.

The projected cost of purchasing the Nebraska-based company is $62 million, though the number may change. Allmand Brothers brings in $80 million in sales every year from its light towers, arrow boards and industrial heating products.

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.

August 14, 2014

Chicago -- Orgill's 2014 Fall Dealer Market kicked off Thursday morning here at McCormick Place with showcase categories, model stores and deep-discount "Door Busters."

The three-day event runs through Saturday.

On the show floor, four product areas are designated as showcase categories -- hand and power tools, winter and wild bird assortments, spring products and maintenance and repair.

August 12, 2014

Aloha, Oregon is the site of Parr Lumber Company’s new design center, serving up ideas through kitchen vignettes, appliance options and cabinet  styles, among other things.

Hillsboro, Oregon-based Parr Lumber Company will hold a Grand Opening Event for the new Parr Design Center Showroom Aug. 16.

The new 8,500-sq-ft showroom offers a stylish and comfortable environment where customers can compare and visualize the products they want to put in their homes. 

August 11, 2014

Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Do it Best Corp. added Nick Talarico as a divisional manager, effective Aug. 1.

In his new role, Talarico will oversee the hand tools, plumbing, cleaning, housewares and InCom departments within merchandising. He had previously served as the co-op’s manager of internal audit since May 2011.

August 11, 2014

Kodiak Building Partners purchased substantially all the assets of AO, Inc., a Dallas based fabricator and distributor of doors, frames and hardware to commercial contractors for the office build-out market.

The move brings Denver, Colorado-based Kodiak deeper into Texas, and follows acquisitions of Gulf & Basco and Factory Builder Stores. 

August 11, 2014

Mathias Klein III will retire as chairman of the board of Lincolnshire, Illinois-based Klein Tools  in June, 2015 but will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors.  

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. 

August 11, 2014

Syracuse, Indiana-based Poly-Wood, Inc. named Megan Pierson as the new director of sales and marketing for the designer and manufacturer of high-performance, eco-friendly casual outdoor furniture. 

August 11, 2014

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has named StudentsFirst CEO Michelle Johnson to its board of directors, effective immediately.

Johnson will serve on the company's Compensation and Organization and Innovation and Marketing Committees; her term expires in 2015.

August 11, 2014

US LBM Holdings has expanded its footprint yet again via the acquisition of Brooklyn-based Samuel Feldman Lumber Co.

Owners Robert and Kenneth Feldman will remain on-board, with Kenneth stepping in as president of Feldman Lumber.

“We are excited and proud to join the US LBM team and the opportunity it brings to provide our customers with continued enhancements to our product and service offering,” said Kenny Feldman. “This partnership with US LBM provides a platform for growth to our associates and partners for the future.”

August 8, 2014

Citing beneficial conversations and a free exchange of ideas and best practices, BrassCraft Manufacturing deemed its annual Plumbers' Forum a success.

The Plumbers' Forum invites plumbing pros around the country to come together and exchange ideas, insider knowledge and feedback. Only those who consistently excel in their business are invited, and participants get to speak with members of the BrassCraft team.

August 7, 2014

Dallas-based Builders FirstSource purchased Truss Rite, marking the company's third acquisition of the summer.

August 6, 2014

What’s new in hardware stores? Plenty.

The HCN Big Four Report, published in the July/August issue, included several comments from independent retailers who were interviewed during recent markets and conventions.

The general question was some variation of “What’s new in your store?” Here are more answers from the field, in no particular order: