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September 17, 2014

Mid-State Lumber Corp. has hired David Baldino as its newest territory manager for the Connecticut market.

Baldino brings over 33 years of sales experience to the table specific to the building materials industry.

He got his start working as a sales representative for a retail lumber yard out of college, and spent the last 30 years working as a sales representative in the wholesale chain, with a focus on Connecticut.

In his most recent position, he served as sales representative at BB&S Treaters of New England.

August 4, 2014

Bethany, Connecticut-based Laticrete International has acquired HP Spartacote, a Colorado-based supplier of resinous floor coatings.

The move is aimed at expanding Laticrete's position in the decorative flooring and coatings market -- though the company is a manufacturer of building industry products at large.

Laticrete also recently acquired L&M Construction Chemicals and DuPont Surface Care Business.

July 9, 2014

Wallingford, Connecticut-based Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens turned to an 18-year veteran of the home products industry to lead its marketing efforts. 

The company announced the appointment of Philip D. Zaleon as its new marketing director. In his new role, Zaleon will orchestrate the company's multichannel marketing initiatives.

June 2, 2014

Kleer, one of several building products brands of Tapco International, announced the winners of its photography contest highlighting creative uses of trim and decking.

The Best of Show award went to a stately mansion in St. Simons Island, Georgia. The Best Deck award went to a classic deck in Bolton, Connecticut.

Kleer Trim and Kleer Decking products are designed to provide the authentic look of real wood without a high level of maintenance, the company said.

May 13, 2014

New Britain, Connecticut-based Stanley introduced the new lightweight and compact TLM65 Laser Distance Measurer -- model STHT77032. 

Featuring a variety of functions in an easy-to-use design, the TLM65 Laser Distance Measurer is small enough to fit in a pocket and works for multiple trades, such as real estate agents, contractors, landscapers, painters and for do-it-yourselfers.            

February 28, 2014

Versatex Trimboard hired Josh Diaz as a regional market development specialist out of New Britain, Conn.

Assigned to the southern New England region, Josh Diaz will work with Versatex regional sales manager Bill Naumann. After almost a dozen years in supply chain and inventory management,. Diaz brings with him outstanding expertise in the industry and in customer service, Naumann said. 

Versatex Trimboard products are manufactured by Wolfpac Technologies of Pittsburgh.

 

January 27, 2014

The Lumber Dealers Association of Connecticut honored their 2013 Lumber Person of the Year, Robert A. Kelly, at their 2013 Annual Banquet in November.

Kelly says it was a Wall Street Journal ad, promoting a lumberyard for sale, that first inspired him to join the industry and leave his government job during the Watergate era.

"Immediately, I had a vision of a horse-drawn wagon delivering rough-hewn beams to the docks and thought, 'That's for me,'" he told the LDAC.

January 9, 2014

West Hartford, Conn.-based Legrand introduced the Wiremold Flat Screen TV Cord and Cable Power Kit as a solution to unsightly cords and cables.

The do-it-yourself kit allows for neat and easy installation in under 30 minutes with no electrician or hard-wiring involved, the company said.

The Wiremold Flat Screen TV Cord and Cable Power Kit includes all parts and tools to power up the TV and hide all the cords and cables.

January 7, 2014

Continuing its wave of expansion, The Tile Shop has opened its first retail locations in Connecticut: one in Danbury and one in Norwalk.

November 12, 2013

Farmington, Conn.-based Carrier signed an agreement with Robert Bosch North America Corp. to form a joint venture to develop and manufacture geothermal and water-source heat pumps for the North American residential and commercial segments. 

The transaction completion is pending necessary regulatory approvals. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 

October 28, 2013

HCN congratulates the 50 hardware store, home center and farm and ranch retailers who made the annual HCN Hardware Store All-Star list.

Now in its third year, HCN's annual list of high performers recognizes hardware stores -- one from each state -- that are outstanding in their field. The complete list and analysis can be found in the September issue of HCN. Meanwhile, HCN Daily will work its way across the country with mini profiles, continuing this week with Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

October 8, 2013

Stamford, Conn.-based Revolution Lighting Technologies, an LED lighting technology company, announced it has acquired a portfolio of general illumination LED lighting products, including several product lines from CMG Energy Solutions.

Under the terms of the agreement, Revolution Lighting acquired CMG’s Energy Star-listed architectural, PAR lamps and spotlights for indoor commercial applications. CMG’s LED products will be rebranded under Seesmart, Revolution Lighting’s brand for indoor LED applications.

September 11, 2013

Fiberon has tapped Consolidated Distribution Services (of Consolidated Lumber group) to distribute its PVC and composite decking, railing and fencing products.

Consolidated is set to begin distributing Fiberon's products to lumberyards in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, effective immediately.

September 10, 2013

Bart and Diana Tyler, proprieters of Kelloggs & Lawrence in Katonah, N.Y., and DeWayne Tripp, owner of Hinton (Okla.) Hardware joined an elite crowd in 2013: HCN Hardware Store All-Stars. Their stores made the list, along with 48 other worthy retailers, one from each state.

September 6, 2013

St. Louis-based Huttig  Building Products will distribute AZEK in the Northeast. 

Calling AZEK “one of the best brands in our industry today,” Huttig will distribute the trim, deck and porch (among others) products from its branches in Hooksett, N.H.; Augusta, Maine; Newington, Conn.; and Selkirk, N.Y.

August 26, 2013

New York -- HCN, the building products and home improvement retailing magazine of Lebhar-Friedman Inc., selected US LBM Holdings as the 2013 Pro Dealer of the Year.

August 19, 2013

San Antonio -- Handy Hardware Wholesale has returned to normalcy -- or pretty close -- after a post-bankruptcy transition from a hardware co-operative to a for-profit wholesale distributor. 

August 8, 2013

Bethel, Conn.-based Duracell launched Duracell Quantum, a battery that the company calls its biggest innovation since CopperTop and “the world’s most advanced alkaline battery.”

August 6, 2013

Littlejohn & Co., LLC has wrapped up the acquisition and recapitalization of Handy Hardware Wholesale, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last January and was sold in April.

Littlejohn, a private investment firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut, has a stake in wholesale distribution as well as hardware.

July 26, 2013

Greenwhich, Conn.-based Littlejohn & Co. received court approval to acquire Houston-based Handy Hardware Wholesale out of bankruptcy.

Doug Miller, former president of Jensen Distribution, will take over as interim CEO of Handy Hardware. 

"This is an important milestone for the future growth of Handy Hardware and I am pleased to lead this organization, which has enjoyed outstanding support and loyalty from its members and industry partners," Miller said.

May 6, 2013

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April 29, 2013

Back in March, Handy Hardware was a member-owned co-op intent on staying that way, even as it struggled through a reorganization under bankruptcy protection.

Back in March, Handy Hardware was a member-owned co-op intent on staying that way, even as it struggled through a reorganization under bankruptcy protection. 

But with a stroke of a pen, that all changed when it was announced last week that Greenwich, Conn.-based private equity firm Littlejohn Management Holdings would acquire Handy and run it as an independent distributor. 

April 25, 2013

Handy Hardware Wholesale, the Houston-based co-op that filed for bankruptcy protection in January, announced that Littlejohn Management Holdings has agreed to acquire Handy.

Handy Hardware Wholesale, the Houston-based co-op that filed for bankruptcy protection in January, announced that Littlejohn Management Holdings has agreed to acquire Handy.

Littlejohn is a Connecticut-based private equity firm with substantial holdings in the wholesale distribution business and the hardware industry. The company's website includes Howard Berger Co. and Installed Building Products among its portfolio. 

April 25, 2013

New Britain, Conn.-based Stanley Black & Decker saw revenues grow, largely as the result of acquisitions.

New Britain, Conn.-based Stanley Black & Decker saw revenues grow, largely as the result of acquisitions.
The company reported first-quarter revenues of $2.49 billion, an increase of 3% over the prior-year period. Volume and currency each declined approximately 1%, while acquisitions added 4% to that total. 
 
Net earnings declined to $81.1 million for the quarter, compared with $121.8 million in the same quarter last year. 
 

March 11, 2013

New Britain, Conn.-based Stanley Tools is releasing a limited-edition series of five PowerLock tape measures.

New Britain, Conn.-based Stanley Tools is releasing a limited-edition series of five PowerLock tape measures.

The release is part of the company's 50-year celebration for the PowerLock tool, which introduced the coilable spring and sliding lock in 1963.