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August 4, 2014

Pennsylvania and Indiana Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Companies have launched a new website: plmilm.com.

The new site includes navigation and information improvements, and also reflects the affiliation of PLM and ILM, which occurred in the fall of 2013.

July 21, 2014

San Jose, California-based Realtor.com reports that 67% of visitors to the real estate web site plan home renovations within the next six months. 

That finding is the result of the web site's Home Improvement Survey, in which more than 1,500 consumers participated from May 19 to May 29. 

The survey results, released July 17, include the following.

Most popular reasons for planned home improvements:

July 18, 2014

The Indiana Lumber & Builder’s Supply Association will host the 20th Sycamore Scramble Aug. 7 at Oak Tree Golf Course in Plainfield, Indiana.

This event benefits the Blair F. Collings Scholarship Program, which is one of the largest single scholarship granting programs in the LBM industry. 

The scholarship program is named to honor the memory of Blair Collings, the son of Ferguson Lumber owner Joe Collings, a past chairman of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association.

July 9, 2014

Mequon, Wisconsin-based Johnson Level launched a new website at johnsonlevel.com. The new site has a streamlined and modern look, and an "Advanced Product Search" for contractors to find precisely the right level, laser or square for the job. 

June 25, 2014

Quirky, the New York City-based start-up that stakes its claim on propelling everyday ideas into products, has set its sights on leveling the playing field within the burgeoning smart home industry.

June 10, 2014

An employer can look at its employees’ posts on social networking sites, but it needs to be careful in how it responds -- or does not -- to what it sees there.

In testimony before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on March 12, 2014, employment law attorney Jonathan Segal, speaking on behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), said: “To ignore social media today is like ignoring e-mail 20 years ago. Social media is no longer cutting-edge; it is now mainstream.”

June 10, 2014

Fernando Madeira will succeed Joel Anderson as president and CEO of Walmart.com to help the retailer further a growth strategy focused on winning at the integration of physical and digital. Anderson left to become president of fast-growing teen and pre-teen retailer Five Below. 

June 9, 2014

Vernon Hills, Illinois-based Paslode announces a new 2 Year Service Promise that assures free, reliable service and repair for any eligible nailer.

Good for any repair or service need from the date of purchase, the Paslode 2 Year Service Promise guarantees quality repairs using genuine factory parts.

Additionally, Paslode promises to service and repair the tool under any circumstance, no questions asked.

May 20, 2014

The residential remodeling and replacement market kept many companies in the home and building industry in business during the past few years. Now, even as new home builds rebound in many markets, the evidence suggests the remodeling market will continue to flourish.

May 1, 2014

At trade shows, at industry events or even over the phone, I like to promise retailers two things.

1) Our news products are guaranteed accurate or your money back; and

2) Someday I’m going to visit your store and buy something.

April 14, 2014

The Group Merchandising Conference slated for June 16-18 in Atlanta will bring manufacturers and PRO Group-affiliated distributors together for business, according to event organizers.

During the event, vendors will have the opportunity to demonstrate products to distributor buyers at the GMC in suites with private, prearranged meeting times.

PRO Group Director of Merchandising Brendan Sullivan described the event’s format as time-tested.

April 2, 2014

Around the globe, sellers from country A who promote their products as “Made in country A” are quick to point out that country A products are known for their quality, even by buyers from country C.

Let’s call it “the universal theory of country-of-origin quality,” and it was on full display at the recent Internationale Eisenwarenmesse (International Hardware Fair) in Cologne, Germany.

January 29, 2014

Sales are up. Is it time to expand? The answer is not as easy as you think. Here are some points to consider on some of the most common ways to expand:

Expanding product lines/service offerings

January 29, 2014

You meet some interesting people in the home improvement industry. Here’s another one: Jared Littmann, the 41-year-old youth sports coach; lawyer; Annapolis, Md., assemblyman; owner of K&B True Value in Annapolis; and — most recently — True Value board member.

Littmann spoke to HCN just before the K&B True Value Hardware Art Show (see it at homechannelnews.com) opened its doors.

January 27, 2014

Leviton USB Charger Devices are a smart way to help simplify today’s busy lifestyle by providing a centralized location for charging electronic devices such as tablets, smartphones and portable music players.

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January 27, 2014

LO/MIT-II offers a low cost spray-applied alternative to standard foil attic barriers.

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January 27, 2014

These economical and compact assortment kits are the perfect accessory for your home, garage or workshop, and they also make wonderful gifts!

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January 3, 2014

New York -- Due to the holiday rush and related closings, Chain Store Age -- sister publication of Home Channel News -- has extended the deadline for its 32nd annual Retail Store of the Year Design Competition until Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.

December 10, 2013

Have you been to a movie lately? After you buy your large tub of buttered popcorn, your tray of pretzels, cheese dip and Diet Coke (you wouldn’t want regular Coke with all its calories), the ponytailed 16-year-old behind the counter asks if you want a receipt. After you fill your tank, the pump asks: “Receipt? Yes or No.” Ditto for your ATM.

Someone, somewhere has wondered, “How much do we spend on these rolls of receipt tape?”

December 10, 2013

The stakes are high for the nation’s independent retailers. And the competition is fierce. Stores around the country are fighting for their share of the housingmarket recovery in a highly promotional shopping environment.

December 10, 2013

Why is it taking so long for the Commerce Department to estimate housing starts?

Here we are in December, and the latest available stats date all the way back to August, when the Bureau’s estimate for total housing starts came in at a disappointing seasonally adjusted annual rate of 883,000.

December 6, 2013

Residential Building Products and Technology, the digital sister publication of HCN, was honored during a prestigious awards ceremony in New York City yesterday.

December 1, 2013

St. Louis-based Gardex is now offering a product for the biggest cleanup projects. The company’s Gardex Disaster Clean-Up Rake is designed to attack heavy, wet debris from hurricanes, tornadoes or flooding.

The made-in-USA rake features 22 heavy, round stiff wire tines and double-bolted construction.

For more information, visit GardexUSA.com.

 

November 13, 2013

Andersen Windows launched a website, andersenhomedepot.comfor the Home Depot. The company says the site offers visualization capabilities that make it easier for customers to select Andersen windows sold through the retailer.

“The website was first launched in May 2013 and now gives The Home Depot customers the ability to easily design a window using all the exterior options offered across multiple product lines,” said Steve Mog, VP and general manager of The Home Depot Group for Andersen.

October 30, 2013

Former hedge fund manager Jeff LaCava is setting his sights on the startup realm: specifically that of the remodeling industry, where there's opportunity to bring digital tools into the contractor selection process.

TotalHousehold.com is an Angie's-list type website where homeowners can go to find local home contractors, share their experiences and access an online forum related to home improvement topics. The site also features a dedicated blogroll, an evolving contractor FAQ and more.