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April 9, 2014

Denver-based Kodiak Building Partners has agreed to purchase the assets of Factory Builder Stores, a large independent specialty distributor of appliances and cabinets based in Houston.

March 28, 2014

Denver-based PRO Group board of directors has a new member -- Laurence H. Meadows, the founder and former board chairman of American Exteriors. 

Meadows joined the board as the same time as Chris Beach, president, CEO and chairman of the Bostwick-Braun Company. 

March 26, 2014

Denver-based PRO Group announced the election of Chris Beach to the organization’s board of directors. 

March 24, 2014

Denver, Colo.-based IDS Group has released a new collection of decorative 3D wall panels and ceiling tiles that can be used interchangeably for various applications.

"The same panels were designed to be applied on the wall, dropped into a ceiling grid or glued up to the ceiling," read a company statement. "The panels are designed in such a way that you can use one panel for complete layout and design or mix in several complementary tiles that blend in to create even more unique interior decor."

March 13, 2014

Cedar Creek has made a deal to acquire Reid and Wright, a lumber and building material distributor based in Bend, Ore., with a distribution center in Broomfield, Colo.

According to Cedar Creek CEO Bill Adams, “This is a key addition for Cedar Creek as it brings new customers, quality people and great products that we’ll merge into our current Denver location.”

The agreement is expected to be completed by March 31, 2014. 

December 27, 2013

Denver-based PRO Group announced its 2014 show dates and PRO Hardware Distributor event dates.

The lengthy list of PRO Group distributor member events begins Jan. 18 with the Buttery Co. 2014 Dealer Show in Belton, Texas; and finishes in December with the Wallace Hardware Fall & Winter Market in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

For the list of PRO Group of events and other major industry dates on the industry calendar, visit the HCN events page.

December 20, 2013

Denver-based Kodiak Building Partners expanded its footprint in the gypsum distribution market with the acquisition of Jones-Heartz Drywall Supply, also of Denver. 

Jones-Heartz Drywall Supply's team of 57 people will remain in place, with Greg Lyon leading the combined drywall operations of Jones-Heartz and Great West Drywall Supply, acquired by Kodiak in 2012. 

November 21, 2013

Horizon Distribution, recognized by Denver-based PRO Group as the “Farm Mart Distributor of the Year,” says one of the keys to high performance is constant vigilance. 

“I think we just listen to our customers and try to fill their needs,” said Mike Dawson, retail division manager for Yakima, Wash.-based Horizon. “We try to provide them with ideas on how to move forward, whether its marketing, inventory control or new products.”

November 18, 2013

At the Distribution America and PRO Group Executive Planning Conference in Marco Island, Fla., hardware distributors and 10-year vendor participants of the event pose for a photographer shooting from a sixth-story balcony.


September 12, 2013

Home improvement industry manufacturers and vendors will have the opportunity to meet with Distribution America (DA) officials and Pro Group leaders during the 2014 Executive Planning Conference (EPC) Nov. 13-15 at the Marco Island Marriott Resort & Spa in Florida. 

Steve Synnott, CEO of Denver-based Pro Group Inc., said: "word is catching on about this year's event, as all vendor categories are showing growth - a sign that vendors have heard about success stories from companies increasing their business with the help of past EPCs."

August 13, 2013

The Denver-based PRO Group has promoted Stephanie Pedersen to associate buyer. Pedersen has been with PRO Group since 2004 and was previously merchandising and marketing coordinator. 

June 19, 2013

No matter how you slice them, the numbers of the HCN Top 300 Industry Scoreboard reflect the rising housing market, increased spending on the home and an easy comparison with the previous year's performance.

Of the leading 300 home channel retailers, 277 show positive sales in the most recently completed finished fiscal year, and 12 show declines. Eleven others are listed as flat.

June 19, 2013

TruStile Doors will be exhibiting in full force at the American Institute of Architects National Convention in Denver June 20-22. Its Modern Door Collection aims to redefine the aesthetic and design choices of architects, builders, designers and homeowners.

The collection will reimagine traditional features for the modern 21st century home, including those with stacked rail designs.

June 12, 2013

Denver-based Kodiak Building Partners announced Wednesday the combination of Kodiak and New England Building Supply to expand their merged business in the eastern U.S. market. 

June 5, 2013

Oklahoma City-based Cedar Creek entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of All-Coast Forest Products’ distribution location in Denver.

The agreement is expected to be finalized by June 6. All-Coast will continue to operate in Cloverdale, Calif.

April 10, 2013

Kearney, Neb.-based Builders will accept the 2013 “Tools of the Trade Award” during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.

Kearney, Neb.-based Builders will accept the 2013 “Tools of the Trade Award” during the National Hardware Show, to be held in Las Vegas May 7-9.

Builders operates a professional lumberyard/home center and full-line countertop manufacturing facility in Kearney, Neb.; a  professional lumberyard with design center and truss plant, in Grand Island, Neb.; and a contractor/pro sales office and truss plant in Denver. 

March 1, 2013

Denver-based PRO Group said it is helping its affiliated stores through the use of QR (quick-response) codes.

Denver-based PRO Group said it is helping its affiliated stores through the use of QR (quick-response) codes.

By using QR (quick-response) codes, PRO-affiliated stores can let consumers tap bargains and information by tapping their smartphones; links reveal coupons for goods and demonstration videos for do-it-yourself projects.

December 21, 2012

Denver, Col.-based PRO Group, a hardware industry merchandising and marketing organization, announced an ownership change that makes president and CEO Steve Synnott the new owner.

December 20, 2012

Quick Drain USA, a provider of channel drains and shower solution systems, has recognized  Dan Beaudet Co. as its representative of the year.

Jim Van Landingham, VP residential sales, and Barbora Hulikova-Eriebach, CEO, presented Ben Molloy of Dan Beaudet Co. an award plaque along with $500 at the Quick Drain National Sales Meeting held recently in Denver.

November 28, 2012

Allied Lumber Dealers, a wholesale door distributor in Denver, has been purchased by Meredian, Ohio-based Hoff Cos. The purchase price was not disclosed. Allied will be merged with Hoff’s Trimco’s Millwork distribution division. 

November 19, 2012

Scranton, Pa.-based AZEK Building Products signed a distribution deal with OrePac Building Products, a building materials wholesaler serving the West and Pacific Northwest.   

Under the agreement, OrePac’s Denver, Colo., and Salt Lake City, Utah, branches will offer the full line of premium, exterior AZEK products.  OrePac’s Denver branch covers Colorado, Eastern Wyoming, Northern New Mexico and the Scottsbluff area of Nebraska, while the Salt Lake City branch covers Utah, Southwestern Wyoming, Eastern Nevada and Southeastern Idaho.

October 9, 2012

ProBuild Holdings, the nation's largest pro dealer, has decided to close down some of its newly built facilities in the Pittsburgh area, as well as operations in Hagerstown, Md. 

An HCN confirmation of an internal memo by ProBuild CEO Rob Marchbank last week showed that the Denver-based pro dealer has revisited its decision to operate three brand new LBM facilities in the Pittsburgh region. 

An attempt to reach ProBuild for comment or explanation received no response.

August 6, 2012

A man wearing a Batman-like mask cape and body armor was arrested outside a Mansfield, N.J.-area Home Depot after scaring a number of shoppers by approaching them to ask if he could help in any way.

According to an article in the Express Times, Matthew Argintar, 23, is part of a members-only group called Real Life Super Heroes ( that provides content on crime fighting, equipment and police scanner feeds.

July 13, 2012

Denver-based Kodiak Building Partners has acquired the assets of Gulf & Basco, a specialty dealer of building products based in Houston. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The one-unit pro dealer sells windows, kitchen cabinets, appliances, countertops and doors. A family-owned operation, Gulf & Basco has been in business for 75 years. 

June 14, 2012

In one of the more colorfully named fundraising traditions in all of hardware, a cook out in Colorado raised money for kids. 

The 4th annual Grill Your Ace Off outdoor cooking competition was held at Cherry Creek Ace Hardware in Denver on June 9. Fifteen teams competed for the grand prize, a Big Green Egg ceramic charcoal cooker and bragging rights for the next year.

Cherry Creek Ace Hardware is owned by Andy Carlson of Denver.