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November 20, 2014

Tampa, Florida-based Anvil Paint & Coatings promoted Glenn R. Roth to the position of CEO. 

Roth has worked to develop the Anvil brand for 16 years, and in that time has been present for Anvil’s most recent expansions as the company now occupies more than 55,000 square feet on five acres to produce for national paint sundries and market channels. 

November 3, 2014

No store is an island, as they say. And many of this year's Hardware Store All-Stars earned their esteemed status with the support of their communities.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores for their ability to serve their respective markets -- not to mention outstanding service, growth and innovation.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

October 16, 2014

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores has opened the doors to its newest Sears Hometown location in Florida.

The new store, located in LaBelle, Florida, at 870 W. Hickpochee Ave., Ste #800, officially opened on Oct. 14.

October 2, 2014

A Delray Beach, Florida company that makes an electrical outlet adapter says its product – the Safer Socket -- fits perfectly into the national home safety discussion.

The company, Twin-Star International, described electrical house fires as serious and expensive threats.

Electrical house fires in the United States caused more than 400 deaths, 1,500 injuries and $1.4 billion in direct property damage, according to a report from the National Fire Protection Association.

September 23, 2014

Atlanta-based The Home Depot is promoting an Auto Supplies department.

Brands getting star billing in the new store effort include Exide, Michelin, Prestone and Penzoil.

"Automotive products are a natural extension of what The Home Depot already offers with its growing selection of mechanics tool sets, welding and soldering tools and tool storage products that are specially designed for automotive tools," said Alyssa Steele, merchant for The Home Depot.

September 22, 2014

Orlando, Florida -- With Internet sales growing faster than other channels across the U.S. retail scene, Ace Hardware rolled out a new Web-embracing deal for dealers.

In essence, retailers that sign up for Ace’s In-Store Pick Up service receive 100% profit on Internet sales, up from 70%.

September 21, 2014

Frattallone's Ace Hardware of Minnesota was recognized by Ace Hardware Corp. as the co-op's All-Star Retailer of the Year for its contributions to the Children's Miracle Network.

Mike Frattallone accepted the award during a presentation at the Ace Hardware General Session in Orlando, Florida. The ceremony included an appearance on stage alongside Aiden Morales, the 10-year-old ambassador of Ace's fundraising programs across the country. 

September 18, 2014

Orlando, Florida – Ace’s current merchandise strategy is heavy on the paint department, but there were plenty of other categories making news in the 850,000 square feet of exhibits here at the Orange County Convention Center.

Ace Hardware VP Merchandising Frank Carroll, speaking during the General Session here at the 2014 Fall Ace Convention & Exhibits, described the market as “a retail wonderland” with paint leading the way.

September 17, 2014

Orlando, Florida -- Financing and technology were among the new-and-improved tools that Ace Hardware executives rolled out onto the stage of the Ace Hardware general session here Wednesday morning.

At the same session, the co-op rallied around the morning's slogan "Building Momentum," and executives had statistics to back it up.             

September 17, 2014

Global sanitation expert Jim McHale of American Standard Brands will speak at the 2014 Consumer Goods Emerging Markets Forum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sept. 18, 2014.

McHale will discuss the initial results of the Company’s Flush for Good campaign, which to date has focused on improving access to safe sanitation in Bangladesh and Sub-Saharan Africa.

August 13, 2014

Hardware Distribution Warehouses, Inc. CEO and President Kenneth R. Beauvais said HDW will be expanding its wholesale services into the Florida panhandle beginning Sept. 1.

“In addition to our recent expansion into Northwest Texas, we have made the decision to extend our service area into the Florida panhandle,” Beauvais said. “This expansion will result in additional opportunities for our employee owned company.”

The announcement was made at the company’s 2014 Fall Market, which ended Aug. 10 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

August 13, 2014

IKEA is prepping for the grand opening of its new Miami-Dade location, set to open on Aug. 27, 2014 to mark the company's second South Florida outpost.

“Construction work has advanced far enough to allow the interior build-up process and finishing details to be complete by August 27,” noted Selwyn Crittendon, store manager of the future IKEA Miami. “Now our primary goal is the final training of the more-than-350 local hires joining the IKEA coworker family.”

August 11, 2014

AV Homes is expanding its footprint into the Jacksonville market with the purchase of 80 acres in the metro, which deal closed Aug. 8 for an undisclosed price.

"This property is beautiful and truly unique," said David Smith, Florida division president. "The AV Homes team is committed to creating a community in harmony with its natural surroundings for future residents to enjoy."

The move puts AV Homes on the map in a community whose economic fundamentals have made a strong showing as of late, creating ripe conditions for new home demand.

August 1, 2014

Dallas-based Builders FirstSource has purchased West Orange Lumber Company. The deal closed on July 31, 2014. West Orange was represented by The JIAN Group of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Groveland, Florida-based West Orange supplies lumber, roof and floor trusses, custom windows and doors, as well as installation services, to residential home builders and commercial contractors in the Central Florida region. Sales were about $15 million for fiscal 2013. 

July 24, 2014

Homebuilder AV Homes has appointed Chris Cady as the new president of its Arizona division. Arizona is one of the Scottsdale-based company’s two main markets, with other developments focused on Florida.

"We are delighted to have Chris Cady join us at AV Home,” AV Homes EVP Carl Mulac said. “His vast experience in multiple markets and diverse market segments will be a valuable addition to the Arizona Team."

June 24, 2014

Ted offers fewer constructive contributions in meetings. Mary has become less interested in advancing at her company. Paul has started doing only the minimum amount of work necessary.

By themselves, these behavioral changes are not significant, but employees who exhibit a number of these subtle, but consistent, cues probably are planning to leave their job within a month or two, according to a Utah State University (USU) study.

June 19, 2014

Tampa, Florida-based VOLT Lighting, a direct-to-consumer e-commerce lighting manufacturer, is making moves on the West Coast via the opening of a new distribution center in Las Vegas.

The new facility, which is fully stocked and staffed, will make 1- to 3-day ground shipping possible for the company's West Coast customers.

June 13, 2014

Oak Brook, Illinois-based Ace Hardware Corporation made some updates to its corporate board of directors, not the least of which includes the planned appointment of Jim Ackroyd as chairman.

Ackroyd is the CEO of Vision Ace Hardware, an 11-store chain in southwest Florida. He was named vice chairman last year as part of a planned changeover within the chairman position. As a member of Ace's board since 2008, he was also re-elected to another three-year term as a member director.

June 11, 2014

Indianapolis-based appliance, electronics and furniture retailer hhgregg opened its new store in Kendall, Florida. 

The Kendall store measures 23,000 square feet and employs about 40.

June 9, 2014

Jacksonville, Florida-based Coastal Shower Doors the largest producer of American-made shower doors, has released its newest shower door collection—the Gridscape series.

May 20, 2014

Oklahoma City-based Cedar Creek entered into a lease agreement to open a new location in Long Beach, Mississippi, by Dec. 1.

According to Cedar Creek CEO Bill Adams, “This is a great strategic fit as it positions us to provide optimal service to customers along the Gulf Coast from the Florida panhandle across the southern tier of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.“

May 20, 2014

Aniel Wade, an employee of Vision Ace Hardware in LaBelle, Florida, rescued a family from a burning building in February, a feat that earned him a full-page writeup in the recent issue of Men's Health, in which he was dubbed an "Everyday Hero."

According to multiple media reports, 20-year-old Wade was busy making deliveries in Alva, Florida, when he came upon a burning house with an elderly woman out front, gasping for air.

May 1, 2014

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores opened its latest Florida Sears Home Appliance Showroom in Sunrise, Florida.

The store is is one of six Sears Home Appliance Showrooms owned and operated by Michael Myers.

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 25, 2014

US LBM’s flurry of expansion announcements continued yesterday, with the addition of Coastal Roofing Supply to the US LBM family of companies.

Founded in 2009 by Tony Mila, Coastal Roofing Supply provides commercial and residential roofing materials to central Florida through its Clearwater and Rockledge locations.