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April 3, 2012

Home Depot plans to lay off 225 customer support and distribution workers in Baton Rouge, La., over the next 18 months, according to an article in The Advocate.

April 3, 2012

The April issue of Home Channel News included a review and analysis of MyLowes.com, one of the most ambitious home improvement websites in the industry today. Our digital version (registration required) has even more analysis.

February 20, 2012

When the President of the United States visits a factory, that's news. But there was even more to President Obama's trip to Master Lock's Milwaukee plant -- there was talk of jobs. 

After recognizing Master Lock several times in recent months for moving some jobs from China back to the United States, President Obama visited Milwaukee last week led a discussion on jobs and the economy. 

October 28, 2011

The third annual Mobile Audit, released Thursday by e-commerce and digital marketing company Acquity Group, found that mobile adoption is on the rise. In fact, the percentage of retailers with a mobile site reached 37% in 2011, up from 12% in 2010 and only 4% in 2009 -- a 210% increase over the past year alone.

September 9, 2011

More than 50 residential builders and remodelers attended an all-day Houston Building Science and Energy Forum held at the Houston Dow Center.

Hosted by Dow Building Solutions and the Greater Houston Builders' Association (GHBA), presentations addressed the building and energy challenges specific to hot and humid climates, and outlined changes to 2012 Houston energy codes.

August 22, 2011

Milwaukee-based A. O. Smith Corp. has named Ajita Rajendra president and chief operating officer, effective Sept 1.

Rajendra will be responsible for A. O. Smith’s water heater operations in North America, China, Europe and India, as well as the company’s water purification business in China. The $1.5 billion business has 17 manufacturing plants around the world and employs approximately 10,000 people.

August 2, 2011

Norfolk Sash & Door, a supplier of windows, doors, molding and security hardware in Virginia’s Tidewaters area since 1893, closed its business on July 29, according to an article in the Virginian-Pilot.

June 27, 2011

According to an article in the Green Bay Gazette, Menards is planning a 162,340-sq.-ft. store for the village of Howard, near Green Bay, Wis. 

The project has already received the approval of the local planning commission. The store is slated for a 19-acre site near U.S. 41 on Woodman Drive.

June 16, 2011

Teufel Nursery, a landmark Portland, Ore., garden center and landscaping business that filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009, has paid off a major creditor, according to an article in the Portland Business Journal. 

May 25, 2011

According to an article in Crain's Cleveland Business, Corlett Lumber closed its doors in May.

The store started business in 1936 and moved to the suburb of Warrensville Heights in 1996. According to the article, it was joined in the suburbs shortly thereafter by two brand new warehouse home centers.

The company's Corlett Garages business, including sales and installation of Corlett Garages, continues to operate. 

April 26, 2011

National pro dealer 84 Lumber is exploring the idea of a construction trades training program in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La. markets, according to an article in The Advocate.

April 20, 2011

Fifty percent of Americans use a mobile device to navigate their shopping journey, according to a new study released by Arc Worldwide, Leo Burnett’s marketing services arm.

The study -- “Marketing to the Mobile Shopper” -- found that mobile shopping has become a way of life for Americans. This trend is changing the traditional shopping journey and leaving companies with a serious ultimatum: Deliver valuable mobile experiences or risk losing customers.

April 14, 2011

According to an article in the Richmond-Times Dispatch, a local hardware store with 113 years of history is closing.

The store owner, Charles Harper III, intends to reopen later this year in a different location and with a different business model, focusing exclusively on commercial and industrial customers, according to the report.

 

 

 

March 25, 2011

An incident at a Louisiana Lowe's store Thursday revealed one of the drawbacks of outdoor merchandising. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported a motorist crashed into a Lowe's store near Covington, La., Thursday, running over a row of grills.

March 23, 2011

The founder of Rent a Husband, Kalle Warren Jr., has filed a lawsuit against Ace Hardware and his former attorneys in a Portland, Maine, Superior Court, according to an article in the Portland Press Herald. He is seeking $200 million plus punitive damages.

March 14, 2011

James Gee Sr., an early pioneer of the home center concept in the Chicago area, died at his home on March 9, according to an obituary in the Chicago Tribune. He was 93 years old.  

January 4, 2011

According to an article on News4Jax.com, a fire at Jacksonville hardware store destroyed about $500,000 worth of inventory.

Investigators believe the fire at Bold City Hardware store on Normandy Boulevard was set intentionally, and the continue the investigation.  The owner said he was lucky the damage was limited to the warehouse.

January 3, 2011

Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe's opened four new stores between Christmas and New Year's Day. 

The stores are in Bayonne, N.J.; Covina, Calif.; Bangor, Maine; and Sonora, Calif. Three of the stores measure 94,000 sq. ft., while Lowe's of Bangor measures 117,000 sq. ft. All four stores officially opened Dec. 27.

Lowe's runs more than 1,725 stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

September 12, 2010

Toledo, Ohio-based Owens Corning announced plans to divest its fiberglass reinforcements plant in Capivari, Brazil....

December 1, 2008

Employees offered jobs in other Mississippi locations....

October 10, 2007

The decking company has donated $75,000 worth of products to rebuilding efforts....