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December 22, 2014

Several hardware and building supply dealers were in the running, but Mike’s Community Cup, of SeaTac, Washington, took the crown.

The 2014 Independent We Stand Small Business of the Year Award, an award promoted with the marketing muscle of one of the biggest names in outdoor power equipment, goes to a Seattle-area coffee shop this year.

December 22, 2014

APA-The Engineered Wood Association has rolled out a new (and free) online tool that may make the jobs of designers, builders and code officials a bit easier.

APA-The Engineered Wood Association has rolled out a new (and free) online tool that may make the jobs of designers, builders and code officials a bit easier.

The Wall Line Bracing Calculator automatically drums up the amount of wall bracing needed per individual house plan in order to comply with IRC bracing requirements.

December 22, 2014

Caterpillar Inc. is experiencing some turnover in its VP ranks. Current VP Jim Johnson will be retiring as of Feb. 1, to be replaced by Raymond Chan.

Caterpillar Inc. is experiencing some turnover in its VP ranks. Current VP Jim Johnson will be retiring as of Feb. 1, to be replaced by Raymond Chan. 

December 22, 2014

As part of Chelsea’s Sales and Marketing Department, Moreland will focus on interfacing with logistics, manufacturing, sales and product design as it relates to improving service to our customers.

Oakmont, Pennsylvania-based Chelsea Building Products hired Janet Moreland as customer service/product manager. 

As part of Chelsea’s Sales and Marketing Department, Moreland will focus on interfacing with logistics, manufacturing, sales and product design as it relates to improving service to our customers. She will also be involved in developing a product management function at Chelsea.

December 22, 2014

Total existing-home sales were down 6.1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.93 million in November. That's compared to a downwardly revised figure of 5.25 million in October.

Existing-home sales fell from a 2014 high in October to a six-month low in November thanks to the impact of low supply, according to the National Association of Realtors.

“Fewer people bought homes last month despite interest rates being at their lowest levels of the year,” said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun. “The stock market swings in October may have impacted some consumers’ psyches and therefore led to fewer November closings. Furthermore, rising home values are causing more investors to retreat from the market.”

December 22, 2014

Madison, Wisconsin-based Fiskars says it is tripling the number of grant recipients for its Project Orange Thumb

The maker of lawn and garden products will award 30 applicants $3,500 in cash and tools to to help communities reach their goals for neighborhood beautification, community collaboration and healthy, sustainable food sources.

The company is accepting applications for 2015 Project Orange Thumb garden grants in the U.S. and Canada now through January 31, 2015. 

December 22, 2014

Times are tough, economically speaking. But that hasn't stopped the shrewdest of hardware stores from investing in their operations.

Times are tough, economically speaking. But that hasn't stopped the shrewdest of hardware stores from investing in their operations.

Hardware stores of All-Star caliber know when to tighten their budgets and when to make calculated spending decisions, whether that be in the form of a store expansion or leading their co-ops in paint purchases.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores that took risks and reaped the gains, among other qualifying traits.

December 22, 2014

Monday's up-and-comer was Central Garden & Pet, which led the bulls at an increase of 3.06%.

Monday's up-and-comer was Central Garden & Pet, which led the bulls at an increase of 3.06%.

December 22, 2014

Eagle Materials (EXP) saw the best of Friday's positive headwinds, rising 3.37% to a share price of $80.01.

Eagle Materials (EXP) saw the best of Friday's positive headwinds, rising 3.37% to a share price of $80.01. 

December 22, 2014

Many bright spots this past November were categories that had been on the decline in the weeks and months leading up to November.

Research shows the housewares category is showing signs of momentum. 

November 2014 unit sales were up 3% compared to last year, and dollars were positive as well (+0.3%), according to research firm The NPD Group.

The preponderance of deals, coupled with the decline in the number of consumers looking to trade up, has limited dollar growth, but the lackluster performance earlier this year makes the increased demand and positive November sales especially good news for non-electrics categories. 

December 22, 2014

Housing starts regressed a bit in November, but maintained their edge over 2013 figures. And once again, gas prices fell further.

Housing starts regressed a bit in November (and fell below 2013 figures). And once again, gas prices fell further.

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December 22, 2014

Frank Blake, former CEO and current chairman of The Home Depot, will receive the National Retail Federation’s prestigious Gold Medal Award at Retail’s BIG Show in New York City next month, NRF announced today.

December 22, 2014

Storm trackers meets roof repair in the latest CertainTeed partnership.

In a deal with advanced weather forensics company HailStrike, CertainTeed says its new partnership and lead-generation service is a boon to contractors looking to strengthen their reroof business in regions prone to stormy weather. 

December 22, 2014

The new WORX AeroCart is a multi-purpose cart that can be used for dozens of moving projects around the house, yard or workplace.

The new WORX AeroCart is a multi-purpose cart that can be used for dozens of moving projects around the house, yard or workplace.

December 19, 2014

The show is described as a “furniture design competition series,” featuring emerging furniture designers competing for $100,000 cash prize, plus plenty of perks.

The Spike TV network has new show called “Framework,” and Ace Hardware Corp. will play a prominent role in the action.

The show is described as a “furniture design competition series,” featuring emerging furniture designers competing for $100,000 cash prize, plus plenty of perks.

December 19, 2014

Emser Tile, a Los Angeles-based supplier of tile and natural stone products, has opened a new location in Orlando, Florida.

Emser Tile, a Los Angeles-based supplier of tile and natural stone products, has opened a new location in Orlando, Florida.

"Orlando, Florida has been an important market for the company for many years with an extensive and loyal customer base. We are excited to be able to bring a facility to the area that will provide an enhanced service model to our customers," said Bob Baldocchi, VP marketing, Emser Tile. "The opening of the Orlando branch demonstrates our continued commitment to expanding our footprint in this region."

December 19, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Dec. 19, 2014

December 19, 2014

Barry Sanders, president and COO, will be departing the company as of Jan. 31 in what Scotts described as "an ongoing effort focused on de-layering the company to improve operational efficiency and speed to market."

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has some major leadership changes on deck for the new year.

Barry Sanders, president and COO, will be departing the company as of Jan. 31 in what Scotts described as "an ongoing effort focused on de-layering the company to improve operational efficiency and speed to market." The company has cut down its executive leadership staff -- at the senior vice president level or higher -- by about 25% in 2014.

December 19, 2014

A new report from Zillow pins U.S. home value growth at a gain of 6.7% (or $1.7 trillion) in 2014, which brings the total value of all homes in the U.S. to $27.5 trillion.

A new report from Zillow pins U.S. home value growth at a gain of 6.7% (or $1.7 trillion) in 2014, which brings the total value of all homes in the U.S. to $27.5 trillion.

In terms of inventory, housing stock was down slightly between October and November, but it was still 11.8% ahead of last year.

The overall trend involved rapid growth in the beginning of the year, which was tempered by a slightly slower pace in the second half of 2014. However, some of the hardest-hit markets are experiencing double-digit growth, according to Zillow.

December 18, 2014

The company’s web site promotes categories including upholstery, home repair, home décor, craft & hobby, professional uses and wire and cables.

Arrow Fastener Co. launched a new interactive website highlighting projects and product solutions to construction pros and DIYers.

The emphasis of the new web site is on projects, the company says, and the site offers a new way to select tools online. Products are categorized by project, from general construction jobs to household repairs, from floor and carpeting installation to upholstery and arts and crafts. 

December 18, 2014

Commerce City, Colorado-based Atlas Copco Construction Equipment has hired Frank Lang as its business development manager of national rental accounts.

Commerce City, Colorado-based Atlas Copco Construction Equipment has hired Frank Lang as its business development manager of national rental accounts. Lang helps expand Atlas Copco’s rental support network and will be responsible for developing relationships and sharing his product expertise with national rental companies.

December 18, 2014

Dr. Christopher Herbert will step in as managing director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies next year, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Dr. Christopher Herbert will step in as managing director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies next year, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Herbert has been serving as director of research for the Joint Center since 2010 and has been responsible for the annual State of the Nation's Housing report. He also specializes in subject matter such as housing trends, residential settlement patterns and credit access/affordability challenges.

December 18, 2014

Durham, North Carolina-based LED lighting manufacturer Cree says it has a game-changing advancement with the commercial availability of the XLamp Extreme High Power LEDs.

Durham, North Carolina-based LED lighting manufacturer Cree says it has a game-changing advancement with the commercial availability of the XLamp Extreme High Power LEDs.

“The breakthrough performance of XHP LEDs enables both new design possibilities and dramatically lower system costs for LED lighting,” said Nate Heiking, Advanced Lighting product manager, Kenall Lighting. “We’re excited that Cree’s new class of Extreme High Power LEDs will accelerate customer adoption of LED lighting.”

December 18, 2014

WOLF's Key Buyer Index dropped notably in November, though the measure of dealer sentiment is still several points higher than it was last year.

WOLF's Key Buyer Index dropped notably in November, though the measure of dealer sentiment is still several points higher than it was last year.

The November 2014 KBI score of 55.45 was down from October's figure of 59.39, a drop that WOLF attributes to winter weather concerns.

The overall drop in sentiment largely comes from the Southeast region of the U.S., where the KBI dropped 16 points upon a sputtering remodeling sector. Here, kitchen and bath products dropped to a score of 56.67 and building products were at 35, the lowest level of the year for the category.

December 18, 2014

It’s not every day that a CEO gives back his bonus. But that’s just what Rick Holley of Plum Creek Lumber did. Also around the web, HCN editors have found stories about store closings concerning a New Jersey independent and one of the biggest names in American retail.