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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 18, 2014

MoistureShield, the Springdale, Ark.-based composite decking manufacturer, has expanded its presence in the Sunbelt and West Coast regions by adding 12 new distribution locations to its network.

Among the new distributors are Huttig Building Products in Phoenix, Nashville, and Jackson, Miss.; BlueLinx in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville, Fla.; Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas; Universal Forest Products in Thornton and Riverside, Calif.; and Intermountain Supply in Spokane, Wash.

March 3, 2014

An industry veteran and former top merchandising executive at Handy Hardware, Mickey Schulte resigned last week to take a position outside the hardware industry.

Schulte had been a key figure at the Houston-based distributor and served during the company’s growth years, its bankruptcy and its subsequent reorganization. 

February 28, 2014

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corp. recognized seven vendors for their superior commitment and service to the hardware cooperative, its retailers and customers at the 2014 Spring Convention and Exhibits held February 24-26 in Houston.

This year’s collection of Ace Vendor of the Year award winners are:

• Allway Tools, a premier manufacturer of paint sundries and specialized tools, based in the Bronx, N.Y. 

February 24, 2014

Houston -- Retailers were privy to a number of below-manufacturing-cost "Power Buys" at the Ace 2014 Spring Convention & Exhibits, with the potential for added profit that "can pay for a couple of people to come to Houston," said general merchandise manager Frank Carroll at the opening General Session.

"The mindset here is a 'thank you'," he added. "Thank you for coming to Houston."

February 24, 2014

Houston -- Ace executives took the stage to deliver rousing speeches at the General Session of the Ace 2014 Spring Convention & Exhibits, congratulating retailers on a strong 2013 and outlining the co-op's vision for 2014 and beyond.

Ace even had a proprietary rock 'n' roll theme song dedicated to its strategic initiative, "20/20 Vision," which added a spirited component to a slide show presented at the session. "The view is worth the climb," crooned the singer.

February 14, 2014

A new “Plumbing & Electrical Store” helped kick off Handy Hardware’s Spring Market this week in Houston.

The P&E store offered more than 1,000 ft. of planograms from key suppliers, and allowed dealers the opportunity to better understand new product and to refresh programs. 

January 24, 2014

Summit Materials acquired Houston concrete company Alleyton Resource and its affiliate Colorado Gulf, known collectively as Alleyton.

“We are pleased to welcome Alleyton’s management team and its highly skilled and dedicated employees to Summit," said CEO Tom Hill. "Alleyton is a great fit with Summit’s growth strategy and we are excited about expanding our footprint in Texas into the Houston market.”

January 23, 2014

The Home Depot announced Thursday that it has closed its acquisition of Blinds.com, the Houston-based online window coverings retailer.

In explaining the appeal of the partnership, Home Depot cited Blinds.com's integrated user experience, on-demand staff and knowledge base.

January 22, 2014

In a joint venture with private equity firm GTIS Partners, Toll Brothers has announced its plans to acquire Sienna South, the last major undeveloped parcel of Houston master-planned community Sienna Plantation.

January 8, 2014

After a volatile 2013, Handy Hardware is entering the new year with new ownership, new structure and a new emphasis on customer profits.

The Houston-based hardware distributor launched an initiative called “Profit Plus, the New face of Handy,” which encompasses business improvements and dealer programs.

“The Handy team and I want to thank our customers who stood buy us in 2013, and want them to know Handy’s ability to service our dealers has never been stronger,” said Doug Miller, CEO.

October 7, 2013

Citing the region's prolonged periods of dry weather, Houston-based Bayou City Lumber has expanded its product offerings to include fire-resistant lumber.

September 13, 2013

Budgets for pay raises at U.S. employers have picked up from all-time lows, going from an average (mean) of 2.2 percent in 2009 to 2.9 percent in 2013, according to the 40th annual WorldatWork 2013-2014 Salary Budget Survey. U.S. salary budgets have averaged 2.8 percent for the past two years.

August 19, 2013

San Antonio -- Handy Hardware Wholesale has returned to normalcy -- or pretty close -- after a post-bankruptcy transition from a hardware co-operative to a for-profit wholesale distributor. 

August 15, 2013

Maria Frank recently purchased Houston-based Cabinets & Designs from her father, Cabinets & Designs founder David Steffan Sr., who had owned the company for 40 years.

"I feel very proud that my father has the confidence in me to continue the business," said Frank. "To take care of something that he's spent his life on is incredible."

August 5, 2013

Multifamily flooring manufacturer CriterionBrock has acquired MAB Flooring, a Houston-area flooring provider that's been servicing the region for 15 years.

“The CriterionBrock partnership gives me the support and footprint to expand my services in markets I didn’t have the resources to service,” said MAB founder Marie Bell. “This will delight my current customers and open many new opportunities.”

July 26, 2013

Houston-area Braun's Roofing has recently started offering its customers the option to install CertainTeed cool roofs, designed with shingles that deflect the sun's rays and reduces energy costs in the summer.

While typical shingles absorb heat, CertainTeed products aim to do the opposite, which keeps buildings cooler and reduces the strain on overworked HVAC systems.

July 26, 2013

Greenwhich, Conn.-based Littlejohn & Co. received court approval to acquire Houston-based Handy Hardware Wholesale out of bankruptcy.

Doug Miller, former president of Jensen Distribution, will take over as interim CEO of Handy Hardware. 

"This is an important milestone for the future growth of Handy Hardware and I am pleased to lead this organization, which has enjoyed outstanding support and loyalty from its members and industry partners," Miller said.

June 21, 2013

Houston-based Quanex Building Products has announced the appointments of Dewayne Williams and Martin P. Ketelaar as corporate officers.

Williams was named VP and corporate controller, effective July 1. He will be responsible for all internal and external financial accounting and reporting functions. Williams was previously VP, corporate controller, chief accounting officer and assistant treasurer for Complete Production Services, an oilfield service provider.

June 19, 2013

Contractors face the unknown when they tackle problems hidden inside closed structures. Stud sensors and electronic scanners — two still-evolving technologies that use radar to locate objects behind or embedded in materials — can help, but their ability to identify wood and metal framing, electrical wiring, broken or lost parts, misplaced tools, and other critically important objects is limited.

Fortunately, there's another category of electronic tools that can actually see into closed cavities.

May 28, 2013

Phoenix-based Leslie’s Poolmart, the nation's leading retailer of swimming pool supplies and related products, opened a store in Herndon, Va. The store will celebrate its grand opening May 31 to June 3, with specials and festivities throughout the weekend,

In total, Leslie's opened 48 new stores this year, between March and May. With these new stores and its recent acquisition of 24 Warehouse Pool Supply stores in the Houston area, Leslie's brings its total store count to more than 800 stores nationwide.

April 25, 2013

Handy Hardware Wholesale, the Houston-based co-op that filed for bankruptcy protection in January, announced that Littlejohn Management Holdings has agreed to acquire Handy.

Handy Hardware Wholesale, the Houston-based co-op that filed for bankruptcy protection in January, announced that Littlejohn Management Holdings has agreed to acquire Handy.

Littlejohn is a Connecticut-based private equity firm with substantial holdings in the wholesale distribution business and the hardware industry. The company's website includes Howard Berger Co. and Installed Building Products among its portfolio. 

April 12, 2013

Houston-based Handy Hardware Wholesale says in a letter to members that the co-op is “moving in the right direction.”

Houston-based Handy Hardware Wholesale issued a warehouse and office update to co-op members yesterday, pointing to improved fill rates and continuing talks on a possible acquisition, among other things.

Handy filed for bankruptcy protection in January. 

April 11, 2013

Lynn Bradley, senior director, retail development, is out at Handy Hardware Wholesale, a cost-cutting move according to the Houston-based co-op.

Lynn Bradley, senior director, retail development, is out at Handy Hardware Wholesale, a cost-cutting move according to the Houston-based co-op.

Handy Hardware Wholesale, which filed for bankruptcy protection in January, eliminated the position of “senior director, retail development,” as part of a cost-reduction plan, according to Morrie Aaron, president of MCA Financial Group. MCA is Handy’s financial advisory firm that specializes in restructuring.

April 4, 2013

The Houston-based hardware co-op that filed for bankruptcy protection in January says it has received “expressions of interest from third parties.”

Houston-based Handy Hardware Wholesale has received acquisition overtures, according to a memo to dealers from the co-op’s board of directors. 

No formal offers have been made, and none was solicited, the board said in the March 28 letter obtained by HCN. Handy did not immediately respond to an HCN request to reveal the identity of the two companies that made overtures.

Handy filed for bankruptcy protection in January and submitted a plan for reorganization in March.