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July 28, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for July 25, 2014

July 21, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for July 18, 2014

July 14, 2014

A tough week on Wall Street weighed on the HCN Stock Watch. Elsewhere on the Dashboard, gas prices hover around $3.60 per gallon.

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July 9, 2014

Uncertainty at the West Coast ports has caused a rush of activity, according to a monthly tracking service.

Import volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to total 1.5 million containers this month, says the Global Port Tracker from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. That’s the highest monthly volume in at least five years and follows a trend of unusually high import levels that began this spring as labor strife pushed retailers to import merchandise ahead of any potential problems.

July 3, 2014

In February, a company called SawStop filed an antitrust lawsuit against four major toolmakers, claiming they had conspired against SawStop founder Stephen Gass in blocking the standardization of his injury-prevention technology.

June 23, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for June 20, 2014

June 11, 2014

A day after explosions set its Columbia Falls, Montana plant on fire, Plum Creek Timber Company is starting to pick up the pieces.

Nearby residents reported two or three loud blasts around 3 p.m. Tuesday, though the cause of the explosions is as of yet undetermined.

It took fire and emergency officials all afternoon to quell the fire, but fortunately, all workers were safely led outside without sustaining any major injuries. A few were treated on-site for smoke inhalation.

June 9, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for June 6, 2014

June 4, 2014

Eco Building Products, Inc. has secured up to $3.4 million in financing to help it meet existing levels of demand and expand for future growth, a development the company attributes to a mysterious "Major Big Box Customer" (read: Home Depot).

The funds will go toward filling a backlog of pending purchase orders and to increase its production capacity at its manufacturing facilities.

May 30, 2014

BMC, one of the nation’s major providers of building materials and construction services, is relocating its corporate headquarters from Boise, Idaho, to Atlanta. 

The West-to-East relocation will be done on a phased basis with the executive team moving immediately, the company announced. The Boise office will continue to remain operational. 

May 27, 2014

GAF is starting round two of its 2014 Enter for an Experience sweepstakes, giving roofing contractors the chance to win one of three unique “life experiences” with major celebrities. 

May 23, 2014

It should come as little surprise when laid-off workers believe their employers could have handled the life-changing situation better -- or avoided it altogether. A recent academic paper notes that many executives, too, believe their companies made major mistakes in conducting layoffs and suggests ways they can improve.

May 23, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for May 23, 2014

May 12, 2014

In the absence of any major economic releases last week, stocks were fairly divided on their month-over-month performance; gas prices crept ahead of year-ago levels.

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May 12, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for May 9, 2014

May 8, 2014

Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.5% in May as negotiators prepare to begin talks on a new contract for West Coast dockworkers, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

May 6, 2014

Las Vegas -- The 2014 National Hardware Show is running on themes. 

The May 6-8 event at the Las Vegas Convention Center has identified daily themes to highlight the biggest industry trends -- today’s theme: “The World of Home Improvement,” which will celebrate international exhibitors. The theme for Wednesday is “Made in USA.” Thursday’s theme is “Innovation Day.”

May 2, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for May 2, 2014

April 18, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for April 18, 2014

April 14, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for April 11, 2014

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 24, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for March 21, 2014

March 11, 2014

Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 12.4% in March 2014 as retailers begin to stock up for the spring and the summer season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.

March 10, 2014

Cologne, Germany -- John Herbert has a front row seat on the global home-improvement retailing scene. The former president of EXPO Design Center West Coast (USA) and the current general secretary of the European DIY-Retail Association, Herbert identified six major changes facing retailers in 2014.

March 6, 2014

Stocks were scattered at Thursday's close, with no major winners and losers given the relatively marginal changes.