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September 30, 2014

The International Housewares Association, the Rosemont, Illinois-based trade group for the housewares industry, announced that Dave Elliott, general manager, KitchenAid Global Small Appliances has been elected IHA chairman of the board.

Elliott joined Whirlpool Corp. in February 2009. Whirlpool is the parent company of KitchenAid and the largest manufacturer of major and small appliances in the world. Before joining Whirlpool, he worked for Jarden Corp. from 1997 to 2009, where he was VP of global marketing with responsibility for personal comfort and wellness products. 

September 29, 2014

The latest report from Wood Resource Quarterly points to a busy six months for the softwood lumber trade, with global shipments up 7% year-over-year in the first half of 2014.

Also indicated is an increase in shipments for most of the major exporting countries (with the exception of New Zealand). Roughly one-third of the global lumber output is traded internationally.

September 29, 2014

 A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Sept. 26, 2014

*Western - regional species perimeter foundation; Southern - regional species slab construction.

September 22, 2014

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

September 17, 2014

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is rethinking the way it responds to natural disasters and emergencies.

In an effort to bolster national disaster-preparedness measures and preventative rebuilding, HUD's Rebuild by Design effort entails a National Disaster Resilience Competition in which communities recovering from major natural disasters will compete for $1 billion in federal subsidies.

September 15, 2014

Toano, Virginia-based Lumber Liquidators has rolled out its latest product catalog for the fall, which includes 60 new flooring choices and insights into new flooring trends.

"We continually stay on top of design trends from around the world and then work directly with major mills to ensure the lowest prices possible on the highest quality flooring," said president and CEO Robert Lynch.

So what's on tap for fall? Grayscale is one trend the industry may be seeing more of, with various shades of gray flooring cropping up in contemporary design schemes.

September 15, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Sept. 12, 2014

September 10, 2014

Electrolux CEO Keith McLoughlin has three major reasons for believing that the company’s deal to acquire GE Appliances will position his company to succeed in an increasingly global and competitive industry.

He shared those reasons, along with additional “flavor” on the $3.3 billion appliance mega deal, shortly after its announcement.

September 2, 2014

The Home Depot is the latest major retailer to investigate what looks like a data breach. 

The Atlanta-based retailer is looking into the matter and also working with law enforcement and bank investigators. 

"Protecting our customers' information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers,” the retailer said in a statement. 

August 19, 2014

Haier America announced Paul Riley has been appointed VP sales and marketing for major appliances.

Riley will be accountable for the creation and exectuion of the go-to-market strategy for all categories, the company announced.

Riley has held many sales and marketing roles throughout his 15-year career with GE Appliances, where he most recently worked as senior brand and product line marketing manager. He also led GE's efforts to redefine the Monogram brand through a preferred builder program, a consumer facing rebate program and brand distribution strategy.

August 19, 2014

Not long after its $2.8 billion merger with Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company (WRECO), TRI Pointe is making a significant expansion in the form of 649 lots throughout seven new communities in California, Nevada, Washington state and Virginia.

August 8, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Aug. 8, 2014

August 4, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Aug. 1, 2014

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.