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October 20, 2014

Indianapolis -- Do it Best Corp. distributed more than a $100 million in member rebates during the co-op's annual shareholders meeting Sunday night. 

It was the 11th consecutive year of $100 million-plus rebates, and another chance for CEO Bob Taylor to present his state-of-the company report -- emphasis on members growing their business and overcoming challenges.

September 24, 2014

Hearth & Home Technologies is recalling a number of its gas fireplaces, gas stoves, gas inserts and log sets, citing a tendency for the gas valve to leak.

The recall affects about 20,000 units of Heat-N-Glo, Heatilator, Outdoor Lifestyles and Quadra Fire products, which encompass both natural and propane gas indoor and outdoor fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets.

September 23, 2014

Do it Best is giving customers a nudge timed with the onset of football season -- and it comes with promotions and opportunities to win prizes.

The co-op sent out an email blast Monday promoting its grills, coolers, snacks, plates and utensils.

The newsletter also touted Do it Best's Black & Decker Fall Cleanup Giveaway, with prizes which total over $700 in Black & Decker products.

September 22, 2014

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August 27, 2014

Houston, Texas-based Goodman Company is recalling about 233,500 units of its Amana, Century, Comfort-Aire, Goodman and York International Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner/Heat Pump (“PTAC”) units.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the power cords on the units have displayed a tendency to overheat, creating burn and fire hazards.

So far, there have been five reports of the power cords smoking or catching fire, though no injuries have been reported as of yet.

August 8, 2014

Fortune Brands Home & Security purchased SentrySafe, a North American brand of fire-, water- and theft-resistant security safes, files, chests and other protective containers for residential and light commercial markets. 

The price tag was $117.5 million. 

August 7, 2014

Masonite International Corporation announced steady sales growth of 8.2% and a net profit for the second quarter of 2014, putting the company back in the black after it suffered a loss in the same quarter last year.

Net sales increased by $37.1 million to a total of $490.2 million for the three months ended June 29. Masonite largely attributed the growth to a 5.5% increase in average unit price and a 3.4% increase in unit volumes.

Net income came in at $5.6 million, up from 2013's loss of $1.2 million.

July 28, 2014

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July 21, 2014

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July 11, 2014

After explosions and fire rocked a Plum Creek MDF facility in Columbia Falls, Montana on June 10, the company announced that production has resumed again.

Employees were all safely evacuated, with no reported injuries. An investigation determined that a mechanical failure caused the fire. There is also an estimated $8 million to $10 million worth of damage at the plant.

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.

May 28, 2014

The home improvement industry called Las Vegas home for three days in May. That’s when the National Hardware Show was in town, kicking off with a marching band and confetti explosion on Tuesday morning May 6.

The National Hardware Show cleverly promoted itself as 15 shows in 1 in 2014, with new areas of emphasis — emergency preparedness and energy efficiency among them. The event’s popular Tailgate section, which has grown steadily over the years, was back with more activities, and a soon-to-be announced Tailgate product of the year.

April 3, 2014

Home Depot's 11-day savings event known as Spring Black Friday is back with a twist this year -- organizers have taken steps to include the pro customers. 

This year's Spring Black Friday event, which kicked off April 3 and marks the beginning of the home improvement industry's busiest season, will have sales on  grills, lawn supplies and gardening products as usual. But it will also include power tools, nailers/compressors, concrete, ladders and landscape timber.

January 6, 2014

Marley Building Supply in Brooklyn, N.Y., erupted into flames over the weekend, and local news accounts described plumes of smoke that reached hundreds of feet into the cold night sky. 

December 9, 2013

Plainview, N.Y.-based Trio Hardware won the Independent We Stand's third-annual Indie Awards, which honors small businesses across the country as part of the organization's advocacy efforts. 

More than 32,000 votes were counted for more than 250 businesses; 2,024 of them (10% of Plainview's population) went to Trio Hardware, a fixture of its Long Island community for 50 years.

September 16, 2013

Eco Building Products, Inc. is shipping another whole-house defensive house pack to Julie Kellner, who lost her home in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., during Hurricane Sandy.

The pre-cut house comes with roof and floor trusses and will be the first Eco Red Shield home constructed in the region as part of the rebuilding effort.

September 10, 2013

When it comes to specifying insulation, the type of product isn’t really an issue as far as the building codes are concerned. The codes don’t really care.

When it comes to specifying insulation, the type of product isn’t really an issue as far as the building codes are concerned. The codes don’t really care.

Go to any website that shows required insulation levels by Climate Zone, and you won’t find recommendations for foam over batts, or batts over cellulose. Instead, you’ll see target R-values. It’s the builder’s job to select the materials to hit that target, balancing budgets with preferences.

August 5, 2013

In response to high risk of forest fires in the region, Weyerhaeuser Company is closing its Oregon tree farms to public access.

Effective immediately, all statewide Weyerhaeuser tree farms will remain closed until rainfall and temperature conditions improve. As an exception, those in Clatsop and Tillamook Counties will remain open for non-moterized recreation access.

August 2, 2013

Eco Building Products is opening up a new Eco Red Shield coating facility in Fairlawn, N.J., this August. The new location, featuring rail service and a lumberyard, comes in time for the state's Sandy Rebuild residential recovery and mold mitigation effort.

Additionally, Eco Red Shield protective lumber will also be hitting shelves around the Tri-State area, providing an alternative to mold, fire and rot-prone raw lumber.

July 26, 2013

Home Depot is recalling 107,000 units of Soleil portable fan heaters, after the product generated 464 melting-related reports. 

The plastic housing of the fan has displayed a tendency to melt and catch fire during use, though no injuries or property damage have been reported yet.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says it's urging consumers to return them to Home Depot for a full refund.

July 10, 2013

Is there a clear way out of your building in case of an emergency? Do you know where all the exits are in case your first choice is blocked or too crowded?

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a national memorandum on exit routes, directing inspectors to carefully examine whether employers have provided and maintained an adequate means of exit from work areas, the agency announced on June 17, 2013.

May 23, 2013

Insolroll Window Shading Systems, of Louisville, Colo., announced a recall of its Insolroll Solar Powered and Rechargeable Motor Roller Shades due to a fire hazard. 

The voluntary recall affectes about 1,500 units sold at independent window covering installer retailers nationwide from June 2012 through March 2013 for $400 to $700 per window shade. 

January 15, 2013

An Ace Hardware store that burned down in an Atlanta suburb is being inundated with offers of help and free meals from local citizens and businesses, according to an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

January 3, 2013

An egg incubator sold at certain farm and ranch retailers and manufactured by Houghton, Iowa-based Hawkeye Steel Products' Brower divison is being recalled.

The base can ignite during use, posing a fire hazard to the consumer, according to a release from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. No injuries have been reported, but Brower received three reports of fires, resulting in property damage.

December 27, 2012


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