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November 7, 2014

New Holland, Pennsylvania-based Superior Walls of America is now "of America" -- and then some.

The producer of precast concrete insulated wall systems has expanded its operations into Canada with two new licensees that will be manufacturing precast concrete foundation systems.

Superior Walls Alberta (located near Calgary) will be offering Superior Walls Xi products throughout Alberta, and Superior Walls by Magnis (based in Beausejour) will provide Superior Walls Xi Plus throughout Manitoba.

October 23, 2014

In comparison to its performance in the same period last year, Boise Cascade Company reported double-digit sales growth and double the income in the third quarter of 2014.

The growth was expected, given improvements in housing market fundamentals, according to CEO Tom Carlile.

October 21, 2014

CalStar Products' new CFO is Jack Barry, an experienced C-level executive with a wealth of experience in LEAN manufacturing principles.

“Jack’s diversity of experience, across a variety of categories and company sizes, brings key knowledge as CalStar continues its growth trajectory from startup to leading building products company,” said CalStar CEO Joel Rood. “In particular, his knowledge of LEAN principles and ability to maximize internal efficiencies will help CalStar maximize its high-volume manufacturing capabilities.”

October 13, 2014

Citing a recent decision to invest in the company's retail and leadership staff, Fastenal reported double-digit sales growth in the third quarter of 2014.

September 26, 2014

Family owned hand-tool supplier Channellock is keeping it in the family and promoting within its ranks, with Jonathan DeArment replacing his father William as the company's new president and COO.

Effective Oct. 1, 2014, DeArment will transition from his current role as VP manufacturing and engineering

September 26, 2014

GAF's Statesboro, Georgia, manufacturing facility has turned the levers to "on" in the production of Cornell ThermaCal Nail Base Roof Insulation Panels.

September 26, 2014

Kitchen and bathroom cabinet supplier Norcraft Companies is expanding its manufacturing facility in Winnipeg, Canada, citing increased demand for its Urban Effects product line in Canada and the U.S.

September 12, 2014

Providence, Rhode Island-based air management company Nortek, Inc. named Jeffrey Mueller as group president of its Residential Ventilation (RESV) segment.

"Jeff Mueller's deep expertise in global kitchen and bath product manufacturing, operational improvement and strategic growth for leading brands will serve our RESV business well," said Nortek president and CEO Michael Clarke. "He has a solid record of results in an impressive series of previous positions, and we are excited to welcome him to the Nortek team."

September 11, 2014

TOTO has officially begun operations at its new 645,834-sq.-ft. factory in Gujarat, India, the company's first South Asian plant.

The move comes ahead of the company's centenary in 2017, as well as a corporate vision plan to focus its resources on its international housing products business.

The new facility sits on a 44-acre lot and is set to produce 500,000 toilets a year to serve the burgeoning Indian market, as well as the company's subsidiaries in Europe and the Middle East.

September 5, 2014

National unemployment hedged down to 6.1% in August -- its lowest mark in several years -- making up for lost progress in July, when it ticked up to 6.2%.

However, the U.S. economy added a modest 142,000 jobs for the month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is well below the average monthly gain of 212,000 jobs per month in the past year.

Most of the job gains occurred in professional and business services, up 47,000 jobs in August. 

September 3, 2014

PPG Industries has completed the sale of substantially all the assets of its Mount Zion, Illinois, glass manufacturing facility to automotive glass manufacturer Fuyao Glass America.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fuyao plans to rebuild and retrofit the facility’s two production lines to manufacture automotive glass. PPG will continue to operate the plant for up to one year, producing Sungate coated glass and clear glass.

August 28, 2014

Bowerston, Ohio-based L.J. Smith acquired Georgia based Universal Stair Parts, a company specializing in custom manufacturing and distribution of stair parts. 

August 26, 2014

Buoyed by an improving economy, kitchen-cabinet manufacturer American Woodmark has announced its plans to expand its South Branch manufacturing facility in Moorefield, West Virginia.

"Our decision to expand our capacity is a statement of optimism and confidence in the market, our people and the value proposition of our brands," said president and COO Cary Dunston, who was just recently promoted to the title.

August 19, 2014

Charlotte, North Carolina-based Wastequip has hired Andrew Bardsley to the newly created role of VP retail for the Toter brand, in which he will be charged with leading the team's new Retail Business Unit.

With Bardsley in place, Toter's consumer business is poised to work toward its new long-term growth initiatives, including a move that will involve shifting all of its manufacturing operations to the U.S. Bardsley will be at the helm of Toter's "Made in America" initiative.

August 11, 2014

Anderson, California-based Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) hired Tom Takach as VP of operations for the windows division of Sierra Pacific Industries – a family owned and operated wood products business. 

In this new position, Takach will oversee manufacturing and operations for Sierra Pacific’s Red Bluff, California Windows Plant as well as the two newly acquired Hurd and Superseal Window and Door plants in Wisconsin. 

August 8, 2014

Lincolnshire, Illinois-based Klein Tools hired James Pultorak as VP manufacturing. He will replace Chris Hargan, current senior VP manufacturing, who will retire at the end of 2014.

Pultorak brings over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and operations in a variety of industries, including hand tools, tool storage, printing, packaging, roofing and automotive.

August 8, 2014

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

August 6, 2014

Caledonia, Wisconsin-based CalStar Products has made its first expansion to a new manufacturing facility, located in Columbus, Mississippi.

The new 100,000-sq.-ft. facility expands CalStar's geographic footprint from its existing facility in Racine, Wisconsin, located in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park near the Alabama border. The location also provides proximity to areas where brick and masonry are in-demand for residential and commercial facades, as well as raw materials for lighter color options.

August 6, 2014

Austin, Texas-based Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today unveiled the Epicor Eagle N Series.

The solution is described as next-generation retail management software for independent retail businesses. Part of the improvement is a simplified user interface, the company said. 

August 5, 2014

ShopVac wouldn't be a household name today if it weren't for its tendency to continually invest in its future -- a tradition it has carried out over its 40-year-plus history.

"We continue to invest back into the company," explained SVP sales & marketing Larry Tempesco, reflecting on ShopVac's methods of maintaining its edge. "From manufacturing improvements to engineering updates and product improvements, all aimed at being the best in market."

July 31, 2014

It’s no longer simply considered the right thing to do. With a greater number of consumers, builders and retailers reaching for green products, manufacturing with an eye toward the environment also makes great business sense. The U.S. Green Building Council estimates that the number of LEED-certified homes doubled globally between 2011 and 2012. Ranging from such simple fixes as energy-efficient light bulbs to advanced implements like an Energy Star-rated clothes dryer, here are 14 innovative products from the tree-hugging corner of the home-building industry.

July 24, 2014

Boise Cascade posted solid numbers for its second quarter earnings report.

Net sales of $961.2 million for the three months ended June 30 marked a 13% improvement over last year's $852.3 million in sales. Meanwhile, net income came in at $26.4 million, up from $10.4 million in the second quarter of 2013.

July 21, 2014

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

July 21, 2014

PPG Industries is moving forward with its plans to sell the assets of its Mt. Zion, Illinois glass manufacturing facility to its partner of 13 years, glass manufacturer Fuyao Glass America Inc.

In Fuayo's hands, the facility (which currently manufactures glass for residential and commercial projects) will be retrofitted to produce automotive glass.

July 15, 2014

Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Economic census shows that the value of household appliance manufacturing shipments dropped 10.8% to $4.3 billion, down from nearly $5 billion in 2007.

The drop in shipping value comes along with other decreases in the industry — including a decrease in the number of people it employed in 2007.