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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.

July 14, 2014

As of the 2016 lawn & garden season, Briggs & Stratton is trimming down on its production to help cut costs, which will include limiting its Snapper consumer lawn and garden equipment and consolidating its products manufacturing facilities.

The company will also close its McDonough, Georgia location and consolidate production into existing facilities in Wisconsin and New York. 

July 8, 2014

Anderson, California-based Sierra Pacific Industries signed a deal to purchase Hurd and Superseal Windows and Doors from Longroad Asset Management. 

Terms of the deal were not released.

According to SPI, the purchase will add manufacturing capacity, a skilled workforce, additional product lines, and immediate exposure to Central and Eastern U.S. and international markets for the Window Division of Sierra Pacific Industries -- a family owned and managed wood products firm.

July 1, 2014

Dallas, Texas-based Builders FirstSource completed its acquisition of Houston-based Slone Lumber Company.

June 26, 2014

Kansas-based roofing company DaVinci Roofscapes is commemorating 15 years of manufacturing its polymer slate and shake roofing systems, with a new facility marking the company’s growth.

The company, which took root in 1999 in Kansas City, recently relocated to a larger facility in Lenexa.

June 26, 2014

With a name like Franklin Electric, you'd be surprised to learn that "Pool Supplies" is the category in which the company's offshoot, Little Giant Outdoor Living, earned a 2014 Golden Hammer Award.

June 19, 2014

Following up on its recent partnership with Local Motors, GE is teaming up with MakerBot and TechShop.

“GE continues to foster collaborative relationships to drive innovation through cutting-edge manufacturing models and partnerships that are redefining how ground-breaking products are made,” said Kevin Nolan, VP technology for GE Appliances.

In this newest installment of product innovations, GE will work on a new generation of home appliances through FirstBuild, an online co-creation and micromanufacturing community.

June 19, 2014

Irving, Texas-based PrimeSource Building Products has announced the acquisition of Progressive Steel and Wire. In doing so, the building material distributor says its paved the way for more U.S. jobs.

PSW was previously part of a joint venture between Dubai Wire and PrimeSource, but with PrimeSource now taking 100 percent ownership and control, the company says it intends to bring nail and wire product manufacturing back to the US, creating new local jobs.

June 13, 2014

The Multanen family, owners of Caldwell, Idaho-based Best Bath Systems, have taken home the award for 2014 Idaho Small Business Person of the Year.

"We're honored to have been named Idaho's Small Business Person of the Year, and we're proud that it reflects how Best Bath's innovations are making a difference in the lives of our customers, our employees and our community," said CEO Gary Multanen.

June 10, 2014

Roxul, a manufacturer of stone wool insulation products, officially began production in Marshall County, Mississippi, at its first manufacturing facility located in the United States.

The $160 million plant encompasses 600,000 square feet and is located on a 100 acre site in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park, approximately 30 miles south of Memphis.  This location will help Roxul maintain its growth in key insulation markets such as residential, commercial building, flat roof, and industrial applications, in the mid and southern USA and Mexico.  

June 5, 2014

Kohler cut the ribbon on its 105,000-sq.-ft. addition to the company’s generator manufacturing plant in the Town of Mosel, north of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

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 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.

May 14, 2014

Electrolux is making a $30 million investment in its Anderson, South Carolina manufacturing facility, where it produces top-mount and under-the-counter refrigerators.