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September 15, 2014

The latest Sears Hometown outpost -- the 11th this year -- landed in Sidney, Montana last Friday, Sept. 12.

"The addition of the new Sears Hometown Store inside our existing business will provide great value to the community," said Becky Benson, co-owner of the new Sears Hometown Store in Sidney. "Working with builders and homeowners, we recognized the need for a broader product and service assortment to assist customers with their projects. Now, they'll have access to the nation's top appliance brands at the lowest possible price."

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.

September 20, 2013

HCN congratulates the 50 hardware store, home center and farm & ranch retailers who made the annual HCN Hardware Store All-Star list.

Now in its third year, HCN's annual list of high performers recognizes hardware stores -- one from each state -- that are outstanding in their field. The complete list and analysis can be found in the September issue of HCN. Meanwhile, HCN Daily will work its way across the country with mini profiles, continuing this week with Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.

August 16, 2013

Fiberon, a manufacturer of PVC and composite decking, has promoted two of its sales managers. 

The company promoted Derek Baer to territory manager for the Montana and Western Canada regions, as well as Greg Reed to West Coast regional sales manager.

February 28, 2013

Plum Creek Timber Co. will reopen a sawmill in Evergreen, Mont., according to a report in the Montana Standard.

Plum Creek Timber Co. will reopen a sawmill in Evergreen, Mont., according to a report in the Montana Standard. 

The facility closed back in 2009. The news outlet quoted Plum Creek VP Tom Ray, who said steady improvement in the U.S. housing market caused the reopening. 

The mill comes back on line in early April, according to the report.

November 5, 2012

Voters in 38 states will consider 174 statewide ballot measures on Nov. 6, 2012, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). These proposals are wide-ranging, with a number of them having potential workplace implications.

Questions appear on the ballots in more than one state concerning:

• Medical marijuana use;
• Legalization of marijuana; and
• Same-sex marriage.

June 4, 2012

The second annual list of Home Channel News Hardware Store All-Stars winds through Missouri, Montana and Nebraska with stores that feature special items, unusual brands and unique departments. 

April 26, 2012

Last fall, Montana builder Anders Lewendal began work on “The All-American Home,” gaining national recognition in the media and building industry. An economist-turned-builder, Lewendal estimated that if every builder used just 5% more American-made products, they would create more than 200,000 jobs -- a number that ABC News reported as being confirmed by The Boston Consulting Group.

November 9, 2011

Aldrich Lumber, a fixture in Billings, Mont., since 1937, is relocating to the edge of town and downsizing its business into a specialty dealer of pole barns and riding arenas, according to an article in the Billings Gazette.

The Aldrich family has been in the lumber business since 1917, when the grandfather of the current owner, Greg Aldrich, bought lumber companies in Wyoming and Montana.

September 6, 2011

According to an article in the New York Times, a Montana home builder is promoting construction using Made in USA materials. It's not that easy.

 In fact, the general contractor who came up with the idea, Anders Lewendal, said it's probably not possible to achieve 100% compatibility to the all-American building approach, according to the article. But if all builders sought American-made products, the impact could be beneficial.

August 31, 2011

The damage done by the mountain pine beetle to the forests in British Columbia has received much attention, given the billions of dollars already lost to this pernicious pest. But Dendroctonus ponderosae knows no borders, and now the western United States is grappling with the same epidemic. The pine beetle has spread to Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Colorado. 


June 3, 2011

The first-of-its-kind Home Channel News list of 50 hardware store all-stars visits stores with southern charm, historic charm and the universal charm of double-digit sales growth. Below, the state-by-state guide winds through Mississippi, Missouri and Montana. 

June 3, 2011

The first-of-its-kind Home Channel News list of 50 hardware store all-stars visits stores with southern charm, historic charm and the universal charm of double-digit sales growth. Below, the state-by-state guide winds through Mississippi, Missouri and Montana. 

May 20, 2011

 

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for May 20, 2011

May 13, 2011

 

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for May 13, 2011

May 6, 2011

 

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for May 6, 2011

December 6, 2010

Seattle-based Plum Creek Timber company announced it has completed the final phase of its sale...

December 5, 2010

After dramatically losing control of the House on Election Day, the Democrats are finally coming...

November 30, 2010

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) expressed disappointment again today at the...

November 14, 2010

Montana-based Billings Hardware is featuring deals on everything from pop-up turkey timers to lancers and...

September 1, 2010

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December 14, 2008

In his new role, Tom Ray will oversee Plum Creek’s 10 manufacturing operations, one of...

December 14, 2008

In his new role, Tom Ray will oversee Plum Creek’s 10 manufacturing operations, one of...

December 14, 2008

Stimson Lumber has asked county officials in Northern Idaho to rezone 12,000 acres for a...