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November 19, 2014

True Value’s boss went undercover, and the cameras were rolling.

True Value Company president and CEO John Hartmann will appear in the season six premiere of "Undercover Boss" airing on Dec. 14 on CBS.

November 4, 2014

Salem, Oregon-based Grass Seed USA, a coalition of grass seed farmers, is looking for a few good men and women to receive a lawn makeover. 

October 10, 2014

Stanley Black & Decker is donating more than $120,000 worth of tools and equipment to four new ToolBanks this month, organizations that provide tools to nonprofits and volunteers and help them cut costs.

The donation will go toward building up an initial inventory of tools to be put to use in various community improvement projects in the four new locations: Houston, Portland, Oregon; Phoenix; and Richmond, Virginia.

August 12, 2014

Aloha, Oregon is the site of Parr Lumber Company’s new design center, serving up ideas through kitchen vignettes, appliance options and cabinet  styles, among other things.

Hillsboro, Oregon-based Parr Lumber Company will hold a Grand Opening Event for the new Parr Design Center Showroom Aug. 16.

The new 8,500-sq-ft showroom offers a stylish and comfortable environment where customers can compare and visualize the products they want to put in their homes. 

August 5, 2014

Rodda Paint Co. will acquire five Kelly-Moore company-owned stores, four located in Idaho and one on the Oregon border.  

The stores are located in the Idaho cities of Caldwell, Meridian, Boise and Twin Falls. The Oregon store is in Ontario.

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 9, 2014

Hillsboro, Ore.-based Parr Lumber joined Neil Kelly and other local contractors and design firms in supporting Habitat for Humanity in building four homes as part of their nationwide Home Builders Blitz 2014 event. 

The four homes will be built from the ground up through a four-week effort culminating June 13.

June 2, 2014

The Central Network Retail Group, or CNRG, has acquired Parkrose Hardware. In doing so, the collection of hardware store and lumberyard retail brands expands West for the first time, with locations in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington.

CRNG's footprint expands to 45 locations, including the Parkrose acquisition.

"Parkrose is our first step out West and will serve as a foundation for our growth in the Pacific Northwest," said Jimmy R. Smith, chairman of CNRG.

June 2, 2014

Hillsboro, Oregon-based Parr Lumber Company appointed Carl Moyer as the new training and development facilitator for the company and its subsidiaries.

Moyer has been in the learning and development field since 1995. His experience includes 20 years in various training roles at Yahoo!, Stream International, and Kinko’s. 

May 30, 2014

San Jose, California-based Orchard Supply Hardware president Richard Maltsbarger said the future looks bright for the West Coast chain, especially after a $20 million investment in Northern California stores.

The investment includes a complete rebuild of the Orchard Supply Hardware San Jose – Midtown, which will serve as the flagship of the 73-store chain that stretches from Portland, Oregon, to Southern California.

March 13, 2014

Cedar Creek has made a deal to acquire Reid and Wright, a lumber and building material distributor based in Bend, Ore., with a distribution center in Broomfield, Colo.

According to Cedar Creek CEO Bill Adams, “This is a key addition for Cedar Creek as it brings new customers, quality people and great products that we’ll merge into our current Denver location.”

The agreement is expected to be completed by March 31, 2014. 

March 7, 2014

Albany, Ore.-based Coastal Farm and Ranch boosted its footprint to 15 Northwest locations with the purchase of three Big R stores.

Coastal’s three new locations are in the Oregon cities of Klamath Falls, White City and Redmond, formerly held by Tyrholm Big R, based in White City.

Terms of the deal were not released.

February 17, 2014

Portland, Ore.-based Patrick Lumber's board of directors elected Dave Halsey to succeed Jim Rodway as president.

The specialty lumber remanufacturer, distributor and exporter Patrick Lumber, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in January, announced the change Friday.

January 20, 2014

The shoemaker of the FBI announced an expanded line of job-ready boots.

Portland, Ore.-based Magnum’s new “Work” collection consists of 6- and 8-in. lace-up boots, rugged pull-ons and mid and low hiker styles. 

The collection consists of steel and composite safety toe styles, Goodyear welt, direct attach or cement construction options, which are all backed by the Magnum 60-day comfort guarantee. 

November 21, 2013

Scott Wirges has been named store manager of Parr Lumber's Eugene, Ore. location, effective Nov. 11.

Wirges is returning to the company after a four-year hiatus. Previously, he had held numerous positions with the company between 1991 and 2009. 

Before he joined the building industry as a Copeland Lumber employee, Wirges served in the Marines.

September 12, 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 Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

September 10, 2013

Bart and Diana Tyler, proprieters of Kelloggs & Lawrence in Katonah, N.Y., and DeWayne Tripp, owner of Hinton (Okla.) Hardware joined an elite crowd in 2013: HCN Hardware Store All-Stars. Their stores made the list, along with 48 other worthy retailers, one from each state.

August 13, 2013

With its recent Longview Timber acquisition under its belt, Weyerhaeuser Company has positioned itself as one of North America's leading private sustainable forestry operations.

The company, which recently added 645,000 acres of forestland to its portfolio in Washington and Oregon, now manages 20.5 million acres of forestland in the U.S. and Canada that's been certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative standard.

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.

July 24, 2013

Weyerhaeuser Company has completed its acquisition of Longview Timber LLC. The deal includes approximately 645,000 acres of timberlands in Washington and Oregon.

June 19, 2013

No matter how you slice them, the numbers of the HCN Top 300 Industry Scoreboard reflect the rising housing market, increased spending on the home and an easy comparison with the previous year's performance.

Of the leading 300 home channel retailers, 277 show positive sales in the most recently completed finished fiscal year, and 12 show declines. Eleven others are listed as flat.

June 17, 2013

Oregonian lumberyard Parr Lumber has widened its sphere of influence via the Pacific Northwest's AM radio frequency. Its increasingly popular Weekend Warriors Home Improvement Radio Show has been picked up by stations across Oregon and Washington to deliver down-to-earth advice and market knowledge to homeowners throughout the region.

June 13, 2013

Mike Howell, Tony Cookston and Casey Doss are among the management promotions at the Hillsboro, Ore.-based pro dealer.

Parr Lumber’s recent appointment of Jim Boyer as the new president of the company and its subsidiaries created a chain reaction of advancement opportunities for others at the Hillsboro, Ore.-based company.

Howell was promoted to fill Boyer’s previous position as the director of operations.   

April 29, 2013

As it opens new stores, the San Jose, Calif.-based retailer expects first-quarter comp-store sales gains of about 10%.

San Jose, Calif.-based Orchard Supply Hardware said it anticipates comp-store sales for the first quarter ending May 4 to increase from 9.0% to 11.0%.

The forecast comes as Orchard entered Oregon with the grand opening events for its Portland and Tigard stores being held April 27. The company also recently opened its new neighborhood format store in Yorba Linda, Calif., and plans to hold the grand opening event for this location on May 4, 2013.

March 4, 2013

Portland, Ore.-based Western Hardwood Association will host the International Hardwood Convention & Exposition April 30 to May 2 at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center in Portland.

Portland, Ore.-based Western Hardwood Association will host the International Hardwood Convention & Exposition April 30 to May 2 at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center in Portland.

An estimated 300 Asian, European and U.S,. East Coast buyers will be exposed to a variety of western hardwoods from producers, wholesalers, importers and exporters. Lumber, millwork and finished products will also be highlighted during the show.